I’m a writer and digital strategist living in Calgary, Alberta. I like to read Superman comics, watch Blue Jays games and listen to the Pixies. I’m obsessive about stationery. I have two sons and one wife. I spend my days as the planning and strategy director at AppColony and my nights writing for This, Avenue and other magazines.
- We were promised jetpacks This Magazine, 2013
- TED and the declining value of ideas This Magazine, 2013
- The idea and the thing This Magazine, 2012
- Race and the tech press Pop Loser, 2013
- Ronda Rousey and the face-punch of progress Fifty Mission Cap, 2013
- We already have a word for this Pop Loser, 2012
- Hockey, Raffi Torres and the behaviour of men Fifty Mission Cap, 2012
- Fighting, helmets and insanity in sports Fifty Mission Cap 2012
- The strange case of Nick Diaz Fifty Mission Cap, 2011
- Chael Sonnen, pro wrestling and storytelling in sports Fifty Mission Cap, 2011
- Tales of real estate: the impulse buyer Avenue, 2011
- The 48-hour luddite Avenue, 2008
- Why vinyl can’t survive Resident Advisor, 2006
Pop Loser originally launched in 2006 as a blog about marketing. That didn’t last very long because, frankly, despite a lengthy career working for digital agencies, I mostly think marketing is a pretty stupid thing. Inspired by blogs like Fimoculous, Kottke and Coudal, I got in the habit of just linking to things I’m interested in. This means that the blog’s flavour changes and evolves with my own tastes. I’ve started referring to it as “A blog of innumerable confusions,” which is stolen from Marshall McLuhan’s quote “Innumerable confusions and a profound feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transitions,” because quoting McLuhan is cool. I spun off Fifty Mission Cap in 2013 after a failed attempt at a long-form sports blog.
The site was briefly powered by TypePad before moving to WordPress. From March 2010 to December 2011 it was on Tumblr. Currently, it’s back on a self-hosted install of WordPress using the Memoir theme.