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My garage rebuilding project

  I've been rebuilding my old garage for the past two weeks. When we bought our house a year ago, it was described as a "tear-down", and after a year of living here I finally understood why. I kind of liked the falling down look, and it didn't seem to interfere with it's functionality (i.e., keep the car safe, store lots of junk). But then I noticed it was leaning a lot, and it turned out it had been built without a foundation, just the two by fours sitting on dirt. It was probably at least 50 years old (maybe as old as the house, which was built in 1915), and about 20 years ago an electric garage door had been installed, and at that time a few extra 2 x 4's had been nailed in so that the opener didn't bring the whole thing down... Anyway, it was a small garage, very dark, falling down, and there was about 2 feet on either side of it to the neighbours fences that was just a nice little habitat for rats and weed trees. Aidan went to a camp this summer at

A visit to Niagara Falls

Funnily enough, I live within an hour and a half of one of the 7 wonders of the world and I haven't visited since I was 10. Not wanting to deprive our son of the experience, Kelly and I decided to visit on the day of the world cup final. This photo was taken by Kelly, but Aidan's pretty good with the camera and you can see a whole album of photos that he took, including a visit to the butterfly conservatory.

Father's Day on Toronto Island

  It's true, I don't work on weekends. 

Learn about Drupal

You can learn more about Drupal, my favourite CMS (content management system) by coming to Toronto's Drupal Day . So what is Drupal ? It's bunch of computer code written in a language called PHP, that lives on a web server (a computer that serves web pages) and delivers websites that are interactive, complex, interesting and/or just plain geeky. For example the federal NDP website uses Drupal, as does The Onion . While I'm at it, I'll also plug a site I was responsible for: SHARE , an organization worth learning about aside from the coolness of their website. Note that I'm a web development contractor, not a designer - for SHARE, the designer was the fine folks at RaisedEyebrow . I wish that all sites using Drupal were also of reputable content, or at least not nasty, but there's no technology that can guarantee that.

What's the kernel?

Here's the de rigeur definition of Kernel : The smallest, most basic piece of an object I work from a home office, and lack the usual opportunities to gab around the water cooler and post on internal lists, so this is my soapbox. I'm a Drupal developer, so a lot of this will be about projects I'm involved in, but it'll also be about the rest of the world that's pretty interesting as well.