The federal government's new map of Canada, part of the Atlas of Canada reference series, came out this week. Among the changes between it and its predecessor (which came out in 2006), one in particular is drawing attention. Ivan...
Dawn's first colour map of Ceres: map-projected false-colour images of the dwarf planet taken as the spacecraft approached, assembled from images taken through blue, green and infrared filters. (Previously: At Ceres.) An elevation map of the Ares Vallis region...
The fifth issue of Ecdysis, my science fiction and fantasy fanzine, is now available for download. The fourth issue was late; this one is ludicrously so: I'd hoped to have it out by the end of December. That's on...
We now know the charge being faced by the owner of an African Rock Python that killed two young boys: criminal negligence causing death. CBC News and the Canadian Press are reporting that today. Jean-Claude Savoie was arrested on February...
Here's my take on the Valentina Lisitsa affair. Lisitsa, a Russian-speaking, Ukrainian-born classical pianist, was scheduled to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last week, but she was dropped by the TSO over a series...
Performing classical music on the instruments of the era (which differ quite a bit in sound and construction from their modern descendants) has been a thing for a while. This Kickstarter project is in that vein: its goal is to...
Steve Irwin died in 2006. Smithsonian looks at his legacy, and how his family today straddles the uncomfortable divide between conservation and showmanship, much as he did during his life: What's perhaps surprising is that Irwin, though controversial for his...
Last Saturday, the Rosetta spacecraft passed within 14 kilometres of the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The above mosaic was assembled from imagery taken from an altitude of 19.9 kilometres, and depicts the comet's Imhotep region. (Here's a map of...
My third book review for AE was posted earlier this week: this time I look at Elements, a short story collection by Suzanne Church. (To reiterate: AE is where I'll be reviewing Canadian science fiction; anything that is neither will...
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Among other things, I’m the author of The Map Room, a blog about maps, and DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics. When I’m not blogging, writing or correcting other people’s grammar, I raise snakes, play the piano, and look through my telescope.
University of Alberta
Ph.D. student, History (incomplete), 1996 - 1999
University of Waterloo
M.A., History, 1994 - 1995
University of Winnipeg
B.A. (Hons.), History, 1990 - 1994
In a relationship
Blogger, editor, writer
Senior Editor/Writer, 2009 - 2009
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Writer/Editor, 2008 - 2008
Senior Editor/Writer, 2007 - 2008
Pontiac Printshop Ltd.
Reporter, 2003 - 2004
Department of Justice (Canada)
Legislative Revisor, 2000 - 2003
Human Resources Development Canada
Planning and Analysis Officer, 1999 - 2000
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