About this blog

Over the years I've pondered about many topics, mainly about usability, technology and writing skills. I also have an interest in the history of Upper Canada and the Reformation in Europe. These posts are an attempt to document a few of these topics.


Dead Zones where users don't know what they should do next
If there is one place where we face the importance of the design of everyday things every day, it is the traffic intersection. Designed right they are entirely safe but designed wrong and they become Dead Zones. Software designed wrong can also lead to "Dead Zones" where users have no idea what to do next.

Why do houses have driveways? You'd think you'd know, but you could be wrong
If I had a donut with my coffee, I'd eat it. Why wouldn't I? If I bought a donut, I intend on eating it. Why then do some people who have driveways here in Berlin not use them? A thought worth pondering.

Finding hidden dialogs in Windows 10
I've lost dialongs dragging them around and then putting my PC in sleep mode and then not turning on my attached monitor. This explains how to find them again.

Basic git commands
Some simple git commands I sometimes use.

Securing access to a Windows 10 account
Learn how to enable security settings for a Windows 10 OS.

The return of markup languages, sort of
After all these years of technological innovations in page layout software, we have now come full circle back to the simplicity of the early years of writing. The link between writing on paper with a pen and writing in a plain text editor such as Atom is surprisingly very short.

The Canon, a poem by Glenn J Lea
The Canon is a term which represents the accepted list of documents of a specific genre. In English Literature, there is an accepted list of stories, poems and plays which are considered required reading if you want to understand the arts of Western culture and civilization.

Plymouth GTX - Unique Mopar of the late 1960s
As a teenager in Ontario, Canada I owned two Plymouth GTXs, one a Canadian version, the other an American version. It was so much fun to drive. I even drove it across Canada to Calgary, Alberta where is found its demise. A long stretch of minus 40F winter weather cracked the block. But it was a great car, an unsung hero of the muscle car era.

More fun with Adobe Illustrator
Greed, money, riches, power and increasing poverty define our age. This was an attempt to poke fun at this using Illustrator.

Fun with Adobe Illustrator
This was one of my first attempts at creating complex images with Adobe Illustrator. I came up with the idea by looking at what was sitting on my desk in the studio.