Author Archives: Barry

Wearing the New Jersey

As Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and other championships roll around, it is interesting to see so many people wearing the jerseys or replicant jerseys of their favourite teams and players.  It is a new thing. Even putting names on the backs of jerseys is a relatively new thing and not all teams even add them.… Read More »

What’s In a Blog Post

After a few hundred blog posts, for myself and others, I might have learned a little on how to put a good post together.  So here are a few tips for anyone starting or considering putting a blog together. It is really quite simple if you stick to some easy rules: Have a Snappy headline… Read More »

The Making of a Catastrophe

Most catastrophes come about through the concurrence of a number of errors, not just a single one.  Our brains like to believe in single causes; our brains have challenges dealing with complexities. When we hear that an Earthquake on the Iran/Iraq border killed thousands, we resolve to stay away from earthquakes or Iran.  But earthquakes… Read More »

Exploring South of Netalzul

Once upon a time, when I was working as a prospector, I arrived by helicopter at a camp northwest of Lake Babine, 80 kilometers or more from any highway. Just two of us were there. It was an almost completely forested area, flat, with many mountains nearby; it was north of the Netalzul Mountains. I only… Read More »

Voyage To SGang Gwaay

We travelled to the farthest western edge of Canada.  Past where the continent ends, there is an archipelago of islands out in the Pacific that used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands.  Now it is called Haida Gwaii.  It is no easy task to get there. We drove from Vancouver up the Fraser River… Read More »

The Cop Is a Canadian Too!

I was driving along on a city street in my car, speaking, hands free, to a friend in California.  As we were talking a Ford Model T pulled in front of me. The Model T was in amazing condition and it toodled along in front of me as we pulled up to a light where… Read More »

Boomers Turn the World into a Curmudgeon

Have you noticed how everyone is crabby and crotchety these days?  It is the Baby Boomers’ fault. The Boomers have always transformed the texture of society ever since they arrived en masse after WWII. They transformed popular music, fashion styles and redefined society as they reached adulthood. They added the energy and enthusiasm of youth… Read More »

Girls with Big Noses Make Great Actresses

Everybody thinks they know advertising and can provide us with a critique of what’s good and what’s not.  Rarely do I hear criticism that shows consumers understand the strategies we employ to get messages across. More often than not people evaluate commercials based on entertainment value.  We don’t. I recall shortly after we had begun… Read More »