No Mincing Words

My mom passed away about a month ago on July 10th, 2013. I loved her so much. And now my attention turns to my Dad. It’s so difficult. Together for 50 years and then suddenly alone. You can’t cheat your way out of grief so I’m told. The only way out is through. My daughter …

Forgot That Feeling

Hmm. Maybe a pseudo brain dump is the best way to get myself back into writing here. Nothing terribly brave, but baby steps I say. Sometimes it’s good to just stop for a moment and take stock. It’s been a long time since I’ve really written anything here, and some things have definitely changed. Perspective …

Ostriches and Reboots

Did you know that Ostrich Sans is quite a beautiful typeface? In fact, you could probably use it as a heading font for a website design and be quite pleased with it. Well actually, that’s what I just did. Yes, after literally years of neglect, I finally updated my main website rfquerin.org. Please have a …

Fat Cats with an Android App.

If you’re interested in having some silly fun (or maybe getting sent to the doghouse by your significant other) here’s an app for you. FatBooth is an app that takes a head-on photo of a person’s face and adds.. oh.. maybe 200 pounds. It’s dead simple to use and generates surprisingly good results.   Using …

Frostcast Interview

Episode 44 of Jonathan Nadeau’s Frostcast podcast series is up and features an interview with yours truly. I think it went fairly well with some discussion about free software, design and some other things. No doubt there will be some criticism about the quality of the guest. After all Jonathan’s been busy interviewing actually important …

OpenSchedule for Android

Back in mid-February, I was offered the opportunity to create some graphics for an Android application called OpenSchedule. It’s an application which lets you view and manage information on upcoming conferences and events registered with the OpenSchedule web app. This tied in nicely with the Linux conference stuff I’ve worked on (more on that in …

My Galaxy S Two Months On

I always wanted a Mongoose BMX bike. But Mongoose bikes were hard to come by – at least for a rural kid growing up in Southern Ontario. A Mongoose was relatively expensive. I couldn’t justify a Mongoose. Instead I rolled through my young life on CCMs and Supercycles (Sears store brand). Adequate and honest bikes …

The GnomeShell and Unity Bike Shed

If there’s one thing I use a lot, it’s Google’s “define:” keyword. I’ve got a pretty good handle on this here English language, but often I’m looking up words I see somewhere and don’t quite understand. In fact I’ve had whole online conversations with smart people where I’ve spent a great deal of that time …