DIGITAL LIFE

The Internet Is For Everyone. Even Men.

March 14, 2012

So I’ve been trying to get my husband to blog. And he’s sort of open to the idea. Open enough, anyway, that he’s begun experimenting with building his own site on WordPress and setting up categories and posting a picture or twenty. It is totally not called Her Bad Father. (His as yet unrevealed blog [...]

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A Picture Is Worth One Hundred Thousand And Sixty Six Words

February 23, 2012

You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, if one picture is worth one thousand words, what’s the worth of a thousand pictures? Or a hundred thousand pictures? Do you calculate that worth arithmetically, or exponentially? Is the increase in that worth linear, or geometric? Is the narrative power of pictures [...]

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Stop SOPA (Canadian Mom Blogger Edition)

January 18, 2012

I don’t know how to import the code that would make this site go dark today, as so many other sites are going dark, in a communal effort to express opposition to SOPA, so I’m fudging it. I could ask that you close your eyes, or throw a napkin over the screen, but that wouldn’t [...]

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Why We Tweet When We Tweet When Tweeting Seems An Odd Thing To Do

January 9, 2012

Last week, someone in our community lost her home in a fire. She tweeted about it, and the community rallied (not least because of this dear woman), and although there’s no real happy ending when someone loses so much, it seemed, at least, that one could keep faith with humanity as caring and good. But [...]

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Ten Resolutions For 2012 (And Nary A Diet Among Them)

January 4, 2012

For New Year’s this year, I made the usual kinds of resolutions that everybody makes. Eat healthier. Find more time for myself. Get more exercise. Buy fewer shoes. I don’t know whether I’ll follow through on them, but that’s not really the point, is it? New Year’s resolutions are aspirational. They’re not really meant to [...]

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Have Yourself A Skype-y Little Christmas

December 16, 2011

I’ve been training my mom on Skype. Even though we’re really no further away from her now, in New York, than we were when we lived in Toronto, she feels as though the virtual distance between us has increased by a significant order of magnitude, and needs to feel more connected. So I got her [...]

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Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen

December 1, 2011

Last year, I was called upon to explain how, exactly, I capture the life of my family on camera (I was not asked how I capture the life of my family in words, presumably because WORDS ARE HARD and the art of writing a mysterious and even magical enterprise. I would have said, however, that, [...]

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In Which I Offer A Sophisticated Analysis Of Property Rights In The Age Of The Internet

November 26, 2011

Last week, one of my posts was stolen. Which, whatever, right? Who among us hasn’t had their content pilfered or scraped or otherwise reappropriated? Isn’t it just what people do on the Internet? Take content? Is it even theft, really? Doesn’t information want to be free? Well, yes. But, also: no. Information does want to [...]

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Family Sized Blender: The System

November 24, 2011

Strap in for Jason’s ongoing story. Once a tech obsessed writer/photographer/speaker, he thought he had it all under control – until his family grew six sizes. Now he’s trying to fuse everyone together into a single family. This is Family Sized Blender. Good lord, it’s working. The oldest daughter shut her bedroom lights off. The [...]

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A Different Kind Of Gift Guide (Smurftastic Edition)

November 22, 2011

I’m not the kind of person who consults gift guides, as a matter of practice. Mostly because I find it hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who would have a fix on exactly the types of gifts that I would tend to buy (or, for that matter, want to receive.) I mean, I’m [...]

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