Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: personal

Beatrice on Hannah

This is Beatrice’s first time on a horse, on cousin Al’s Percheron Hannah (Johanna I think), who once was part of a driving pair, “but” her partner died a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, Hannah’s back leg isn’t right, so the old girl isn’t long for this world. I’m glad Beatrice got to meet her.

Our Daughter

Our daughter was born November 2, 2010, at 8:50am. No official name yet. Mum is recovering well, and baby is lovely, don’t you think?

Getting Things Done Again

A friend just asked if I was GTDing again, and here was my answer: First: a warning: in my experience, GTD (and other time management techniques) is world-changing for a while when you first introduce it – it really clears everything out and increases productivity, reduce stress, and helps … get things done. GTD can […]

The Tourist Dynamic

My pal Chris wrote a moving post about an experience he had growing up in South Africa, a white boy who went with his church to talk about Jesus in the “coloured” townships. Which made me think about traveling and the relationship we rich, “white,”[*] educated people have with the rest of the world. I […]

Ada Lovelace Day: Danielle Zaikoff (and many others)

My friend and colleague Suw Charman-Anderson launched an Ada Lovelace Day initiative (site, twitter) getting bloggers to pledge to write a blog post about women in technology. To honor my pledge, I am writing about Danielle Zaïkoff, P. Eng. But first, a little introduction about my more recent experience with women in technology. Every project […]

The Meat Sink

One in a while I get together with some friends and make home made sausage. An important phase in the process is what we like to call the “Meat Sink.” Here is a pic of the links. And the drying sausages. UPDATE: The meat sink is the key to all good start-up pitches.

No, You Can’t Be a Doctor Here

I wrote my political platform the other day, with Health being one of my ten planks. One of the problems with Health is that it’s in provincial jurisdiction, so my federal platform would have difficulty really affecting health here in Quebec. This province has the lowest rate of citizen access to family doctors, which you […]

steady accumulation

There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time….Steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, […]

competence when chips are down

From an article by Andy Rutledge, about design & martial arts, but applicable to anything related to life, I think: In short, it is simply not enough to be highly competent under the best of circumstances, when you’re filled with inspiration and all the gears are turning. What matters most—and most often—is how competent you […]

find boredom again

I worry for the children …that with all of this information, they will not have the chance to be aware of their own lives… Head for the hills! Go to the woods, get away from all these people! Go to a place where boredom is available to you; there’s where you will start to remember […]