Yes, that's the actual view from our place. It's quite compact, but it really has location, location, location.

E-address: Roy.Brander "AT" gmail

402 1972 Robson St.
V6G 1E8

604-704-1527 mobile
604-681-2002 home landline

"Dora's Page": A daily photoblog.
Just a few photos a day and the odd Internet joke, so that mom Dora, back in Calgary, knows we're Not Dead Yet.


Sid the Cat - now departed, fondly remembered

My library. Practically a family member.


I had this career with two different disciplines: Civil Engineering, deciding which water mains to replace (and later, sewer, too) and IT development, mostly of GIS systems. I have degrees in both sciences. (Engineering, 1980, Computer Science 1985). I feel very lucky to have been able to combine them, bringing GIS tools to make for better engineering decisions. Between that, and mostly from helping start a major corrosion-protection program, I figure we saved the City of Calgary about a hundred million dollars on pipes they didn't have to replace.

Some Examples of work from my career - GIS maps of Calgary Water systems

Presentation to Ontario Waterworks Assocation, 2016

Old Blog and Library Pictures

When we first moved in here and I was still working, I blogged just to stay in touch with friends and co-workers back in Calgary. The only interesting post left here is pictures of my wonderful new library room with the sliding bookshelves. It has its own link,also above.

New "Blog", which isn't - just a few essays

I am attempting to get over a time-wasting, embarrassing habit of adding to news-site comments. My hope is that by concentrating all my writing energies on a blog which, with luck, nobody will read, I will exhaust my sick need to inflict my opinions on random strangers.

To my readers, if any: I apologize unreservedly. I was drunk at the time.

#11: Quarter-century-old blog post on The End of Moore's Law (May 1996)
Actually pre-dates the word "blog"; was an editorial for the newsletter of the Calgary Unix User's Group. Added here so I could link it to a BoingBoing article about the subject.

#10: My Cord-Cutting Adventure (May 2019)
I have just completed my setup of Over-The-Air (OTA) TV watching and DVR recording. We call Shaw tomorrow to cancel our cable subscription. Here's how.

#9: "Belters", My Asteroid (Jan 2019)
The wandering miners of the asteroid belt has become taken-for-granted science-fiction trope. The Expanse casually steals Larry Niven's "Belters" from the 1970s because everybody already knows it. You'd think it was bound to happen or something. But the whole idea is ridiculous. NASA's next mission is already going to one place with more metal than we can think what to do with.

#8:Carbon Wars: Fight smarter, not harder. (Mar 2018)
In which I defend the rest of the oil, at least from protest signs.

#7:Quit Picking on the Tar Sands (Mar 2018)
In which I defend the Dirtiest Oil In The World. Sort of defend.

#6:The Eleven Commandments of Roy Moore (Nov 2017)
No, seriously. Click on the link to count all eleven on his Rock.

#5: American Evangelicals in Black and White (Nov 2017)
Continuing with my efforts to be hated by Americans, I criticize their most devout Church People.

#4: It Takes a Global Village to Raise a Starship (Oct 2017)
The challenges of star travel are so large that it won't happen without the whole species working on it. For generations. Peacefully. Sorry if that ruins all your fun SF.

#3: SF That Dares Not Predict (Oct 2017)
SF writers are bold about predicting new physical sciences, but not new forms of social rules. Why is every starship on TV crewed by the British Navy?

#2: Not Paying Attention to Middle America? If Only. (Oct 2017)
Having "broken up" with America in post #1, I'm free to get on with serious "America Hating". Which this will surely be, to some people: Nobody has had more attention paid to them than America between the Coasts. The notion that they've been neglected is hilarious.

#1: Breaking Up With America (Sept 2017)
The core of this was written the day after Trump was elected and is pure angry rant - not at Trump, at the whole nation that elected him. America, I'm sooo over you.