The Viking Tour - Day 1

Posted on August 03, 2018 in Motorcycle Travel & Touring

Home to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

Distance traveled (approximate): 635kms

So once a year a buddy and I, along with his wife, head off on one long motorcycle trip. Last year was “The Moose Tour” to Bar Harbour, Maine, with another riding buddy in tow. This year it’s to be The Viking …


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Forking Seals

Posted on July 27, 2018 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

The quick fix on the left fork seal did not work. Not long after leaving the shop you could see fork oil slowly accumulating on top of the seal and on the fork itself. I called Endras back and they booked my in for Friday the 27th. Hopefully last minute …


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I Love New Tires (and Routine Maintenance)

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

Closing in on 20,000kms on my 2016 R1200GS, and with my moto trip to Newfoundland looming, I booked the bike in for its 20,000km service. I must admit, I really enjoy taking my vehicles in for routine maintenance. It’s surprisingly satisfying. Even more satisfying is new tires …


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Cloud and Identity Systems Lead

Posted on June 20, 2018 in At the office

A new shift in my responsibilities at work, with more focus on two key aspects of our environment that I have been leading on the operations side of things: Consolidating our cloud computing resources on Google Cloud Platform and our migration to our new Identity as a Service partner, Auth0 …


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Linux Foundation Certified Engineer

Posted on April 17, 2018 in Education, Training, and Certification

Renewal time for my LFCS certification. The Linux Foundation will renew your LFCS certification for 2 years if you upgrade to the LFCE cert, so that’s what I did!

Linux Foundation Certified Engineer


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I Broke My GS - Update

Posted on July 20, 2017 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

One of the service reps at my dealership went to bat for me and got me squared away. My GS will be all fixed up in plenty of time for my trip to Maine.

Worth mentioning: I reported my crap CAA experience to CAA. They did not seem to care …


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I Broke My GS

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

I broke my GS.

No injuries other than my pride. Less than a second’s worth of inattention and I dropped my bike at a gas station while I was out joy riding this past Sunday (July 16th). The resulting chaos was impressive for such a silly little tip-over.

I …


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And My Axe!

Posted on January 06, 2017 in Music

I bought a guitar: An Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro in “Bourbon Burst” colour scheme. And it is freakin’ gorgeous.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro

I’ve started hacking on some basics, chords and chord transitions, various forms of scales, and lots of YouTube lessons (Lessons with Cameron, Andy Guitar, and others). Nothing formal …


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My 2016 BMW R1200GS

Posted on September 13, 2016 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

Like all right thinking peoples, I like to ride the train. And I particularly like riding the train when there’s a brand new motorcycle waiting for me at the other end of the line.

All Aboard

Of course, a good book is a great way to pass the time if the …


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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Posted on August 26, 2016 in Education, Training, and Certification

Another certification in the bag. I wrote the AWS Associate level Solutions Architect exam today. I didn’t realize AWS certs are only good for 2 years. Sets a bit of a roadmap for my AWS certifications going forward. I got my Associate level SysOps cert in early 2015, so …


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