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And Then I Called the CEO At Home

By Cam Mather A while ago I talked about my greatest bit of activism when my daughters were younger (that post is available here.)  It involved a local water skiing night at our cottage that had been a fun event when I was young that both men and women from the Canadian Water Skiing Team …

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At War With My Hot Water Heater

By Cam Mather Alternate Blog Titles; Do we really need THAT many buckets in the living room?? or “The Dreaded Whoosh of the Hot Water Tank” I loathe my propane hot water tank. With a vengeance. When I hear it come on I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut on one of those …

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Life With a Perpetual “Check Engine” Light

By Cam Mather When you drive older vehicles the “Check Engine” dashboard warning light becomes part of your reality. There have been occasions with certain warning lights that I’ve resorted to using electrical tape. Black electrical tape placed over top of a warning light makes it miraculously disappear! That only works for some things though. …

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Our eBooks Have Finally Arrived!

By Cam Mather Well it’s only taken what – 2 years? Our books are finally available as e-books! “So what took you so long?” Don’t get me started. It’s been a long and winding road. We opted to keep the e-book conversion “in house” because  I wanted to be in control of our e-books so …

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I Quit Facebook

By Cam Mather Facebook sucks! I don’t even know why I joined, but after being on it for a while, I think it really bites. Most of all, I’m creeped out by all the data Facebook keeps about me. I have no doubt there are numerous other ways I’m being tracked on the web, but …

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DVDs Still Work for Me

By Cam Mather I live near the Village of Tamworth, which is home to the greatest video establishment on the planet, “Village Video.” Tim Kidd is the owner of Village Video. I have blogged about Tim before because he is an integral part of our community. He is a volunteer firefighter. This is very important …

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When Baseball Ruled My Life

By Cam Mather I recently watched the movie “Moneyball” and I thought it was a great movie. I really like Brad Pitt. I think he’s underrated as an actor because he’s so darn good looking. Sometimes we assume that good-looking people aren’t as intelligent or as talented as people who are less attractive, which is …

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Quantum Physics and A Brief History of Time

By Cam Mather Lately I’ve been reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. Oh sure, it’s pretty intellectual stuff, but that’s just me. Intellectual. I also love that ABC show called “Wipeout” where contestants get whacked with foam rubber boxing gloves and try to leap across big red rubber balls but inevitably fall …

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Documentaries vs. Hands-On Workshops

By Cam Mather Recently I was invited to become involved with a documentary that is being made for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for my American readers.) I turned them down.  It must seem weird for me to turn down a chance for shameless self-promotion but my dealings with the producer left a bad taste …

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Working My Way Down the Corporate Ladder

By Cam Mather It all started at a little 50,000-Watt radio station in Peterborough, Ontario. I started out selling radio advertising. Then I moved on to selling television advertising. I went back to university, for a year, then quit, got married and started selling microcomputers in the early ‘80s just as they came on the …

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