My Wedding Day!

Today, at 4:30pm PT in Gibsons, BC, Canada, this kind, sweet, gentle, loving, giving, smart, funny, beautiful, sexy, truly AMAZING woman will make me the happiest man in the world by joining me in marriage.

Those of you who know her know I couldn’t have imagined a better woman, person, wife, lover, partner, and partner in crime. Those of you who don’t, I hope one day you’ll get to meet her. She will make your life better simply by her presence. She brings joy and happiness wherever she goes and the world is a better place because she is in it. And my world is immeasurably better for having known her.

Thank you, Melissa for letting me into your life, for loving me for who I am, faults and all, and for letting me become part of your family. I am honoured to be your husband. I cherish you. I adore you. And I love you to the stars and back.

My 1st Birthday Cake!

Yesterday was Melissa’s son Rory’s 12 birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY RORY!). Melissa asked if we should buy him a cake or make one. I love cooking/baking so I said I’d make him one.

Now, I’ve never made a cake before, let alone a birthday cake. So I scoured my AnyList app and found a recipe I had saved. It’s for “Black Magic Chocolate Cake” and OMG….

As I said on Twitter, “I don’t know much about the relevant law but there quite possibly might be ILLEGAL amounts of chocolate on this birthday cake I made!!”

Now, to be fair, we haven’t yet tasted it but I’m told by a reliable source (Melissa – who was *constantly* licking the bowl) that the icing itself is “to die for…”

UPDATE: OMG OMG OMG I’ve eaten a LOT of chocolate cake in my life but I can now unequivocally say, I JUST MADE THE BEST TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

Just trying to find out simple information…

From a cell phone provider here in Canada – Rogers. Now, to be fair, I have no doubt this online chat session would not have gone much differently with Telus.

Chat Start Time: 10/27/2017 01:28:52 PM
Chat End Time: 10/27/2017 02:46:40 PM
Chat Transcript

01:29:21 PM [Mishita] Hi, I’m Mishita from Rogers in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. How can I help you today?

01:29:49 PM [Shawn King] Hello Mishita. I’m trying to figure out pricing on the Rogers website but it is a torturous and painful process. Trying to find out pricing for a Family Plan. I’m a Rogers customer, fiance and her son are not.
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Diary of a Mad Man Podcast Episode #5!

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Macworld Expo is Dead

Expo

Regardless of the spin IDG is trying to put on this, this is not a hiatus. Regardless of the hopes of attendees, Macworld Expo, Macworld/iWorld in any incarnation is well and truly dead.

No one thing killed the show. It was a death of a thousand cuts, starting with Apple abandoning the show (and, I maintain, abandoning the community that supported it for so many years) and the strength of various other outlets to get Apple’s and the vendors message out. IDG’s inability to pivot the show to “something else” also contributed, along with their inability to work with and convince vendors and attendees the show still had value.

I have been and will continue to be pilloried for my criticism of IDG and their, quite frankly, botching of so many aspects of the show. For their “fudging” of attendance figures and for their bullying of the media and vendors, among many other things. Make no mistake – a great deal of any blame for the failure of the show lies directly at the feet of IDG and their management.

But the on the floor staff of any particular Macworld Expo was always amazing. Whether it was the wonderfully bubbly Sarah Hindmarsh (now Harvey – congratulations!), the dedicated and devoted Kathy Moran or the hardest working guy at the show, Paul Kent. They did the best they could with what little IDG gave them. And their best was often better than anything anyone else could even imagine.

Jon Seff:

“That’s what I’ll miss the most—an event that drew together people I read online or communicated with on Twitter into meatspace for a few days.”

There is no trade show I’m aware of that had the constituencies of a Macworld Expo – everything from brand new users to grizzled old veterans. Artists and techies. IT pros and their customers. Shareware developers (remember those?) And huge multibillion dollar corporations. Paul Kent and his staff (and others before them) had an absolute bear of a time trying to serve all those different groups and, for the most part until Apple left, served them well.

I’ve always said the Expo wasn’t about Apple or the show floor or the vendors or the media or the announcements – although all those things were important and the show wouldn’t be a success without them – but about the people and the community. Friends, new and old. Listeners, readers, developers, colleagues, bartenders, taxi drivers, waiters. And all the fun you had with them.

I remember very few of the products or pamphlets or buttons I got at any individual Expo (hell, I went to 30+ of them around the world over the years) but I always remember the people I met and every year, looked forward to the shows to seeing them again.

I’ll miss that the most.