Darren Barefoot

Addicted to novelty since 2001

Last Build Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2018 17:46:02 +0000


I’m an accidental pitchman for Mobi’s new bike-share service

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 01:37:25 +0000

The most notable part of using Mobi, Vancouver's new bike-share program, is how many Vancouverites want to talk to you about it.

Understanding public opinion on autonomous vehicles

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 03:44:16 +0000

How do people really feel about getting behind the absence of a wheel?

Set List for the Tragically Hip at Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:43:56 +0000

Last night I saw the Tragically Hip in concert, presumably for the last time. I didn’t enjoy the show nearly as much as the previous two…

Visiting Auschwitz and the Schindler Museum

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:33:01 +0000

To get to Auschwitz, you take a 90-minute bus ride west of Krakow, through suburbs, exurbs and, finally, the Polish countryside. The camp, officially called the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, is on the outskirts of a town called O?wi?cim.

The unintended impacts of sharing a celebrity photo

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:35:32 +0000

The day I betrayed Anthony Kiedis began like any other.

What is the Amazon Echo for, really?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:43:45 +0000

If we can’t tell whether your product launch video is satirical, you’ve probably hit the wrong note. This is the announcement video for the Amazon Echo.…

Walking the Saints Way in Cornwall

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:37:17 +0000

The Saints Way is a 41 km trail that stretches across Cornwall's peninsula, crossing pastures and following ancient lane ways in the footprints of Celtic saints.

In 2014, what is my blog for?

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:05:34 +0000

This site is home to nearly 6000 blog posts. However, this will only be my third blog post of 2014, and only my 20th since the…

My Photo in Spanish National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:10:00 +0000

Through some fluke of circumstance, one of my photos is in the Spanish edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

“Her” and the future of empathy

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:52:22 +0000

"Her" is both a love story and a ruminative critique of how we use technology. Yet, it's also a meditation on empathy.

Why don’t we care where image macros and GIFs come from?

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:51:50 +0000

Animated GIFs and image macros are more popular than ever. And yet we almost never know who created these ubiquitous images.

How to cycle the Canal du Midi

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 03:44:34 +0000

This 220 km canal in the south of France offers a gentle trip through the countryside, full of boozy lunches and quaint medieval towns.

All Mediterranean islands do not look alike

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:33:26 +0000

I perked up the other night while watching “Agents of SHIELD”. The villain of the episode chose our former home, Malta, as the location of his…

Salmon spawn in East Vancouver?

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:41:13 +0000

The other day–I can’t recall where–I read a story about salmon spawning in East Vancouver. It turns out that they spawn in Still Creek, near the…

Why conference panels are awful, and how to fix them

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:53:33 +0000

"Panels are the best way to make four interesting people boring."

How to be a business grown-up in 23 easy steps

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:27:13 +0000

How do you learn business etiquette? Nobody taught me.

In praise of audio books

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:08:57 +0000

Podcasts were my gateway drug into audio books. Some time around 2007, I started listening to more books than I read. Some of my first audio…

When is the best time to buy a plane ticket?

Mon, 20 May 2013 12:18:31 +0000

Back in February, I read this ‘ask me anything’ on Reddit. Reddit users group-interviewed a former airline pricing analyst, asking questions about fares, overselling and luggage.…

Catharsis comes to gaming

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:28:56 +0000

I’ve been playing video games for 28 years, and I’ve been finishing games for about 25 (those first few Infocom games proved too tricksy for my…

How to make a beer can chicken

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:54:16 +0000

After nearly 6000 entries on this site, this is the first recipe I’ve ever posted. I learned how to make this from James. I subsequently showed…