I Can Drive Anything

This was at a festival in Dundas Square.

I was taking my out-of-town friend and her kid for walk through the city. The kid wanted to try, during which the owner of the bike came over, “hey you should give it a go.”

“Nah it’s okay, I’m just here for the kid”… but he kept going, and I am petty and will almost always respond to a challenge.

So okay fine, and rode a flawless loop around the square like, people were clapping.

A decade of gymnastics pays off in the weirdest ways.

Thanks for letting me ride your bike!

(aside – in the same boastful manner as this post title, I also win the “driven the most expensive” game – here)



It’s not IF You are Breached, it’s WHEN

That’s one of the oldest saying in security, because it’s true.

Thinking you are going to be forever immune is delusional.

Do you not lock your front door? Lock your car when you park it downtown? Take a different walking path at night than during the day? Why would online actions require less diligence and care?

Here’s the mean number of breaches to Canadian companies, over the last 4 years.

Note that none of them are 0.

If you are a small business owner:

You have a responsibility, especially if you are accepting people’s credit card numbers. Because you may be more of a target than you realize… think like an attacker: is it easier to go after 1 large business, that likely has security systems and staff in place? Or 10 smaller businesses, who probably have no clue and are lazy about protecting their assets?

The type of breaches Canadian companies experienced last year.

1 – one careless click, on one stupid link…
2 – how old-fashioned! Never leave your laptop unattended
3 – from the inside…
4 – lock your WiFi network. And change your router password too, how to here
5 – the counter to this attack is listening to your gut. Blog tag = social engineering


This is an excerpt from my interview with Hernan Barros, Directory of Security Solutions at TELUS, and Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, about their new study, the 2014 TELUS-Rotman IT Security Study.

More about that here.



Tracked this Today #Porsche

Am still vibrating.

Hosted by Pfaff Auto at Mosport’s Development track, it was my 1st Porsche experience (and 2nd track experience (same track last week with Honda.))

I learned what a proper corner feels like… effortless?! Memorized that feeling.

And I get “throttle steering” now, accidentally did that once. And the CAR. Like, it’s… just woah.

Had a great coach, thanks Brad.

Pfaff Porsche Track

Have plenty more photos, and a video.  Will post that next week.

Thank you Pfaff!



5 Years of the Honda Indy in Toronto

2014 marks 5 consecutive years, thanks Honda!

Cheered hard for James Hinchcliffe, Honda’s driver and only Canadian in the race.  Felt for you on those 2 setbacks. Your time is coming, don’t be worried.

Indy photo by Kanishka Sonnadara

(great shot eh, it’s Kanishka’s)

I asked James about how he’s able to concentrate deeply for so long, that’s the topic for this week’s column.

That part is so interesting to me, because really, every single thing, all the tech, design, money and math that are poured into this car, are all superfluous if the driver’s focus wavers.

New headers.

As close as you can get, to the fastest point,
with the most noise. Earplugs out always.

This is just before turn 3, the carnage corner.

Most crashes happen on this ridiculousness, are you kidding this turn.

I got this scarf printed in the paper HAHA.

It’s the photo for a column, one of my new favourites: The Mystery of the Checkered Flag

5 Year Highlights include:

1 – the 2012 Backstage Tour of the Indy here
2 – in 2011, I attended both days here & here (ask me about this entrance IRL)
3 – security at the Indy here
4 – the steering wheel, and what $20,000 in tires looks like
5 – five years of this sound…

Forever a ‘Top 3 Favourite Sound’

The original Civic was on display!

1973 – 40 years old now.

Here’s some history of this car; I wrote a ‘then & now’, and used it to illustrate – When the Side Mirror was Optional

And then there was a 4th Generation Civic, a forever favourite, it gets its own post.

Here’s something kinda neat – 2 of the last 5 Indy’s, I’ve driven the display car, literally. (this year at Mosport, and the year the HFPs came out, at an airport)

And did you know Honda makes the world’s only manual transmission hybrid – the Honda CRZ.

More here.

Thanks for 5 amazing years Honda!

Here’s to your team this summer, wishing you lots of wins.