August 2011 – From the Cayman Islands to Canada

Nov 26, 2011   //   by Richard   //   General  //  Comments Off on August 2011 – From the Cayman Islands to Canada

Snowfall in Winnipeg As I look out this morning and see the blanket of fresh white snow we received over night, I thought it would be a great time to write a post.  In fact, over the next couple of posts I would like to update you on what we have accomplished since I last wrote.  Today’s post looks back at August 2011 which was an amazing month culminating in the incorporation of K9xMedia Corp.!  While choosing a time to move away from the Cayman Islands to return to Canada is never easy, we knew that we had to be back before the beginning of September to enable us to choose a high school for my step-daughter to attend.  Therefore, we decided to leave in August during which time my family and I…

  • sold our house and Jeep in the Cayman Islands and moved back to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;
  • planned and finalized travel plans from the Cayman Islands to Winnipeg for my family including Max (our 80 lb German Shepherd Dog).  If you have never tried to fly during the summer with a dog, DON’T!  If you have tried, you have my sympathies.  It took as a week to arrange his flight and even then we were at the mercy of the weather, as most airlines will refuse to accept a dog in the summer and those that do will refuse to take him if the temperature for the day (anywhere along your route) is forecasted to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • arranged and oversaw the loading of our personal belongings into a 20′ container which was a little delayed in arriving in Canada as hurricane Irene decided to play a little havoc with the ship carrying our container;
  • purchased a new house in Winnipeg.  A big thank you goes out to my parents and Mr. Ed Bjorklund from Sutton-Kilkenny Realty who viewed numerous houses on our behalf and provided us with detailed reports and photos to allow us to purchase our new house over the internet without seeing it in person.  If you are looking for a realtor,  we highly recommend that you call Ed  (204.475.9130) who is one of the best realtors in Winnipeg.  He will look after you like no other;
  • factory ordered a new vehicle Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon upon arriving back in Canada. If you are looking at purchasing a vehicle in Winnipeg, we highly recommend that you speak with Richard McClain and Robert Grancich of Eastern Chrysler at 1900 Main Street (204.339.2011).  They provided us with a great price and service; and
  • obtained our Manitoba Driver’s licenses…which required that Brigitte and myself be retested because we were out of Manitoba for more than four years, notwithstanding that we had been driving for almost 30 years!

With K9xMedia Corp. incorporated, we turned our attention to how it will be structured and its activities.  More about that in my next post when I discuss September 2011.

Until next time, take care,


A new beginning

Jul 19, 2011   //   by Richard   //   General  //  Comments Off on A new beginning

Apps – there seems to be an app for everything, and if there’s not, one can usually be developed. Apps are great and I wonder how we survived for so long without them. 🙂 Seriously, I use apps for everything and in fact, notwithstanding that there are over a half of billion apps in the Apple App Store and the numbers of apps in the Google Market are growing exponentially, I have founded K9xMedia to develop apps for Android, iPhones and iPads.

So why did I start K9xMedia and more importantly why am I blogging about it now?  Shouldn’t I be keeping this all a secret until I develop an app or two?  Yes, that certainly seems to be the way most people do it.  However, K9xMedia is about more than developing apps, it is also about sharing and helping.  While I founded K9xMedia because I love apps and see a business opportunity in developing apps, I plan on sharing my journey through the world of app development.  I will be writing about what I am doing, how I am doing it, and the trials and tribulations along the way to what I hope will be a successful app development business.

So sit back, enjoy the ride, and please
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and share your comments and thoughts on what promises to be an exciting ride.

Until next time,


Hello world!

Jul 12, 2011   //   by Richard   //   General  //  Comments Off on Hello world!

Welcome to K9xMedia and thank you for visiting.  This site is currently under construction.

Book Review – Gamestorming

Mar 13, 2011   //   by Richard   //   General  //  Comments Off on Book Review – Gamestorming

Gamestorming provides a great collection of games to assist a group in approaching and resolving challenges.

The book is setup into three major areas:

1. Explanation of Gamestorming – For those that would like to understand gamestorming and how it can assist your organization, the first three chapters provide you with all the details that you will want to know (and then some) about games, the essentials for gamestorming and the core gamestorming skills. I also think these chapters are essential reading for anyone who will be overseeing a gamestorming session;

2. The Games – The following four chapters provide you with approximately 90 games that you could jump right into. Each game stands on its own and you are therefore free to pick and choose the games for your particular situation. I was very impressed with the amount of information and explanation that the authors provided. For example, for each game they discussed: Object of Play; Number of Players; Duration of Play; How to Play; and Strategy; and

3. Putting Gamestorm to Work – This was my favorite chapter. They discussed a real-life example of how a group used gamestorming to consider solutions to a specific problem, including the games played, the outcomes and the benefits to the group.

I recommend Gamestorming to everyone who is looking for alternatives to help their organization “solve complex problems through collaborative play”. To purchase this book or to obtain additional information click here:

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Video Review – Crap Detection 101

Jan 29, 2011   //   by Richard   //   General  //  Comments Off on Video Review – Crap Detection 101

The Video Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online is targeted at parents, educators and high schools students to provide them with the tools to identify the difference between accurate and inaccurate information online. While I think it achieves its stated purpose, the question and answer (“Q&A”) format between Mr. Rheingold and Mr. Brokering of Safari Books Online makes watching the video difficult at times, especially for high school students.

Saturday afternoon my wife, 16 year-old step-daughter and myself gathered around the monitor in the living room to watch the video. The video starts out very strong and we could all relate as Mr. Rheingold explains the discussion he held with his 12 year-old daughter and the steps she should take in questioning information online. Unfortunately, the format then changed to a Q&A and we felt that we were sitting in a classroom lecture.

It was very interesting to hear the steps that one could take to protect themselves against a number of online issues, including phishing, hoaxes, spam, and incorrect or misleading online information. The video also explored online healthcare information, children on the web, teaching and learning about critical thinking and using Wikipedia. However, in our opinion the video was too long and at times we lost interest. While Mr. Rheingold showed some actual examples of websites, we suggest that it would have been beneficial if there were more examples and/or information to look at while Mr. Rheingold talked. My step-daughter said that she would have found the video more interesting if there were interviews with “young” people and included information about Facebook (which surprisingly seemed to be missing in the video).

While there is a lot of great information and tools to help one distinguish good and bad information online, the way it was presented and the cost of the video makes it difficult for me to recommend the video. To purchase this video or to obtain additional information click here:

Disclosure: A free copy of the video Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online was provided to me as part of the O’Reilly’s Blogger Review Program on the understanding that I would review the video.  It is a great program that I highly recommend.  Full details of the program can be found by clicking on the following:

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