Who are you?

Although it’s hard to get really accurate information, the logs suggest that some two or three hundred people stop by here every day. Sometimes you are return visitors, sometimes you are looking for information on Tim Horton’s coffee secrets.

As I’ve spent much of the past week developing online reader survey systems for a client, I’ve become curious about you the readership. Some of you I know because I’m related to you, others are friends from Charlottetown and beyond. Still others I “know” only through what you’ve written here.

A year ago, I had a sort of “reader survey poll” here, but the results, in their anonymous numericalness, were unsatisfying.

So a humble request, dear readers: would you mind taking a minute to tell me some brief snippet about yourselves? Just click on the DISCUSS link at the bottom of this note, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and type me a few words. Nothing complex or involved required — just give me an idea of who and where you are.


Heather Mullen's picture
Heather Mullen on March 31, 2003 - 18:02 Permalink

Peter, I have been enjoying your site for almost 2 years now although I seldom will make a comment. I was hooked on your site when I worked at silverorange, currently I work at Trapeze Media an animation studio in Ch’town — where Flash does great things!

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on March 31, 2003 - 18:04 Permalink

Hi, Heather. Thanks for your note.

Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on March 31, 2003 - 18:11 Permalink

I live in Charlottetown, work at silverorange at write at Acts of Volition. I have actually had the honour of being inside the venerable Reinvented headquarters.

Anita Rowland's picture
Anita Rowland on March 31, 2003 - 18:45 Permalink

I’m not sure how I found you! but I added you to my daily crawl weblog list.

I like the PE flavor, thought I’ve never been there. (I wish you had a slot below for URL.)


Shawn's picture
Shawn on March 31, 2003 - 18:56 Permalink

Hi Peter, and everyone else. I do contract work with computer systems, and live in Charlottetown. I’v been following your blog on a regular basis every since Kevin ended his. Thanks for having a great weblog!

L.Nicholson's picture
L.Nicholson on March 31, 2003 - 19:09 Permalink

Hi Pete. I found out about this site from a post on PEICHAT, http://itasnt.itas.net:8080/~p… Been here a few times since and always interesting.btw…I live in the Montague area and have been online for about a year…newbie.I will be back,might even have a comment.

art's picture
art on March 31, 2003 - 19:22 Permalink

Hi Peter,
I am a librarian from Nova Scotia who now lives in Windsor, Ontario. After your session at the 1994 Access conference, I had a hunch that you could write as well as you speak and have been following your blog faithfully. I grew up near Pictou (in Coalburn to be exact, but it

Brian Howatt's picture
Brian Howatt on March 31, 2003 - 19:29 Permalink

Hi Peter; I first heard of you through Kevin O’Brien, who we’ve done some work with at various times. I live in Charlottetown and run a marketing & advertising business. I find the site’s commentary is often amusing, sometimes agreeable and inevitably adds a different dimension to my day -).

Andrew Chisholm's picture
Andrew Chisholm on March 31, 2003 - 19:46 Permalink

Hey Peter. I’ve been coming to your site for a couple years. I visit it at least once a day and sometime upward to five times a day. I am 19 years old and grew up in Charlottetown but recently moved to Halifax to seek some independence. I have my own personal blog at www.AndrewPEI.com

Alan's picture
Alan on March 31, 2003 - 19:58 Permalink

Good idea Peter — are you going to keep a running link to the side for this thread?

Anyway, for the last five years I lived in New Glasgow, PEI, worked at Patterson Palmer and then at silverorange where I learned how to embed a HTML link among other things. On a very fast turn around, I got a position with Kingston in their in house law group and am enjoying practicing without the issue of billing. While Steve has been invited for tea at HQ, I am your fifth cousin-in-law through the Drydens and impose a tremendous price upon you for that privilege over the last couple of years. That all being said, I really want to know who Wayne is as I spar with him on a daily basis it seems.

Dan James's picture
Dan James on March 31, 2003 - 20:18 Permalink

I am Dan James, Esq. another slice of silverorange.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on March 31, 2003 - 20:31 Permalink

Welcome Dan, Alan, Andrew, Brian, art, “L”, Shawn, Anita, Steven.

Rob Paterson's picture
Rob Paterson on March 31, 2003 - 20:49 Permalink

Hi I am Rob Paterson. I have become addicted to your weblog. It is also your fault that I have started my own much to Robin

Wayne's picture
Wayne on March 31, 2003 - 21:00 Permalink

Hello Peter. I attended a lecture you offered to my class of ‘99 BISD program at Holland College. An Islander, I migrate between Ch’town and Moncton for, among other reasons, my work with a consulting company which entails some teaching (ouch), English Language Training for the RCMP in NB and I.T.work on a website called Globaladaptation.com. I like running, golf(ouch) and current events. I find that your site is a finger on the pulse of the Island, and I enjoy it very much.

Rob MacD's picture
Rob MacD on March 31, 2003 - 21:06 Permalink

Rob MacD. I live in Charlottetown and sell my soul writing copy for some of the many ads on Magic 93 / CFCY / CHTN. I replenish my soul by occasionally creating theatre on PEI. However, being out of theatre, almost entirely, for over a year, my soul has dwindled to a small, dry ball of hard, red clay. I hope that this summer

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John Boylan on April 1, 2003 - 03:28 Permalink

Hi Peter,

I’m an Islander living in Vancouver doing a Master of Archival Studies at UBC. I worked in heritage while on PEI and have gotten into the habit of visiting your weblog after visiting Catherine’s site.

Justin's picture
Justin on April 1, 2003 - 04:31 Permalink

Hi, Peter

I like your blog ‘cuz it has the ecclectic mix I like: everything. There’s nothing except daytime TV and people who watch it that doesn’t interest me and it’s aggravated by having an opinion on everything and thinking everyone’s entitled to it. Sometimes tho’, for giggles, I’ve been known to shut up. Oh, yeah, and “There is only one Muppets Show and Fozzie Bear is it’s prophet.” *giggling hysterically*

Oliver Baker's picture
Oliver Baker on April 1, 2003 - 05:39 Permalink

Hi, Peter,

You probably think of me as your friend from high school and college in Ontario, but actually I’m an agent of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (now in the Department of Homeland Security) whose been investigating you under deep cover. I sort of wish you hadn’t asked. Oh well.

I hope I can go on posting as before.

Wil Pate's picture
Wil Pate on April 3, 2003 - 20:19 Permalink

Hey Pete,

I’m a university student and writer living in Charlottetown, PE.

Kevin D's picture
Kevin D on April 3, 2003 - 22:47 Permalink

Hi Peter,
I discovered the page through Alan Dowling who was my instructor for the BISD program at Holland College(‘99-‘00). I am a programmer analyst at DeltaWare in Ch’town. I love the discussion of local issues and check in frequently.

hannah bell's picture
hannah bell on April 6, 2003 - 19:00 Permalink

Hi Peter — I got to your page after spotting your link as the creator of the www.gov.pe.ca site — probably the most perfect php mega-info site ever. I’ve been visiting reinvented for 3+ years. I work as a contract database administrator / developer for the feds, and as a freelance trainer, graphic designer, and mural artist. And, newsflash, I just got back from my honeymoon!

Christopher Ogg's picture
Christopher Ogg on April 7, 2003 - 19:51 Permalink

Hi Peter — it feels like I have been visiting forever but I’m sure it’s not quite that long. I suspect Kejp of That Ilk first told me about your site, but it could also have been Two-El Willson. I became a denizen of PEI in ‘97 and it makes an interesting change from England. As far as your organ is concerned (the blog, not the gall bladder), mostly I like the eclecticism and the very high quality of your writing (and that of many of your visitors). Blogs seem to be restoring the wonderful art of the essayist.

Rusty's picture
Rusty on April 9, 2003 - 19:13 Permalink

Hi Peter: I began visiting your site, following the demise of www.kevinjobrien.com. I now visit several times a day, just so I don’t miss anything. I am a thirty-something professional living and working in Charlottetown. I prefer to remain anonymous, as I’m sure my boss wouldn’t appreciate the amount of time I spend “surfing”. Of course, I like to think of it as research. I enjoy your “blog” in a variety of ways. Thanks.

Clark MacLeod's picture
Clark MacLeod on April 12, 2003 - 04:37 Permalink

Hi Peter,

I have been visiting your site for quite some time now. I remember coming to look at the pictures of the cows outside your office window — I think they were cows but perhaps just a field. At that time I had no windows in my office, and still don’t, and was very jealous of your good fortune.

I was born and grew up in Charlottetown but now live and work in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Your site keeps me abreast of all the “goings on” at home.

Stephen DesRoches's picture
Stephen DesRoches on April 17, 2003 - 16:29 Permalink

Hi Peter,

Was first introduced to reinvented.net in March of 2000 while working for MicroAge and involved with PEI Tourism. I now work with silverorange and have also been recently added to the blogroll to the right.

Isaac's picture
Isaac on April 17, 2003 - 17:13 Permalink

Count me as one of the silverorange posse.

Patrick's picture
Patrick on April 24, 2003 - 18:50 Permalink

I am a great grandfather and Retired USAF Electronics Technician who stays home with the kids… and we all make our ancient computers run at light speed with GNU/Linux. Very pleased that your interactive web pages here and at the Old Farmer’s Almanac all work in Mozilla engined browsers!

Anyone seeking guidance to speed up their computer for Free
(as, in Free Speech!), can check out http://www.linuxiso.org
or http://yolinux.com Also, check out the Operating System that runs from a CDrom! http://knopper.net/knoppix

Dita's picture
Dita on April 25, 2003 - 17:56 Permalink

Hi Peter

You have a great site here. Always something good to have a chat about. Keep up the great blogging. Looking forward to more.

Paul Elliott's picture
Paul Elliott on May 13, 2003 - 19:38 Permalink


Thanks for the excellent job on the PEI website. I visit it almost everyday in anticipation of the yearly trip my wife, daughter and I make to the Island. I’m a Trent grad, still living in Peterborough and working in the imaging industry with Olympus America. We’re always looking for an excuse to leave Ontario and plant ourselves on your beautiful Island. Perhaps one day we’ll give in to the urge. Looking forward to Charlottetown in July!

Nettie's picture
Nettie on May 14, 2003 - 14:33 Permalink

I start my work day with you. Great start! Thanks

Chris Corrigan's picture
Chris Corrigan on May 19, 2003 - 20:16 Permalink

Hey Peter:

Chris here…remembering working together at Trent Radio, and the time John Muir told Cailtin you invented the Internet.

I guess Reinvented is as good a name as any for this blog then…



Doug Coventry's picture
Doug Coventry on May 25, 2003 - 19:07 Permalink

I’m a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who lives in Virginia Beach, VA. As a child, I used to listen to WWWE on the AM dial. My older brother in the bottom bunk, me in the top in a stuffed little apartment in Uhrichsville, OH (about 2 hours south of Cleveland) tuning into WWWE to listen to Cavs games. Joe Tate at the helm and then this crazy Rush Limbaugh like Al Franklin.
OH God! The memories! I’ve continued to be a fan throughout the years…..and this LeBron James hysteria! I LOVE IT!
What happen to WWWE? I can’t find it.

Ken's picture
Ken on May 28, 2003 - 01:53 Permalink

The PEI Website is lightning in a bottle — it is always rewarding digging through the site and I’m sure there are many areas of it I have not yet discovered. You bring clarity and order to the province virtual and real.
I am telecom refugee left over from Nortel’s better days, will work for beer. My web index is like TV guide for the web.
I am in Tyne Valley.

Wednesday White's picture
Wednesday White on May 30, 2003 - 17:38 Permalink

Uh, hey. Came across you trying to find SOMEONE else who enjoyed listening to and writing about CBC Radio One’s national morning programming.

I’m an expat stuck in the UK, who grew up in New Brunswick with enforced Island trips by ferry (Cape Tormentine <→ Borden — thank god that’ll never happen again) twice a year. The less said about *that*, the better.

harriet meacher's picture
harriet meacher on June 1, 2003 - 20:00 Permalink

peter.. this is so funny… here i am looking up gallbladder attack… (having just suffered yet another) and i find YOU… it was nice to meet your parents at the concert last night… sorry i missed the slides…
cheers harriet

Thor Henrikson's picture
Thor Henrikson on June 7, 2003 - 01:13 Permalink

I found your blog through geourl. I’m a filmmaker in Halifax who was curious about who was blogging around me. Your writing and choice of subjects keeps bringing me back. One of my favorites.

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~bc on July 14, 2003 - 16:38 Permalink

Hey, I’m Brian, and I reside in Boston, MA; and online at recently.rainweb.net. I’m not a regular visitor, but got directed here by a comment from Peter on Steven’s at Acts of Volition. Not terribly surprised to see a strong silverorange presence in the readership! Hope to get up and see PEI. We have (very tasteful) PEI tourism commercials down here! Just thought I’d say “Hi,” and leave my mark.

Rick Durkee's picture
Rick Durkee on July 27, 2003 - 23:06 Permalink

I’d ike to know if there’s anyone out there who knows how to make an excellent facsimile of Tim Horton’s Iced Cappuccino?

Nils Ling's picture
Nils Ling on August 11, 2003 - 04:44 Permalink

Hey Peter …
Stumbled in here via Acts of Volition, which I stumbled into via CityFilter … which I stumbled into via far too much free time between tours and a lack of the kind of discipline one really ought to have if one wants to pretend to be a writer … it may be all that stumbling is a dead giveaway .. I’m a drinker with a writing problem …

Nils Ling's picture
Nils Ling on August 11, 2003 - 04:45 Permalink

… who can’t even properly spell his own website, evidently … sorry … www.nilsling.com

John's picture
John on September 17, 2003 - 20:37 Permalink

I am John Morris. A local who is also impressed with the design of this site. My hat comes off to you sir Peter.

jypsy's picture
jypsy on September 26, 2003 - 01:41 Permalink

we met years ago… you lived on the Jewell Rd (I think) we spent an hour or so in the back room of the Island Craft Shop… not long after you moved here. See Wired’s Geek Syndrome http://www.wired.com/wired/arc… and you’ll start to get where I fit in. The internet is the wheelchair of the Autistic… been following you and your work since… well, that was a while ago…

Tracey's picture
Tracey on November 2, 2003 - 04:58 Permalink

Hi there, I was just looking online for symptoms of gallbladder attacks and problems. I found your website very helpful as I believe this is what is wrong with me. I find that the pain comes after eating chocolate, ugh, I love the stuff. Anyway thanks for all the info on your site, I really enjoyed reading it,
Tracey in Cape Breton

Dawn A.'s picture
Dawn A. on November 8, 2003 - 20:19 Permalink

Hi, this is a great site. I found you while searching for stuff on unschooling and came across a discussion of PEI’s new homeschooling laws (I’m in Nova Scotia and sooo jealous of the homeschoolers there). I am now hooked…but curious. I have no idea what silverorange is.

Arthur's picture
Arthur on November 18, 2003 - 02:51 Permalink

Via Alan.

Neil Strickland's picture
Neil Strickland on December 11, 2003 - 17:53 Permalink

Hi, Peter. Found your website when it was Digital Island. Thoroughly enjoy Reinvented.net .

Merry Christmas.

Your friend

Neil Strickland

Al O&#039;Neill's picture
Al O'Neill on December 15, 2003 - 16:49 Permalink

G’day sir,

Stumbled across this place via cityfilter, which I found via a google search for “dead man’s pond”.

Right now I’m a grad student doing computer science at UNB, specializing in reconfigurable hardware design and graph theory among other things. Always like to keep up with what’s going on back home, though.

Philip M. Howard's picture
Philip M. Howard on December 23, 2003 - 19:48 Permalink

Hello Peter!

We met a few times when I was doing sysadmin things for PEI-Net/Cycor… the greatest PEI-based national ISP that never was (quite).

Since then I’ve journied around the Internet bubble to places I never thought I’d see and attended OSCOM3 on my personal “shoestring budget” to mingle with open source and content management denizens.

Seems like you’ve been having a great time too.

Say Hi to Jamie H. if you see him.


mystery girl's picture
mystery girl on December 24, 2003 - 19:27 Permalink

Hi I’m trying to blog for myself. I am a rookie but I love your site so you are my first link! drop in and visit the grey abyss sometime.