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Mike Cousins

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Updating An Essential Phone on Telus

Telus (and their sub brands like Koodo and Public Mobile) loves to block phone updates for some reason. They published an infographic…

Investment Check-in 2017

I posted the details of my investment strategy a while ago. I thought I'd give an update on how it's been doing since then. Calendar 201…

The Golden Stack

I'll keep posting this every once in a while, but this is my current preferred stack. Cloud Azure. PaaS > IaaS. Database SQL Azure. API C…

Enterprise quality WiFi at home

What if you could get enterprise quality WiFii at home for a price that is much more closer to regular home prices? That's the dream that…

Plex and the streaming life

Lately people have been discovering how much better the on demand streaming model of Netflix is than normal cable television. The biggest…

Household tech

So this is happening, the Cousins family is building their house! As many of you know, this house is going to be pretty full of technology…

Best Body Fitness Sprint Triathlon 2013

Photos from the 2013 Best Body Fitness Triathlon in Sylvan Lake, AB are now up! We had some amazing weather in the middle of a monsoon which…

Google Play Store ordering experiences (Nexus 4 & Nexus 7)

Nexus 7 Here is the timeline of my Nexus 7 order. June 27, 2012 I watched the Google event for the launch of the Nexus 7 and ordered it…

jQuery AJAX POSTing to ASP.NET MVC 3

Getting your model binding to work properly with jQuery takes a bit of trial and error if you're just getting started. There are a couple…

Best Body Fitness Triathlon Photos

I shot the Best Body Fitness Triathlon http://sltc.ca/race-info/ in Sylvan Lake this morning. The photos are currently being edited, and…

New Relic NuGet package: Automatic building and publishing with TeamCity

I'm a big fan of New Relic ( http://newrelic.com ) server/application monitoring and last year I created a NuGet package ( http://nuget.org…

Calgary condo parking limits are backwards

We're currently in the market for a new place to live. We have a rental condo and are looking to either purchase a condo or build an infill…

Where's the Azure focus Microsoft?

I moved Shuttr http://shuttr.com to Windows Azure a year or so ago and I've been very impressed with the platform. It's been fast, stable…

Office 365 ActiveSync fail, again

When Office 365 launched the mobile server address was m.outlook.com . This was a great address: easy to remember, pretty short, etc. A…

Silverlight 5 + Internet Explorer 9 using old Content-Type from POST in a subsequent GET

We've been running into a super annoying problem at work. After our Silverlight application makes it's login POST the next GET that we send…

Canadian investing made lazy

It's Easy One of the most common complaints that I hear about investing is that it's too complicated and that people don't have time to…

Localizing a Silverlight DatePicker control, a study in pain thresholds

For shame Microsoft. There is currently no way to localize a DatePicker. Instead of letting us simply specify a format string or any of the…

Mango App Challenge winner!

So a little bit ago my second Windows Phone app was approved. http://blog.shuttr.com/2011/11/20/shuttr-photographers-now-have-a-windows…

First Windows Phone 7 application published!

Well, my first application has been published. http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=e995f3ee-9fd4-4e60-bdba-a30168099cd1 My first attempt was a…

Writing a JSON API in ASP.NET MVC 3

Here is a snippet of the source for the current API on Shuttr http://shuttr.com . using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using…

Windows Phone AppHub Developer Account Update - Day 4

Here's the day 4 update on my Windows Phone On Friday I applied for my developer account.  Filled out a couple pages of forms, paid my $10…

Windows Phone 7 development beginning

So Microsoft just launched a cool program for Canadian developers, the Mango App Challenge https://www.microsoft.com/canada/offers…

New Relic + Windows Azure package for NuGet

Installing New Relic on Windows Azure is a bit of a pain so I've created a NuGet package for it to make it dead easy. I'll keep it updated…

Telus HTC Desire HD Gingerbread Update Fail

I read the news this morning and saw that the Gingerbread update for my Telus HTC Desire HD was out. I excitedly installed it and now I'm…

Shuttr - The Concept

I began taking sports photos after retiring from rowing and needing something new to fill up my spare time. I photographed several of the…

5 years, cured!

I recently had my last check up at the Tom Baker Cancer Center.  It marked my 5th year post-treatment.  The results were perfect and I can…

2 Years!

Well, yesterday was my 2 year check up. It actually hasn't been two full years but I guess each of my appointments has been a bit before…

+16 Months

My chest x-rays are clear, my blood work is perfect and the physical exam was good! I was a bit nervous before this one, but it seems like I…

+16 Month Tests Delayed

My next visit was supposed to be June 5th, but it was delayed because Dr. Blahey is on vacation. I'm going in on June 12th, next Tuesday…

A Year Later.....

I'm still clean! Sorry this is a bit late, I've been a bit busy with everything. I took on a couple contracts outside of Nortel to make some…

+9 Months - Clean!

I have no idea why the last one showed activity but my +9 month scan was completely clean. No cancer!!! I must have been excited or…

Waiting.....

I had my +9 month PET scan and now begins the longest week ever waiting for the results. I get them next Tuesday (Novemeber 7th) along with…

New condo!

My next scan will be on October 31st. Yes, that's Halloween, I think I might dress up. That is probably going to be the most important scan…

+6 Months

Well, I've been delaying making this post because I really don't know what to say. I got my results last Tuesday (August 22nd) and my PET…

+3 Months

Well, it's been 3 months already. I went for my first post treatment check-up and it went pretty well. I asked about diving again and Dr…

So....

I think this blog is pretty much done. I'll keep you updated with scan results but hopefully I won't have to use this much again. My next…

Phase 2 Begins

Phase 1 (beat cancer) - check Phase 2 (get back in shape) - starting now I'm back at work now and trying to get my sleep schedule back to…

Finished, but crying

I can't remember the last time I was crying, probably last year when my grandfather passed away, but I am right now. It's been an emotional…

The last one......

I'm just getting ready to go in for my last treatment! I'm more nervous for this one than for any of the others. I just can't wait for it to…

I want to be sedated

So I get into the hospital for chemo #11 and the nurse decides to put my IV in a vein a little bit up my arm, just above my wrist. It seems…

Nearing the end

I've had 10 out of 12 treatments now with the 2nd last one this Wednesday. I'm getting pretty confident now and am just looking forward to…

Back to skiing!

I had a great day at Sunshine Village today. Dave and I headed out and were greeted with free passes and some of the best snow I've skiied…

Ouch #2

Chemo is a good way to kill your high. I'm feeling pretty crappy again, but I'm now 3/4 done! I can't tell yet whether it is easier or…

Cancer Free!!!!!

Got the results of my PET scan back today and I am officially cancer free! As they put it they "detected no metabolic activity"! It's kind…

PET Scan #2

Well, I've now finished two-thirds of my chemo and this morning I had my second PET scan. They try to get rid of all of the cancer by the…

Suprise Party!

Wow. I had no idea this was going to happen at all. I was hanging out with my old high school friends, driving all over the city and we were…

Happy Holidays!

I hope everybody had a great Christmas! Ours was really nice and I'm feeling great. That's important because there has been lots of turkey…

7/12

Number 7 is done and it's going pretty well. I think I'm just excited because I get 3 weeks off after this one and I'm done for the year! I…

Opening Day at Fernie!

I went skiing on the weekend at Fernie for opening day. Pretty good time, but I got tired out pretty quick. I had to stop skiing and head to…

Halfway Done!

I have now finished number 6! They are definitely getting worse. I get this horrible taste in my mouth during the treatment and it hasn't…

Skiing Soon!

This weekend is my friend Dave's stag and we've got chalets booked in Banff for a weekend of skiing and relaxing. I'm so excited to get back…

5/12

Number 5 is now past me. It was a pretty bad start, I normally don't have any trouble getting the IV in and this time took 5 tries between…

Pain Day

Days 5-8 of each cycle are days that I get my Neupogen injections. They stimulate your bone marrow to produce more white blood cells. This…

Good News Finally!

I just got back from my appointment at the hospital. My white blood cell counts are up to a decent level so I won't need to increase the…

Fasting

It's 10:30 and I have now finished my last food and drink until dinner time. Anybody who knows me well, knows that this will be a remarkable…

Ouch

I think #3 was the worst so far. I've been pretty sick the entire time since chemo. The second one went well so I was hoping I might get…

Here goes #3!

I had my bloodwork done yesterday and chatted with the doctor a bit. My white blood cells were up to 1.6 this time, still not up into the…

2 Down!

The second chemo didn't seem to be all that bad so far. First couple days weren't that nauseous then it got worse and was pretty bad for…

Just Made It!

Our white blood cell counts are supposed to be between 2 and 8. Last week's test put me at 0.4. My doctor said he won't do chemo if it's…

I'm missing something...

Dawn shaved my head today. I don't know what to think of it yet. I guess it's not as horrible as I was imagining. To the Victoria folk, I…

Just say no to your fears!

After I was diagnosed I was scared that my PET scan results would come back showing that I had a large spread of cancer. I got the results…

After Chemo

I'm feeling pretty much back to normal now. After the first chemo I was nauseous for about 4 days. I felt like I was about to throw up all…

Chemo #1

It turns out they do all of the chemo through a hand IV, I hate hand IVs! It took a bit to get it in and it never really stopped hurting for…

Excuse me?

I have always believed that I caught this early, and I've always feared that I hadn't. It looks like my fears have won. I got the PET scan…

Party!

I had a great time last night! Most of my Calgary friends showed up at the Bull & Finch and we had some food and drinks. I wanted to have a…

Confirmation

Just got back from getting my stitches out of my neck. I asked for the results from the biopsy and it's nodular sclerosing Hodgkins lymphoma…

A Wild Weekend

I was in the Okanagan with Dawn for the long weekend, visiting my Grandma, touring some wineries and getting some time on the beach. We…

PET Scan

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. The radioactive glucose was a little bit late from Edmonton. I wasn't supposed to have surgery for 2 weeks…

Bone Marrow Biopsy

I was really worried about today's procedure. Had some bloodwork first (I don't know why they have to do this every single time I go…

Lymph Node Biopsy

Yesterday was my neck biopsy and I wasn't really worried about it before going in. Shortly after checking in and getting changed into my…

I'm Oriented

Just got back from a great session at Tom Baker. My parents, Dawn and Jon all came with me which was really nice. There was about an hour…

PET Scan Down!

The PET scanner is down today so they rescheduled me for next Wednesday. I guess I can eat breakfast now. It sucks because now I'm missing a…

Getting scheduled

I'm getting most of my staging scheduled now. PET scan this Thursday, orientation Friday (my family and I can meet everybody at Tom Baker…

Cancellations

As much as I didn't want this to affect my life, it has started to really affect it. I already cancelled on my volleyball team for the…

First visit to Tom Baker

I'm back from the doctor finally. I had to get a whole bunch of preliminary stuff done today, more x-rays, bloodwork, urine test, height and…

Going to Tom Baker

When I talked to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre yesterday they were pretty surprised at how long it was taking me to get stuff going with my…

The wheel's in motion!

Dr. Gillis is back in the office so I can resume pestering them over the phone! Due to a cancellation at the hospital they had an opening…

Back to waiting

Visited my family doctor's backup today. It sounds like I'll need a referral from the diagnosing doctor (Dr. Gillis) and that I might need a…

Vacation!

No, not mine, every doctor in the city of Calgary! I need to get a referral to get into the Tom Baker Center (Calgary's cancer center) and…

CAT Scan

My Dad drove me down to High River this morning for the CAT scan. It was pretty uneventful, but drinking that marker doesn't taste too good…

Cascade Mountain

My friend Dave and I had decided long ago to climb Cascade Mountain, and being the long weekend we set out to do it, cancer or no cancer…

Dr. Gillis #2

I show up nice and early, the receptionist is very happy and cheerful to me. I think something is up, but think nothing of it, content that…

Results are in

Dr. Gillis's office calls me and informs me that the results from the sample are in. I have an appointment with them the next morning to…

Dr. Gillis #1

Dr. Gillis is my new ear, nose and throat specialist and I arrive to hear the results of the ultrasound. He says that they saw the lump and…

The Ultrasound

My ultrasound which was supposed to have been done on Saturday has now taken place on Wednesday. Each day I am told that it might be able to…

Let the fun begin

I go to a walk-in clinic with my girlfriend Dawn. I show him the lump and he feels it, listens to it with the stethoscope and declares it to…

A Lump

I feel a lump in my neck in the shower. It's about half the size of a golf ball and it's right above my left collarbone. I call my family…