About Ian McKenzie

I am a technologist, artist, writer, and absolute lunatic that made an admirable attempt at making it seem like someone with a schizophrenia diagnosis can pass off as a high-functioning person.

After graduating high school, I spent 10 years as a retail employee while hacking my favorite video games for laughs in my free time. At the age of 26, I had a quantum leap in self-care which led to a pre-midlife crisis where I went to college for design and coding to become a tech founder.

Eventually, I came to several conclusions about how I live:

  • I am unable to work full-time due to my illness, which makes me an unsuitable employee and employer @ >24hrs/wk
  • I love to live and learn, both through and about:
    • Art
    • Code
    • Storytelling
    • Self-care
  • I am obsessed with optimizing personal environments
  • I love helping people solve technology problems, and providing a massive ROI if they are paying me for that help
  • I prefer to keep my creative expression as separate from my work with clients as possible. As a result, I limit the design and coding work I take.

Acknowledgements

gilakas’la / čɛčɛ haθɛč

I respectfully and gratefully acknowledge that I live, work and play within the traditional territory of the K’ómoks Nation.

I also wish to acknowledge the land on which this webserver operates (Toronto). For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to benefit from this land.

About this website

This is a place where I blog about my life as a schizophrenic and entrepreneur. Sometimes those things overlap, and I’ll blog about that, too. I am largely successful at managing my schizophrenia and reading my blog should hopefully give you plenty of insights if you’re seeking to manage your schizophrenia as well.

I also write poetry, though I should warn you I hate reading poetry and find the poetry community largely stuffy and/or pretentious. I  have nothing against you if you’re a poet, I just prefer to limit my poetry indulgence to simply writing it.

This website also hosts the designs I’ve made over the years that are not on the Objektiv Digital portfolio. This roughly translates to showcasing the work from my college years.

I am lightly dabbling in the cryptocurrency world with non-fungible tokens and enthusiasm for the Basic Attention Token. Other than that, I am a complete novice to crypto and don’t have much interest in it outside of those two things.

Over the years since starting college, I have worked on 3 major projects; Stridr, Curious Markings, and Enderbook. Stridr has since been shut down. I still work on Curious Markings and Enderbook casually.

Personal life

I am the partner to Brittany, a woman that has taught me more about the man I want to be than anyone else. I am the uncle to a couple of adorable munchkins that I plan on corrupting with my “uncle” sense of humour – just as my uncle Mark did before me 😈. I am the son of Catherine and grandson of Jack, professional salespeople who taught me the skills I needed to become the decent salesman and decent human being that I am today. Lastly, I am the grandson of Helen, the person who exemplified the traits of honoring heritage, generosity, and individuality that I strive to someday match.

My philosophy as it is now

Life should be equally beautiful and easy as it is ugly and challenging. The pursuit of beauty, ease, ugliness, and challenge should be detached from the judgment, perception, measure, and exploitation of others.

  • Beauty in the environment, relationships, and presentation of yourself and your work
  • Ease of interaction with your environment; digital, analog, or anything else
  • Ugliness in the reality of life, whether it be scrubbing the toilet, telling the truth, setting boundaries, or accepting your limitations
  • Challenging yourself with tasks and goals that are ambitious, realistic, and lucrative (whether that be monetary, social, or personal fulfillment)

AGHKGH! [email protected]&# OFF POPUP!

Sorry, sorry! I just thought since you've been on this site for longer than average, you might hear me out?

Why do you do this to me, Ian...

Okay, okay, I'll be quick! I have a newsletter to keep you up-to-date on my content and projects. If my stuff tickles your pickle, help us both out by subscribing!

Also, I don't do anything shady or aggressive with your email address. I'll only send you the good stuff and won't share your email with any person/provider that isn't working for me to serve you better.

'Serve me better.' What deliciously vague jargon. Is this where you pretend to be me and you make me respond with a contrived form of consent because you're bold enough to assume this cute little chat interface gimmick is enough to actually get me to sign up?

Ummm... uhhh... ahh... Sign up and get exclusive discounts and early access!!!! Come ooooon! Induced scarcity is fun!


...alright, well, I'll leave it up to you.

Ian's Creations

Poetry

From innocent witticisms to performative wokeness to outright vulgarity.

Schizophrenia Blog

Tips and tricks for managing mental illness, plus stories of living with schizophrenia.

The Meme Hotline

Serving dad jokes over automated voice and meme text messages via SMS completely toll-free!

Enderbook

The social app for Minecrafters. Share creations, follow friends, set up trades, & live chat.

Art & NFTs

Much like the poetry, another vehicle for humor, social commentary, & occasional beauty.

Personal Blog & Project Updates

Like everyone else on social media, I've been deluded into thinking my opinions matter.

Objektiv Digital

Making websites for successful local businesses. The most effective one-man-agency you'll likely ever find.

Like this nav? It does what every marketing-oriented web designer will tell you not to do: shove as many things in your face as I can!