About this site
This online journal contains various personal notes, including:
- reference notes from readings, interviews, and other academic activities of the author,
- completed academic papers written or co-written by the author,
- notes pertaining to the author’s ongoing photographic projects,
- other various and sundry notes on subjects of interest to the author.
All original work is copyright the author of this site — all rights are asserted and reserved. Quotations from works other than the site’s author are indicated, cited, and referenced as appropriate. All material is posted for research and reference purposes only, and rights to do so are claimed under “fair dealing” provisions under Canadian copyright law. Portions may be reused under “fair dealing” (Canada), “fair use” (US), or similar copyright provisions, with appropriate credits.
The author uses and highly recommends Zotero for reference and citation management, LibreOffice Writer for authoring academic papers, and Google Scholar for identifying research articles. This site is maintained using WordPress.
About the author
He holds a faculty position in the Creative Arts department at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada, where he has taught courses in e-commerce and web site design, development, and accessibility since 2004.
Orest earned his Masters degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 2012. A copy of his graduate research can be found in the ERIC database. In 2014 he commenced Ph.D. studies in Education at the University of Manitoba. More about his academic activities here.
Prior to his association with Red River College, Orest worked as a publishing technologies consultant to clients in publishing, pharmaceutical, travel information, and financial industries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He was based out of the New York City metro area between 1992 and 2003.
He was an online publishing pioneer when, in 1994, he helped launch some of the earliest travel-oriented web sites while working for the travel trade division of the Anglo-Dutch publisher Reed Elsevier Group plc. These sites included OAG.com, HTI Online, M&C Online, Official Cruise Guide, and others. In 1997, Orest led the launch of TW Crossroads (now TravelWeekly.com), the online version of travel industry newspaper Travel Weekly. In various consulting roles Orest applied his information design and development expertise. These include the re-launch of LasVegas.com in 2002-3 and the RoadTrip Wizard, a Travelocity product developed by LeisureLogix in 2007.
Orest was a member of Winnipeg Public Library Board from 2013 until 2016 and its Vice Chair in 2016. He is an active member of the Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts where he has been Treasurer since 2016.
Orest is an accomplished photographer with works in private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of History (Canadian Museum of Civilization). He continues to create, process, and print photos using 35mm- and 120-format black-and-white film, with equipment such as Nikon FE2 cameras, a Voigtlander Bessa R2A rangefinder camera, and a Yashica Mat 124-G twin-lens reflex camera.
He enjoys travel, especially destinations of cultural or historic significance. His recent travels have included Berlin, Hamburg, and Copenhagen in 2018, Morocco, Andalucía (Spain), Gibraltar, and Portugal in 2017; Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands in 2016; Ukraine, Netherlands, and Belgium in 2015; France (Normandy and Paris) in 2014; Eastern Europe (from Budapest to Prague, Auschwitz, Warsaw, and Lviv) in 2013; and Japan (Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo), Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Laos, Vietnam, and Hong Kong in 2012. Earlier he had visited Australia, India, Italy, the Philippines, and Singapore, among other destinations. In 2014 he sailed the western Caribbean Sea–from Guatemala to Cancun, Mexico–with three friends on the Dauphine, a 36-foot centre-cockpit sloop.
He’s a movie buff and he loves listening to and learning about jazz. He knows what it means to miss New Orleans.