Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room, reviews Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, and blogs and reviews books about most other subjects here on his home page.
As a commentator on maps and the Olympics, Jonathan has been interviewed or featured by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others.
He also appeared as a panelist and presenter at science fiction conventions like Can-Con, Readercon and SFContario.
Jonathan grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town weekly newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and ministerial correspondence.
In 2003 he moved to Shawville, Quebec, where he lives with his wife Jennifer Seely, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.
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About Angus McWetboy
Jonathan uses “mcwetboy” as his username an awful lot. What’s up with that?
“Angus McWetboy” first appeared during his stint at the University of Waterloo, where he published a surreal e-mail newsletter for the history graduate student association in which “Angus” was a recurring character. The name meant nothing in particular (other than a vague notion that anything Scottish was inherently funny), just a few syllables that sounded funny to him at the time. “Angus” was a madman who obsessed about imported cheese products from faraway places, and the insect pests that infiltrated his stocks (cheese weevils, Tajikistan — made no sense). Most of his fellow students didn’t get the joke, and begged him to tone down the lunatic tone of the newsletter before it got them into trouble with their professors.
Later on, it seemed unique and meaningless enough to use as a user name and as a domain name for his home page, which lived at mcwetboy.com from 2001 to 2011.
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