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Archive for November, 2005

On the stormy seas of schooling

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Looking at my referer log yesterday, I experienced my personal equivalent of getting slash-dotted: Daryl Cobranchi, who writes a homeschooling blog, linked to my cocktail-party-piece, and I was inundated by hits from his site. They continued today — and after reading around in his blog, I can believe that he has a large and loyal […]

A cock’s tale

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I was invited to a cocktail party on Friday night, and readily accepted the invitation (because I like the hosts and their invitation featured a picture of Nick and Nora Charles), despite the two facts that 1) I don’t own a cocktail dress and 2) I don’t like martinis, whether Manhattans, Gibsons, or whatever else […]

Rough draft for a Black Friday Rag

Friday, November 25th, 2005

This morning I read an interesting article about a singing iceberg, but more importantly, I heard the iceberg (link follows, to audiofile). Combined with the general level of continuing insanity, I was inspired to get the following rough draft onto paper (and now, inter-textually, onto the blog). Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not exactly Howl, […]

Thinking with my lungs: mnemonics takes a deep breath

Monday, November 21st, 2005

I subscribe to MIT’s Technology Review and have enjoyed many articles and reviews thus far. But today’s issue brought a couple of howlers in two utterly unrelated articles, which, when read together, fit perfectly. First, Finding Podcasts Faster is a review of three new products that help users find specific audio material online. The reviewer […]


Friday, November 18th, 2005

Tomorrow approximately 30% (maybe 33%) of eligible voters in Victoria will complete casting their ballots for the city’s mayor and councillors. (I write “complete” because voters could vote early, from Nov.14th on.) That’s a sadly anemic projection, but consider that our City-of-Victoria-the-Legal-Entity (not counting the Greater Victoria area or the entire Capital Regional District) is […]

Let’s DISH

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The Conference Board of Canada‘s annual report tells Canadians that we’re slipping in status: from being in the club of the top five world-wide (out of 24) in 2001, we’ve fallen, due to various economic factors impacting the measure of our productivity, to 12th place in 2005. Our middle class isn’t growing at the same […]

Ain’t No Saint

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Two people recently observed, after we first chatted about the weather and dogs and the cost of living, that I haven’t been blogging lately, and then this morning Stu Savory sent an email with the same observation… Hi Yule, long time no write. Unlike yours truly, Stu is a man of few words, which he, […]

Running out of time

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

From the Forum for the Future, a pointer to a new book edited by Tim Aldrich, About Time. It sounds like they’re on to something: Despite the burgeoning army of machines designed to save us time – from cars and aeroplanes to dishwashers and microwaves – we don’t seem to have any more of it […]

World Usability Day

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

I had no idea that last Thursday (Nov.3) was World Usability Day. Hopping around on (comparing who links to what I link to), I found the Nov.1 BBC article that alerted me to this startling tid-bit. Belatedly (in honour of the day), let me quote from Donald Norman’s brilliant The Design of Everyday Things, […]

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