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Archive for July, 2007

Social networking, version 2.0?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Something to explore in greater depth over the coming days: via Cool Hunting, a post by Tim Yu about Social Networking for a Cause. Yu writes: From corporate-sponsored “Cool Apps” to niche spin-offs like Bakespace, Virb and I’m In Like With You, online communities are still largely about socializing and/or wasting time. Their potential as […]

“Where are you?”

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

I just came across an article by Kate Greene in the MIT Technology Review, Marking Your Territory, about web-based services that let you keep your friends up-to-date on where you currently are. In particular, the article describes Plazes, a Swiss start-up, which Greene says “lets you leave electronic bread crumbs for friends.” It sounds interesting. […]


Sunday, July 29th, 2007

After I learned that FastCompany had accepted my reader-submitted nomination of Victoria as a “fast city,” I tried to let as many people as possible know about this so that they could go and rank the city. I poked friends on Facebook, I scribbled on their walls, I sent emails to people at the Chamber […]

Victoria on “fast cities 2007,” with comments

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

  Victoria, British Columbia The City of Victoria, designated a Canadian Cultural Capital in 2005, is the core municipality of a metro region known as the Capital Regional District (pop. ~350,000 and growing). It is home to several universities (University of Victoria; Royal Roads; and the recently-founded private University Canada West, which plans to have […]

Letting others colonize the imaginary you is not a good idea…

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

This is pretty hilarious, but somehow pathetic, too… Those of you who’ve been to Epcot Center in Florida know the set-up: tourists visit “national” pavilions where they are bombarded by various cliches or story-book ideas about the country. Some pavilions are more high-brow than others, stocked with political information, and others are …less “serious,” if […]

Got blank page?

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

As anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time knows, I’m not especially adventurous when it comes to changing its “skin.” This isn’t because of a special sense of attachment I feel for whatever template I’m using — I just fall into a rut, and I don’t have the confidence to customize. […]


Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Japan Highway is a terrifying, nearly 13-minute long, video on YouTube, which then gets really scary about 4 1/2 minutes in. And doesn’t let up. Whatever you do, DON’T WATCH THIS.

Yann Martel, bearing great gifts — Is Stephen Harper reading?

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Arts News Canada carried an article from Halifax’s Daily News today: Author plays professor to prime minister, one book at a time: One of Canada’s most popular authors is taking a decidedly novel approach in his efforts to encourage appreciation of the arts – he’s started a website to help expand Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s […]

Arts News Canada: Most Valued Resource

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Just a big shout-out today to Marianne Lepa, who edits and publishes Arts News Canada every weekday, and thereby provides a hugely valuable resource for the arts in this country. Not only does she pull together all the relevant bits from what seems like just about every news source in Canada, but she sorts each […]

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