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Archive for April, 2008

More notes on Brandon Rosario, school reaction, and media fall-out

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Doc Searls added to the threads on Brandon Rosario’s performance with the wonderfully titled entry, Think softly and punish a big schtick. We know where the soft thinking is… Doc found a bonus link, Meet Brandon Rosario by Red Tory, a local blogger I hadn’t seen before. (His profile picture is of Francis Urquhart, or […]

File under: Shameless reposting of a locally reported story

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

An article in our local paper just caught my eye: Belmont student’s edgy speech sparks complaints, by Louise Dickson. Now we all know that the official paper never does what the bloggers do (ow!, where’s my tongue? heck, I think I dislodged it!), and naturally all headlines are to be taken at face value …sure. […]

Follow me on Diigo, too

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Aside from posting to Twitter (where there’s a certain art to making posts that stay under 160 characters in length — microblogging as haiku on steroids?), I also add frequently to my Diigo account, which you can see here.  When I have time, I annotate my bookmarks extensively, so there’s actually something to read. It’s […]

Follow me on Twitter

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

In the event that I do have some readers out there, just a heads-up that I’ll be very busy in the next little while, and therefore not able to write to this blog as often as I’d like …but: you can follow me on Twitter! Yup, I have a Twitter account and find that I […]

Suburbs, food deserts, and old-fashioned delivery trucks

Monday, April 21st, 2008

As it happened, Christopher Hume’s follow-up story today in the Toronto Star on the Leslieville big-box debacle, Wal-Mart and the city an uneasy mix (which I blogged about here), made some points that coincided nicely with a story by Shannon Proudfoot, which appeared in yesterday’s Province (Vancouver), about food deserts in cities: Suburbs cause ‘food […]

Reading Fred Wilson on the hyperlocal

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

I started reading Fred Wilson back in January when one of’s blog posts referenced Wilson’s entry, Rethinking The Local Paper. Wilson is a NYC-based venture capitalist/ investor who funds start-ups related to new media, social networking, online technologies, …that sort of thing. He’s also quite brilliant, blogs (A VC – Musings of a VC […]

“Creepy treehouse”

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I think the phrase “creepy treehouse” needs more traction, which is why I’m blogging it. Read about it on Flexknowlogy.  Here’s a brief excerpt, but you must click through and read the whole entry by Jared Stein.  It’s excellent! creepy treehouse see also creepy treehouse effect n. A place, physical or virtual (e.g. online), built […]

Suburbs and their replicating ways

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Two items about suburbia came across my horizon recently. One is a USA Today report on Chinese delegations coming to the US to study planned suburbs: Modern suburbia not just in America anymore by Haya El Nasser (today, April 18), which has an ominous (to my ears) conclusion, although there’s a lot of interesting stuff […]

Writer’s block: coming or going?

Monday, April 14th, 2008

I’ve managed to avoid blog posts that report on my own navel-gazing for a long time, but right now I’m ready to cave in and just write about belly-button lint. In a nutshell: I feel stuck. Call it writer’s block, call it cumulative frustration from constant interruption, call it an inability to visualize clearly… I […]

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