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Archive for June, 2008

Web discipline: instructed skid marks

Monday, June 30th, 2008

It’s a day shy of July, and I had hoped that by now there would be a “finish” to some still-open “action items.”  But things are not quite yet falling into place.  It’s not entirely my “fault,” but I confess that I’m skidding into inefficiency myself. At the same time, I’m reluctant to beat myself […]

Diigo Bookmarks 06/28/2008 (p.m.)

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Rate Your City Councillor : Rating Toronto and Vancouver City Councillors & Alderman More like this, please: I so WANT this for Victoria: an online feedback tool to rate your city’s councilors. So far available only for Toronto and Vancouver, but, one hopes, soon to expand to other Canadian cities. PS: of course you can […]

Dear Bill: not the same old John anymore

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

This week will continue in “blogging lite” mode as kids race to finish certain commitments that involve some help from me in the transportation department, while I take a stab at housekeeping on a couple of real and virtual fronts. My brain is on fire with a wild idea, sparked by last week’s UDI luncheon […]

First (and second) prize? Philadelphia (car) freedom

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Inga Saffron’s Philadelphia Inquirer column about a recent speech by Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter includes this great sound bite from the mayor: “We are a walkable city, increasingly home to bicycles,” Nutter declared. “We want to preserve our urban form. We do not want the automobile and its design requirements to dominate the landscape.” [emphasis […]

Still here, take two

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Edit/update (see end of post) It’s called “take two” because I started an earlier post with the “Still here” title. Somehow, that never made it past the “draft” phase… This is just a quickie to let whoever still reads here know that I haven’t spontaneously combusted or anything. It’s busy around me, which is a […]

Diigo Bookmarks 06/03/2008 (p.m.)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Nature’s Photonic Crystal, by Kristina Grifantini (MIT Technology Review) – Annotated File this under “I HEART biomimicry!” Amazing piece about scientists discovering that a lowly Brazilian beetle manufactures –chemically! — scales that essentially function as a photonic crystal structure for visible light. Now the scientists are not only making molds or copies of the beetles […]

Hugeasscity has me thinking about Victoria’s Centennial Square (again)

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

(Note: might add some links/ photos later, but no time now — written on the fly…) Dan Bertolet of Hugeasscity hits all the right points in his discussion of what makes a good urban plaza.  He includes a “wow!” photo of Seattle’s Garden of Remembrance, which, with its relatively steep grade, allows for steps oriented […]

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