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Archive for December, 2008

Punk alert: Feeling “bitchy”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

It’s almost NYE – that dratted time of year when idiots worldwide propose resolutions and the rest of us stare blank-eyed at the cereal bowl of life. I’m feeling particularly foul-minded these days, not least for being older (but not wiser to life, necesssarily), and for being at a point where reassessment seems …um, necessary, […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Urban RainCatchers Gazette: Frontpage QUOTE Judging by what’s covered in the media, it would appear that so-called “green” developers are leading the way when it comes to sustainable water and stormwater practices. But there is plenty of evidence to debunk that myth. This website will showcase innovation in the public sector, leadership from the grassroots, […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The Bellows » Homes on the Cheap Housing price downturn hasn’t fixed or addressed the affordable housing crisis, and it would be a good thing if liberal/progressive policy makers engaged with the ideas of “conservatives” like Ed Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko, who advocate “a substantial increase in housing vouchers and federal measures to incentivize growth […]

Canadian cities in a quagmire?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

We’re experiencing an exceptional cold weather spell in southwestern British Columbia, and last night a 47-year old homeless woman died in Vancouver.  She burned to death, trying to keep warm with a live fire; the police think her blankets must have caught fire. The story is all over the news of course, including here: Woman’s […]

Articles all on Scribd now

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Just a quick update re. my magazine articles for Focus: all articles are now available on Scribd. See them directly: Or go to my Articles published in FOCUS Magazine, Victoria, Canada page and click through to individual articles from there. What’s up/ what’s new? Well, the remainder of 2008 is up, and all the 2006 […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Amsterdam cracks down on prostitution, cannabis: lessons for Victoria? « Robertrandall’s Weblog Rob blogged about Amsterdam’s re-think of its liberal laws regarding drug use (and prostitution, too). I left a *long* comment, a thinking-out-loud about how the factory system of education, coupled with a repression of creative risk-taking and innovation in the culture, enables and […]

Drug use as side effect of suppressing innovation and risk-taking?

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

The other day Rob Randall posted an entry, Amsterdam cracks down on prostitution, cannabis: lessons for Victoria?, on which I left a long comment. Rob’s post was about how Amsterdam is reconsidering its liberal laws regarding drugs (and prostitution). My comment wasn’t about Amsterdam or about liberalizing drug laws (as such), but more discursive, “thinking-out-loud” […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

The Quivering Upper Lip by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Autumn 2008 Yes, he’s an old curmudgeon, but there are valid questions and true insights in this piece, which among other things basically asks, whatever happened to self-control and isn’t there something plain wrong with thinking that it’s now imperative to let it all hang out […]

More Focus Magazine articles up on Scribd

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

I managed to scan & upload a few more articles, this time starting with October 2006, and managing to get through half of 2007.  See my Scribd page here for details – there are now 3 folders (2006, 2007, 2008), to make it easier to find articles chronologically. Next up, finish 2007, and then do […]

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