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Archive for February, 2009

Tough love from Lifehacker Gina Trapani

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I should get the following advice embedded as a microchip in my brain… Choose three important tasks to complete each day. Write them down on a slip of paper and keep it visible on your desk. When you have a moment, instead of checking your email, look at the slip, and work on an item. […]

Too many choices!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For some reason, Thursday February 26 offers a plenitude of events to choose from, but no matter which I choose, I’ll be wistfully wondering if I should be elsewhere since I can’t be at all three. First, there’s VIAFest! February 26!, which includes a free museum tour of the Royal BC Museum’s Modern Galleries and […]

March FOCUS Magazine online

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The current (March 2009) issue of FOCUS Magazine is now up. Click through to find a link for the full PDF of the complete March issue (or just click here). My article, “Victoria’s Urban Forest,” is on p.32 – scroll through to find. Which reminds me that I need to put this latest article as […]

Local emphasis

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

At Northern Voice 2009 (which I still have to assimilate/ digest), I attended a session on hyper-local blogging and also heard people (myself included) lauding the value of “local.” On the ferry ride home, I had a chance to look through The Wall Street Journal. Peggy Noonan’s column, Remembering the Dawn of the Age of […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

“Environmental Heresies; The founder of The Whole Earth Catalog believes the environmental movement will soon reverse its position on four core issues,” by Stewart Brand Great article from May 2005, by Stewart Brand, on scientific thinking v romanticist thinking, applied to environmentalism and predictions for the future. Great stuff. It starts like this (and doesn’t […]

Northern Voice 09 in Vancouver

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Really hate to do this, but here’s a plain-and-simple place-holder blog post: hey folks, I’m at Northern Voice 09 in Vancouver, and having a great time. Inundated with people and information, too, which is why I’m not blogging. But – overall – having a great time. Vancouver is marvelous – obviously a beneficiary of population […]

Quick note on Victoria politics and level playing fields

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

If I were perfect – and perfectly unencumbered by domestic and other obligations – I would write at length about two city of Victoria-related political events I attended in the last 24 hours. Since I’m not perfectly unencumbered, however, that’ll have to wait. But here’s foretaste (which serves also as a reminder to myself, in […]

Notes: spatial arrangements for cars and kids

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Bear with me, gentle reader, as I try to describe in words a spatial relationship. Something about how the combination of roads and a school near my house affects pedestrian movement has been bugging me. Around the corner from where I live are two east-west running arterials, Yates (one-way west-bound) and Fort (one-way east-bound), that […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

“BREAKING NEWS”: Why the New York Times and Harvard Should Merge « What’s the Big Idea? “The business model – which is another way of saying the underlying purpose – of just about everything is changing right now, and that includes the university and the newspaper.” tags: bob_massie, newspapers, ideas, harvard, business_model Flong – Interactive […]

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