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Archive for April, 2009

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Heirs to Fortuyn? by Bruce Bawer, City Journal Spring 2009 Article by Bruce Bawer, on why stalwarts of the Left in Europe, gays in particular, are abandoning social-democratic multicultural politics. …But, while things may be ok in Denmark, there are other countries where the backlash is creepy: QUOTE The situation in Spain is a reminder […]

Comment on Kevin Kelly’s “4 Arguments Against Technology”

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I just responded to Kevin Kelly‘s 4 Arguments Against Technology. He’s compiling a list, which he wants to flesh out – so that he can write better arguments in defense of technology. So far he has 1. Contrary to nature; 2. Contrary to humans; 3. Contrary to technology itself; 4. Contrary to God. I added […]

Notes: Traffic volume, hormone levels

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

When I was at yesterday’s Committee of the Whole at City Hall, I listened to the City’s engineers talk about cars and vehicular traffic, and how it relates to the question of whether or not to keep Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge (also known as the Blue Bridge). Out of the blue (this being the color […]

Blue Bridge blues

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

An interrupted week was interrupted even more when I attended this morning’s Committee of the Whole meeting, to listen to city councilors debate the merits of rehabbing v. replacing Victoria’s storied Johnson Street Bridge (aka “The Blue Bridge”), a bascule bridge designed and built by Joseph Strauss in 1924. Strauss also built the Golden Gate […]

Myers-Briggs says I’ve changed

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Change is good, right? Prompted by Gotham Gal’s post about taking an online Myers-Briggs personality test, I decided to give the test another whirl. I had taken it several years ago and got an INFP result – that’s Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perception. (I wasn’t especially pleased with that, incidentally. Not for any particular reason, but […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Is the Boulder model tenable for Ann Arbor? Saw this in Boris Mann‘s FriendFeed (via his Google Reader bookmarks). Comment on Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group (which “funds primarily light-weight, inexpensive software startups”) giving a talk in Ann Arbor. The push-back in the comment interesting insofar as it points to 2.0-bubble-ism and over-eagerness to build […]

March article: Victoria’s Urban Forest

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

It has been up on Scribd for a while, but I haven’t yet given this article a more detailed blog post: Victoria’s Urban Forest, published in FOCUS Magazine last month (March 2009). My description: Urban forests are more than just trees in cities: they are the complete ecosystem, including the trees and understory shrubbery and […]

February article: Housing 2.0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

It took a while for me to catch up with my own goal to blog about the articles I’ve posted to Scribd, but here (finally) is a quick pointer to Housing 2.0, the piece I published in the February 2009 issue of FOCUS Magazine. It’s a funny title in some ways, but this brief introductory […]

Time tread

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Latterly battling a major case of the blues, I’m not helped by what locals refer to as “island time,” a peculiar warp-mode prevalent to Victoria. It eats initiative, lets responses (feedback) fall into the black hole of never-never-land, and generally bogs down any and all projects. The other day in the locker room, I overheard […]

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