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The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Seattle Channel Video Player: POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Space) QUOTE: Seattle’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces: A Walking Tour 8/26/2009: Councilmember Nick Licata defines POPOS: Privately Owned Public Open Space. Under Seattle city zoning laws, building developers can engage in zoning tradeoffs that may allow them to build bigger or higher, if they provide […]

Victoria City Council passes bylaw to borrow $63million

Friday, August 28th, 2009

It took them less than 5 minutes to pass 3 “readings” of a bylaw to borrow $63million – and this was done at nearly 1 a.m., with no press, no media in Council Chambers at the time. The only people there was a little band of die-hard policy watchers (including me). I shot a video […]

JohnsonStreetBridge.ORG update

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

We’ve been busy with our Johnson Street Bridge group. Tonight, we hosted a meeting (at Victoria’s Central Library) at which nearly 50 people showed up. That’s not bad at all, given the fairly short notice and relatively low-key advance publicity. My daughter live-blogged the event (using CoverItLive), and you can see the results if you […]

Update Friday.

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I’ve really been slacking off on the blog posts – lots of turmoil and indecision happening on the personal front at present. I’m also consumed by what my city council is plotting to pull over Victoria taxpayers, and have been working with our little group to raise awareness.  We have a website, JohnsonStreetBridge.ORG, which I’ve […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The Five Question Interview – Dan Ariely — Ben Atlas Ben Atlas poses interview questions to Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. Dan responds to the questions in this video. Atlas’s questions focus on rationality/ irrationality, crime, reward, etc. Fascinating stuff about behavioral economics, great insights from Dan […]

Busy blogging elsewhere (mostly about the Johnson Street Bridge)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Sorry about the lacunae here, but I’ve been busy blogging on our site, Johnson Street Bridge, where I posted Lovin’ the interwebs: corrections on comparisons tonight; earlier today, I wrote  Johnson Street Bridge news continued… (a ‘curation‘) for MetroCascade; and right after that, a related entry on MetroCascade‘s blog, New curations interface thingy on MetroCascade […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

What Can We Learn from the Dutch Self Explaining Roads? Fascinating read about the concept of “forgiving highways” (forged in the 1960s), and why it needs rethinking in built-up areas, and how the Dutch are leading the way. QUOTE Forgiving Highways is a concept that designs roads to “forgive” mistakes made on the road. It […]

Local Johnson Street Bridge discussion heats up

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

I’ve been busy over at JohnsonStreetBridge DOT org, the website created by Mat Wright, Ross Crockford, and me. My contributions have run mainly to writing some blog posts and brainstorming with Mat and Ross. The latter produced a brilliant letter, delivered to Mayor and Council on Tuesday. It’s four pages long and asks all the […]

Cutting through clutter, or, unity is overrated

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Advice on getting organized isn’t hard to find these days – it seems every other person has clutteritis and needs a feng shui intervention. I’m not immune to the lure of the organized life either: were I able to arrive at an oasis of oversight, it would feel like coming to my true home. … […]

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