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Archive for May, 2011

How to Save Downtown (Victoria BC)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How to Save Downtown Victoria BC Canada: article submitted to FOCUS Magazine (June 2011), original and complete version. FOCUS online version is compromised, and the print version is rubbish. Read this for the real thing.

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

With Eye on Climate Change, Chicago Prepares for a Warmer Future – QUOTE Awareness of climate change has filled Chicago city planners with deep concern for the trees. Not only are they beautiful, said Ms. Malec-McKenna, herself trained as a horticulturalist, but their shade also provides immediate relief to urban heat islands. Trees improve […]

Change everything.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In the late 1970s I was a student of Robert Jacobsen’s and made modernist sculptures out of packing cardboard. Earlier this week I came across note cards and photos from that time, which prompts me to ask, “has much changed in art?”

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

YouTube – Sheryl Sandberg, Barnard Commencement 2011 Great speech, inspirational for women and society overall. QUOTE Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg delivered the keynote at Barnard College’s 119th Commencement ceremony. Addressing approximately 600 members of Barnard’s Class of 2011, Sandberg implored the young women to “never let your fear overwhelm your desire. Let the […]

NYT calls it a Twitter Trap. I say Keller needs to rethink

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Over on Facebook, a friend pointed to the May 18 article by Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times: The Twitter Trap. Keller wrote such a load of nonsense – my heart sank when I read it. A few thoughts on that story in a moment, but first: let’s recall that, Keller’s claim […]

What I said about Victoria BC municipal elections in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Another article I wrote in the run-up to Victoria BC’s 2008 municipal election is worth re-reading as we head into the 2011 election season. The team we elected in 2008 really bombed. Will 2011 signal a change for the better?

What I said about social media and political engagement in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Three years ago I published an analysis of how politicians could and should be using social media to engage voters. Read it today and ponder whether my ideas were implemented, say, in Victoria BC, to create real engagement. I say they haven’t.

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Tweet launches hunt for computer thief in New York Man tweets about his stolen laptop; a thousand miles away a posse forms to retrieve it for him. The paragraph that follows is very suggestive, possibly giving an insight into mob psychology and how Twitter / online social media might enable the good, the bad, and […]

I dreamed I saw some posts last night…

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Such a vivid dream: I wrote several long, tremendously satisfying blog posts. Once I woke up, I realized they weren’t there – yet. But at least I know they are there. PS: Apologies to Billy Bragg (I dreamed I saw Phil Ochs last night) with regard to my title – it was just a silly […]

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