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Guess what? Park Avenue used to be …a park

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Streetfilms has produced a great ~4minute video, “Fixing the Great Mistake: Autocentric Development,” that makes the case for taking city streets back from the automobile. As it happens, I had the same idea in the early 1970s. It’s finally getting mainstream traction!

Mr Softie is still missing, as is Democracy

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

A missing cat poster in Fairfield’s Cook Street Village makes a very funny and effective political statement.

Low voter turnout

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Last Saturday, British Columbia held municipal elections.  Here in Victoria and the other 12 surrounding municipalities that together comprise the CRD (Capital Regional District), we too voted. There’s a problem, though: the turnout is low, low, low. The City of Victoria managed to get just under 22% of eligible voters to cast a ballot; Saanich: […]

Social networking, version 2.0?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Something to explore in greater depth over the coming days: via Cool Hunting, a post by Tim Yu about Social Networking for a Cause. Yu writes: From corporate-sponsored “Cool Apps” to niche spin-offs like Bakespace, Virb and I’m In Like With You, online communities are still largely about socializing and/or wasting time. Their potential as […]

Yann Martel, bearing great gifts — Is Stephen Harper reading?

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Arts News Canada carried an article from Halifax’s Daily News today: Author plays professor to prime minister, one book at a time: One of Canada’s most popular authors is taking a decidedly novel approach in his efforts to encourage appreciation of the arts – he’s started a website to help expand Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s […]

Rough draft for a Black Friday Rag

Friday, November 25th, 2005

This morning I read an interesting article about a singing iceberg, but more importantly, I heard the iceberg (link follows, to audiofile). Combined with the general level of continuing insanity, I was inspired to get the following rough draft onto paper (and now, inter-textually, onto the blog). Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not exactly Howl, […]

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