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It’s official: I hate Portland Oregon

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A brief explanation why I think Portland sucks: its dog owners don’t know shit. And that’s a fact.


Monday, December 6th, 2010

The biggest problem with letting regular blogging slide is re-entry – at least, that’s my experience. For the past month, I let the posts slide …and then eventually dwindle to mere Sunday links updates. I’d like to pull up my socks and re-enter. Here’s a peek into a small piece of what I’ve been up […]

Dirty Wall Project: slums and cities

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I saw an amazing photograph in the temporary gallery Ryan Kane of the Dirty Wall Project has set up on Fort Street. The photo is one of many that Kane is selling to raise funds for his venture: it’s a flat, saturated, picture-edge-to-picture-edge frontal view of one small piece of a slum in Saki Naka […]

Cougar (in Victoria)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Late Monday night, my next-door neighbor spotted a cougar on the patch of lawn in front of the townhouse across the street from us on Rockland Avenue. She had intended to move her vehicle from her property to my street (Pentrelew) around the corner, but the cougar – which did not appear frightened by the […]

On re-reading Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Since I’m fuming in a conversation over on Facebook about the City of Victoria’s Department of Engineering (which seems to me benighted), I was reminded of my 2007 article, Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street (the link goes to the Scribd version). Not to sound too much like I’m tooting my own horn, but […]

Behind the scenes at the RBCM

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Yesterday I went on a “back of the house” tour of the Royal BC Museum: wow. British Columbia residents, take note – this is your museum, and you can organize small groups and ask to go on one of these tours. It’s staggering to learn just how much is tucked away in storage, including significant […]

What prompts a municipal CAO’s expenses?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Victoria British Columbia hired a new City Manager one year ago (July 2009). Recently, the city released its 2009 Public Bodies Report (PDF), which itemizes the city’s expenditures. On p.8, we read that the City Manager’s 2009 salary was $186,418.09 – and that her expenses were a staggering $168,443.94. What prompts expenses that come to […]

PechaKucha Night Victoria, Vol. 2

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Three months ago, on February 25, 2010, Elisa Yon and some friends helped instigate Victoria‘s first PechaKucha Night. That was Vol. 1, and it was a blast. Now, get ready for Vol. 2, happening this Thursday, May 27 at the Victoria Event Centre. . . I know I’ll be surprised by Vol. 2, just as […]

Some resources for Victoria’s MSM

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This is a response to my Tuesday post on Victoria’s MSM and SM panel discussion, “No policy …no strategy, either,” with a list of resources that local media might want to investigate.

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