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The day after Thanksgiving. No, wait. Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

In this brief rant I explain why I think the Left, with its critique of Thanksgiving as a holiday rooted in the white man’s oppression of Native populations, helps to enable hyper-capitalism’s 24/7/365 shopping encroachment on this holiday. Together, we’re in a race to the bottom.

Parenting. Such a riot.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I want to tell you a story of parenting, as I’ve observed it among my Canadian peers. I’ll try to convey how and why this parenting style shocked me. It’s just a story (albeit a true one), but perhaps it illuminates a small part of the dynamics at work in this Wednesday’s Canucks Riot that […]

Ecothinking and Marx

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here’s a plea to connect the dots: watch the video, consider rising food prices, and read about Marx today. Dare you!

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.

Gary Shteyngart’s bad fathers (on Super Sad True Love Story)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

So much already is written about Gary Shteyngart’s novel Super Sad True Love Story by readers and reviewers motivated far better than I that it feels redundant to add more. Read the description and reviews on Amazon, if the novel is unfamiliar. Then, if you haven’t already, get a hold of the book and read […]

Power/ Influence

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A few days ago the Vancouver Sun published BC’s top 100 influential women – it’s entirely possible that I would have missed the Sun‘s report if not for Alexandra Samuel‘s extensive blog post, Vancouver Sun list of 100 influential women in BC shows influence beyond Twitter. This evening I came across Are you an influencer? […]

Ever wondered why hotel staff turn down your bed?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Yet another section in Erve Chambers’s Native Tours jumped out at me today (see previous entries for other examples). Chambers references (pp.106-7) the work of Graham Dann, who in 1996 “described some of the ways in which language is used to promote various kinds of tourism, as well as to regulate and control interactions between […]

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