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Hit and Miss #238
I was up late playing Cities: Skylines last night (no regrets), but I bounced back with a triple espresso to start my day—it’s hard to predict where the afternoon will take my energy, though, so I’ll write to you quickly now and hope for the best.
Some links for you today:
- Amil Niazi on ambition has left me thinking all week: ‘There’s an illusion with work that everything you give up now, all the stolen time commuting, working overtime, checking your email and Slack notifications after hours, will somehow earn you freedom and capital in your later years. But the farce of “work hard now, play later” has been exposed for millennials and Gen-Zers; most of us will be working until we die. It’s hard to maintain your ambition in the face of that reality.’ (I’ve never considered myself ambitious—this is a great articulation of my more recent reasons why not.)
- Despite our economic obsession with software and the like, the built environment remains central to our lives. A few interesting pieces on that topic, with a dash of disaster response thrown in (since it’s becoming increasingly central):
- This story about an Alberta MLA confirming and reporting a security vulnerability, only to have to resign from caucus and face investigation by the police, is a great example of why governments need good vulnerability disclosure policies—and why those policies have to sit within a broader legal framework affording protection for ethically identifying vulnerabilities. (It’s important to consider who gets investigated for such “cybercrime”, in the absence of such a framework…)
- I spent some time analysing my walk data, visualizing my range in Ottawa in 2020, 2021, and thus far in 2022. It’s already prompting me to change up where I go for today’s walk!
- With Wellington closed to traffic (kinda), proposals swirl for how Ottawa’s parliamentary precinct might be redesigned or reimagined. For those seeking grand boulevards, I’m reminded of a Paul Wells column from a few years ago, putting into context why other cities have such grand designs—and why it’s totally okay that Ottawa doesn’t.
All the best for the week ahead!