Study

This is where I write, about my reading and more, where I cultivate ideas. Rather than a neat list of articles, think of this as a scattered collection of notes. This is public thinking via the best medium: writing.

  1. Hot brain links

    Hit and Miss #257

    7 August 2022

  2. Toward an indie web(site)

    Roadmap (ish—I’m not a PM) of changes to make this site more IndieWeb

    1 August 2022

  3. Malleable words

    Hit and Miss #256

    31 July 2022

  4. Welcome to the party, pal

    Hit and Miss #255

    24 July 2022

  5. Slow links

    Hit and Miss #254

    17 July 2022

  6. Systems

    Hit and Miss #253

    10 July 2022

  7. Broken social scene—wait, I mean, contract

    Hit and Miss #252

    3 July 2022

  8. Internalized stress

    Hit and Miss #251

    26 June 2022

  9. Decommissioned

    Hit and Miss #250

    19 June 2022

  10. Half caff

    Hit and Miss #249

    12 June 2022

  11. Financialized nesting dolls

    Hit and Miss #248

    5 June 2022

  12. Busy rest

    Hit and Miss #247

    29 May 2022

  13. Climate unpredictability

    Hit and Miss #246

    22 May 2022

  14. L’aride follie del viver mio

    Hit and Miss #245

    15 May 2022

  15. Sunny springtime links

    Hit and Miss #244

    8 May 2022

  16. Anniversary treat

    Hit and Miss #243

    1 May 2022

  17. Forces for good

    Hit and Miss #242

    24 April 2022

  18. Abundant, virtuous futures

    Hit and Miss #241

    17 April 2022

  19. April again

    Hit and Miss #240

    10 April 2022

  20. Spring (tab) cleaning

    Hit and Miss #239

    3 April 2022

  21. Links on ambition, resilient building, and more

    Hit and Miss #238

    27 March 2022

  22. Doing our parts

    Hit and Miss #237

    20 March 2022

  23. Seeking beautiful moments

    Hit and Miss #236

    13 March 2022

  24. Chase the sun (redux)

    Hit and Miss #235

    6 March 2022

  25. War in real-time, in all its ugliness

    Hit and Miss #234

    27 February 2022

  26. Goodbye (?) to the occupiers

    Hit and Miss #233

    20 February 2022

  27. Savouring silence

    Hit and Miss #232

    13 February 2022

  28. Acoustic assaults

    Hit and Miss #231

    6 February 2022

  29. Ursula Franklin on silence

    Excerpts from “Silence and the Notion of the Commons”

    6 February 2022

  30. Occupied

    Hit and Miss #230

    30 January 2022

  31. Playing for team public

    Hit and Miss #229

    23 January 2022

  32. Where have the snow days gone

    Hit and Miss #228

    16 January 2022

  33. Melancholy and drama, but peace

    Hit and Miss #227

    9 January 2022

  34. Digging roots

    Hit and Miss #226

    2 January 2022

  35. A few books feed us well

    Hit and Miss #225

    26 December 2021

  36. Staring down the barrel, at least the memes are good

    Hit and Miss #224

    19 December 2021

  37. Fragments

    Hit and Miss #223

    12 December 2021

  38. What we lose

    Hit and Miss #222

    5 December 2021

  39. Outrunning the food coma

    Hit and Miss #221

    28 November 2021

  40. Stories within stories

    Hit and Miss #220

    21 November 2021

  41. Silent commemoration

    Hit and Miss #219

    14 November 2021

  42. One week down

    Hit and Miss #218

    7 November 2021

  43. Surviving November

    Hit and Miss #217

    31 October 2021

  44. Pandemic movie weekends

    Feel-good movies (mostly) to get through a pandemic

    31 October 2021

  45. Registering intent

    Hit and Miss #216

    24 October 2021

  46. Leaves pass to soil

    Hit and Miss #215

    17 October 2021

  47. A brief rom-com review

    Hit and Miss #214

    10 October 2021

  48. Truer histories

    Hit and Miss #213

    3 October 2021

  49. Star Trek days

    Hit and Miss #212

    26 September 2021

  50. Paths (not) taken

    Hit and Miss #211

    19 September 2021

  51. Little reading

    Hit and Miss #210

    12 September 2021

  52. September, you’re finally here

    Hit and Miss #209

    5 September 2021

  53. Reading and movies

    Hit and Miss #208

    29 August 2021

  54. August free fall

    Hit and Miss #207

    22 August 2021

  55. Democratic event(s)

    Hit and Miss #206

    15 August 2021

  56. Let’s get nerdy

    Hit and Miss #205

    8 August 2021

  57. Cool sunsets

    Hit and Miss #204

    1 August 2021

  58. Parables

    Hit and Miss #203

    25 July 2021

  59. Boredom, boiling frogs, and miscellany

    Hit and Miss #202

    18 July 2021

  60. Summer dreaming

    Hit and Miss #201

    11 July 2021

  61. “You give me life”

    Hit and Miss #200

    4 July 2021

  62. Loading

    Hit and Miss #199

    27 June 2021

  63. Cooking, staying hungry

    Hit and Miss #198

    20 June 2021

  64. Responding to violence

    Hit and Miss #197

    13 June 2021

  65. Doors Open (online)

    Hit and Miss #196

    6 June 2021

  66. 215 children

    Hit and Miss #195

    30 May 2021

  67. What’s on the mind

    Hit and Miss #194

    23 May 2021

  68. Lilacs

    Hit and Miss #193

    16 May 2021

  69. The world is cool

    Hit and Miss #192

    9 May 2021

  70. Anniversaries

    Hit and Miss #191

    2 May 2021

  71. To what grounds us

    Hit and Miss #190

    25 April 2021

  72. Furious, heartbroken—but not surprised

    Hit and Miss #189

    18 April 2021

  73. Daydream believer

    Hit and Miss #188

    11 April 2021

  74. Sunshine escape

    Hit and Miss #187

    4 April 2021

  75. Rainy day people

    Hit and Miss #186

    28 March 2021

  76. Spring—change, or not

    Hit and Miss #185

    21 March 2021

  77. On we go

    Hit and Miss #184

    14 March 2021

  78. Reporting thoughtfully

    Hit and Miss #183

    7 March 2021

  79. Keeping it light

    Hit and Miss #182

    28 February 2021

  80. Close to home

    Hit and Miss #181

    21 February 2021

  81. Another day older, closer to the grave

    Hit and Miss #180

    14 February 2021

  82. Chase the sun

    Hit and Miss #179

    7 February 2021

  83. Coding by any other name

    Hit and Miss #178

    31 January 2021

  84. Gettin’ sauced

    Hit and Miss #177

    24 January 2021

  85. Working (again)

    Hit and Miss #176

    17 January 2021

  86. This week in anti-democracy…

    Hit and Miss #175

    10 January 2021

  87. Zoom zoom

    Hit and Miss #174

    3 January 2021

  88. Revisiting

    Hit and Miss #173

    27 December 2020

  89. Five books for the year

    Hit and Miss #172

    20 December 2020

  90. Ugh, algorithms

    Hit and Miss #171

    13 December 2020

  91. PolySeSouvient

    Hit and Miss #170

    6 December 2020

  92. Waiting

    Hit and Miss #169

    29 November 2020

  93. Adventuring

    Hit and Miss #168

    22 November 2020

  94. For the love of knowledge

    Hit and Miss #167

    15 November 2020

  95. Trivial links

    Hit and Miss #166

    8 November 2020

  96. Blowing hot air

    Hit and Miss #165

    1 November 2020

  97. Argh

    Hit and Miss #164

    25 October 2020

  98. On Mi’kmaw waters

    Hit and Miss #163

    18 October 2020

  99. A sense of perspective

    Hit and Miss #162

    11 October 2020

  100. Leafing through

    Hit and Miss #161

    4 October 2020

  101. Books at hand

    Hit and Miss #160

    27 September 2020

  102. COVID crime

    Hit and Miss #159

    20 September 2020

  103. Rainy morning adventures

    Hit and Miss #158

    13 September 2020

  104. Maintenance, care, attention

    Hit and Miss #157

    6 September 2020

  105. Week in review

    Hit and Miss #156

    30 August 2020

  106. TV time and world-building

    Hit and Miss #155

    23 August 2020

  107. Remembering (how) to relax

    Hit and Miss #154

    16 August 2020

  108. Roads

    Hit and Miss #153

    9 August 2020

  109. Rain day thoughts

    Hit and Miss #152

    2 August 2020

  110. Some links

    Hit and Miss #151

    26 July 2020

  111. Virtual community

    Hit and Miss #150

    19 July 2020

  112. Snapshots of the week

    Hit and Miss #149

    12 July 2020

  113. Halfway through 2020

    Hit and Miss #148

    5 July 2020

  114. One link to listen

    Hit and Miss #147

    28 June 2020

  115. Heat, work, history

    Hit and Miss #146

    21 June 2020

  116. Who’s watching?

    Hit and Miss #145

    14 June 2020

  117. What to say

    Hit and Miss #144

    7 June 2020

  118. A difficult week

    Hit and Miss #143

    31 May 2020

  119. To your taste

    Hit and Miss #142

    24 May 2020

  120. New shelves

    Hit and Miss #141

    17 May 2020

  121. In memoriam

    Hit and Miss #140

    10 May 2020

  122. Beautiful words

    Hit and Miss #139

    3 May 2020

  123. Wordy cookbooks

    Hit and Miss #138

    26 April 2020

  124. Day off reading

    Hit and Miss #137

    19 April 2020

  125. Parliament carries on

    Hit and Miss #136

    12 April 2020

  126. Personal websites

    Hit and Miss #135

    5 April 2020

  127. Do nothing struggles

    Hit and Miss #134

    29 March 2020

  128. Sims

    Hit and Miss #133

    22 March 2020

  129. Now so fast, history so slow

    Hit and Miss #132

    15 March 2020

  130. Finding focus

    Hit and Miss #131

    8 March 2020

  131. 2x3 links (misc, archives) and a phrase

    Hit and Miss #130

    1 March 2020

  132. Spring, feelings, readings

    Hit and Miss #129

    23 February 2020

  133. Family time

    Hit and Miss #128

    16 February 2020

  134. Collected links

    Hit and Miss #127

    9 February 2020

  135. Mining my messages

    Hit and Miss #126

    2 February 2020

  136. Facilitating access

    Hit and Miss #125

    26 January 2020

  137. Snow slow

    Hit and Miss #124

    19 January 2020

  138. Retreat to the wholesome

    Hit and Miss #123

    12 January 2020

  139. Archives and walking and links

    Hit and Miss #122

    5 January 2020

  140. Engage!

    Hit and Miss #121

    29 December 2019

  141. This year’s books

    Hit and Miss #120

    22 December 2019

  142. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  143. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  144. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  145. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

  146. P-p-p-policy!! (Or, what Lucas does at work)

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  147. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  148. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  149. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  150. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  151. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  152. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  153. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  154. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  155. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  156. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  157. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  158. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  159. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  160. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  161. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  162. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  163. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  164. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  165. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  166. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  167. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  168. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  169. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  170. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  171. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  172. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  173. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  174. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  175. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  176. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  177. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  178. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  179. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  180. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  181. Framing conversation

    Distinguishing “praising/blaming” from “looking/puzzling”

    6 April 2019

  182. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  183. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  184. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  185. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  186. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  187. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  188. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  189. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  190. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  191. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  192. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  193. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  194. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  195. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  196. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  197. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  198. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  199. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  200. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  201. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  202. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  203. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  204. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  205. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  206. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

  207. The certainty of the present moment, the certainty of change

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  208. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  209. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  210. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  211. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  212. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  213. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  214. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  215. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  216. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  217. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  218. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  219. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  220. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  221. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  222. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  223. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  224. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  225. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  226. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  227. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  228. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  229. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  230. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  231. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  232. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  233. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  234. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  235. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  236. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  237. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  238. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  239. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  240. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  241. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  242. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  243. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  244. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  245. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  246. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  247. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  248. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  249. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  250. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  251. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  252. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  253. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  254. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  255. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  256. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  257. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  258. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  259. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  260. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  261. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  262. Digesting ideas

    Some things you don’t understand from the get-go

    12 January 2018

  263. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  264. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

    Some things you can’t, and shouldn’t, solve alone

    4 January 2018

  265. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  266. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  267. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  268. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

  269. The Canadian Digital Service’s first show and tell

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  270. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  271. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  272. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  273. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  274. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  275. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  276. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  277. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  278. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  279. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  280. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  281. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  282. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  283. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  284. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  285. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  286. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  287. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  288. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  289. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  290. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  291. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  292. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  293. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  294. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  295. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  296. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  297. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  298. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  299. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

  300. “I wouldn’t” by John Vance Cheney

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  301. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  302. Tracey Lauriault on data at Ottawa Civic Tech

    Living in an age of data, we must critique the technology spread throughout our lives

    6 June 2017

  303. Paying for news

    Dave Winer offers an interesting proposal to pay for news from multiple outlets

    30 May 2017

  304. Stop reading, start writing

    Bayard pushes us to understand ourselves by seeing reading as the impetus for writing

    28 May 2017

  305. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  306. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  307. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  308. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  309. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  310. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  311. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  312. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016