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. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  2. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  3. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  4. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

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

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  6. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  7. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  8. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  9. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  10. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  11. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  12. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  13. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  14. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  15. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  16. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  17. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  18. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  19. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  20. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  21. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  22. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  23. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  24. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  25. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  26. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  27. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  28. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  29. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  30. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  31. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  32. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  33. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  34. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  35. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  36. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  37. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  38. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  39. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  40. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  41. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  42. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  43. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  44. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  45. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  46. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  47. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  48. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  49. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  50. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  51. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  52. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  53. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  54. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  55. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  56. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  57. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  58. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  59. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  60. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  61. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  62. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  63. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  64. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  65. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  67. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  68. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  69. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  70. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  71. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  72. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  73. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  74. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  75. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  76. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  77. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  78. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  79. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  80. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  81. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  82. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  83. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  84. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  85. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  86. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  87. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  88. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  89. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  90. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  91. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  92. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  93. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  94. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  95. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  96. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  97. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  98. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  99. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  100. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  101. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  102. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  103. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  104. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  105. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  106. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  107. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  108. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  109. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  110. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  111. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  112. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  113. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  114. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  115. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  116. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  117. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  118. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  119. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  120. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  121. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  122. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  123. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  124. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  125. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  126. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  127. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  129. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  130. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  131. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  132. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  133. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  134. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  135. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  136. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  137. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  138. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  139. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  140. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  141. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  142. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  143. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  144. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  145. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  146. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  147. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  148. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  149. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  150. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  151. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  152. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  153. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  154. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  155. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  156. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  157. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  159. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

  160. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  161. 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

  162. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  163. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  164. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  165. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  166. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  167. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  168. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  169. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  170. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  171. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016