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. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  2. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  3. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  4. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  5. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  6. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  7. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  8. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  9. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  10. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  11. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  12. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  13. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  14. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  15. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  16. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  17. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  18. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  19. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  20. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  21. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  22. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  23. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  24. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  25. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  26. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  27. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  28. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  29. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  30. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  31. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  32. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  33. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  34. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  35. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  36. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  37. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  38. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  39. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  40. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  41. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  42. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  43. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  44. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  45. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  46. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  47. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  48. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  49. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  50. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  51. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  52. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  53. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  54. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  55. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  56. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  57. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  59. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  60. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  61. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  62. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  63. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  64. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  65. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  66. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  67. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  68. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  69. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  70. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  71. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  72. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  73. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  74. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  75. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  76. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  77. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  78. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  79. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  80. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  81. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  82. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  83. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  84. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  85. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  86. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  87. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  88. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  89. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  90. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  91. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  92. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  93. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  94. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  95. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  96. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  97. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  98. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  99. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  100. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  101. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  102. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  103. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  104. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  105. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  106. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  107. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  108. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  109. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  110. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  111. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  112. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  113. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  114. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  115. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  116. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  117. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  118. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  119. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  121. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  122. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  123. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  124. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  125. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  126. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  127. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  128. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  129. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  130. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  131. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  132. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  133. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  134. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  135. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  136. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  137. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  138. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  139. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  140. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  141. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  142. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  143. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  144. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  145. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  146. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  147. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  148. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  149. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  150. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  152. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  153. 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

  154. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  155. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  156. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  157. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  158. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  159. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  160. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  161. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  162. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  163. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016