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. Playing for team public

    Hit and Miss #229

    23 January 2022

  2. Where have the snow days gone

    Hit and Miss #228

    16 January 2022

  3. Melancholy and drama, but peace

    Hit and Miss #227

    9 January 2022

  4. Digging roots

    Hit and Miss #226

    2 January 2022

  5. A few books feed us well

    Hit and Miss #225

    26 December 2021

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

    Hit and Miss #224

    19 December 2021

  7. Fragments

    Hit and Miss #223

    12 December 2021

  8. What we lose

    Hit and Miss #222

    5 December 2021

  9. Outrunning the food coma

    Hit and Miss #221

    28 November 2021

  10. Stories within stories

    Hit and Miss #220

    21 November 2021

  11. Silent commemoration

    Hit and Miss #219

    14 November 2021

  12. One week down

    Hit and Miss #218

    7 November 2021

  13. Surviving November

    Hit and Miss #217

    31 October 2021

  14. Pandemic movie weekends

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

    31 October 2021

  15. Registering intent

    Hit and Miss #216

    24 October 2021

  16. Leaves pass to soil

    Hit and Miss #215

    17 October 2021

  17. A brief rom-com review

    Hit and Miss #214

    10 October 2021

  18. Truer histories

    Hit and Miss #213

    3 October 2021

  19. Star Trek days

    Hit and Miss #212

    26 September 2021

  20. Paths (not) taken

    Hit and Miss #211

    19 September 2021

  21. Little reading

    Hit and Miss #210

    12 September 2021

  22. September, you’re finally here

    Hit and Miss #209

    5 September 2021

  23. Reading and movies

    Hit and Miss #208

    29 August 2021

  24. August free fall

    Hit and Miss #207

    22 August 2021

  25. Democratic event(s)

    Hit and Miss #206

    15 August 2021

  26. Let’s get nerdy

    Hit and Miss #205

    8 August 2021

  27. Cool sunsets

    Hit and Miss #204

    1 August 2021

  28. Parables

    Hit and Miss #203

    25 July 2021

  29. Boredom, boiling frogs, and miscellany

    Hit and Miss #202

    18 July 2021

  30. Summer dreaming

    Hit and Miss #201

    11 July 2021

  31. “You give me life”

    Hit and Miss #200

    4 July 2021

  32. Loading

    Hit and Miss #199

    27 June 2021

  33. Cooking, staying hungry

    Hit and Miss #198

    20 June 2021

  34. Responding to violence

    Hit and Miss #197

    13 June 2021

  35. Doors Open (online)

    Hit and Miss #196

    6 June 2021

  36. 215 children

    Hit and Miss #195

    30 May 2021

  37. What’s on the mind

    Hit and Miss #194

    23 May 2021

  38. Lilacs

    Hit and Miss #193

    16 May 2021

  39. The world is cool

    Hit and Miss #192

    9 May 2021

  40. Anniversaries

    Hit and Miss #191

    2 May 2021

  41. To what grounds us

    Hit and Miss #190

    25 April 2021

  42. Furious, heartbroken—but not surprised

    Hit and Miss #189

    18 April 2021

  43. Daydream believer

    Hit and Miss #188

    11 April 2021

  44. Sunshine escape

    Hit and Miss #187

    4 April 2021

  45. Rainy day people

    Hit and Miss #186

    28 March 2021

  46. Spring—change, or not

    Hit and Miss #185

    21 March 2021

  47. On we go

    Hit and Miss #184

    14 March 2021

  48. Reporting thoughtfully

    Hit and Miss #183

    7 March 2021

  49. Keeping it light

    Hit and Miss #182

    28 February 2021

  50. Close to home

    Hit and Miss #181

    21 February 2021

  51. Another day older, closer to the grave

    Hit and Miss #180

    14 February 2021

  52. Chase the sun

    Hit and Miss #179

    7 February 2021

  53. Coding by any other name

    Hit and Miss #178

    31 January 2021

  54. Gettin’ sauced

    Hit and Miss #177

    24 January 2021

  55. Working (again)

    Hit and Miss #176

    17 January 2021

  56. This week in anti-democracy…

    Hit and Miss #175

    10 January 2021

  57. Zoom zoom

    Hit and Miss #174

    3 January 2021

  58. Revisiting

    Hit and Miss #173

    27 December 2020

  59. Five books for the year

    Hit and Miss #172

    20 December 2020

  60. Ugh, algorithms

    Hit and Miss #171

    13 December 2020

  61. PolySeSouvient

    Hit and Miss #170

    6 December 2020

  62. Waiting

    Hit and Miss #169

    29 November 2020

  63. Adventuring

    Hit and Miss #168

    22 November 2020

  64. For the love of knowledge

    Hit and Miss #167

    15 November 2020

  65. Trivial links

    Hit and Miss #166

    8 November 2020

  66. Blowing hot air

    Hit and Miss #165

    1 November 2020

  67. Argh

    Hit and Miss #164

    25 October 2020

  68. On Mi’kmaw waters

    Hit and Miss #163

    18 October 2020

  69. A sense of perspective

    Hit and Miss #162

    11 October 2020

  70. Leafing through

    Hit and Miss #161

    4 October 2020

  71. Books at hand

    Hit and Miss #160

    27 September 2020

  72. COVID crime

    Hit and Miss #159

    20 September 2020

  73. Rainy morning adventures

    Hit and Miss #158

    13 September 2020

  74. Maintenance, care, attention

    Hit and Miss #157

    6 September 2020

  75. Week in review

    Hit and Miss #156

    30 August 2020

  76. TV time and world-building

    Hit and Miss #155

    23 August 2020

  77. Remembering (how) to relax

    Hit and Miss #154

    16 August 2020

  78. Roads

    Hit and Miss #153

    9 August 2020

  79. Rain day thoughts

    Hit and Miss #152

    2 August 2020

  80. Some links

    Hit and Miss #151

    26 July 2020

  81. Virtual community

    Hit and Miss #150

    19 July 2020

  82. Snapshots of the week

    Hit and Miss #149

    12 July 2020

  83. Halfway through 2020

    Hit and Miss #148

    5 July 2020

  84. One link to listen

    Hit and Miss #147

    28 June 2020

  85. Heat, work, history

    Hit and Miss #146

    21 June 2020

  86. Who’s watching?

    Hit and Miss #145

    14 June 2020

  87. What to say

    Hit and Miss #144

    7 June 2020

  88. A difficult week

    Hit and Miss #143

    31 May 2020

  89. To your taste

    Hit and Miss #142

    24 May 2020

  90. New shelves

    Hit and Miss #141

    17 May 2020

  91. In memoriam

    Hit and Miss #140

    10 May 2020

  92. Beautiful words

    Hit and Miss #139

    3 May 2020

  93. Wordy cookbooks

    Hit and Miss #138

    26 April 2020

  94. Day off reading

    Hit and Miss #137

    19 April 2020

  95. Parliament carries on

    Hit and Miss #136

    12 April 2020

  96. Personal websites

    Hit and Miss #135

    5 April 2020

  97. Do nothing struggles

    Hit and Miss #134

    29 March 2020

  98. Sims

    Hit and Miss #133

    22 March 2020

  99. Now so fast, history so slow

    Hit and Miss #132

    15 March 2020

  100. Finding focus

    Hit and Miss #131

    8 March 2020

  101. 2x3 links (misc, archives) and a phrase

    Hit and Miss #130

    1 March 2020

  102. Spring, feelings, readings

    Hit and Miss #129

    23 February 2020

  103. Family time

    Hit and Miss #128

    16 February 2020

  104. Collected links

    Hit and Miss #127

    9 February 2020

  105. Mining my messages

    Hit and Miss #126

    2 February 2020

  106. Facilitating access

    Hit and Miss #125

    26 January 2020

  107. Snow slow

    Hit and Miss #124

    19 January 2020

  108. Retreat to the wholesome

    Hit and Miss #123

    12 January 2020

  109. Archives and walking and links

    Hit and Miss #122

    5 January 2020

  110. Engage!

    Hit and Miss #121

    29 December 2019

  111. This year’s books

    Hit and Miss #120

    22 December 2019

  112. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  113. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  114. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  115. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

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

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  117. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  118. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  119. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  120. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  121. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  122. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  123. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  124. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  125. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  126. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  127. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  128. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  129. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  130. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  131. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  132. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  133. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  134. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  135. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  136. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  137. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  138. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  139. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  140. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  141. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  142. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  143. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  144. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  145. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  146. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  147. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  148. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  149. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  150. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  151. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  152. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  153. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  154. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  155. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  156. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  157. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  158. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  159. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  160. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  161. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  162. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  163. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  164. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  165. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  166. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  167. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  168. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  169. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  170. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  171. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  172. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  173. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  174. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  175. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  176. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  178. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  179. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  180. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  181. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  182. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  183. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  184. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  185. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  186. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  187. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  188. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  189. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  190. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  191. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  192. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  193. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  194. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  195. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  196. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  197. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  198. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  199. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  200. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  201. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  202. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  203. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  204. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  205. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  206. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  207. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  208. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  209. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  210. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  211. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  212. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  213. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  214. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  215. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  216. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  217. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  218. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  219. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  220. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  221. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  222. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  223. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  224. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  225. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  226. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  227. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  228. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  229. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  230. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  231. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  232. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  233. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  234. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  235. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  236. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  237. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  238. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  240. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  241. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  242. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  243. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  244. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  245. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  246. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  247. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  248. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  249. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  250. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  251. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  252. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  253. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  254. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  255. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  256. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  257. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  258. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  259. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  260. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  261. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  262. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  263. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  264. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  265. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  266. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  267. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  268. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  269. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  271. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  272. 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

  273. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  274. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  275. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  276. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  277. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  278. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  279. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  280. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  281. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  282. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016