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. Summer dreaming

    Hit and Miss #201

    11 July 2021

  2. “You give me life”

    Hit and Miss #200

    4 July 2021

  3. Loading

    Hit and Miss #199

    27 June 2021

  4. Cooking, staying hungry

    Hit and Miss #198

    20 June 2021

  5. Responding to violence

    Hit and Miss #197

    13 June 2021

  6. Doors Open (online)

    Hit and Miss #196

    6 June 2021

  7. 215 children

    Hit and Miss #195

    30 May 2021

  8. What’s on the mind

    Hit and Miss #194

    23 May 2021

  9. Lilacs

    Hit and Miss #193

    16 May 2021

  10. The world is cool

    Hit and Miss #192

    9 May 2021

  11. Anniversaries

    Hit and Miss #191

    2 May 2021

  12. To what grounds us

    Hit and Miss #190

    25 April 2021

  13. Furious, heartbroken—but not surprised

    Hit and Miss #189

    18 April 2021

  14. Daydream believer

    Hit and Miss #188

    11 April 2021

  15. Sunshine escape

    Hit and Miss #187

    4 April 2021

  16. Rainy day people

    Hit and Miss #186

    28 March 2021

  17. Spring—change, or not

    Hit and Miss #185

    21 March 2021

  18. On we go

    Hit and Miss #184

    14 March 2021

  19. Reporting thoughtfully

    Hit and Miss #183

    7 March 2021

  20. Keeping it light

    Hit and Miss #182

    28 February 2021

  21. Close to home

    Hit and Miss #181

    21 February 2021

  22. Another day older, closer to the grave

    Hit and Miss #180

    14 February 2021

  23. Chase the sun

    Hit and Miss #179

    7 February 2021

  24. Coding by any other name

    Hit and Miss #178

    31 January 2021

  25. Gettin’ sauced

    Hit and Miss #177

    24 January 2021

  26. Working (again)

    Hit and Miss #176

    17 January 2021

  27. This week in anti-democracy…

    Hit and Miss #175

    10 January 2021

  28. Zoom zoom

    Hit and Miss #174

    3 January 2021

  29. Revisiting

    Hit and Miss #173

    27 December 2020

  30. Five books for the year

    Hit and Miss #172

    20 December 2020

  31. Ugh, algorithms

    Hit and Miss #171

    13 December 2020

  32. PolySeSouvient

    Hit and Miss #170

    6 December 2020

  33. Waiting

    Hit and Miss #169

    29 November 2020

  34. Adventuring

    Hit and Miss #168

    22 November 2020

  35. For the love of knowledge

    Hit and Miss #167

    15 November 2020

  36. Trivial links

    Hit and Miss #166

    8 November 2020

  37. Blowing hot air

    Hit and Miss #165

    1 November 2020

  38. Argh

    Hit and Miss #164

    25 October 2020

  39. On Mi’kmaw waters

    Hit and Miss #163

    18 October 2020

  40. A sense of perspective

    Hit and Miss #162

    11 October 2020

  41. Leafing through

    Hit and Miss #161

    4 October 2020

  42. Books at hand

    Hit and Miss #160

    27 September 2020

  43. COVID crime

    Hit and Miss #159

    20 September 2020

  44. Rainy morning adventures

    Hit and Miss #158

    13 September 2020

  45. Maintenance, care, attention

    Hit and Miss #157

    6 September 2020

  46. Week in review

    Hit and Miss #156

    30 August 2020

  47. TV time and world-building

    Hit and Miss #155

    23 August 2020

  48. Remembering (how) to relax

    Hit and Miss #154

    16 August 2020

  49. Roads

    Hit and Miss #153

    9 August 2020

  50. Rain day thoughts

    Hit and Miss #152

    2 August 2020

  51. Some links

    Hit and Miss #151

    26 July 2020

  52. Virtual community

    Hit and Miss #150

    19 July 2020

  53. Snapshots of the week

    Hit and Miss #149

    12 July 2020

  54. Halfway through 2020

    Hit and Miss #148

    5 July 2020

  55. One link to listen

    Hit and Miss #147

    28 June 2020

  56. Heat, work, history

    Hit and Miss #146

    21 June 2020

  57. Who’s watching?

    Hit and Miss #145

    14 June 2020

  58. What to say

    Hit and Miss #144

    7 June 2020

  59. A difficult week

    Hit and Miss #143

    31 May 2020

  60. To your taste

    Hit and Miss #142

    24 May 2020

  61. New shelves

    Hit and Miss #141

    17 May 2020

  62. In memoriam

    Hit and Miss #140

    10 May 2020

  63. Beautiful words

    Hit and Miss #139

    3 May 2020

  64. Wordy cookbooks

    Hit and Miss #138

    26 April 2020

  65. Day off reading

    Hit and Miss #137

    19 April 2020

  66. Parliament carries on

    Hit and Miss #136

    12 April 2020

  67. Personal websites

    Hit and Miss #135

    5 April 2020

  68. Do nothing struggles

    Hit and Miss #134

    29 March 2020

  69. Sims

    Hit and Miss #133

    22 March 2020

  70. Now so fast, history so slow

    Hit and Miss #132

    15 March 2020

  71. Finding focus

    Hit and Miss #131

    8 March 2020

  72. 2x3 links (misc, archives) and a phrase

    Hit and Miss #130

    1 March 2020

  73. Spring, feelings, readings

    Hit and Miss #129

    23 February 2020

  74. Family time

    Hit and Miss #128

    16 February 2020

  75. Collected links

    Hit and Miss #127

    9 February 2020

  76. Mining my messages

    Hit and Miss #126

    2 February 2020

  77. Facilitating access

    Hit and Miss #125

    26 January 2020

  78. Snow slow

    Hit and Miss #124

    19 January 2020

  79. Retreat to the wholesome

    Hit and Miss #123

    12 January 2020

  80. Archives and walking and links

    Hit and Miss #122

    5 January 2020

  81. Engage!

    Hit and Miss #121

    29 December 2019

  82. This year’s books

    Hit and Miss #120

    22 December 2019

  83. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  84. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  85. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  86. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

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

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  88. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  89. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  90. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  91. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  92. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  93. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  94. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  95. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  96. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  97. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  98. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  99. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  100. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  101. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  102. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  103. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  104. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  105. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  106. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  107. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  108. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  109. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  110. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  111. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  112. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  113. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  114. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  115. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  116. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  117. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  118. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  119. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  120. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  121. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  122. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  123. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  124. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  125. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  126. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  127. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  128. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  129. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  130. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  131. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  132. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  133. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  134. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  135. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  136. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  137. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  138. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  139. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  140. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  141. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  142. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  143. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  144. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  145. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  146. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  147. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  149. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  150. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  151. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  152. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  153. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  154. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  155. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  156. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  157. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  158. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  159. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  160. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  161. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  162. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  163. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  164. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  165. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  166. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  167. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  168. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  169. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  170. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  171. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  172. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  173. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  174. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  175. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  176. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  177. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  178. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  179. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  180. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  181. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  182. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  183. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  184. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  185. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  186. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  187. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  188. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  189. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  190. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  191. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  192. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  193. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  194. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  195. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  196. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  197. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  198. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  199. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  200. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  201. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  202. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  203. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  204. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  205. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  206. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  207. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  208. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  209. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  211. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  212. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  213. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  214. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  215. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  216. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  217. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  218. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  219. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  220. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  221. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  222. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  223. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  224. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  225. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  226. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  227. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  228. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  229. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  230. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  231. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  232. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  233. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  234. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  235. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  236. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  237. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  238. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  239. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  240. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  242. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  243. 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

  244. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  245. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  246. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  247. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  248. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  249. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  250. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  251. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  252. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  253. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016