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. Little reading

    Hit and Miss #210

    12 September 2021

  2. September, you’re finally here

    Hit and Miss #209

    5 September 2021

  3. Reading and movies

    Hit and Miss #208

    29 August 2021

  4. August free fall

    Hit and Miss #207

    22 August 2021

  5. Democratic event(s)

    Hit and Miss #206

    15 August 2021

  6. Let’s get nerdy

    Hit and Miss #205

    8 August 2021

  7. Cool sunsets

    Hit and Miss #204

    1 August 2021

  8. Parables

    Hit and Miss #203

    25 July 2021

  9. Boredom, boiling frogs, and miscellany

    Hit and Miss #202

    18 July 2021

  10. Summer dreaming

    Hit and Miss #201

    11 July 2021

  11. “You give me life”

    Hit and Miss #200

    4 July 2021

  12. Loading

    Hit and Miss #199

    27 June 2021

  13. Cooking, staying hungry

    Hit and Miss #198

    20 June 2021

  14. Responding to violence

    Hit and Miss #197

    13 June 2021

  15. Doors Open (online)

    Hit and Miss #196

    6 June 2021

  16. 215 children

    Hit and Miss #195

    30 May 2021

  17. What’s on the mind

    Hit and Miss #194

    23 May 2021

  18. Lilacs

    Hit and Miss #193

    16 May 2021

  19. The world is cool

    Hit and Miss #192

    9 May 2021

  20. Anniversaries

    Hit and Miss #191

    2 May 2021

  21. To what grounds us

    Hit and Miss #190

    25 April 2021

  22. Furious, heartbroken—but not surprised

    Hit and Miss #189

    18 April 2021

  23. Daydream believer

    Hit and Miss #188

    11 April 2021

  24. Sunshine escape

    Hit and Miss #187

    4 April 2021

  25. Rainy day people

    Hit and Miss #186

    28 March 2021

  26. Spring—change, or not

    Hit and Miss #185

    21 March 2021

  27. On we go

    Hit and Miss #184

    14 March 2021

  28. Reporting thoughtfully

    Hit and Miss #183

    7 March 2021

  29. Keeping it light

    Hit and Miss #182

    28 February 2021

  30. Close to home

    Hit and Miss #181

    21 February 2021

  31. Another day older, closer to the grave

    Hit and Miss #180

    14 February 2021

  32. Chase the sun

    Hit and Miss #179

    7 February 2021

  33. Coding by any other name

    Hit and Miss #178

    31 January 2021

  34. Gettin’ sauced

    Hit and Miss #177

    24 January 2021

  35. Working (again)

    Hit and Miss #176

    17 January 2021

  36. This week in anti-democracy…

    Hit and Miss #175

    10 January 2021

  37. Zoom zoom

    Hit and Miss #174

    3 January 2021

  38. Revisiting

    Hit and Miss #173

    27 December 2020

  39. Five books for the year

    Hit and Miss #172

    20 December 2020

  40. Ugh, algorithms

    Hit and Miss #171

    13 December 2020

  41. PolySeSouvient

    Hit and Miss #170

    6 December 2020

  42. Waiting

    Hit and Miss #169

    29 November 2020

  43. Adventuring

    Hit and Miss #168

    22 November 2020

  44. For the love of knowledge

    Hit and Miss #167

    15 November 2020

  45. Trivial links

    Hit and Miss #166

    8 November 2020

  46. Blowing hot air

    Hit and Miss #165

    1 November 2020

  47. Argh

    Hit and Miss #164

    25 October 2020

  48. On Mi’kmaw waters

    Hit and Miss #163

    18 October 2020

  49. A sense of perspective

    Hit and Miss #162

    11 October 2020

  50. Leafing through

    Hit and Miss #161

    4 October 2020

  51. Books at hand

    Hit and Miss #160

    27 September 2020

  52. COVID crime

    Hit and Miss #159

    20 September 2020

  53. Rainy morning adventures

    Hit and Miss #158

    13 September 2020

  54. Maintenance, care, attention

    Hit and Miss #157

    6 September 2020

  55. Week in review

    Hit and Miss #156

    30 August 2020

  56. TV time and world-building

    Hit and Miss #155

    23 August 2020

  57. Remembering (how) to relax

    Hit and Miss #154

    16 August 2020

  58. Roads

    Hit and Miss #153

    9 August 2020

  59. Rain day thoughts

    Hit and Miss #152

    2 August 2020

  60. Some links

    Hit and Miss #151

    26 July 2020

  61. Virtual community

    Hit and Miss #150

    19 July 2020

  62. Snapshots of the week

    Hit and Miss #149

    12 July 2020

  63. Halfway through 2020

    Hit and Miss #148

    5 July 2020

  64. One link to listen

    Hit and Miss #147

    28 June 2020

  65. Heat, work, history

    Hit and Miss #146

    21 June 2020

  66. Who’s watching?

    Hit and Miss #145

    14 June 2020

  67. What to say

    Hit and Miss #144

    7 June 2020

  68. A difficult week

    Hit and Miss #143

    31 May 2020

  69. To your taste

    Hit and Miss #142

    24 May 2020

  70. New shelves

    Hit and Miss #141

    17 May 2020

  71. In memoriam

    Hit and Miss #140

    10 May 2020

  72. Beautiful words

    Hit and Miss #139

    3 May 2020

  73. Wordy cookbooks

    Hit and Miss #138

    26 April 2020

  74. Day off reading

    Hit and Miss #137

    19 April 2020

  75. Parliament carries on

    Hit and Miss #136

    12 April 2020

  76. Personal websites

    Hit and Miss #135

    5 April 2020

  77. Do nothing struggles

    Hit and Miss #134

    29 March 2020

  78. Sims

    Hit and Miss #133

    22 March 2020

  79. Now so fast, history so slow

    Hit and Miss #132

    15 March 2020

  80. Finding focus

    Hit and Miss #131

    8 March 2020

  81. 2x3 links (misc, archives) and a phrase

    Hit and Miss #130

    1 March 2020

  82. Spring, feelings, readings

    Hit and Miss #129

    23 February 2020

  83. Family time

    Hit and Miss #128

    16 February 2020

  84. Collected links

    Hit and Miss #127

    9 February 2020

  85. Mining my messages

    Hit and Miss #126

    2 February 2020

  86. Facilitating access

    Hit and Miss #125

    26 January 2020

  87. Snow slow

    Hit and Miss #124

    19 January 2020

  88. Retreat to the wholesome

    Hit and Miss #123

    12 January 2020

  89. Archives and walking and links

    Hit and Miss #122

    5 January 2020

  90. Engage!

    Hit and Miss #121

    29 December 2019

  91. This year’s books

    Hit and Miss #120

    22 December 2019

  92. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  93. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  94. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  95. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

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

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  97. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  98. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  99. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  100. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  101. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  102. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  103. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  104. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  105. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  106. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  107. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  108. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  109. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  110. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  111. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  112. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  113. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  114. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  115. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  116. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  117. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  118. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  119. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  120. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  121. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  122. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  123. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  124. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  125. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  126. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  127. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  128. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  129. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  130. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  131. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  132. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  133. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  134. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  135. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  136. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  137. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  138. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  139. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  140. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  141. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  142. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  143. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  144. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  145. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  146. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  147. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  148. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  149. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  150. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  151. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  152. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  153. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  154. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  155. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  156. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  158. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  159. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  160. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  161. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  162. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  163. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  164. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  165. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  166. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  167. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  168. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  169. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  170. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  171. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  172. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  173. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  174. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  175. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  176. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  177. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  178. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  179. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  180. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  181. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  182. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  183. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  184. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  185. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  186. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  187. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  188. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  189. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  190. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  191. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  192. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  193. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  194. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  195. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  196. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  197. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  198. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  199. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  200. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  201. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  202. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  203. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  204. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  205. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  206. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  207. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  208. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  209. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  210. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  211. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  212. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  213. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  214. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  215. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  216. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  217. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  218. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  220. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  221. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  222. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  223. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  224. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  225. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  226. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  227. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  228. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  229. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  230. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  231. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  232. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  233. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  234. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  235. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  236. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  237. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  238. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  239. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  240. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  241. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  242. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  243. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  244. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  245. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  246. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  247. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  248. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  249. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  251. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  252. 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

  253. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  254. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  255. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  256. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  257. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  258. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  259. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  260. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  261. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  262. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016