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. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  2. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  3. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  4. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  5. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  6. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  7. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  8. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  9. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  10. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  11. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  12. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  13. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  14. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  15. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  16. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  17. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  18. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  19. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  20. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  21. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  22. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  23. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  24. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  25. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  26. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  27. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  28. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  29. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  30. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  31. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  32. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  33. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  34. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  35. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  36. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  37. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  38. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  39. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  40. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  41. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  43. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  44. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  45. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  46. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  47. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  48. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  49. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  50. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  51. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  52. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  53. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  54. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  55. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  56. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  57. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  58. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  59. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  60. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  61. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  62. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  63. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  64. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  65. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  66. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  67. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  68. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  69. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  70. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  71. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  72. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  73. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  74. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  75. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  76. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  77. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  78. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  79. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  80. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  81. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  82. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  83. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  84. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  85. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  86. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  87. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  88. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  89. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  90. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  91. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  92. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  93. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  94. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  95. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  96. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  97. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  98. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  99. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  100. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  101. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  102. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  103. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  105. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  106. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  107. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  108. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  109. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  110. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  111. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  112. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  113. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  114. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  115. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  116. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  117. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  118. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  119. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  120. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  121. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  122. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  123. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  124. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  125. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  126. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  127. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  128. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  129. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  130. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  131. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  132. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  133. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  135. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

  136. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  137. 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

  138. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  139. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  140. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  141. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  142. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  143. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  144. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  145. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  146. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  147. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016