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. Outrunning the food coma

    Hit and Miss #221

    28 November 2021

  2. Stories within stories

    Hit and Miss #220

    21 November 2021

  3. Silent commemoration

    Hit and Miss #219

    14 November 2021

  4. One week down

    Hit and Miss #218

    7 November 2021

  5. Surviving November

    Hit and Miss #217

    31 October 2021

  6. Pandemic movie weekends

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

    31 October 2021

  7. Registering intent

    Hit and Miss #216

    24 October 2021

  8. Leaves pass to soil

    Hit and Miss #215

    17 October 2021

  9. A brief rom-com review

    Hit and Miss #214

    10 October 2021

  10. Truer histories

    Hit and Miss #213

    3 October 2021

  11. Star Trek days

    Hit and Miss #212

    26 September 2021

  12. Paths (not) taken

    Hit and Miss #211

    19 September 2021

  13. Little reading

    Hit and Miss #210

    12 September 2021

  14. September, you’re finally here

    Hit and Miss #209

    5 September 2021

  15. Reading and movies

    Hit and Miss #208

    29 August 2021

  16. August free fall

    Hit and Miss #207

    22 August 2021

  17. Democratic event(s)

    Hit and Miss #206

    15 August 2021

  18. Let’s get nerdy

    Hit and Miss #205

    8 August 2021

  19. Cool sunsets

    Hit and Miss #204

    1 August 2021

  20. Parables

    Hit and Miss #203

    25 July 2021

  21. Boredom, boiling frogs, and miscellany

    Hit and Miss #202

    18 July 2021

  22. Summer dreaming

    Hit and Miss #201

    11 July 2021

  23. “You give me life”

    Hit and Miss #200

    4 July 2021

  24. Loading

    Hit and Miss #199

    27 June 2021

  25. Cooking, staying hungry

    Hit and Miss #198

    20 June 2021

  26. Responding to violence

    Hit and Miss #197

    13 June 2021

  27. Doors Open (online)

    Hit and Miss #196

    6 June 2021

  28. 215 children

    Hit and Miss #195

    30 May 2021

  29. What’s on the mind

    Hit and Miss #194

    23 May 2021

  30. Lilacs

    Hit and Miss #193

    16 May 2021

  31. The world is cool

    Hit and Miss #192

    9 May 2021

  32. Anniversaries

    Hit and Miss #191

    2 May 2021

  33. To what grounds us

    Hit and Miss #190

    25 April 2021

  34. Furious, heartbroken—but not surprised

    Hit and Miss #189

    18 April 2021

  35. Daydream believer

    Hit and Miss #188

    11 April 2021

  36. Sunshine escape

    Hit and Miss #187

    4 April 2021

  37. Rainy day people

    Hit and Miss #186

    28 March 2021

  38. Spring—change, or not

    Hit and Miss #185

    21 March 2021

  39. On we go

    Hit and Miss #184

    14 March 2021

  40. Reporting thoughtfully

    Hit and Miss #183

    7 March 2021

  41. Keeping it light

    Hit and Miss #182

    28 February 2021

  42. Close to home

    Hit and Miss #181

    21 February 2021

  43. Another day older, closer to the grave

    Hit and Miss #180

    14 February 2021

  44. Chase the sun

    Hit and Miss #179

    7 February 2021

  45. Coding by any other name

    Hit and Miss #178

    31 January 2021

  46. Gettin’ sauced

    Hit and Miss #177

    24 January 2021

  47. Working (again)

    Hit and Miss #176

    17 January 2021

  48. This week in anti-democracy…

    Hit and Miss #175

    10 January 2021

  49. Zoom zoom

    Hit and Miss #174

    3 January 2021

  50. Revisiting

    Hit and Miss #173

    27 December 2020

  51. Five books for the year

    Hit and Miss #172

    20 December 2020

  52. Ugh, algorithms

    Hit and Miss #171

    13 December 2020

  53. PolySeSouvient

    Hit and Miss #170

    6 December 2020

  54. Waiting

    Hit and Miss #169

    29 November 2020

  55. Adventuring

    Hit and Miss #168

    22 November 2020

  56. For the love of knowledge

    Hit and Miss #167

    15 November 2020

  57. Trivial links

    Hit and Miss #166

    8 November 2020

  58. Blowing hot air

    Hit and Miss #165

    1 November 2020

  59. Argh

    Hit and Miss #164

    25 October 2020

  60. On Mi’kmaw waters

    Hit and Miss #163

    18 October 2020

  61. A sense of perspective

    Hit and Miss #162

    11 October 2020

  62. Leafing through

    Hit and Miss #161

    4 October 2020

  63. Books at hand

    Hit and Miss #160

    27 September 2020

  64. COVID crime

    Hit and Miss #159

    20 September 2020

  65. Rainy morning adventures

    Hit and Miss #158

    13 September 2020

  66. Maintenance, care, attention

    Hit and Miss #157

    6 September 2020

  67. Week in review

    Hit and Miss #156

    30 August 2020

  68. TV time and world-building

    Hit and Miss #155

    23 August 2020

  69. Remembering (how) to relax

    Hit and Miss #154

    16 August 2020

  70. Roads

    Hit and Miss #153

    9 August 2020

  71. Rain day thoughts

    Hit and Miss #152

    2 August 2020

  72. Some links

    Hit and Miss #151

    26 July 2020

  73. Virtual community

    Hit and Miss #150

    19 July 2020

  74. Snapshots of the week

    Hit and Miss #149

    12 July 2020

  75. Halfway through 2020

    Hit and Miss #148

    5 July 2020

  76. One link to listen

    Hit and Miss #147

    28 June 2020

  77. Heat, work, history

    Hit and Miss #146

    21 June 2020

  78. Who’s watching?

    Hit and Miss #145

    14 June 2020

  79. What to say

    Hit and Miss #144

    7 June 2020

  80. A difficult week

    Hit and Miss #143

    31 May 2020

  81. To your taste

    Hit and Miss #142

    24 May 2020

  82. New shelves

    Hit and Miss #141

    17 May 2020

  83. In memoriam

    Hit and Miss #140

    10 May 2020

  84. Beautiful words

    Hit and Miss #139

    3 May 2020

  85. Wordy cookbooks

    Hit and Miss #138

    26 April 2020

  86. Day off reading

    Hit and Miss #137

    19 April 2020

  87. Parliament carries on

    Hit and Miss #136

    12 April 2020

  88. Personal websites

    Hit and Miss #135

    5 April 2020

  89. Do nothing struggles

    Hit and Miss #134

    29 March 2020

  90. Sims

    Hit and Miss #133

    22 March 2020

  91. Now so fast, history so slow

    Hit and Miss #132

    15 March 2020

  92. Finding focus

    Hit and Miss #131

    8 March 2020

  93. 2x3 links (misc, archives) and a phrase

    Hit and Miss #130

    1 March 2020

  94. Spring, feelings, readings

    Hit and Miss #129

    23 February 2020

  95. Family time

    Hit and Miss #128

    16 February 2020

  96. Collected links

    Hit and Miss #127

    9 February 2020

  97. Mining my messages

    Hit and Miss #126

    2 February 2020

  98. Facilitating access

    Hit and Miss #125

    26 January 2020

  99. Snow slow

    Hit and Miss #124

    19 January 2020

  100. Retreat to the wholesome

    Hit and Miss #123

    12 January 2020

  101. Archives and walking and links

    Hit and Miss #122

    5 January 2020

  102. Engage!

    Hit and Miss #121

    29 December 2019

  103. This year’s books

    Hit and Miss #120

    22 December 2019

  104. Top shelf (think books, not booze)

    Hit and Miss #119

    15 December 2019

  105. Thirty years later

    Hit and Miss #118

    8 December 2019

  106. Principles of parliamentary practice

    Hit and Miss #117

    1 December 2019

  107. Web links

    Hit and Miss #116

    24 November 2019

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

    Hit and Miss #115

    17 November 2019

  109. Positions and the people in them

    A model of organizational change

    17 November 2019

  110. A parliamentary (precinct) tour

    Hit and Miss #114

    10 November 2019

  111. Stories beyond the data

    Hit and Miss #113

    3 November 2019

  112. Public service

    Hit and Miss #112

    27 October 2019

  113. Functions of a living situation

    Hit and Miss #111

    20 October 2019

  114. The sites I visit

    Hit and Miss #110

    13 October 2019

  115. The slump

    Hit and Miss #109

    6 October 2019

  116. Models for decision and action

    Hit and Miss #108

    29 September 2019

  117. Production and growth

    Models of action from Ursula Franklin

    29 September 2019

  118. A drop-in space

    Hit and Miss #107

    22 September 2019

  119. Bookmark finds

    Hit and Miss #106

    15 September 2019

  120. Travelling in place

    Hit and Miss #105

    8 September 2019

  121. Through the eyes of another

    Hit and Miss #104

    1 September 2019

  122. Structure

    Hit and Miss #103

    25 August 2019

  123. A geography of intentional sound

    Hit and Miss #102

    18 August 2019

  124. Happy days

    Hit and Miss #101

    11 August 2019

  125. Living principles

    Hit and Miss #100

    4 August 2019

  126. Levels of critical digital work

    Hit and Miss #99

    28 July 2019

  127. Questions for learning

    Hit and Miss #98

    21 July 2019

  128. Digital government and civic tech

    Hit and Miss #97

    14 July 2019

  129. Opera

    Hit and Miss #96

    7 July 2019

  130. Let’s take a walk

    Hit and Miss #95

    30 June 2019

  131. Words and links

    Hit and Miss #94

    23 June 2019

  132. Accessible public spaces

    Hit and Miss #93

    16 June 2019

  133. A working carrying capacity

    Hit and Miss #92

    9 June 2019

  134. Doors Open

    Hit and Miss #91

    2 June 2019

  135. Walking toward a social summer

    Hit and Miss #90

    26 May 2019

  136. Three blobs of words

    Hit and Miss #89

    19 May 2019

  137. Grounding history

    Hit and Miss #88

    12 May 2019

  138. A day off

    Hit and Miss #87

    5 May 2019

  139. Look up

    Hit and Miss #86

    28 April 2019

  140. Valuing openness

    Hit and Miss #85

    21 April 2019

  141. Thinking frames

    Hit and Miss #84

    14 April 2019

  142. Boomer empowerment

    Hit and Miss #83

    7 April 2019

  143. Framing conversation

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

    6 April 2019

  144. Ursula Franklin on inclusion

    Growing ourselves by recognizing the other in us

    6 April 2019

  145. Making time for music, for silence

    Hit and Miss #82

    31 March 2019

  146. A family day

    Hit and Miss #81

    24 March 2019

  147. Communicating depth

    Hit and Miss #80

    17 March 2019

  148. The signs

    Hit and Miss #79

    10 March 2019

  149. I, you, we (maybe?)

    Hit and Miss #78

    3 March 2019

  150. Words I avoid

    Hit and Miss #77

    24 February 2019

  151. The 80s and links

    Hit and Miss #76

    17 February 2019

  152. Standing in place

    Hit and Miss #75

    10 February 2019

  153. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Interviewing myself about a good movie

    7 February 2019

  154. When you want to get out and read

    Hit and Miss #74

    3 February 2019

  155. The wholesome social network

    Hit and Miss #73

    27 January 2019

  156. Libraries, physical and digital, visible and invisible

    Hit and Miss #72

    20 January 2019

  157. Rockeuses, and leaders as facilitators

    Hit and Miss #71

    13 January 2019

  158. Pacifist principles

    Ursula M. Franklin defines key terms

    12 January 2019

  159. What we remember, and why

    Hit and Miss #70

    6 January 2019

  160. Springsteen on Broadway

    The Boss, on the importance of stories

    5 January 2019

  161. Returning home and time’s triptych

    Hit and Miss #69

    30 December 2018

  162. Solitude

    Michael Harris on facing our own thoughts, alone

    28 December 2018

  163. Solitude connections

    For personal reference, reactions to Harris’s book

    28 December 2018

  164. Spotify wishlist

    Two musical concepts absent from Spotify’s features

    23 December 2018

  165. Reading (and writing) heals

    Hit and Miss #68

    23 December 2018

  166. What my library’s for

    A communications tool, with two audiences

    20 December 2018

  167. Speeches from the throne, thinking tools

    Hit and Miss #67

    16 December 2018

  168. Meanwhile the world goes on

    When nature and a poem strike you

    16 December 2018

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

    Why I appreciate Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels

    15 December 2018

  170. Scattered

    Hit and Miss #66

    9 December 2018

  171. When to stop writing

    Hemingway advises

    6 December 2018

  172. Working and rest

    Hit and Miss #65

    2 December 2018

  173. No choice

    Hit and Miss #64

    25 November 2018

  174. Competing priorities at Laurel Creek Conservation Area

    Hit and Miss #63

    18 November 2018

  175. Blogroll

    Hit and Miss #62

    11 November 2018

  176. Justifying the status quo

    If its context changes, a decision is no longer valid

    5 November 2018

  177. Misquoting Virgil

    Why context matters

    5 November 2018

  178. Thinky thinky

    Hit and Miss #61

    4 November 2018

  179. Thinking geographically

    Hit and Miss #60

    28 October 2018

  180. Three pairs of links

    Hit and Miss #59

    21 October 2018

  181. Digital history and digital humanities

    Hit and Miss #58

    14 October 2018

  182. Thanksgiving break

    Hit and Miss #57

    7 October 2018

  183. Dropping in

    Hit and Miss #56

    30 September 2018

  184. Communities of care

    Hit and Miss #55

    23 September 2018

  185. Growing up

    What learning looks like

    18 September 2018

  186. Repeated experiences

    Hit and Miss #54

    16 September 2018

  187. Writing in books, a personal history

    Hit and Miss #53

    9 September 2018

  188. A year in (review)

    Hit and Miss #52

    2 September 2018

  189. Learning and escaping through simulation

    Hit and Miss #51

    26 August 2018

  190. We shape the land

    Hit and Miss #50

    19 August 2018

  191. Learning languages, loving words

    Hit and Miss #49

    12 August 2018

  192. Cool recipes for a hot day

    Hit and Miss #48

    5 August 2018

  193. Turn to the local

    Hit and Miss #47

    29 July 2018

  194. “He was how old??”

    Analysing historical data about Members of Parliament

    22 July 2018

  195. Heat

    Hit and Miss #46

    22 July 2018

  196. How we work

    A manifesto for a good organization

    15 July 2018

  197. Humbly human

    Hit and Miss #45

    15 July 2018

  198. Working (remotely)

    Hit and Miss #44

    8 July 2018

  199. Centennial

    Hit and Miss #43

    1 July 2018

  200. Creative constraints

    Hit and Miss #42

    24 June 2018

  201. Historically minded

    Hit and Miss #41

    17 June 2018

  202. A quantified, incentivized life

    Hit and Miss #40

    10 June 2018

  203. Here I go again!

    Hit and Miss #39

    3 June 2018

  204. Pacifism

    Hit and Miss #38

    27 May 2018

  205. Working (together)

    Hit and Miss #37

    20 May 2018

  206. Science fair!!

    Hit and Miss #36

    13 May 2018

  207. Working

    Hit and Miss #35

    6 May 2018

  208. Portable pasta party kit

    Hit and Miss #34

    29 April 2018

  209. Keep going

    Hit and Miss #33

    22 April 2018

  210. Season 2, episode 22

    Hit and Miss #32

    15 April 2018

  211. Regularly local

    Hit and Miss #31

    8 April 2018

  212. M*A*S*H

    Hit and Miss #30

    1 April 2018

  213. On the environment

    Hit and Miss #29

    25 March 2018

  214. Robots!

    Hit and Miss #28

    18 March 2018

  215. Editing

    Hit and Miss #27

    11 March 2018

  216. Presenting work

    Hit and Miss #26

    4 March 2018

  217. The importance of internet access

    Hit and Miss #25

    25 February 2018

  218. Ode to the road

    Hit and Miss #24

    18 February 2018

  219. Some links

    Hit and Miss #23

    11 February 2018

  220. Life is long

    Hit and Miss #22

    4 February 2018

  221. Complex, connected problems

    Hit and Miss #21

    28 January 2018

  222. Profiles and interviews

    Hit and Miss #20

    21 January 2018

  223. Thinking about time

    Hit and Miss #19

    14 January 2018

  224. Digesting ideas

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

    12 January 2018

  225. “Feed”

    Hit and Miss #18

    7 January 2018

  226. On Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal challenge”

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

    4 January 2018

  227. Constant questions

    Hit and Miss #17

    31 December 2017

  228. Three welcome books

    Hit and Miss #16

    24 December 2017

  229. Small victories

    Hit and Miss #15

    17 December 2017

  230. Notes on The Prince

    Some Machiavellian lessons on life

    14 December 2017

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

    A summary and some recommendations

    11 December 2017

  232. Our faves are problematic

    Hit and Miss #14

    10 December 2017

  233. The Seven Year Itch

    Hit and Miss #13

    3 December 2017

  234. The mind as a muscle

    Exercising it hurts just as much

    1 December 2017

  235. Readability troubles on Canada.ca

    Two small ideas for improvement

    29 November 2017

  236. Bye Bye Birdie

    Hit and Miss #12

    26 November 2017

  237. Walking routes

    A list of (roughly described) routes that I enjoy

    22 November 2017

  238. Therapeutic things

    Reminders of what I find relaxing

    22 November 2017

  239. No more (accidental) noise

    Taking a social media break

    22 November 2017

  240. What’s a personal bio good for?

    Hit and Miss #11

    19 November 2017

  241. Research reading

    Hit and Miss #10

    12 November 2017

  242. Earthworming

    Ursula M. Franklin’s advice for social change

    5 November 2017

  243. Modern monopolies

    Hit and Miss #9

    5 November 2017

  244. Civic tech

    Hit and Miss #8

    29 October 2017

  245. A revealing week

    Hit and Miss #7

    22 October 2017

  246. Veritable listening

    Hit and Miss #6

    15 October 2017

  247. Nature’s musical tastes

    Wendell Berry observes nature’s “patient ear”

    12 October 2017

  248. Newsletter recommendations

    Hit and Miss #5

    8 October 2017

  249. Loving libraries

    Hit and Miss #4

    1 October 2017

  250. Ursula M. Franklin suggests some readings

    Selections from The Real World of Technology’s bibliography

    30 September 2017

  251. Work isn’t the whole thing

    Two notes from Frank Chimero on keeping life in perspective

    26 September 2017

  252. Manguel’s tribute to dissatisfaction

    Putting into words the role of an essay

    24 September 2017

  253. Conversational contributions

    Hit and Miss #3

    24 September 2017

  254. Documenting drafts: Hit and Miss #2

    A peek behind the scenes of my editing process

    20 September 2017

  255. Questioning labels

    Hit and Miss #2

    17 September 2017

  256. Earthworming

    Hit and Miss #1

    10 September 2017

  257. Sunday mornings

    Establishing rituals

    10 September 2017

  258. Reading with a pen

    Observations from years of writing in my books

    31 August 2017

  259. Learning to code by failing safely

    Thoughts on my talk at WordCamp Ottawa 2017

    25 July 2017

  260. Transparency theatre

    Saying the thing is not doing the thing

    24 July 2017

  261. Quantifying reading

    What Goodreads can teach us about databases and shared understanding

    13 July 2017

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

    A perfect summertime poem

    13 July 2017

  263. On things left unfinished

    Manguel reminds us that a book is never truly read

    13 July 2017

  264. 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

  265. Paying for news

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

    30 May 2017

  266. Stop reading, start writing

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

    28 May 2017

  267. Zinsser’s thesis

    Saying a true thing again and again

    27 May 2017

  268. Wafting Westminster

    Frustration with the House reform process

    30 April 2017

  269. Why not design school

    Michael Bierut answers the question I receive most often

    9 April 2017

  270. Named colours

    The folly of subjective references

    10 February 2017

  271. Doing the real work

    The illusion of work, versus the act itself

    17 September 2016

  272. Stop hiding links

    We should celebrate the fundamental building block of the web

    11 September 2016

  273. Designated typist

    Anne Lamott on letting your subject talk

    10 September 2016

  274. The Cherkewski View

    A personal website manifesto

    9 September 2016