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cmkl: Conservatives’ red tape commision saves next to nothing

Red Tape Cuts Rated Modest Blacklock’s reports. I do so wish they’d come up with a revenue model that lets them get their journalism out there more. Because they’re actually doing as much real Hill journalism (if not more) than the entire Parliamentary press gallery. But I’ll go straight to the punch line. $21 million … Continue reading Conservatives’ red tape commision saves next to nothing →

cmkl: Achilles tendon

Apparently it is responding well to massage and ultrasound. But I did fail the “lift on one foot without pain test. Once again I can’t say enough good things about Carleton’s sports therapy clinic and Natalie Bélanger who fit me in today at the last minute. Gonna get me some exercises. Gonna get me some … Continue reading Achilles tendon →

cmkl: Alice Funke has everything you need to know about the next federal election

Right here: How a little-noticed clause in the Fair Elections Act up-ends all conventional election timing speculation on her blog Pundit’s Guide. Shorter Funke: will the Tories use a change to the Elections Act rules about campaign spending limits to crush their opponents? They certainly could.

cmkl: Stop talking to me about ‘launch’

This still happens. Some big content production – often a video, but also a text report or research piece – is ready to go and the powers-that-be want to make a big splash with it to ensure it gets the attention it so richly deserves. So they start planning a ‘launch’. And then they say … Continue reading Stop talking to me about ‘launch’ →

cmkl: Nine

Almost a decade. I take a lot of photos of Mallory. And each in each one I see a child who is so grown up. It’s always been like that. One year old Mallory looked “so grown up” – no more infant eyes. All alert and vocalizing. Newly walking. Four year old Mallory looked ‘so … Continue reading Nine →

cmkl: Rite of passage

I got a pound of Bridgehead coffee for Christmas. From Mallory. She slid her debit card into the reader, punched in her PIN and did it, I’m told. I knew she was up for it because the day before, she and I had gone out to the Lindt store to get Irene a bag of … Continue reading Rite of passage →

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cmkl: Half marathon

I’m very pleased with myself, yes. I did the distance three or so weeks ago, but using the 10 minutes running, one minute walking training method the Running Room uses for their long slow distance runs. Today I did it straight out. And I beat my 1:40 target time. And it felt really good. My […]

cmkl: Well that was stupid: Strava Boom challenge almost wrecks me

Lately I’ve been pretty proud of how I’ve been running. Managing longer distances at faster pace, and feeling great complete with normal heart rate the next day. Yay me. So when Strava came out with their “Bring back the boom” challenge I signed up. Run 70km in seven days is the idea. Normally I only […]

cmkl: Evaluating fitness websites: numbers prove it happened… but whose?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of running lately. I’m taking a clinic at the Running Room, but apart from that, I run alone. Some people get motivation by running with friends, other runners. Numbers motivate me. Compared to the Timex digital watch I used to use to time myself when I was in high school, modern electronics are tricorders. But they really want an external application, to crunch numbers, analyze data and draw pretty graphs.

cmkl: Easy for you to say, Mister Poloz

So the head of the Bank of Canada thinks young people should lLeave folks' basement and work for free. I know it’s a bit of an ad hominem criticism, but when do you reckon was the last time Stephen Poloz worked for free? I’m going to guess it never happened. Probably because for whatever reason […]

cmkl: WestJet flight attendants have a union? Soon I hope they’ll have a real one

So this item about a tentative agreement at WestJet caught my eye in my Twitter feed and I was excited. Smiley-faced happy workplace WestJet has a union now for its flight attendants. Finally. A positive first step for sure for anyone looking to make a career in the air. But then I read on to […]

cmkl: I’m thinking I should own these

The time is fast approaching, if today is any indication. But it seems hard to locate them. Phat Moose, says they do. But oh the price.

cmkl: I had been wanting to say something about our latest war

But this by Michael Harris on iPolitics pretty much sums up all of the practical objections to Canada’s sending F-18s to bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq. For the principled objections, I give you the immortal words of Michael Franti: You can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb it into peace.

cmkl: French River/Pickerel River trip report

The sixth annual fall canoe trip is… sigh… over. But what scenery. What a lot of rain! What great company and what wonderful partners we have to permit such dalliances and non-productive endeavours. Read about it here.

cmkl: Another reason to hate PDFs – content curation

I really should re-brand this blog ‘Death to PDFs’. But I got an email at work from someone formerly involved in the organization who had done a vanity Google after getting an influx of spam and scam emails. She’d discovered that her contact information was “all over the internet” and some of it was still […]

cmkl: Dudes yelling at me won’t ruin a great ride

I’ve been riding twice this week and both times – once on Colonel By, once on the Ottawa River Parkway – a young white dude has taken it upon himself to roll down his window and point out the bike path just off to our right. I wish there were a universally recognizable gesture for […]

cmkl: I’m thinking posted speed limits might help

I don’t generally use my bike on Ottawa’s multipurpose pathways. Because I heard somewhere that you’re only supposed to do 20km/h on them. I prefer to ride faster than that. Once, while cycling on Colonel By (not five feet from one of said pathways) I had a motorist yell at me to get off the road and use the pathway.

cmkl: Summer is still here somewhere

I think it’s really important to remind myself that despite the 13 degree weather that we’re still in full summer. And that this little aberration is not going to continue. It cannot. It must not. It shall not.

cmkl: A bad biking week that ended well

Earlier this week a guy pulled up beside me as I was riding south on Bank Street at Catherine. He rolled down the window of his full-size SUV to give me grief about how I was taking up too much space. “Man do you know how easily I could have clipped you!” He shouted. Among […]

cmkl: See? See? No one is reading your bloody PDFs

Forum One, a Washington and Seattle based digital communications consultancy has found a report on a World Bank report on… usage statistics on its own reports which are distributed in PDF. While the original document (which is, itself a PDF) steams through 32 pages of blah de blah trying to correlate teeny tiny download statistics with […]

cmkl: Growing by leaps and bounds

I daily marvel at my daughter. I expect I’m like most parents. But I often get caught in the mental rut of baby parenting, despite the fact that Mallory’s eight. The baby parenting rut assumes the child is totally incapable of almost everything. But every now and again Mallory does something (or several things) to […]

cmkl: My credit card got hacked. There is an upside

The issuing bank, which sent me an email alert today, presumably as weird charges started showing up, very kindly went over my current charges and I got a chance to dispute all the weird ones. I hope I got them all. So as of now, my card number is no good and I cannot log […]

cmkl: How many more elections until we stop paying attention to polls

I have to wonder why phone polls are still news and still given so much credence both by the media, media consumers and the political class generally. Almost the most interesting thing about the Ontario election (apart from the disintegration of Tim Hudak’s written-for-buzzfeed campaign platform) has been how completely whacked opinion poll numbers have […]

cmkl: Home again: another Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour done

This was waiting in the fridge for me when I got home from day two of the Rideau Lakes Cycle tour earlier this afternoon. I have some statistical trivia to share but the most important number to note is that in the last few months I’ve spent on average seven hours a week on my […]