It’s true there are much more serious problems in the world. Poverty, rape culture, climate change. But this morning I want to put that out of my mind and complain about a first world problem. Scene: August. My lovely partner is a planner. If ever she tired of her career in advocacy research she could […]
Or CSIS, CSEC or whatever. Glen Greenwald (The Intercept) has this item on some of the Snowden docs which would seem to be a training manual on how to discredit targets online. See How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. The item stops short of saying that these decks were […]
A cost benefit analysis of why we must have a one year moratorium on special day statements in the house of labour.
CBC is reporting that Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak has dropped the mandatory representation, voluntary dues policy for union membership from his party program. It’s nice to know that he figures it’s so unpopular as to hurt his chances at being the next premier.
The Supreme Court has ruled against a tax auditor who has spent the last thirteen years trying to keep her employer from giving her contact information to her union, Kathryn May reports in the Ottawa Citizen. I’m guessing it will take another thirteen years to undo the mess the various parties have made trying to […]
I think what pushed me over the edge is the UN’s International Day of Happiness. When I saw it I hoped I’d been pranked and that it wasn’t real. Alas it is.
Over a yummy lunch a couple of weeks back some colleagues and I were talking about web content. They’d been at a how-to workshop where the facilitator seemed to have got it in their heads that putting any more than 150 words on any given page was verbotten. “I like long form content,” my colleague said, wistfully. We were short on time so I didn’t launch into this rant then and there. Now however, here goes.
The Nikon AW1. I like it. A GPS, waterproof, shock proof, with interchangeable lenses, 14MP resolution in a half pound package. Here are my observations, impressions and notes.
We expect. We hope. We being me and the awesome physiotherapist I saw today at the Carleton Sports Therapy Clinic. The meniscus is the donut-shaped bit of padding between the ends of the upper and lower leg bones that join at the knee.
Back when I moved to Ottawa in the early 1990s I did all my banking with one of the big commercial banks. I realized how wrong that was but what could I do? “But there’s the cutest, most friendly little credit union right at Bank and Somerset,” one of my colleagues implored.
I suppose if you’re used to facing gunfire, police removal isn’t so bad. Though I think it’s an embarassing shame for the federal government that the veterans are having to fight all over again. Ex-soldiers hold sit-in to protest Veterans Affairs office closure.
Pete Seeger has died. It’s trending everywhere. Which in a sense is all the proof I need of my thesis. It’s heartening to see that a life well lived, an inestimable contribution to music and politics will carry on. Kinda like the songbook you know? Well, exactly like the songbook(s), the recordings, the writings and […]
CBC Ottawa is reporting this morning. But doesn’t say where. Allow me to guess – no swing ridings, no otherwise vulnerable government MPs. Because superboxes suck. CPC spokesmuppet Jon Hamilton admits as much. I’ve said it before, Canada Post, even if you’re hell bent on getting rid of as many postal workers as possible – […]
At least you won’t have to put up with any more annoying running posts for a while.
I am a sincere devotee of Evernote. I use it constantly, every day. So when it crashed on me and the local copy of the database was corrupted, my life really sucked. Evernote can detect a damaged database. And it duly offered me a shot at recovering it. But every time it tried, the application crashed.
My first effort to slow down went pretty well I think. I started out painfully slow. The “low heart rate” warning beep came about one minute in, and I thought I could maybe pick it up a little.
I went for a run today for the first time in a bit. I thought I would skip the Running Room regimen and just see how I was doing. I ran the 6.6km loop along the canal between Bronson and Pretoria without any pauses and at pace.
My cat Edgar has died of acute kidney failure. He was 14. I think. Too soon, poor thing. I’m still quite upset because I didn’t get to say good bye to him. I’m in London, looking after my sister who’s been ill recently.
Thanks to Renée Stephen I know I’ve not been suffering alone all these years in my hatred of FAQs. She showed me (via Twitter) this very well put case against having FAQs on websites. Below is the comment I wrote in response.
Balance beam. As the family photographer it fell to me to attend Mallory’s last gymnastics class. She had an ear to ear grin on during the entire class. Except when she was really focussed. Of all the activities we put her through this is clearly her favourite.
Canada Post grand plan pronouncements (especially when there’s bargaining to be done) have a habit of not coming true or being counter-factual, but this latest, about the crown corporation phasing out urban door to door delivery warrants a response.
I’m about to become insufferable. I apologize in advance. I have abiding love of performance metrics. And maps. GPS units make me positively giddy with excitement. And have recently been schooled on the meaning and import of heart rate when it comes to getting exercise.
The creator of the Wire, the Corner, Generation Kill gave a speech, in Sydney, summarized in the London-based Guardian. David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ . And here I am, a Canadian mentioning it on my blog. In part because I find it remarkable that there seems to be no comparable […]
Québec City Oct 2013, a set on Flickr. Some photos from my short trip there in October. Because I am feeling like exploring my current state of flickr integration
I was conferring with comrades from a sibling union this week. They’re going through almost the exact same website re-engineering process I did where I work. It was very therapeutic. I thank them. But we got into what I thought was an old discussion. Turns out it’s not.