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.
It’s now abundantly clear to me why the geniuses at the Apple store needed my computer to test my battery. I went back just after opening Friday morning (I would recommend that if you – like me – don’t like crowded stores in malls) for my appointment. Rideau in fact opens the store half an hour before shopping starts for genius bar appointments. A nice touch.
This Running Room clinic has really opened up my eyes to a whole world of technicalia around running. Heart rate, specifically. I bought a heart rate monitor with my bike GPS. And I used it a few times just to see what sort of numbers it gave me. And I didn’t see the point of it. Until now.
I just sent this to Apple’s customer service via their website feedback form.
I’m taking a “learn to run” course at the Running Room these days. It seems silly, yes. After all, I have been running – off and on – most of my life. And most humans – if they’re able – learn to run pretty early in life. But there is, actually, an awful lot to learn.
There’s a way you can turn an iPhone into a digital microscope. With $10 worth of stuff.
And so here it is. The bike shed. Not quite what we were thinking of but certainly working well and put in place for much much less than contemplated.
See if you can get through this three minute video without tearing up. Despite having all kinds of complex feelings about Canadians involved in places including but not limited to Afghanistan, I really feel for the men in this video who’ve been damaged by war and abandoned by the government that put them in harm’s way.
So today marked the finale of a two year campaign to re-design, re-engineer and re-everything the flagship website where I work. And after the most excruciating day of bickering about DNS changes, being incredulous about block translation bugs, and general angst, this was waiting for me at home. My heart melted.
I do this every year. Disappearing for four days in early fall. And yet, my partner, the lovely and talented Irene Jansen, puts up with me. I am a lucky man. Year five of the Martin and Chris trips.
I am amazed that in 2013 I am still feeling the need to write this but Kathryn May in today’s Citizen is covering a PSLRB (the board that handles issues related to federal government labour-management relations) decision upholding management’s right to stop the union from using its email system. So I guess it still needs saying. Dear sisters and brothers: your work email belongs to your employer. They can do what they want with it. Any time and for any reason. And now – if they let you know first – they can read it.
Or at least the parts of it that tell people what they can and cannot wear to work. And any other bits of blatant nativism/racism that may have escaped the media firestorm around this staggering piece of bigotry-made-policy. I’m no expert in this but it seems to me the whole reason that we want to have a secular state is so that we can welcome and serve people of all ethnicities, cultures and religions. As they are.
Microsoft. I don’t usually comment on technology stories but this is Onionesque. Surely if Microsoft wants to regain its position as a technology leader/force to be reckoned with/etc etc it should be looking to use its money to buy itself back into relevancy, rather than picking up the only company making less useful stuff than […]
Despite the odd title and even stranger subtitle the editors have given it, Robert Fisk has a good take on how things are lining up now that the US, France and apparently Al Qaeda have decided that the Syrian regime has to go.
We don’t have a garage. We have a bunch of bikes. We’ve been locking them up on the porch but that’s hard on the porch. So what to do. Well a shed. Of course. But what manner of shed for bikes? To ask the question is to answer it, nay? A bike shed.
Bike streets. Cars are guests. The bike is right. This BBC News item makes me sigh: Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?. Of course, the bicycle is the primary mode of transport for 31 per cent of Netherlanders (compared with 48.5 who use cars first) but still the difference that has made in [...]
The author of this opinion piece in the Citizen was an expert witness at the inquiry into the deaths caused by contaminated drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario.
The incubation of the Lac-Mégantic disaster.
I hope I live to be proven right but we’ve been under various radical weather warnings for the last two weeks and none of it has actually ever transpired. Today’s Tornado watch issued for Ottawa takes the cake. Yesterday I ignored the weather watch dire thunderstorm possible hail and all manner of climatic hell watch [...]
One of the labour movement’s great minds and most driven, brilliant researchers has a blog. Oh and did I mention she’s got great taste in partners? She’ll be mostly following equality issues as they pertain to unions and their role representing individual workers and advocating for social justice generally. But you know I bet the [...]
In the three years covering the 45 complaints written of in this Glen MacGregor Ottawa Citizen story (Complaints pile up over airport border guards) about 1.6 million people have flown in and out of Ottawa on international flights – so far.
Warning: braggy parent post trigger warning. At least I can promise I will keep it short. I wanted to mark the occasion. Mallory read ten pages of Charlotte’s Web to Irene and I tonight. We were coaching her a bit but she was doing it.
I remember the first time I did the Rideau Lakes Cycle tour in 2001. When I got home my hands were so stiff from holding the handle bars it took both of them to turn the key in my apartment building’s lock. I’m doing much better now.