Archive for November, 2008
Thought Police

From the Montreal Gazette…also on national radio. It would be hilarious if it were not so chilling: Queen’s University will hire six “facilitators” who will listen in on student conversations, vigilant against incorrect speech. Officially, says the University’s website, these incognito “intergroup facilitators,” will “respond to, stimulate and invite engagement across difference and tensions that […]

Wikipedia and the Mumbai Attack

I am continually surprised with how quickly information appears on wikipedia.  Indian special forces units have cleared out the last remaining resistance in the Taj Hotel earlier this morning and there is apparently still concern that there might be more terrorists still hidden in the hotel.  Needless to say, the event in ongoing even as […]

Library Loans

“Planning in Ontario 1966-1975: A Review of Activities” – according to the library record, the last person to sign out this beast was in 1986.  Given the huge popularity of this masterpiece I am only provided a measely one week loan – the rationale being that this is a government document and that Canadians around […]

AutoMAD

Yeah, I’m still around – but don’t expect any big post in the next few weeks.  If you do, it is because I need to bust myself away from the super-duper exciting world of planning school examination/project period. I swear, I will die at my computer…while using AutoCAD.  I’m not kidding when I say my […]

Wolfe Island Wind Farms

As an Ontario newb, I generally have no idea what is going on in this province and this ignorance presents a rather large liability when studying a profession that is heavily weighted towards local examples.  Take for example an upcoming presentation I am giving on Ontario’s latest sexed up regional ‘smart-growth’ plan.  The region in […]

November 11 – 2008
November 11 - 2008
Sleepy?

I was referred to this by my friend who is currently working in Shanghai. Really. Funny….especially if you have spent time working, living or traveling in that country. Apparently there are over 700 photos of sleeping Chinese. I’m just using it as an excuse to get a lame post in.

Some websites

A colleague walks into my office yesterday and introduces me to tiny little site called Stuff White People Like – with the proviso that he isn’t going to be responsible for any procrastination or large amounts of time lost as a result of this introduction. I haven’t laughed that consistently since Tropic Thunder.  Probably my […]

Small fridge = good city

That was one of the wrapping ideas of architect Donald Chong pushed through during his guest presentation this morning, the notion being that an essential component to improving cities actually begins inside the home embracing the ideas of seasonality and local food markets instead of hoarding food stuffs in giant freezers, pantries and fridges. I […]

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