Meslin does the math and discovers he agrees with Ford

, July 25, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered what sort of mayor Rob Ford would be if he didn’t have an allergy to common sense and basic math, the latest blog post from Dave Meslin might surprise you. Ford spent some time in Winnipeg this week, and one of the things he really liked about it was that “they only had […]


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The best cup of coffee in the world

, July 24, 2013

I don’t know how he does it, but my father-in-law Graham makes the best cup of coffee around. I start each day of every trip here with a cup; it’s one of the little things I look forward to each time. I know that for most of you, that information is useless and this post was […]


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Traktor as a brainstorming tool for DJs (and aspiring DJs)

, July 24, 2013

I’m not a big fan of DJ apps for smartphones. I haven’t yet found one that feels like an adequate substitute for genuine decks. But the iOS version of Traktor DJ has a feature that’s rather useful, particularly when you’re away from home. Whenever you queue up a new track, the app’s “intelligent browser” recommends options […]


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A guide to using Evernote with GTD

, July 23, 2013

The David Allen Company recently produced a guide to using Evernote, the free and popular note-taking app, as a platform for their Getting Things Done productivity system. Technically, they’ve produced two: one for Windows, and one for Mac. Evernote is a fairly flexible tool, and there are many different ways you can set it up […]


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The chicken, the egg and the slacktivist

, July 23, 2013

Benjamin Boles, the Music Editor at NOW, said something on Twitter the other day that caught my attention. “The problem with treating Twitter as purely an activist tool,” he said, “is that you tend to start seeing everyone as either ally or enemy.” There’s a lot of truth to this. We’ve all known people who […]


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It’s a royal pain in the ass

, July 22, 2013

“I’m really glad we actually got to be in England during the birth of the royal baby,” my wife said this morning. “Really?” I replied. My wife misses the UK from time to time, but she’s no fan of the monarchy, let alone a news cycle flooded with one of their babies. “That’s why it’s […]


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Back in the old country

, July 22, 2013

We’ve landed safely in the UK. My kid got plenty of sleep on the plane, thanks in no small part to the airline bumping us up to a row of three seats instead of two. Remind me to send Air Transat my thanks about that one. It’s a good time to be here! My mother-in-law […]


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Flying out today

, July 19, 2013

Today’s the day we’re flying out to the UK to see the family. And it’s going to be a bit of a stressful day, because I didn’t do anything last night to help get ready. Man, I had a whole list of things I was going to do around the house, a bunch of stuff […]


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Here’s a recap of last week’s meeting between the province and the library workers union

, July 16, 2013

Hey, remember when I told you guys about the meeting that Maureen O’Reilly, President of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, was about to have with office of Michael Chan to request an increase in funding? Well, O’Reilly sent an update to her mailing list this afternoon, and it sounds like the meeting was a step in the right […]


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“We Are Not Trayvon Martin”

, July 16, 2013

There are two ways you launch a “We Are Not Trayvon Martin” meme in the wake of this weekend’s events. You could adopt it as a misguided “blame the victim” slogan, along the lines of “We are not the 99%,” or you could use it as a platform to launch a discussion that we desperately […]


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