It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it done, as long as you know you’re not doing it

, January 30, 2013

“Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation,” David Allen of GTDĀ fame argues, “but it’s not because of the vacation itself. What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and renegotiate all your agreements with yourself and others.” That’s […]

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Ranked ballots made a democratic difference this weekend

, January 29, 2013

Here’s an excerpt from an email the good people at RaBIT sent to their mailing list in Saturday evening, following the leadership convention held by the Ontario Liberal Party: “Just moments ago, the Ontario Liberal Party chose Kathleen Wynne as our new premier. “The Liberal Party – and all other parties – use runoffs to […]

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Weekend Mission Accomplished: Set up an eReader

, January 28, 2013

My generous and literary wife was kind enough to give me a refurbished Kobo as an early Valentines Day present. We’re going on vacation with my family at the end of the week, and it’s going to be a great opportunity to catch up on some reading. But since our luggage for any trip these […]

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As Parliament resumes, Canadians celebrate common causes on #J28

, January 28, 2013

Today’s the day that our MPs head back to the Hill to resume Parliament, and Canadians across the country are marking the occasion with a day of action designed to unify our nation’s progressive social movements. It’s all happening under the banner of Common Causes, which is “an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending […]

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

, January 27, 2013

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a worldwide memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. Today’s date was chosen and designated by the United Nations in November of 2005, because it’s the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviets. Interestingly, the UN’s original resolution seems designed to stick it to the Holocaust deniers. […]

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I was wrong about Rob Ford (and then I was wrong again)

, January 25, 2013

When the verdict came down on Rob Ford in November, I was surprised. I wasn’t a lawyer, but I felt fairly certain that the judge in question could, and would, have found a loophole that would have enabled a ruling in Ford’s favour. As we now know, I was wrong. When the appeal decision came […]

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Baby Harvey Fierstein

, January 24, 2013

If you’ve been avoiding this site because you’re sick of reading cute baby stories, then believe me, I take no offense. I know they’re not always the most exciting stories around, especially if you don’t have kids of your own. But in my defense, they’re better than most of the stories I make up just […]

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Who is not John Galt?

, January 23, 2013

Nobody ever reads Ayn Rand and identifies with the mediocre masses. Sure, a lot of people get to the end of books like The Fountainhead, Anthem or Atlas Shrugged and say “Wow, society really does oppose our most exceptional people at every turn.” But nobody ever says “I’d better get out of the way so […]

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The gun is mightier than a week of cute baby stories

, January 22, 2013

I don’t get a huge amount of blog traffic, but I tend to do well on the days I go off on a rant. The more backed by facts and/or buoyed by snark a post may be, the further it’s likely to travel. Yesterday’s post on Gun Appreciation Day was a good example, generating some […]

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Weekend Mission Accomplished: Get my digital music organized

, January 21, 2013

I’ve been DJing digitally with Serato for a number of years now, but I’ve never really taken the time to make it work with iTunes in a way that suits me. To tell you the truth, I’ve always hated iTunes; it’s one of those awful programs that works great as long as you want to […]

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