Alan Taylor on the Vision of Joseph Brant

I attended a SRO lecture by Alan Taylor last week. He delivered a wonderful narrative on the life of Joseph Brant couched in the currently contentious discussion over native land rights in the Grand River basin. Taylor is the author of a variety of books, the most pertinent being The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. taylormac.gifFollowing a concise, if rather softly spoken, brief on the various parties playing in the story, he moved to the meat of the matter. The key element that Taylor seemed to want the audience to appreciate was that the Six Nations themselves were by no means homogeneous. Additionally, the area into which they moved was by no means dominated by one party or another and was a populated by a collection of diverse groups already: pre-existing natives such as the Mississauga, recent settlers from either the US or from the British Isles and significantly, a small, but vocal cadre of British military forces. The result is an intermixed culturally diverse people in this area. Continue reading

A Tiddly for your Notes

I seem to have been posting much on the subject of note-taking as of late. It’s the seasonal thing. tiddlya.jpg
What I suddenly realized amongst my plaudits for techniques and for tools was a gem of a concept that Geoffrey and I have been ruminating over for the past year or so: TiddlyWiki. In case you have missed the Tiddly thing, it is a tiny, entirely self-contained information storage mechanism that uses a wiki-style of interlinked and tagged entries. Unlike the more traditional wiki’s, it is entirely local. While this poses some backup and access issues, it also means that you don’t need an internet connection to edit data, it is blazing fast and very secure. Its extremely easy to use and if you think about what is going on, its an amazing concept. Continue reading

Physical versus Virtual Environments

Bill Turkel posted another great thought piece today on the Importance of Infrastructure. This post is, as his others always are, very erudite, well phrased and provoke one to think. In this case, his framing question dhhacksseems to be whether one can really environmentally engineer innovation. His post suggests that letting the right people play in the right sandbox, with the right toys can yield astonishing results. He addresses the nature of how we construct personal space in order to bolster productivity, creativity and all those good things.
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