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In praise of less than ordinary things

I write of the post box. I was considering my travel options during an emergency situation at Kent Station Cork this week and as I was pondering logistical issues, my attention was suddenly drawn to the study, green cylindrical post

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In praise of less than ordinary things

I write of the post box. I was considering my travel options during an emergency situation at Kent Station Cork this week and as I was pondering logistical issues, my attention was suddenly drawn to the study, green cylindrical post

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Fuzzy Slippers, Chrome, Steel and Coffee

My apologies if this sounded like I was challenging Jared Diamond to a wordoff ;-)   Michele just pointed me to wonderfully candid article explaining why office workers should appreciate their surroundings and pity the poor fools that consider the coffee

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Fuzzy Slippers, Chrome, Steel and Coffee

My apologies if this sounded like I was challenging Jared Diamond to a wordoff ;-)   Michele just pointed me to wonderfully candid article explaining why office workers should appreciate their surroundings and pity the poor fools that consider the coffee

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Death, Remembering and Entertainment

Eamonn pointed me to press release on a rather jarring new TV channel offering in Germany. Etos TV Mourning Channel is a 24/7 broadcast of video obituaries, short videos of the deceased as well as documentaries on cemeteries and on

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Death, Remembering and Entertainment

Eamonn pointed me to press release on a rather jarring new TV channel offering in Germany. Etos TV Mourning Channel is a 24/7 broadcast of video obituaries, short videos of the deceased as well as documentaries on cemeteries and on

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Is the Visible Network a Good Thing?

Social Network/ing Week at the University of Toronto kicked off tonight with a fascinating keynote by Cornell’s Jon Kleinberg. ‘The Geography of Social and Information Networks,’ was one of the most fascinating applied mathematical lectures I can say to having

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Is the Visible Network a Good Thing?

Social Network/ing Week at the University of Toronto kicked off tonight with a fascinating keynote by Cornell’s Jon Kleinberg. ‘The Geography of Social and Information Networks,’ was one of the most fascinating applied mathematical lectures I can say to having

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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 seems to be whether

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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 seems to be whether

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The Future from the Past

It’s always amusing and often telling to compare where we are now to where we thought we’d be. Whether through sci-fi novels, advertisements for the house of the future, or in this case prints from an exhibition at the Bibliothèque

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The Future from the Past

It’s always amusing and often telling to compare where we are now to where we thought we’d be. Whether through sci-fi novels, advertisements for the house of the future, or in this case prints from an exhibition at the Bibliothèque

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Colette

One of the most fascinating stores in Paris and well worth a visit is Colette. The location is prime – along rue Saint-Honoré near the Place du Marche Saint-Honoré. Colette carries a wonderfully eclectic inventory of things amazing. catering to

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Colette

One of the most fascinating stores in Paris and well worth a visit is Colette. The location is prime – along rue Saint-Honoré near the Place du Marche Saint-Honoré. Colette carries a wonderfully eclectic inventory of things amazing. catering to

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Space and Scale

There is a great discussion at Bricoleurbanism on the absence of people-scaled spaces in Toronto’s urban streetscape. The discussion takes as a starting point construction hoarding on two sides of the street near Bloor that inadvertently created a humane street

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Space and Scale

There is a great discussion at Bricoleurbanism on the absence of people-scaled spaces in Toronto’s urban streetscape. The discussion takes as a starting point construction hoarding on two sides of the street near Bloor that inadvertently created a humane street

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Guelph Memory

A great online historical tour of the University of Guelph campus is now available. It doesn’t feature whizzbang flash effects or implement AJAX functionality. Instead, it delivers a smooth and effective tour in a simple and compelling fashion with simple

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Guelph Memory

A great online historical tour of the University of Guelph campus is now available. It doesn’t feature whizzbang flash effects or implement AJAX functionality. Instead, it delivers a smooth and effective tour in a simple and compelling fashion with simple

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The Magnificent Luxembourg Gardens

I have long wanted to jot down some thoughts about some of my favourite places in Paris. Meaning to eventually present these as an appropriately georeferenced set with appropriate navigation, for now I thought I would add them as simply

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The Magnificent Luxembourg Gardens

I have long wanted to jot down some thoughts about some of my favourite places in Paris. Meaning to eventually present these as an appropriately georeferenced set with appropriate navigation, for now I thought I would add them as simply

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Treating Via the Net

In my research into nineteenth century Canadian drinking habits, I very quickly learned that the temperance folks had a special enmity for the custom of treating. The crusade against this special social practise informed much of the pamphleteering and petitioning

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Treating Via the Net

In my research into nineteenth century Canadian drinking habits, I very quickly learned that the temperance folks had a special enmity for the custom of treating. The crusade against this special social practise informed much of the pamphleteering and petitioning

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the real social

I have spent the last decade naturally evolving towards a work day that largely takes place in coffee shops. Having written my MA largely at the Second Cup in Guelph and turned to the Starbucks before that to do business

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the real social

I have spent the last decade naturally evolving towards a work day that largely takes place in coffee shops. Having written my MA largely at the Second Cup in Guelph and turned to the Starbucks before that to do business

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Making the Magic Believable

English Russia has posted some great footage of a Stalinist video showing the wonderful architectural rewards that the populace was about to reap. I was particularly impressed by what must have been a rather impressive technique for the time of

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Making the Magic Believable

English Russia has posted some great footage of a Stalinist video showing the wonderful architectural rewards that the populace was about to reap. I was particularly impressed by what must have been a rather impressive technique for the time of

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Running Sparklines

I got the little Nike+ pedometer for my iPod last year to track my running progress. Yeah, that’s right its was purely for exercise sake…yeah. Yes, its a gadget. I like gadgets. And this one is very cool. If you

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Running Sparklines

I got the little Nike+ pedometer for my iPod last year to track my running progress. Yeah, that’s right its was purely for exercise sake…yeah. Yes, its a gadget. I like gadgets. And this one is very cool. If you

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For those Challenged by Waking Up

From bestdesi.com comes a top ten list of the most annoying alarm clocks in the world. I like the selection of clocks. All are pretty much annoying which of course is part of the deal, but what the better ones

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For those Challenged by Waking Up

From bestdesi.com comes a top ten list of the most annoying alarm clocks in the world. I like the selection of clocks. All are pretty much annoying which of course is part of the deal, but what the better ones

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Making Connections

Genealogy remains one of the more popular pastimes in modern culture. Embracing Web2.0 Ajax comes Geni.com, which is quite viral. It offers a very easy guided data entry process geared towards encouraging contact with relatives to have them fill in

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Making Connections

Genealogy remains one of the more popular pastimes in modern culture. Embracing Web2.0 Ajax comes Geni.com, which is quite viral. It offers a very easy guided data entry process geared towards encouraging contact with relatives to have them fill in

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Making the Pitch

Clever lads have run the CES address of Bill Gates and the Macworld Keynote by Steve Jobs through a variety of text analysis tools to get an idea of why one has greater impact than the other. The article demonstrates

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Making the Pitch

Clever lads have run the CES address of Bill Gates and the Macworld Keynote by Steve Jobs through a variety of text analysis tools to get an idea of why one has greater impact than the other. The article demonstrates

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Braudel

“An incredible number of dice, always rolling, dominate and determine each individual existence: uncertainty, then, in the realm of individual history; but in that of collective history . . . simplicity and consistency. History is indeed ‘a poor little conjectural

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Braudel

“An incredible number of dice, always rolling, dominate and determine each individual existence: uncertainty, then, in the realm of individual history; but in that of collective history . . . simplicity and consistency. History is indeed ‘a poor little conjectural

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Survival Tips for Parisian High Society

From Michele comes this very musing correspondence about

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Survival Tips for Parisian High Society

From Michele comes this very musing correspondence about

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Changing Glasses for Changing Tastes

Thanks to Usama for this one. Glasses that have interchangeable parts so you can choose a colour to match your mood or your fashion. The toulch ONE eyeglass system has a series of arms and nosepieces in a variety of

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Changing Glasses for Changing Tastes

Thanks to Usama for this one. Glasses that have interchangeable parts so you can choose a colour to match your mood or your fashion. The toulch ONE eyeglass system has a series of arms and nosepieces in a variety of

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Architecture Imitating Something…

Simply too absurd not to blog. Apparently there’s a new luxury condo planned for Dubai which is designed to resemble an Apple iPod (I probably don’t actually have to brand tag that do i?). Designed to reemble to that extent

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Architecture Imitating Something…

Simply too absurd not to blog. Apparently there’s a new luxury condo planned for Dubai which is designed to resemble an Apple iPod (I probably don’t actually have to brand tag that do i?). Designed to reemble to that extent

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The Other Side: The Secret Mulroney Tapes on the CBC

Ok. The constant CBC warnings that this programme contains coarse language is certainly the hint that the CBC has yet to warm to Brian Mulroney. A rather tepid presentation. The challenge to the film maker was to take the taped

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The Other Side: The Secret Mulroney Tapes on the CBC

Ok. The constant CBC warnings that this programme contains coarse language is certainly the hint that the CBC has yet to warm to Brian Mulroney. A rather tepid presentation. The challenge to the film maker was to take the taped

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The Excitment of Pre-Modern Italian Accountantcy

So…why would anyone voluntarily attend a seminar on Administration and Book-keeping in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy? Even the lecturer was surprised by the turnout. Standing room only at Victoria University. The workshop was very fascinating and a useful look

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The Excitment of Pre-Modern Italian Accountantcy

So…why would anyone voluntarily attend a seminar on Administration and Book-keeping in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy? Even the lecturer was surprised by the turnout. Standing room only at Victoria University. The workshop was very fascinating and a useful look

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