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The Resident Tourist
March 15, 2014 – 7:14 am | No Comment
The Resident Tourist

t is this state of mind that mixes the familiar with the not-taken-for-granted that I call the Resident Tourist.

Election 2012 and the “Mischiefs of Party Spirit”
November 6, 2012 – 1:37 pm | 2 Comments
Election 2012 and the “Mischiefs of Party Spirit”

The character of the discourse we have in love or in disagreement, in politics, business or family, defines the character of our person. That is to say, it is our choice to use divisive language and framing to discuss the issues we care about but in so doing we limit our own capacity for sound judgment, common sense and compassion.

The Bicycle as Transformative Agent
October 8, 2012 – 12:53 pm | 6 Comments
The Bicycle as Transformative Agent

Christopher Alexander, in his startling book, The Timeless Way of Building, asserts that our lives are shaped by no more than a handful of repeating patterns: how we get ready for work each day, the …

The Relentless Demand For Time
October 26, 2010 – 6:16 am | 12 Comments

The supply of our time remains fixed, so when demand soars you are left with but two options; cut back on the demands or reduce wasted time anywhere you can find it.

Defining Success
September 5, 2010 – 12:45 pm | One Comment
Defining Success

Cover of Money and the Meaning of Life

So many of us are driven by an ambition that informs our everyday choices.   Choices that, when summed, have a defining effect on every aspect of our lives; …

Why Traditional Media Has Little Credibility in Large Matters
June 30, 2010 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

In 2008 I delivered a keynote at a conference on law and journalism.  The mood among the journalists present was one of palpable contempt for blogging and “citizen journalism.”  You  would think we were witnessing …

Insipid Common Sense
January 12, 2010 – 10:04 pm | One Comment
Insipid Common Sense

I am reading Tournament of Shadows – a history of Russia, England, India and the “Great Game” for empire in Central Asia.   I just came across this quote and fancied it too good not to …

Senseless Media Coverage Begets Senseless Government Reaction: Airline Security & Proportional Response
January 2, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

This is a cross-post from Radar
I am flying to London this coming week on business. I have no idea if I will be able to use my laptop, emerge from my seat during the …

Hitler’s Social Media Campaign for Toyota Yaris
December 9, 2009 – 9:45 am | One Comment

At the risk of offending everyone on planet earth… I thought this satire was an amazing bit of work…- Pure YouTube Genius.

Apophenia – The Sign Of Our Times
October 20, 2009 – 7:45 am | No Comment
Apophenia – The Sign Of Our Times

I came across this word today while attending (virtually) a session “What Comes Next For the Web.”
Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in …