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‘We are fixed in our geography but we are not fixed in our mindsets’: on living in a winter city

You don’t have to shovel rain, but you can’t build forts or have the experience of the full moon lighting up a dark night as it reflects off of it, either.

Posted on 11 February 2018 and filed under cities, comments, main, place, Prince George

Boushie

The trial for the alleged murder of Colton Boushie, the 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan started this week. And so did “Boushie,” a podcast being produced by CBC Saskatchewan and the single most important thing I think is happening at CBC right now.

Posted on 3 February 2018 and filed under articles, CBC, main, media, radio

There is no optimal length for podcasts

“Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped.“ Hooray!

Posted on 2 February 2018 and filed under links, main, media, outbound, radio, small

Blocked

Some thoughts on being blocked on Twitter (spoiler: it’s fine).

Posted on 23 January 2018 and filed under articles, big, main, social media

confluence episode 23: is this thing on?

I have started publishing my newsletter again. You can sign up here. So it has apparently been over a year since my previous letter went out, which was not a thing I intended to happen. I can tell you that in the intervening time I have still been writing, but looking back on it I’ve […]

Posted on 20 January 2018 and filed under blogging, letters, main, media

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Today I went to work, enjoyed my job, biked home, grabbed a quick cross-country ski before going back downtown for dinner with my wife, and talked to family. The fact that a good birthday wasn’t terribly different from a normal day makes me grateful for my life.

Posted on 18 January 2018 and filed under main, personal

Horace Greeley on local news

From this overall excellent take on how Facebook’s latest changes will affect news publishers, a quote from New York Tribune founding editor Horace Greeley on where local newspapers should be placing their focus: “The subject of greatest interest to an average human being is himself; next to that he is most concerned about his neighbors. […]

Posted on 14 January 2018 and filed under journalism, main

Almost Mainstream: Songs from 2017

I didn’t listen to all the music in 2017, but I listened to some of it and these were the songs that stuck with me in some form or another.

Posted on 1 January 2018 and filed under main, music

Whatever finds me

For many years I had lists. Albums I wanted to listen to. Books to read. Movies to see. The internet made this easier. TV shows to binge. An unread queue of articles in my Instapaper account.The one hundred best comedies with Swiss actors made since 1992. It was bad. There is too much stuff. Not […]

Posted on 1 January 2018 and filed under articles, main, personal

250News shutting down

This is shame. 250News.com has been an important force in the world of media and politics in Prince George and beyond.   I remember when I had a short internship working in a government office there were some key websites political operatives monitored — the Vancouver Sun, The Victoria Times-Colonist, and 250News as a sole […]

Posted on 15 September 2017 and filed under main, media, outbound, Prince George

I really like having a second Facebook profile for just work…

and I recommend it but also I’ve realized Facebook is kind of terrible.

Posted on 10 September 2017 and filed under main, social media

Saskatoon Berry Appreciation Thread

They are great berries.

Posted on 10 September 2017 and filed under main, misc

Downtown Prince George needs a viewing platform

In just about any major city you visit, taking a trip up some sort of tower or another is on the list of quintessential tourist experiences.

Posted on 9 August 2017 and filed under main, outbound, Prince George

Canada

This is the Canada I grew up in: Across the street from my house there was a forest that I could (although wasn’t supposed to) walk through to get to my school, where I had kind teachers who looked out for my well being. I had friends of different backgrounds and origins and we bonded […]

Posted on 1 July 2017 and filed under articles, Best Of, Canada, main

Why aren’t scientists verified on Twitter?

Twitter #MeetScienceTwitter

Posted on 10 June 2017 and filed under articles, main, social media

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