Five historical misconceptions, demisconceptualized

I grew up in a subtly, vaguely, self identifying Norwegian household. We ate lefse and told stories about lutefisk and had a Norwegian version of the lord’s prayer installed in our kitchen. But, most poignantly, we believed Vikings had horns on their helmets. Turns out that’s probably bullshit. We were also pretty much wrong about...

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Cognitive surplus: one more video

Since I seem to be on a kick posting videos, I thought I would post a recentish talk by Clay Shirky about collaboration and cognitive surplus. Clay Shirky is interesting and he wrote Here Comes Everybody, which was pretty good.…

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Good video: probably a good book

Wow, there is footage in here of wolverines doing somersaults. Who knew? I've never seen a wolverine. I would love to be involved in making this kind of promotional video! Looks like a solid book. The Wolverine Way - by…

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Remembering what not to do

With a variety of global environmental crises upon us, this old newscast casts doubt on our ability to deal with messes effectively. Often, our attempt to manage a scenario results in another, more dangerous, scenario. I appreciate the reporter's final…

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The future of cities

This conversation with Paul Saffo is interesting in part because these two middle age white executives are speaking so nonchalantly about the relative likelihood of nation states breaking up into city states. And don't forget about the rise of robots.…

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Fossil awards for Harper-Prentice Government

Jim Prentice and the Harper Government have earned Canada several Fossil Awards for the positions they have been putting forward in negotiations at Copenhagen. Actually, we're currently leading the scoreboard for total points. Hell. We took first place and second…

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Something is happening

I’m an admirer of the minds behind GeoMemes, and I was visiting their site recently and noticed that they had embedded the advertisement below. It's not something I would expect to find on the home page of their website. But…

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Hateful language campaign

After the last post I thought I better write something that clearly identifies me as anti-anti-queer.[1. Yeah, like "anti-anti-queer" is clear - lol!] Found this cool campaign aimed at challenging the language people use, and the way they use it.…

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David Suzuki says call PM

David Suzuki says call prime minister Stephen Harper and tell him that Canada needs to show a willingness to cooperate in Copenhagen. And he also says we should record our phone calls on video and then post them to the…

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Cory Doctorow in brief

Cory Doctorow is a force to be reckoned with. I listened to a free audiobook of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. But he doesn't just write science fiction. He also writes and lectures…

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Story of Stuff viewing and discussion
Story of Stuff Poster for the Black Stilt Coffee Shop

Story of Stuff viewing and discussion

A quick trip to the Black Stilt felt especially rewarding when I saw this poster for an upcoming event that they're hosting. The Story of Stuff is a short film that made the rounds online, well, maybe last year or…

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A helpful vid by Leo Murray

This thoughtful film appeals to me so much because I think the animation is really artful. It reviews the notion of a tipping point (important notion for people to understand) and it's written and narrated in a way that doesn't…

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