My Biking “Desk”

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At the beginning of June I fell off then-under construction deck. I twisted my knee but felt pretty ok by two days later, at which point I discovered that I had a fractured tibial plateau and had to wear a brace for the next 6 weeks. Thankfully I didn’t do any real ligament damage and … Read more →

The Parental Anxiety Epidemic

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Today’s parents are a fearful bunch in arguably the safest time we’ve ever seen. When did parents get so scared? investigates the sources of this fear and has a few interesting insights, starting with a pretty visceral picture of common fears: Rather than abating with time, the checklist of parental worries has only lengthened as … Read more →

Stop Harperman

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Stephen Harper is a bit of a control freak. So, in a story that almost seems like it might be parody, Environment Canada scientist Tony Turner has been put on leave over a little protest song he wrote about our nefarious Prime Minister.I really loved this bit from his union rep:

[Environment Canada] is alleging… [Turner] has violated the departmental code of values and ethics in that the writing and performing of this song somehow impeded his ability to impartially study migratory birds.

The birds have an obvious liberal bias.

Direct Democracy

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The thing we have in most so-called “democracies” is actually a very limited version called representative democracy, a system where you get a chance every four years or so to decide which person will do the least bad job of representing your interests. The slate of candidates will generally be mediocre because representing the people … Read more →

Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret

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A recent article on Medium quotes from a delightfully old Lifehacker article where a young Brad Isaac asks Jerry Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. The advice is gold, and not just for comics: He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way … Read more →

Honour Winnipeg’s Water Source

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I’ve never had to think about where my water comes from; whether it is safe, or if I even have it readily available to me. In Winnipeg, our water comes from the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, who have themselves been under a boil water advisory since 1997. Honour the Source is a great resource for … Read more →