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Sep 04 2013

Stuff I’m Writing Elsewhere. Politics, Fiction and Education

Between moving house, working on freelance website copywriting projects and just enjoying the summer (now fall), I haven’t had as much time for creative writing, but I seem to be on a bit of an upswing. Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been up to:


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Jan 10 2013

We Have Forgotten the Dangers of Anonymity

More arguments against the arbitrary, short-sighted, totally-made-up right of people to remain anonymous online.

Source: via Damien on Pinterest

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Jun 17 2012

Some Final Thoughts On Northern Voice 2012

Vancouver’s coolest personal blogging and social media conference is done. Some random thoughts, in no particular order:

  1. There are tons of smart, creative people in this city doing cool stuff. I already knew that, but it was re-confirmed this weekend.
  2. Pinterest drives traffic. Note to self: open an account. Thanks, Rebecca Coleman.
  3. David Ng had some great ideas on crowdsourcing that I shall put into use with a number of projects I’m involved with. Hope he posts his slides somewhere. In the meantime, do check out how he talks science. It’s fascinating. Continue Reading »

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Jul 27 2010

When Democracy Meets Technology and Camp

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When I’m not ruminating on conspiracies in central Asia, I can often be found at local tech events in Vancouver enjoying the company of fellow entrepreneurial-minded geeks. My roundup in Techvibes from DemoCamp last week, where tech start-up people got to tell other tech start-up people why they’re awesome. Highlight of the evening:

Honourable mention must go to Ed Levinson from Analusis, mostly because he was just so darn entertaining, in the tradition of manic street preachers. (Sadly, Ed didn’t actually get to pitch his idea. It went like this):

“My fellow entrepreneurs and developers, I know how you feel. I see the darkness in your soul and I sense the loneliness you have at the end of the night when your friends and family are out at the movies and you’re stuck at home doing the books or writing code. And you’re thinking, ‘they’re getting to see Inception! I should get to see inception! I’m going to download that movie…’

Sadly, Ed got pulled away at that point. He’d hit the 30-second mark. But I could tell that most of the people in the room wanted to hear more and I will be in touch with Ed to find out precisely what this entrepreneurial mentor was driving at.

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Feb 20 2010

Deep Thinking Versus Fluid Intelligence

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Is Google making us all dumber? Or are we evolving to a different kind of intelligence?

“What the Net does is shift the emphasis of our intelligence, away from what might be called a meditative or contemplative intelligence and more toward what might be called a utilitarian intelligence,” he said. “The price of zipping among lots of bits of information is a loss of depth in our thinking.”

Think about that for a minute.

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