January 11, 2017

Mechanized Nuttiness and Wastes of Time

Imagine this, but information

I’m not sure when information became garbage.  It probably coincided with the invention of the Internet.  You can find out anything, including things that don’t mean anything.      What’s called the obligation to technology makes this worse.  If we can measure it and calculate it, we feel we should do so, regardless of the benefit […]

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January 4, 2017

You’re Going The Wrong Way!

  Those of us who live in the Centre of the Universe (Toronto) have our complaints about the local transit authority.  The Toronto Transit Commission runs squeaky light rail trams which they call street cars.  This term may be used to distinguish these street cars from the off-road variety, which don’t exist anywhere in the […]

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December 31, 2016

What to Wear

  In 1967 Singer/Songwriter Scott MacKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) gave some advice that may still hold.  “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear/Some flowers in your hair.”  I did go, several times.  I dined at the Cliff House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and put a quarter in the human jukebox.  The human jukebox occupied a […]

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December 21, 2016

The Problem With New Technology

Here’s the problem with the relentless pace of technological development.  We aren’t using the new technology.  Alvin Toffler tried to show that futuristic developments sprang upon us in a shocking way, sooner than we thought they would.  Hence his term and book title, “Future Shock.”  He was right, about 30 years after his prediction. There’s […]

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December 14, 2016

” If you could find that service in the yellow pages, the government shouldn’t be involved.”

A former Finance Minister in Canada, the late Jim Flaherty, was once asked whether the government would be or should be providing a certain service.  His reply was clever.  He said that if you could find that service in the yellow pages, the government shouldn’t be involved.   It’s not appropriate to have footnotes in […]

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December 7, 2016

A Performance Appraisal

In my last job, I was trained in performance appraisals.  No one likes to be measured—not even height and weight.  I’m still mad at my parents because I’m just under 6 feet tall.  I wanted the taller gene. I was trained to act as if the performance appraisal were a contract, negotiated with a lawyer. […]

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November 30, 2016

Can’t Bank On Kindness

The great disaster scholar, the late Joe Scanlon told me that perform well and organizations perform poorly in crises.  Anyone who has been in big snow storms in Montreal has seen people and restaurants open their doors to cold people with a thick layer of snow on their heads. Anyone who has lived in the […]

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November 23, 2016

All’s Quiet in Saint John

As a young reporter in the CHSJ radio and TV newsroom in Saint John, New Brunswick, I was required to do “police checks” every night.  I’d call the Duty Sargent of the city police and the local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police—RCMP.  I’d introduce myself.  I’d ask if there were any events I […]

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November 23, 2016

The Toronto Tragedy

Canada’s largest city has only two subway lines that bring people into downtown.  Few people get off and more people get on until the cars arrive downtown, jam packed.  Those are north-south lines.  There’s just one east-west line which brings people from both directions to transfer to the north-south lines and continue downtown.  Many a […]

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November 16, 2016

Yahoo! I’m Out To Dinner

“Kill the bum…” says the quintessential sports fan at a prize fight, football or hockey game.  “Are you blind?” yells another quintessential fan at an umpire or other official.  Fist bumps, loud yips of delight and almost as loud moans of disappointment fill arenas, basements, and living rooms in which TVs are tuned into the […]

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