Archive for ‘ideas’


a love letter to my e-reader

(I starting this out as a facebook post and realized after the second paragraph it might be better suited as a blog post…)

If you are an avid reader and have been weighing the pros and cons of picking up an e-reader, allow me to weigh in with my perspective and experience

I LOVE MY E-READER. To the ends of the earth. I have had it for two months and am already finishing up my 10th book. I’ve always been a reader with a book on the go, but I’ve never read as much as I have in the past several weeks. Now, this is to be expected in the initial blush of new gadget romance. However my reading has increased from a standard 1 book a month (maybe 2, if they were shorter or so captivating I couldn’t to put them down) to 4-5 books a month.

Here is what I like about my ereader:

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Don’t you put it in your mouth

For something that is so intensely important to our continued existence, it alarms me how much misinformation abounds about the foods we eat. I find it more alarming how easily much of that misinformation is accepted uncritically.

Food is so essential, you eat all day, every day – if you are fortunate enough to live in an area of the world that has stable and plentiful food systems. Unfortunately many people don’t, way too many people – but that is not what I want to write about. Perhaps because food has such significance to our daily lives and we increasingly know very little about its production, it is easy to fear monger and to promote falsehoods.

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Trees, Trees, Trees

I just read this article from American Forests (a non-profit dedicated to the conservation and expansion of America’s forests) about Portland’s initiative to plant 83 000 trees as part of their sewer management program. It is a good article, it talks about the programs potential as well as the unknowns and criticisms. I look forward to hearing about Geoffrey Donovan’s research into the measurable impact of tree cover on peak sewage flow. He is a research ecologist for the US Forest Service and if your interest is peaked you can find his publications (several of which center around the value of urban trees) if you follow the link.

Urban tree’s have many values other than sewer. I plan on looking through Donovan’s research and the larger research literature about urban forests and write-up my synopsis in the weeks to come. Toronto seems to have decent forest cover in some neighbourhoods, but I would love to get a genuine idea of the state of TO’s urban forest.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the article.


Roman trees framing the Colosseum


here we go again

This is the new incarnation of my blog. My venture into the world of online publishing began out of a wish to share my photography with friends and family. From now on I hope to have a more diverse blogging profile. Since I am finished (or will be in less than two weeks) my undergraduate education I will likely need an outlet for all the thoughts, idea and concerns about the world that are scratching at the inside of my head.

The world is so full and it is so easy to get lost in the day-to-day kerfuffle of life. I want to make sure that I continue to think about the really important ideas and issues that face us in this era of climate change, environmental degradation, stagnant politics, and global social injustice. I hope that my own pondering and the publishing of those ponders will help to inform others in my life, and maybe help people to make more informed and responsible decisions. Beyond that lofty goal, I also want to continue to share my creative side and my photographic development with the world beyond myself.

Welcome and enjoy.