No Picture
Halifax

On Twitter and Tax "Reform"

I love reading Twitcoast on twitter. Tim Bousquet, the Coast news editor, manages to infuse his 140 character per post updates with a well balanced mix of wry observation and essential factual information. My personal favorite example is reporting how Councilors vote. Our fine municipality does not record how councilors vote, making it rather hard to hold them to task. Tim told us all that Councillors Lund, Rankin, Outhit, Harvey, Johns, Hum, Uteck, Wile, Hendsbee, – read more –

No Picture
Halifax
No Picture
Music & Culture

RIP Kate McGarrigle

Kate and Anna played HPX in 2005 or 06. It was the day after the CBC strike had ended, and it was really hard to get the word out to the Kate and Anna audience without CBC. I had been told by other, older promoters that Kate and Anna were really hard to work with, with one memorable show in particular where they were they refused to go on stage at the Cohn for hours – read more –

No Picture
Halifax

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics – Don Mills on the radio again

Don Mills kills me. Don is a pollster, so you would think that he would live by facts and figures. Two days ago he was speaking on CBC Mainstreet (Halifax edition) and his thesis was that Halifax lagged far behind every other city of size in Canada in growth in the 2000s because we didn’t approve new buildings fast enough. His primary example was what we like to call Twisty Towers or Twisted Sisters, the – read more –

No Picture
Halifax

Ferry tails part 2

Short note today. So yesterday I tempted fate. Talking about how transit worked for me has resulted in my daughter being sick today. This means I have made the early ferry (8:52) because I dumped Emma at my moms first thing and ran to the bus, 15 mins earlier than usual. The kick is I have to re-arrange my classes and run back to Halifax at 1:30 so Mom can get to a Doctors appointment, – read more –

No Picture
Opinion & Blogitorial

Me and writing…

I am going to start writing more regularly.  The main reason why I have “time” to write is because I am now a happy member of the club that takes transit in Halifax. Marnie got a job in Burnside where public transit is next to impossible, where I work 100 metres from the Woodside ferry terminal, so I gallantly said “well I will take the bus!”   Sure the new job involves a raise and stuff, – read more –

No Picture
Music & Culture

Thoughts on a lazy Sunday afternoon

My friends Craig and Liz are in Brazil for three weeks. He is blogging the thing, and he calls the place, Florinopolis, “laid back”. This got me thinking about the RiP A Remix Manifesto movie that we watched in class and played at HPX this year.  You get the feeling that people around the world are just laid back about stuff, like following copyright laws, or stopping mashups, or creating a western based IP ownership – read more –

No Picture
Opinion & Blogitorial

The Library – a white elephant or simple good enough?

So, what is a good enough library, what does that look like? Obviously, the idea of a great library with all conceivable bells and whistles is something most people find attractive. Let’s make this personal. If someone offers you a Lexus, free of charge, to replace your current car, you’ed probably take it, even if your insurance was higher. But if you had to pay the financing month after month, you would do a lot – read more –

No Picture
Music & Culture

My views on ECMA

Over the last 24 hours, between posts on a local message board, some emails that have resulted from that, and Scott Long’s interviews on CBC Mainstreet Sydney and Halifax, friends and colleagues in the music industry have exchanged a lot of words about the ECMA. While I am a Board member of Music NS these views are mine alone.  I feel comfortable sharing these views because I think this is a dialog that needs to – read more –

No Picture
Opinion & Blogitorial

Ready for "good enough"?

What constitutes good enough? This is the debate dominating our province and the regional municipality as the public, politicians and mandarins who really run government try to come to grips with our new lack of dollars. After several years of federal and provincial spending with little regard to long term consequences in terms of operations and maintenance, the “teens” seem destined to be a decade of fewer resources for ego driven, or “world class” projects.