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June 2015


We Do the Best We Know

EVEN MY boyfriend who has an incurable, irrational hatred of spiders (and anything guilty by association)  thought this photo was pretty cool. That makes this a huge success.

More travel posts are coming down the pipes! It’s taken awhile, but I’ve put together a really good framework of adventure for this summer. I’ve also been experimenting more with video and alternative media types, so I’ve got some cool stuff to share!

In the meantime, I’m elbows-deep in code learning mySQL for database hacking in a data journalism workshop (the same kind of reporting that yielded this hilarious Star article, ‘This Fire Hydrant Cost Toronto Drivers the Most in Parking Tickets‘). AND, I leave for Milwaukee on Thursday morning for a very anticipated #Bloghouse.

Suffice to say, I’m having a great time, but looking forward to being back next Sunday and having more time to write and publish!

In the meantime, this Voltaire quote which I’ve always found oddly comforting, like a sigh of relief.

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All the best,


ps. This web photographed somewhere in Asia.

The Sunday Letter

Sunday Sundries | Vol. 14

OUR NEIGHBOUR’S CAT always gives me major eyeballs when I stand on the deck in the morning. Somehow even though it’s Sunday I still wake up around 6am, automatically, ready to make breakfast and investigate the day.

Yesterday I went to the Canadian Association of Journalists’ annual conference (conveniently held in my own city of Halifax), and heard a few interesting talks. One of the coolest was Chrys Wu, a.k.a. MacDiva, developer advocate at the New York Times.

Chrys’ talk (conveniently, she’s made her slides available here!) centered around using NYT digital code in your own way, to create more ways for audiences to engage digitally with interesting information and stories.

I suppose I always knew that the NYT, as one of the world’s most successful newspapers with a strong online and digital presence, would have a strong dev team, but I never really gave it that much thought. According to Chrys, the whole 8th floor of the 8th Avenue NYT building is entirely their internet department. Pretty cool.

With that in mind, on to today’s digital reads!

Δ This accurate comic about privilege.

Δ This Shia LaBeouf inspirational video.

Δ Lighten Up is a colourist’s reflections on race in the comic industry.

Δ A Hipper Crowd of Shushers is about the upcoming generation of librarians.

Δ These are two of my favourite TED Talks:  Loretta Napoleoni on The Intricate Economics of Terrorism, and Charmian Gooch on Meet Global Corruption’s Hidden Players.

Δ I’m all about 41 Camping Hacks. Those foam tiles? Genius!

Δ This photo essay from a matriarchal Indian village.

Δ I want to make videos like this:

Δ  Multi-lingual children appear to have some advantages when it comes to seeing through others’ eyes.

Δ 13 Amazing female podcasters to follow.  Audio storytelling by outstanding women.

Δ Many find happiness in A Small, Happy Life.

That’s it for this week!

All the best,



Travel is like love

Ah, Pico Iyer. What a romantic guy. If you don’t know him, he’s the author of such seminal travel classics as, Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East and The Lady and the Monk. He also recently did a TED Talk on The Art of Stillness.

I made this photo up on Akiyoshidai plateau in the Quasi-National Park (best designation ever) in Yamaguchi, Japan.

Travel is definitely like love. Or a dream. Sometimes I’d be biking in Japan and think, “Is this even real?”. The world is so small and yet so large. There are some parts of it that feel like a different planet, they’re so removed from our daily network of perception.

I have a theory though, that the more you travel, the more you see, the wider your net is cast. It is hard to really perceive something you’ve only experienced through media. There are people in board rooms all over the world making decisions that influence places they can’t even perceive. This is one of the greatest disconnects of our time.

Not everyone can travel, but those that can have a responsibility of bringing home the smallness of our world to others. “Here. This is how tiny our planet is. When you do this, this is what’s happening.” Sometimes, you might feel as though you’re trying to explain the third dimension to a 2D someone from flatland.

Pico’s observance of the traveller’s state is something we could all do to try and imitate. When we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed, that’s when life will truly delight and surprise us.

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