July 2012

Seed pods

2012-07-31

in Daily updates

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Over my last few commutes, I read Phillip Pullman‘s short and unusual book The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. It’s part of the Canongate Myth Series, in which “ancient myths from myriad cultures are reimagined and rewritten by contemporary authors”. The book isn’t easily categorized, but includes a few thought-provoking passages, particularly about […]

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I had had a look at the lightning strike maps for North America, since Toronto has been in the middle of an intense electrical storm for about an hour. The US and Canadian maps are pretty dramatic: Current Canadian and US maps are always available online.

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I was out all day today with volunteers devoting their time to sharing the message about climate change and encouraging others to take action. If the science is right, this is a critical time. These are the years in which humanity will either choose to abandon fossil fuels or choose to commit itself to catastrophic […]

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A year after Norway’s terrorist attack, I’d say the Norwegians are demonstrating the appropriate way to respond to terrorism: by refusing to be terrorized. “There have been no changes to the law to increase the powers of the police and security services, terrorism legislation remains the same and there have been no special provisions made […]

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Riding the Toronto subway is a reminder of the different kinds of watching that exist in the world. For instance, there is overt watching of the kind done by security cameras, guards, and other staff members. There is also both overt and covert watching going on between passengers: some trying to use a pointed stare […]

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