Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs

Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs My rating: 5 of 5 stars (This review is an edited version of a blog-post I wrote on the occasion of the death of Jane Jacobs in 2006.) The first I … Continue reading

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what I unlearned from 9/11

On Tuesday 11 September 2001 I was still an employee of the Insurance Corporation of B.C. At that time my daily routine included a reading period before work over my morning cup of coffee in the living room. Kimmie spent … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Friday 9 September 2011

FRI 9 SEP 2011 1:50 pm MY OFFICE I’m at my desk. I don’t spend too much time actually sitting at my desk. More often I swivel here from the whirring PC behind me to look up a word or … Continue reading

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will you join the Party when it’s time?

The study of history makes a man wise and judicious. So says Ludwig von Mises on page 30 of Human Action. If he’s right, that would make a powerful reason for anyone to study history—and I think he is right. … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Monday 5 September 2011

MON 5 SEP 2011 ca. 1:00 pm “LITTLE” CATES PARK It’s a shipping lane for private pleasure craft: the throb of motors as launches surge purposefully through the blue, active water. Their wash beats on the narrow, high-tide beach, striking … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Saturday 3 September 2011

SAT 3 SEP 2011 ca. 1:30 pm WILLIAM & GILMORE, BURNABY An empty asphalt parking lot above and behind Kitchener Elementary School. A Canadian flag shimmies lazily by the steep shingle roof and bowler-hatted bell tower of the old-building part … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Friday 2 September 2011

FRI 2 SEP 2011 9:45 am MY LIVING-ROOM There’s a break in the racket of power-washing next door. I can hear the thrum of cars zooming by outside again, and even some gaps when there is no vehicle sound. But … Continue reading

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my philosophy, part 3

  In earlier posts I set out what I regard as two pillars of my personal philosophy: pragmatism and individualism. Today I thought I’d try to write about my third and final pillar, but I’ve had a hard time coming … Continue reading

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