Monthly Archives: January 2009

Mapping people, money, and land through airports

OurAirports lets members tag airports to create different kinds of maps. I’ve created two maps that show very vividly where the intersections of people, money, and land occur in the world. Welcome to the club … The first tag, top150, … Continue reading

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Peak wood?

No, this isn’t a porn title: here’s a claim that Roman civilization collapsed partly because Europe passed “peak wood”. Let’s leave aside the question of what Roman civilization means, and whether it collapsed in 44 BC, 391 AD, 395, 476, … Continue reading

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The "Nanny State" argument

In my home province, Ontario, it’s now illegal to smoke in a car with a child in it [story]. Another sign of a growing nanny state? No. A nanny state passes laws to protect people from themselves — “wear a … Continue reading

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A glimpse at future traffic nightmares, and how we can cope

As North American cities get bigger, and more people drive cars, how are we going to cope with the traffic? Will it be permanent gridlock? It’s gone out of style to bulldoze neighbourhoods to build new freeways, but even if … Continue reading

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Black Monday for tech workers (??)

I’m hearing rumours of small-scale layoffs from a few different places around Ottawa, mostly small-to-medium-sized companies. Just a single layoff affects dozens of people: the person who’s let go the person’s family the managers who have to do the firing … Continue reading

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