Monthly Archives: September 2007

There’s got to be a ‘better way’

I enjoy taking the subway most of the time. It’s one of the things I like about Toronto and by the same ‘token’ one of the things that most disappoints me – as in how our politicians haven’t seen fit to expand the system to fit our city in many years. Recently the TTC made me feel like a passenger in the fourth streetcar behind a Queen Street fender bender – frustrated, powerless and most of all resigned. It started Wednesday morning. I arrived at my local station with $2.50 in change (it’s a $2.75 fare) and a $10 bill.…

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Open-code-closed-culture

Joel Postman has written a insightful piece, which takes the blogging community to task for being ‘elitist’ (a virtual restricted membership club, with its own qualifications, rules and jargon) while purporting to be inclusive (hey come on, everybody join in the conversation and while we’re at it let’s all sing, ‘I think it’s so groovy now that people are finally gettin’ together’). And it’s true, the PR/tech communications blog scene is a bit like an open-code-closed-culture with an underlying snob factor, where you’re either in or, as Joel says, too far out ‘in the hinterlands’ to get it. I remember…

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And the beat goes on

I noticed there’s no such thing as stale-dated news in the blogosphere. Probably because most writing is from an individual’s perspective and not from the me-first-deadline-driven pace of MSM newsrooms. In traditional media, stories have a finite arc with a clear beginning, middle and end. Once they’ve passed through the news cycle, the audience and reporters generally move on. Stories get old fast. Or at least that’s how it used to be. Things seem to be different in the realm of social media. Here, an old story can come back to life over and over again. Take the blogger’s union…

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‘Everybody loves a clown…’

‘…So why don’t you?’ So sang Gary Lewis, live from Vegas, introduced by a father who was beaming with pride. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The real end of summer (for as long as I can remember): the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Where else can you see Norm Crosby deliver his malapropisms, Gary Lewis sell (this) diamond ring, a ventriloquist who uses Jerry as his dummy and of course, Ed MacMahon, a bit shaky though his voice is still booming, calling for a timp? It’s a very worthwhile cause and has raised so much money and even more…

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Ahh segues…

..the foundation of stand-up comedy. The link that takes you from one joke to another before you’ve even had a chance to notice the comic’s moved on. I’ve always liked segues (no, not the motorized two-wheel scooters). And since I haven’t written anything since my last post in early August, I wanted to offer a segue from then to now. OK. I haven’t had a formal bloggervention, but I did find I answered yes to one too many of the signs. So I took a few days off. Then a few more. And before I knew it, the month was…

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