We have started this on PEI with coverage of the election PEI Election Watch and with City Filter. It's ironic but 3 years ago when it looked as if we might lose local TV and the Guardian that I attended a meeting of a few Islanders to talk about how we might set up a community alternative. None of us had any idea about blogging then and could not see the "How" - but we could see the "what".
We imagined a site where we could all add our local news. Community coverage of Hockey with pictures of the local heroes, coverage of the corn roast, of the graduation of our kids - then filtered to give each reader the ability to select the view that they wanted. We imagined that what we would probably find most attractive was the ability to contribute and to see news of those we knew the best such as our family, our friends and our neighbours.
Nearly all of Italy was without power yesterday. We have had our own blackouts in Canada and in the US and there have been major blackouts in the UK.
There seems to be a pattern here. It seems that we have not paid enough attention to the mix between consumption and distribution. If there had been only one of these blackouts, we could shrug this off - but to have this array of them suggests that we have a global problem.
Part of the problem is that politicians want to keep power costs low which makes them look popular. Hence the Ontario roll back and the continued pressure on consumption while closing down the ability to invest in new distribution or in alternative sources of power.
This could be a terrible trap. Addicted to cheap power we fall for the siren song of cheap power and degrade our supply and hold back the rise of alternatives.
Hasn't the weather been grand! I was in Moncton today seeing off Bill one of my two great brothers in law and it was 28 at the airport. It was 23 today at home. The only downside for me has been that the grass is still growing. Well it looks like our fall idyll will be broken by Juan who turns up on Sunday night.
Sebastien Paquet, the other main man in Moncton, has posted a nice article on creativity and the need not to be too deliberate. We all know that we need to be mowing in my case, doing the laundry or in Seb's case lounging on a sofa to get the juices going. So why are offices so sterile?
Matt Mower points us to a great site called Political Compass that evaluates how right or left wing, libertarian or authoritarian you are. Matt and I are Gandhi types.
Check out where you fit. It has a great comparison chart when you have done your stuff and you can find out how you fit on the continuum with Stalin to the Dalai Lama. I would love to find out where some of our regular visitors fit. Be truthful chaps
It's a paradox isn't it. My own father died 23 years ago on November 1st. His death has been a profound force for my own freedom. I sense the same need for "freedom from Dad" in my own children. I would rather not die as young as he did (55) but I don't want to hang on to life too hard either