When I first looked for French Canadian podcasts in 2017, most…
Of these 20 podcasts of 2018, I most highly recommend Thunder Bay. For most, I suggest a sample episode to help you decide whether to subscribe.
… where the culprit isn’t a person—it’s colonialism.
Written by James McKinney and Ana Brandusescu
IODC 2018 put more women on stage than men — but the work towards gender equity is far from done.
Since the International Open Data Conference (IODC) 2015 in Ottawa, the conference program has come a long way in terms of gender balance.
In 2016, the conference organizers introduced a code of conduct, a step toward reducing gender-based harassment. We’ve seen gender get on the agenda: IODC 2015 had no sessions on gender, IODC 2016 had one (though during lunch, which reduced attendance), and IODC 2018 had four, including one on the main…
These are my notes for a talk at g0v Summit in Taipei in May 2016. You can watch the video or read the abstract. The talk is broken into:
I’m going to talk about how we can use data standards to stop scraping, which is one of the big barriers to achieving sustainability in civic tech. …
The Earth Room is 130 tonnes of moist earth spread over 3,600 square feet.
You feel the humidity before you see the earth. You smell it when you’re close. You stand in a short hallway to the room, with a short transparent wall at one end separating you from the earth. The humid air condenses on the windows at one end of the room, and one wall warps into a shallow wave. The earth is roughly even height, piling up against some walls. It continues behind a wall, so you can’t see its full surface.
The earth is watered and…
2017 is the year I geeked out on Canadian podcasts, listening to some (or all!) episodes of about 65 podcasts. I wrote about a dozen favourites in April. Since then, I picked up eight more, including three I particularly like:
The Heart is “a podcast and audio art project about intimacy and humanity” and “a show about love, life, bodies and feelings.” I love its content and sound.
The Heart’s Kaitlin Prest: “I feel like I’m still not seeing the kind of shows that I hoped would emerge from the second golden age of radio. I still often…
h/t Silent Shout. Released June 9, 2017.
h/t Matthew Gray. Released March 15, 2017.
h/t The Imposter. Released August 12, 2016.
h/t Polaris Podcast. Released July 15, 2016.
h/t DOMINIONATED. Released June 15, 2017.
Originally published at cpsrenewal.ca (June 23, 2017).
When I started to work in government last year, I discovered that little was documented in a clear, accessible, or easy-to-discover way. This was especially common when it came to tasks that are done once (like getting a key card) or that have no business value (like accessing bike cages). The main way of sharing knowledge was word of mouth — or ‘lore’. Alternatively, instead of gaining knowledge to do something yourself, you asked others to do it for you (like asking the IT help desk). The government-wide onboarding information was about compliance…
It’s harder to keep up with new music than it used to be. In 2015, I made an app to add Pitchfork’s Best New Music to my Spotify account at the click of a button. I discovered a lot of music that way, but Pitchfork reviews a greater variety and number of albums than I’m willing or able to keep up with.
So, I decided to focus on Canada. Earlier this year, a friend recommended Silent Shout: “indie electronic music from Canada that skews towards the dark and gloomy.” …