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Jim Green, one of Vancouver’s great civic leaders

From the historic renewal of the Downtown Eastside and the Woodward’s redevelopment, to the Portland Hotel Society, to InSite, to the city’s thriving arts scene – in pretty much every big initiative to make this city fairer, more affordable and more liveable, you’ll see Jim Green’s hand at work.

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“Like a punch in the gut. Like our kids don’t count.”

I have no doubt it was simply an oversight on the part of management as I know the team to be run by good, caring people. But would such an oversight have happened if one of us had given birth? Not a chance. No, we didn’t bring our kids home from the hospital all...

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State of the Union high point?

Sometimes the best part of a speech isn't the one with the brilliant metaphor, the side-splitting joke or the devastating retort. It's the part where the speaker makes a case plainly but eloquently, and where the drama comes from the clash of ideas instead of from...

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Typo in an inbound link? Redirection to the rescue!

Jump ahead to the solution to my problem Every Sunday, when my cartoon gets posted on ReadWriteWeb, I head on over to have a look and join whatever conversation's going on. Today's visit was much the same thing... until I noticed a little wonkiness: a sentence that...

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Traversing the Mailbox Hierarchy: the lost journals

Recently, a team of skilled Internet (small-e) explorers set out to find some trace of well-known adventurer, bon vivant and conversationalist Mail.app. After chasing down several false leads (one of which ended with a grisly discovery: the frozen, lifeless body of Eudora for Mac OS X Lion), they found this tattered journal, buried under a simple cairn of stacked BCC messages.

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It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we do…

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we do online isn’t real, and doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t help that we’ve developed the acronym IRL, In Real Life, to refer to the offline world. 

But why shouldn’t we regard our online lives as just as real, just as valid and just as meaningful as our offline ones? That’s the question Alex posed a few months ago at TEDx Victoria, proceeding from a blog post she wrote last year for the Harvard Business Review.

The talk, titled “Ten Reasons to Stop Apologizing for your Online Life”, just went live. And if you’ve ever wondered why a valued online friendship doesn’t count as “the real world” while a trip to the mall does – and, more to the point, what you can do about it – you’ll want to watch.

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Alex on why you should stop apologizing for your online life

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we do online isn’t real, and doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t help that we’ve developed the acronym IRL, In Real Life, to refer to the offline world. But why shouldn’t we regard our online lives as just a…

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Al Gore on SOPA and the free Internet

  "There is hardly anything more important to getting the right things done than to save and protect the vibrancy and freedom of the Internet. The Internet is bringing life back to democracy."...

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