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On “Breakable Toys” - The concept of “Breakable Toys” speaks to the need for a developer to practice using their new tools. The best form of practice is trial and error. But it’s maybe not the best idea implement your most extreme experiments on your team’s shared code base. I came across the idea of having personal “Breakable Toys” in Apprenticeship […]
eReaders are a Travel Necessity - What would you take when you travel? A tablet? Yes, it can entertain you and be useful. But when the power runs out, it’s dead weight to your aching back. A phone? Yes, it can be useful but can effectively occupy your attention only if you’re listening to audio via headphones. All things must end […]
Non-vaccinators: A Solution to a Persistent Problem - Vaccinations are the community’s best defence against preventable communicable diseases. As the problem continued to grow, health practitioners and a concerned public drew attention to the issue of people who do not vaccinate. However, our default response as a society was confrontation, which backed dissenters into the corner which they continue to vigorously defend.   What’s the […]
“The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt” by NPR’s Planet Money - While taking a break to tidy up my living space, I was listening to a podcast. It was “The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt” by NPR’s Planet Money. Planet Money describes itself as: “…a joint project of NPR and This American Life, which focuses on coverage of the global economy. Imagine you could call up a friend and […]
Community-based participatory research posters - Created these posters to promote awareness of a resource available to the community and researchers!
What happened this June - This month: The written word, the emerging web and trusting in diversity.   Does the written word hold power? Ok, it’s not power per se, it’s authority. An experiment of interesting design has found that written words can empower authority. Children were given the choice of following verbal instruction or instruction that originated in written word. Children who couldn’t […]
What happened this May - This month: Jump-starting the immune system, abdominal fat and how we get tall.   It’s all in the enzymes: Researchers are developing techniques besides the usual by figuring out how to stimulate the body’s immune response to disease, resulting in reduced lag time and (possibly) prolonged defensive response. UBC scientists find new way to mobilize immune system […]
What happened this February - This month: Electric cars, social psychology and the minimum wage.   Electric vehicles: Following Tesla’s ongoing success, the electric vehicle market is looking to get more crowded. Competing interests were attempting to take control of Fisker Automotive, which has now gone to Wanxiang which is a China-based multinational car parts manufacturer. How Wanxiang could revive […]
Electric cars made by Tesla are green, right? - An electric vehicle itself may be zero-emissions but what about the fuel source? This question could undermine the appeal of electric vehicles, unless policies are already in place to account for these shortcomings. The measure to remember is the CO2 emissions per unit distance traveled, even if it was not directly emitted by the car! […]
What is Tesla doing right? - Tesla entered the automotive market in 2006 with a car no sane person would buy: a shiny electric car of the future tied to charging stations that barely existed. They had to adopt a strategy more familiar to the technology industry than that of run-of-the-mill car-makers. If no sane person would buy it, who would […]

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