Posts of note from my personal archive

I was taking a tour of my online presence the other day – having a look at how others see me online – and I came across an old blog I had very briefly back in 2007 called I Written Reaction. The idea I had at the time was to have a blog where I would post my thoughts about various things I would read online, or current issues of the day. It wasn't long before I abandoned the idea, deciding instead to post anything and everything at Without Leukemia. But the few things I posted there were interesting, and still remarkably relevant today (or, at the very least, entertaining). So here are links to four posts from the past, for your reading pleasure and historical analysis…



This post was in response to an article by Andrew Potter that appeared in MacLeans in April, 2007, entitled "Not the brightest bulbs in the pack." I took issue with the idea that idea that the pricing of electricity should be relied on as the main driver for the adoption of "green" technologies (in this case lightbulbs). My concern, at the time, was with the impact on low income folks, especially. I did, and still do, think there is value in having higher prices of things like electricity to drive efficiencies and the development of alternative sources of energy, but I think we need to remain aware of income inequality as well.


Conservatives are often simple and funny people. Particularly those who anoint themselves as media representatives for conservatives (both big and small "c") generally. This was about the simplicity and predictability of their messages. It was meant to be part of a project which would see me search for a not-so-silly conservative blog, but that never quite happened.


I have a real problem with the whole private/public debate (or lack thereof), particularly when it comes to municipal infrastructure and services (although IT projects at all levels also, generally, seem to be disasters). This was about such projects, particularly in the context of Winnipeg's water system upgrades.


This was in response to part of Burnaby, B.C., being sprayed with oil due to a pipeline leak (if I remember correctly). I wanted to point out that the value of moving to alternative sources of energy was not just in terms of greenhouse gases, or in avoiding depleting the resources, but also in terms of saving us from the environmental damage that results from the inevitable spills from extracting and transporting the crap. And this was even before the Gulf oil spill…

Now, don't worry. I'm not living in the past. I'll be writing lots of new stuff over the next few months. Stay tuned...