Archive for the 'notes' category

principles vs. rules

December 24, 2008

We have a pretty good regulatory environment here. It’s a big regulatory environment in the US too, but it’s a lot more driven here on principle, where it’s a lot more rule-based in the US. And we’re culturally a lot more conservative.

 – Arkadi Kuhlmann answering a question about the differences between Canada and US in the problems that created the current economic problems.

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 17 2008

This description from The Hour: Banking juggernaut Arkadi Kuhlmann runs ING, rides Harleys and reads palms.

leadership in tough times

[Referring to Roosevelt pulling the country "up by the bootstraps" out of the Great Depression] It takes one great man who’s humanistic and understands people and lifts everybody up and gives everybody jobs.

[Abraham Lincoln is] the greatest president that America ever had. And funny enough, just before he was assassinated, he said, what we have to do is feed the poverty in America, and then go to Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan and Africa and feed them and there won’t be any wars. And everybody did the opposite. They gave them guns.

 – Tony Bennett answering a question about his memories of the Great Depression

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 10 2008


December 18, 2008

I have two or three posts in my head that I haven’t written down yet. I’ve been distracted. Most of my time this past week and a half has been absorbed by a complete rebuild of the White Rock Youth Ambassador’s website.

The current site is difficult for the group to update. Consequently, they almost never do. The idea behind the new one is to make it as simple as possible to post pictures, updates and information about the community events and initiatives in which they are involved. Hopefully it will make it easier for the members to keep themselves organized and also be informative for the community about their activities.

If you’re curious, the trial site can be viewed at The current site (that is being replaced) is at When the new site is thoroughly tested and polished, it will be moved to the location.

Now that I have a month of hindsight, hopefully I’ll have to some time soon to write about my thoughts on why I lost the election and what that says about our community, and what to expect from the new council and what impact to expect it will have on White Rock.

wise collective of independents

November 26, 2008

The following is an excerpt of a grammatically tidied transcript from a TED talk about social media (blogs) by James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds:

“The premise of The Wisdom of Crowds is that, under the right conditions, groups can be remarkably intelligent. And they often can actually be smarter than the smartest person within them.

“Dan Gilmore, author of We the Media, has talked about it as saying, as a writer, he’s recognized that his readers know more than he does.

“The more tightly linked we become to each other, the harder it is for each of us to remain independent. One of the fundamental characteristics of a network is that once you are linked in the network, the network starts to shape your views and starts to shape your interactions with everybody else. That’s one of the things that defines what a network is.

“But the problem is that groups are only smart when the people in them are as independent as possible. Read on »

“vote of maturity”

November 22, 2008

They chose faith over fear. They chose grace over greed. And they chose vision over violence.

 – Andrew Young on the results of the US election.

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, November 18 2008.

This description from The Hour: Young has dedicated his life to fighting the good fight. It started with Dr. King in the 60′s and it’s still going strong.

Newman on good leadership

November 21, 2008

The key is to be believed. The problem with our ministers in Ottawa is that, even when they admit they’ve lied, nobody believes them.

 – Peter C. Newman answering the question, what are the keys to being a good leader?

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, November 12 2008.

This description of Newman from The Hour: An icon of Canadian journalism; he’s dished more dirt than most of us could ever imagine.

addictive status quo

The status quo is an opiate. It is so hard to break with “we’ve always done it this way” and really let go and look forward. It’s human nature.

 – Ray Anderson

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, November 6 2008.

This description from The Hour: Ray Anderson got rich while his company got green. Now he’s telling the world other businesses can do it too.

failure for success

November 19, 2008

Failure is an important component of success, because you can’t really do anything interesting if you’re not willing to fail.

 – Charlie Kaufman

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, October 27 2008. Charlie Kaufman is an Oscar winner who has been described as “America’s only intellectually provocative screenwriter.”

community cognitive therapy

October 22, 2008

Sometimes issues are distressing only by how some people perceive them. If the fear is not realistic, the action they request might not be effective or appropriate.

It is these times that I have been accused of not listening. But I did listen. I listened and perceived the issue differently than they did. Read on »

almost back on track

September 29, 2008

I’m hoping to have my website restored soon. It was lost when my host’s server crashed and died last month. 

Some advice to anyone looking for a webhost – do NOT use Webserve Canada. Their (non)response to their own server dying could not have been worse. It took 3 weeks just to get them to tell me what the problem was. After figuring out how to transfer my website address to another host (thanks to some outstanding assistance from Canadian Webhosting), I’m now left having to learn how to restore/rebuild a database.

Not impressed. 

Webserve Canada = possibly the worst customer service I have ever experienced.