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It feels like spring comes later to the point than it does downtown. When I go into work every day, I am always amazed by the temperature difference and the bare streets as I step out of the metro, versus the chilled icy path I took to step in. I know this is because the down town is more exposed and traveled then my small working class neighbourhood. Even then, it’s hard not to take it as some sort of slight, just another thing to think about as the residents of the area fight gentrification and maintaining affordable housing, and the yuppies holding spring condo meetings about how the trains that run in front of the homes they purchased make too much noise.

 

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To See Yourself in the World.

 

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When people ask me about being from Nova Scotia, my first response is usually along the lines of it’s wonderful and I love it and it’s very, very complicated. I have never felt more connected to the people around me while disconnected and oftentimes irrelevant to the rest of the country as I did growing up there. When you’re young in a location like that, schools, your family, your world, everything almost seems focused on grooming you for your eventual fate of going away to work. Be it in Alberta, in the oilfields, or to a white collar job in Toronto, Ottawa, or Vancouver. I understood from a very early age that my future was not where I was from, and planned accordingly. 

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Facebook Celebrates Ten Years of Embarrassing Photos and Annoying Status Updates.

 

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I tried not to write about how this is the year Facebook turns ten, if only because it makes me feel old. Once my school was finally added to the network (You still had to be in university then) all of my on campus pals posted their class schedules as status updates and which wifi enabled building they were in hanging out if anyone wanted to swing by. If they had cellphones no one called because it was school hours and texting was expensive. Yeah, it was 2003. 

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Canada in the Twitterverse: Super serious and boring all the time.

I guess Twitter doesn’t come naturally to all of us. Specifically the Government of Canada.

I know we Canadians have a bit of a rep as polite, pot smoking hippies with our free health care and our gay marriages, but when I learned today that government tweets go through a rigorous 12 step process in which the same 140 characters are written weeks in advance and then edited by dozens of different employees, I had to laugh because, well, that’s so Canadian.

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Montreal Finally Gets Safe Injection Sites.

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So it’s finally happened. After a recommendation was made in 2011, the city has finally stopped being distracted by corrupt mayors, collapsing bridges and the mob long enough to listen to cries for a safe injection site like the ones in Vancouver. (Pictured above.)

Like everywhere though, opinions on the sites are mixed, from where they should be, to whether we should have them at all.

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EULA Hoola, and Other Dances with the NSA

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So with the NSA’s leaked documents continuing to pour out thanks to my new favourite person, Edward Snowden, all of Silicon Valley is getting a little nervous as the information keeps coming. And just a few days after Google and the other Tech giants leaned on the government to ask them to tone down the NSA’s, ya know, spying, we discover that our pals at the NSA (Hi guys.) are using Google’s cookies to gather intelligence.

And boy, is Google’s face as red.

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Can Technology Truly Pay for Its’ Sins?

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I found this article by Rana Foroohar in my inbox this morning, and while normally I am ripping the business world and the obtuseness of their whole perspective apart, I was so glad to finally see a major business publication acknowledge the oft ignored downsides of the technical world and how it affects regular users and small business owners, aka you and me.

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