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Winter in Fenway

Walk Your City

Yo, Saskatoon!  We need to start doing this.

Windy City Nights

This is the best time lapse of any city I have ever seen.  It’s also a great visual reminder why Chicago is my favourite city in the world.

The Human Scale

This is playing this week at The Roxy with a special (free) screening Saturday night put on by Great Places.

Librarians + Beastie Boys =

The Innovation of Loneliness

This could the most important thing you watch this week.

A Moment of Silence

 

Here is the behind the scenes. 

Is the future of…

FI asks if this is future of airline websites.  As you can expect, WestJet designers look at AirCanada’s website who is looking at United’s who just looked at WestJets.  Industry sites often become less about the user and more about copying neat features from other sites.  The same happens with city and all sorts of other websites.  The end result is that Saskatoon’s new website will look like Edmonton, Toronto, and Chicago’s website and we go, “We’ve done a great job” because we are as cool as everyone else.  Instead we need to be doing a process like this.  Of course we don’t because while the end result isn’t the same, it’s not the same as Chicago, Edmonton, or WestJets.

The Revenge of the Beasts

 

 

Buried alive

In case you are ever wondering what it is like to be buried alive in an avalanche, this video shows you how terrifying it would be.

Made by Hand | The Bike Maker

More about Ezra Caldwell and Fast Boy Cycles.

Airport expansions are overrated

 

Think of the money we could save and we are building extra lanes on the North Commuter Bridge… 

How to publish your own book

 

How to publish a book

In 2011 the publisher of Guy Kawasaki’s New York Times bestseller, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies of the book. Because of this experience, Guy self-published his next book, What the Plus! and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be a better way.”

With Shawn Welch, a tech wizard, Guy wrote APE to help people take control of their writing careers by publishing their books. The thesis of APE is simple but powerful: When a self-publisher successfully fills three roles—author, publisher and entrepreneur—the potential benefits are greater than with traditional publishing.

Guy and Shawn call this “artisanal publishing.”

Artisanal publishing features writers who love their craft, and who control every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new approach, writers are no longer at the mercy of large, traditional publishers, and readers will have more books to read.

APE is 300 pages of tactical and practical inspiration. People who want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is for you.

ESPN: Jamarcus Russell – Waking Up

 

The one-time savior of the Oakland Raiders and the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft floundered for three painful seasons, but nobody knew why he was struggling. They didn’t know because Russell didn’t tell them. For the first time, JaMarcus Russell speaks about his life as an Oakland Raider and his life away from football. Tom Rinaldi tells us about the awakening of JaMarcus Russell and his second chance to come back and play in the NFL. 

Paris in Winter

Paris strikes me as both a city that is built on a pedestrian scale and one that cars that can still navigate around in due to the Napoleonesqe wide streets and boulevards (needed to mark an army down).  That being said, those skyscrapers just randomly placed throughout the city is not a good look for any city.