Turn pages of rare Chaucer at UBC; valuable acquisition lends lustre to collection

It wasn’t what I expected. Not at all. When I set off last week to see a rare book I’d heard UBC had acquired I imagined I’d be peering at it under glass – possible from a great distance. Not so. I touched it. I examined the leather cover up close. I turned the pages and felt the texture of the … [Read more...]

Tech changes drive typing changes; why one space must follow a period, not two

Tell me you don't leave two spaces after a period. Because that, as they say, is over. I can't remember exactly when I switched - something about going from typewriters to computers. I was recently wondering why we made the change. Wouldn't you know there are a few theories out … [Read more...]

Some like it hot, but coffee can be delicious cold – here’s how

Vancouver's uncharacteristically - til now - hot weather has propelled me contribute to my occasional coffee series. It's on account of the problem of being a coffee addict when it's hot. Wandering through the Whistler Farmers' Market recently I came upon the coffee/hot weather solution - it was … [Read more...]

Understand your prefrontal cortex; have a more productive 2015

What with the new year and all, I am reading a book called The Organized Mind, Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. I don't think I'll adopt author Daniel Levitin's suggestion to scan every piece of paper and receipt that touches my life then create a link to each on an Excel … [Read more...]

How good news can be news; Don Obe showed us the way

People complain that the media only report bad news. At this time of year-end wraps ups and look-backs I was reminded of one newsman's take on this. Don Obe was an editor, writer and storyteller from the bottle-in-the-desk-drawer era. His career took him from training at Ryerson through news … [Read more...]