Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com At one point in time, Science Fiction gave us a vision of the future to look forward to. Sure, there were little problems, the occasional war with the Klingons, or a greedy space captain who shanghais an unfortunate soul into indentured servitude. Despite those little problems, things were mostly utopian … Continue reading The Death of Utopia
Today's book is an interesting dive into the depths of human greed and just how far people will go to make money hand over fist. There are many books that could meet this definition, but Michael Lewis' "The Big Short" does a fantastic job of explaining the subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000's. The … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 17
Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com For those of you who have been paying attention, you've probably noticed a conspicuous absence of posts or activity on my part. That's because I've been working on something that is incredibly important to me and which is taking up a lot of my time. We've successfully soft-launched, and the … Continue reading What am I up to?
Photo by Min An on Pexels.com If you've ever studied building construction, bridge construction, or just about anything else that is manufactured today you will be familiar with the concept of trusses. These are building components that consist of interconnected parts that work together to form one cohesive part of the building. Most commonly you … Continue reading Building Resiliency
We have just passed the ninth anniversary of the world's worst peacetime oil spill and the effects are still being felt. When the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion in April of 2010, it devastated an area that was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina two years before. Peter … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14
In an age when the sum of the world's knowledge is at our fingertips (literally), and everybody with a keyboard is capable of adding to that knowledge - for better or worse - one of the biggest challenges Emergency Managers have is in figuring out how to handle the sheer amount of information that flows … Continue reading Data, Intelligence, and Truth
How to have a civil debate online! Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com I am a member and administrator in a Facebook group, and one of the members was kind enough to give me a shout out for my article on Medium.com (which is also on this site). As is somewhat inevitable when you talk about … Continue reading The Importance of Civility and Professionalism
Like many people, I'm participating in Earth Hour tonight. I'm sitting in the dark as I write this, doing my token bit to chip in. And, I really do mean token bit. There are no grand gestures here. The device that I'm writing this on will still consume just as much energy when I plug … Continue reading Earth…Hour?
An awesome thing happened this past Saturday night, for the first time in history an NHL game was broadcast in an aboriginal language. The National Hockey League teamed up with aboriginal broadcaster APTN to deliver both play-by-play and colour commentary in Plains Cree. While I am a male of European heritage, I live in Treaty … Continue reading Inclusive Languages
It would be really easy for me to only post the really good stuff on here. I could rave about work that I'm doing, upcoming events, plans, programs, and all sorts of stuff. But that wouldn't be honest. And that's not the way I do things. When I started in emergency services years ago, I … Continue reading Sunday Night Life