Entries tagged “micro”

Jul 21
In between all time spent playing with our cat and lounging in our pool to beat the 110° weather, this weekend’s adventures also included a trip to

Jul 18
Spending my evening exploring this audio timeline of Billboard’s top five hits every week since 1958. Yes, an audio timeline. It’s mesmerizing.

Jul 17
The Best Way to Tour a City Is Through Its Grocery Store: The secret museum in every city is a grocery store. It’s where you can grab and squeeze

Jul 16
Really digging these Canadian dessert stamps recently issued by Canada Post. Who wouldn’t love a butter tart on their lettermail?

Jul 14
Sunday evenings are best spent having dinner and wine on the patio and then floating relaxedly and luxuriously in the pool until the sun goes down.

Jul 13
In just a few minutes, my friend Alex and I are leaving to road-trip to Detroit to go see Carly Rae Jepsen at The Fillmore, so you know today is

Jul 09
The social ideology of the motorcar: In the final analysis, the car wastes more time than it saves and creates more distance than it overcomes.

Jun 27
Was this strawberry sorbet from Haven’s Creamery the best strawberry sorbet I’ve ever had? Why yes friends, I think it was.

Jun 26
Strawberry season was quite late this year, but the berries are out now and ready for picking—and eating! We were able to get quite a nice haul from

Jun 24
Someone sent me the upcoming issue of Poetry magazine in the mail, and I have no idea who my mysterious benefactor may be. Whoever did send this

Jun 21
Highly recommend reading this phenomenal piece by Maciej Cegłowski on privacy, data, and regulation. We are now twenty years into an uncontrolled

Jun 18
Excited to be on a train on my way to spend the morning talking about ethics in digital service design with the new cohort of Code for Canada

Jun 17
Ark of Taste is a catalog of “delicious and culturally significant foods in danger of extinction.” I had never thought of extinction in terms of

Jun 16
Still basking in the glow of that Raptors win? Articles to keep the good vibes going: Started from the bottom now we’re here Made It to the Top,

Jun 14
Gotta love the people who clog up the Slack with “why do people care about sportsball so much, my interests are much more refined” messages mere

Jun 12
Wearing pink shorts and a haphazardly-tied bowtie, so yes, I’m getting a few funny looks on the train this morning—and feeling pretty okay with that.

Jun 10
In commemoration of National Public Service Week, I say thanks to every single one of my colleagues in public service, no matter where they are, who

Jun 10
There are few things as delightful as strolling aimlessly for a few hours through small neighborhoods in a city you don’t know as the sun rises up

Jun 08
Most of the time, when I’m on a plane, I’m either asleep or too busy reading or writing to look out the window. Today, I soaked in the bright blue

Jun 04
Eid Mubarak, my friends. I hope your day is auspicious and filled with joy and love and delight.

Jun 03
That moment in Chernobyl when he says, “we’re asking your permission to kill three men.” Ooof. That was something. This is some of the best

Jun 01
Picked up a gorgeous neighborhood map designed by Jelly Brothers at the Boho Bazaar last week. It’s rare to find beautifully-designed maps of our

May 31
Last night was the ultimate television-watching evening: NBA Finals, Game 1 RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 11 Finale Scripps National Spelling Bee I

May 30
After spending the past two weeks listening to Dedicated on repeat, I’m happy to state that, while it may not reach the transcendence of E•MO•TION,

May 29
More beauty and truth from bell hooks: The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces

May 29
bell hooks: Many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we

May 27
I’m very conscious of the sounds around me, and especially when I’m in high-stress environments, so the recent 99pi episode on sounds in hospitals

May 21
Wrapped up our museum tour of the city yesterday with a visit to the Camp exhibit at The Met. It was delightfully strange and full of joy; I highly

May 20
I haven’t posted a Micro Monday recommendation in months, but today I’m excited to recommend @hollyhoneychurch, who notices the small fleeting

May 19
Got to check out the Whitney Biennial this morning, and as always, there are some really excellent pieces in the exhibition. The works by Alexandra

May 19
Yesterday was a truly gorgeous day in Brooklyn, full of sunshine and heat and the sound of laughter and joy as people all congregated outside to

May 15
Mira Jacob: I never saw myself. I never saw any lives that looked like mine. And what happens, when you’re living in that world, […] is that you

May 10
Our magnolia tree, tulips, and daffodils are in full bloom. The front yard has exploded with color, and this brings me more joy than you can imagine.

May 06
My friend—and regular penpal—Tanja sent me a letter with this as the opening epigraph and I needed to share it here because it’s absolutely

May 01
The spring is on the verge of eruption: our crocuses are in full bloom, our tulips are on the precipice of blooming, and little buds are appearing

Apr 29
We froze a bunch of strawberries from the last time they were in season, so yesterday, we made jam. (Also, ate strawberry shortcake.)

Apr 28
€œ”If the industrial revolution heralded a landscape where silence was eliminated, the peace of town and country punctuated by the clank of

Apr 27
Saturday morning spent listening to CRJ and writing letters to friends.

Apr 21
Today is Cleo’s third birthday, and we will celebrate by doing what we do every day: showering her with immense love and giving her treats. I never

Apr 16
There are these incredible STEM Role Models posters from Nevertheless Podcast all over the walls of our office; seeing them, I’m reminded of how

Apr 14
Sometimes, you read something so beautifully evocative, so poetic in its mastery of words, that your heart hurts because you’re swept away with

Apr 10
Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole; it was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world. I feel so

Apr 10
Ashley’s introduction to the recent Bello Collective newsletter is beautiful. A passage: Recently, a passenger beside me pressed the play button on

Apr 08
An important passage by Kristin Neff for me to remember these days: Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various

Apr 08
There is literally nothing on television that makes me laugh as much as Desus & Mero makes me laugh. I am in tears by the end of each episode.

Apr 07
I am completely smitten with Ian Fisher’s paintings of clouds:

Apr 06
There has been a lot of writing about the decline of criticism recently, but this piece on the need to cover books like television shows, and the

Apr 05
It’s rare that I read something that captures my mental state so accurately, but this idea of a “comfortable coexistence with suicidality” is so

Mar 29
Moja Coffee beans are my favorite kinds of coffee beans. Getting a shipment in the mail always makes my day.

Mar 25
My friend Amy has hosted a podcast club (like a book club, but instead of reading the same book, you listen to the same podcast episodes) for the

Mar 24
A beautiful, one-minute, animated video that is a wonderful jolt of perspective in the morning:

Mar 23
Austin Kleon avows that cheap wine tastes better in a juice glass. I agree, and go further to say that fancy juice tastes better in a wine glass.

Mar 22
Another resonant passage today: For we are like olives: only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us. From Too Loud A Solitude, by

Mar 22
A beautiful passage that is resonating with me today: Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color

Mar 20
This may be the most delightful sentence I’ve read all year: If you listen closely, Ariana Grande’s hit single “thank u, next” sounds like she’s

Mar 17
Celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with beef stew, colcannon, soda bread, and a chocolate stout cake, and some Irish whiskey. That’s the most I’ve done

Mar 15
Here’s #MyMosque where we got married. It’s still a place where I find solace and strength. Praying for my community around the world, today and

Mar 12
Doritos Cool Ranch? Yes. I feel so seen.

Mar 11
I’m not sure why it took me so long to discover Switched on Pop, but I’m glad I have. Spent the past week binging and listening through the entire

Mar 10
There are massive wild turkeys in our neighbor’s backyard, and I keep forgetting just how majestic and large those creatures are. Going to spend a

Mar 08
For some reason, I always feel great after donating blood. Something about using my body to do something that can save someone’s life makes me

Mar 08
Two nights ago I couldn’t sleep and stayed up all night and was awake for over 36 hours and my body just shut down and last night I slept for twelve

Mar 04
I can see the mountains through the window of my hotel room. This is important for me, as mountains not only inspire me, but remind me to look

Mar 01
Spotify just sent me an email telling me about “new music from Carly Rae Jepsen and Solange, two artists you love,” and I’m convinced no email has

Feb 20
We’re only 51 days in and 2019 has already won the status of worst year ever. And trust me, I’ve had some objectively really bad years before. This

Feb 06
Taking a break from people, for a while. (Still writing blog posts, so you might see updates, but I won’t check the timeline.) Take care of

Feb 05
City council spent a significant amount of time today debating the validity of putting fluoride in our water and if I wasn’t already convinced I

Feb 05
Jen Sookfong Lee is posting #JensHoroscopes for the Year of the Pig, and the one that she just shared for those of us who were born in the Year of

Jan 29
I’m not usually one to complain about the weather, but this is just obscene—especially coming a day after we had over a foot of snow fall and

Jan 29
Time to start living up to my name Wu-Tang Clan name.

Jan 27
Sad to miss RENT Live tonight, but will say that playing Collins in a regional theatre production of RENT was one of the highlights of my young

Jan 27
One of the things I’m proudest of since moving to London (ON) is playing a small role in bringing electoral reform to the city. The results show

Jan 26
I am the bird in this comic, and that person is the whole world so far this January.

Jan 22
This quote by Khoi on the complexity of healthcare is right on the mark: Few of us would feel comfortable representing ourselves in courts of law

Jan 20
Just when I thought the 8-10 inches of snow were making it hard to venture outside, now I’m greeted with this weather forecast for the next few

Jan 18
Adwoa Afful reminds us that Toronto must reckon with its past before planning for future: For as long as Toronto has existed, Black migrants and

Jan 17
“We are not wise, and not very often kind.” I wrote a short rumination inspired by Mary Oliver last month. I figured that today was a good time to

Jan 17
Fascinating piece by Virginia Heffernan on the effect that screens are having on our eyes: We measure our vision against the phone, all the while

Jan 15
I’ve lived with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder almost all of my life, and for the most part, I’ve been doing really well and

Jan 06
) so I am officially ready for this year to begin

Jan 05
With all this talk about Marie Kondo’s new television show all over the web and in my Netflix recommendations, I thought I’d revisit my earlier blog

Jan 05
blog might find this comic amusing. 🤣

Jan 03
(Really smitten with the Olivetti Pattern cards; poured my heart out

Jan 02
I thought it was a fitting comic to share at the start of

Dec 31
“This feeling is bigger than burnout; it’s an

Dec 29
Pender Island always

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Let your holidays be filled with laughter, loved ones, and light

Dec 24
Not

Dec 22
A year in reading (books) A year in popular culture (movies, television, music

Dec 18
The wonderful team of Lee, Kelsey, and Alexander are doing important and incredible work, and I’m so glad

Dec 17
Made some fused glass Christmas ornaments with the family kids, and then made some “stained glass” cookies with them too, just to continue on the

Dec 13
A magical thingAnd sweet to remember. “We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,” I heard a bird

Dec 11
Just started watching The Little Drummer Girl and I’m already overwhelmed by just how stunningly gorgeous both Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh

Dec 09
Sure, they may be markers of consumerism and conspicuous consumption, but those department store Christmas window displays are delightful and full

Dec 06
Geneviève BergeronHélène ColganNathalie CroteauBarbara DaigneaultAnne-Marie EdwardMaud HaviernickMaryse LaganièreMaryse LeclairAnne-Marie LemaySonia

Dec 05
(As someone who lives

Dec 03
“I believe that we all are predisposed towards kindness; some days we just need a little nudge to find our heart and the humanity that can be easy

Dec 02
Celebrated L’s birthday this weekend with the help of Taqueria El Rey, Motown Museum, Batch Brewing, Detroit Foundation Hotel, Lady of the House,

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Was going to skip my morning workout today because I’m feeling a little under the weather, but then I dragged my butt to the gym and they were

Nov 29
Time is different now Why your mental map of the world is (probably) wrong Prowling for You: On Watching Sex

Nov 23
How often, how quickly can I

Nov 16
All we can do is to be who we are, and to embrace the

Nov 11
Everything that Atul Gawande writes is incisive and excellent, but this latest piece on why doctors hate their computers is among the best he’s

Nov 10
“Halo Hafte is

Nov 06

Nov 03
Just going to go ahead and assume that everyone is spending their Saturday night doing the same thing that I’m doing: listening to Party For One and

Nov 01

Oct 31
Others celebrate Samhain. Others celebrate the coming of the Day of the Dead, or All-Saints’ and All-Souls

Oct 31

Oct 26
Earlier this week, my friend Honey tagged me in the #mylifeinblackandwhite challenge, where I shared one b&w photo of my day—a photo without

Oct 20
We don’t measure up to the lives we tell others we are living, and we look at the self

Oct 20
Suddenly, the kinds of people who used to be subject to censorship are now the

Oct 19
If you were previously a fan of The Heart, you’ll be pleased to know that Kaitlin Prest’s new series, The Shadows, is just as good and will make you

Oct 16

Oct 14
The many wine

Oct 09
Yesterday’s pizza dinner with

Oct 05
Every sentence is

Sep 29
Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day, and in advance of that, my colleague Alexandre Dirksen has shared a beautiful, and important, reflection on Orange

Sep 25
Between the automation offered in Shortcuts, Drafts, Things, and Launch Center Pro, I can

Sep 24
After reading this poignant and beautiful piece by Brené Brown, I’m starting to understand my current internal rumblings as signs of a midlife

Sep 23

Sep 21
(2016, 2017)

Sep 19
Last week, I attended an “inclusion café” for public servants in Ontario that was focused almost entirely on micro-inequalities and how, over time,

Sep 18
Hesitantly. I’m still carrying the conversations about the violence of language with me as I re-engage, but there

Sep 09
Must be a custom

Sep 06
I may still

Sep 04
When your response to someone with whom you do not agree is discourteous

Sep 04
Happy first day back at school to every student, no matter what their age, who is excited to learn so many new things in the weeks and months to

Sep 03
I may be slightly biased (as they are both my friends) but the most recent episode of Wonk With Mike—featuring an in-depth discussion with the

Sep 03
Yesterday, my friends Dana and Merlin got married in a beautiful

Sep 03
This week, check out @cygnoir, who not only always has thoughtful insight she shares in community discussions, but also does

Sep 01

Aug 30
It

Aug 29
My ability to pay for (and have access to) higher education at a particular school doesn’t

Aug 27
Today, I’d encourage you to chat with @kitt, who is not only an amazing conversationalist and adds so much to the m.b community

Aug 27
(She obviously knows of my affinity for tinned

Aug 26
There’s a particular satisfaction when a person who really knows and appreciates wine (including hanging out with a bunch of winemakers and

Aug 23
Yesterday, she came home with a watermelon a patient had grown in their garden. I usually

Aug 20
Everything Janet does is pure joy

Aug 20
This Monday, I recommend following @vega who adds so much to our community and recently shared an excellent

Aug 19
A weekend full of trips to the lavender farm, swimming on the beach, sushi lunches, spending time with friends, nicoise salads, swimming in the

Aug 17
The songwriting was mediocre, the plot was nonsensical, but OMG

Aug 16
As someone that has over twenty years of writing on the web still around, I‘m very interested in what the archiving of our every thought means to us

Aug 16
Today, amidst my tears, I celebrate her life, the life of the Queen. #RestInPower

Aug 15
“Blood is a burden, love. It should be. It should be heavy, a weight you carry. All of us carry that unshakeable

Aug 14
I didn’t know what to

Jun 24
Beautiful writing, phenomenal music, incredible singing and acting, and striking stage

Jun 22
There’s a disinhibition in not

Jun 22
The video for Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight” (a stunning piece of instrumental music) features Elisabeth Moss falling apart as she walks

Jun 22
I keep telling people it is the

Jun 21
I didn’t realize how debilitating it could be. The question is: why are so many

Jun 21
Despite being

Jun 20
It’s a societal loss that so many

Jun 19

Jun 19
I tell myself my work is useful and valuable, but sometimes I wonder… Politicians

Jun 18
LitHub has discovered that there is, indeed, a book cover trend

Jun 18

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Jun 15
It is my favorite sporting tournament; it is the world’s favorite sporting event. Of all places, the New York

Jun 15
There are many reasons to be scared of the effects of climate change, but the arrival of a global dust bowl and the health issues it will cause is

Jun 13
A few weeks ago, we made reservations to go to Grey Gardens tonight; in a timely coincidence, my favorite food writer wrote a fantastic review of

Jun 13
When you hear that people

Jun 12
Well worth reading and re-reading

Jun 11
We’ve evolved to give more weight to our flaws, mistakes and shortcomings than our

Sep 16
That is our day job and our night shift. We have a diploma in risk consideration.”

Sep 15

Sep 15
this look at how the Jeopardy! writers room comes up with all of those questions was enlightening

Sep 13

Sep 13
Colin Kaepernick has hurt white people, and that is why it’s convenient to banish him, because he holds

Sep 11
Reading: “I make things for the same reasons babies put things in their mouths: to better understand the world, to sooth ourselves, and learn what

Sep 07

Sep 05
For context, the population of the US increased by 28%

Sep 05
But September’s summer days are wonderful: a kinder, gentler summer without the

Sep 01
Reading: “The reason why Hooters appeals to me so much is because by tailoring itself to heterosexual men, it has unwittingly created a space where

Aug 31

Aug 30
We usually buy our strawberries by the crate from the farm down the street; I hadn’t realized just how much of a stranglehold Driscoll’s has on the

Aug 30

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Aug 28
Wrought

Aug 28
We ate very well this weekend (Hakka cuisine one night, schmaltz rice and Hainanese chicken another, and an octopus benedict for Sunday brunch) but

Aug 24
“The more we embrace the romanticism of walking, the more we seem to look

Aug 24
I like lots of things, so many things, but I

Aug 22
Reading: “You are trying to push on a mountain, and you may only be able to move it an inch — but — you’ve

Aug 22
For me, the act of

Aug 22
NYPL Digital Collections

Aug 16

Aug 16
Reading: “Instead of ruthlessly abusing each weekday as if it is some blunt utilitarian instrument, what if we leveraged everything we had to make

Aug 14
But America can beat it, with the right political will.”

Aug 10
And now you’ll have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the

Aug 07

Aug 07
It’s only when shitty behaviors are confronted

Aug 04
This evening, L and I decided to embrace our inner teenagers: we went bowling, ate fast food, watched a blockbuster movie in the theatres, and went

Aug 04
I thought you were all my friends…

Aug 04
We are descendants. And while we can’t fix the problems of the past in the present, we can make sure that we break the

Aug 04
Last night, the rain

Aug 03

Jul 31
As

Jul 31
It’s a modest walking trail of about 2.5km, from the parking lot, down to the river

Jul 30
Reading: “For us to be fully effective as a humans, entertainment is a critical outlet, because otherwise we might just be ruminating on all the

Jul 29
Reading: “Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it

Jul 27
The look on the

Jul 26

Jul 25
This look at 17 breakfast sandwiches from around the world makes me

Jul 24
My wife delivered a talk about HIV PrEP at a Pride Week special education session this evening; I was so proud to see her up there, making a

Jul 24
For them, it’s more transactional: You pay your taxes, you

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Today I watched ‘The Big Sick’ and it hit pretty close to home: from an immigrant Muslim family but I’m mostly non-practicing, married a white

Jul 20
Reading: “You can try to create around you a little bit of space that is all your own, a place where the rules of interaction you’ve chosen make

Jul 17

Jul 12
Reading: “Technological breakthroughs that make clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels would also make it easier to develop the political will for

Jul 10
I sit at the window, mesmerized

Jul 08
Things I learned this morning: don’t try to set up a new Sonos speaker while drinking coffee or the cat will freak out and run across the coffee

Jul 07

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” -Robert Brault

Jul 05

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Yet how much time do you really make for it?”

Jul 03
This afternoon, we spent some time on their farm admiring the beautiful birds

Jul 02

Jun 30
Great way to

Jun 29
There a few senstations that will linger: the feel of cobblestone beneath my feet, the smell of grilled sardines, the cacaphony of a tram careening

Jun 28
The last day of a trip is always bittersweet: sadness to be leaving an exciting séjour, ending an

Jun 28
I rarely enjoy driving at home, on roads that I know and in a car that I own, so it was no surprise that I found driving this tiny electric car

Jun 26

Jun 26
It reminds us

Jun 25
We were

Jun 23
There are few, if any, tourists; we intend to live

Jun 21
A night of beauty, music

Jun 21

Jun 20
Today, we sat where the river meets the ocean, where the fishing boats come in to drop off the day’s fresh catch, where the gardens curve as if all

Jun 19
A day spent exploring historic architecture, tasting port, eating excellent meals, and enjoying the sights and sounds on both sides of the Douro

Jun 19
I wave hello to the half-dozen people milling

Jun 18
With full

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Jun 16
Late nights at the airport are interesting: the hubbub is softer, the activity is slower

Jun 15

Jun 15
Some days when I get up, I only feel like

Jun 14
The first priority has to be making our cities just.”

Jun 13
Reading: “In the current era of sports, the best players achieved superstardom in the same way as any other generation, but now they are staying

Jun 13
I’ve eaten many excellent, incredible, extraordinary meals, but there have been very few meals (Alinea, Cal Pep, The Ledbury) that I can truly call

Jun 10
We have an extremely lucrative apparatus of social control, and it’s being run by

Jun 04
I loved Wonder Woman for many reasons, but what really resonated with me was to see a character that shares my name (Sameer) and who had the same

Jun 01
This has been a long, tiring, often-heartbreaking two weeks; it is never easy to see the people

May 14
The

May 09
Even in a city as big as Toronto, in an airport as busy as YYZ, you’re bound to run into people you know at the Starbucks in the middle of the

May 06
Every word matters, and yet there is no perfect word, only imperfect

May 04
Still can’t fathom how someone could willingly take away access to healthcare from anyone — if anything, we should be going over-and-above to ensure

May 03
Even if you come armed with your own cup, you

May 01
Similarly, on is language’€™s best self, demonstrating how much

Apr 29
Something to try, something to learn, something to explore, something to