Notes from a Biker

A lot of people say they wish they could bike more, but they’re afraid of the traffic. I myself get a bit nervous in Nanaimo, but I’m not familiar with those roads. Still, I will ride in Nanaimo if I have business there. I’m not nervous on Gabriola. The hot patch repairs can be a pain, the gravel can be…

Passion, values and emotion-shaming

I’ve watched a lot of fights unfold over the years, within organizations or communities, between people with different political views—you name it. And in every fight, sooner or later someone calls someone else out for being too emotional. This really pisses me off. Accusing someone of arguing from emotions is a derailing tactic. It’s used as a strawman tactic to…

Neverending Roadwork

Bridge enthusiasm seems to me to be, essentially, unimaginatively traditional. What do you do when you want better access to the greater community? Why, build a bigger road! Except, wait, we’re on an island. Limited resources, fragile environment… our existing roads, the really good ones, the main arteries linking north and south, are barely two lanes of tarmac, pitted and…