A critical point of view

Failure to scale a promising idea is often the result of failing to evaluate the idea critically: interrogate both what’s wrong with the idea, and what could go wrong in expanding it. Let’s spend some time doing just that. The Office for Science and Society (OSS)  at McGill University in Montreal seeks to bring critical…

The Worth of a Life

A walk in the almost-spring air launched my day. Recent sunny days have banished the snowy vestiges, and Ellie and I enjoyed our separate but simultaneous walks: me with my eyes to the trees; she with her nose to the grass. We breakfasted on our return, and while Ellie settled in for a post-breakfast snooze,…

Corn Sablés

This post is for those who preferred Pecan Sandies over Oreos as children. Ok, now that I’ve cleared the room, it’s just you and me. There’s no better cookie, in my mind, than a shortbread (or ‘sandie’, or ‘sablé’ — which is just the French word for sand). With a subtle taste and lightly scented,…

A Way to Live Safely Despite Covid

With the decline in recent days of the Omicron surge, a rising chorus of opinion advises us to learn to live with Covid. Unfortunately, the daily death rates from Covid (currently averaging ~2500) remind us that living with Covid implies also dying from it. Despite the ongoing funerals, anti-mandate sentiment is finding little resistance from…

A case for adoption

What does it take for a technology innovation to tip over from niche adoption to mass acceptance? I don’t have to make a case for adopting a pup to share your home. If it’s right for you, you’ll do it. What’s on my mind today is how something new takes off from being a novelty…