February and March FOCUS articles up on Scribd

March 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | 4 Comments

As the title says, I just scanned and uploaded (finally…) my February and March articles to Scribd.

I’ll have a more detailed post later, but for now you can find the February article here and the March one here.

March FOCUS Magazine online

February 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | Comments Off on March FOCUS Magazine online

The current (March 2009) issue of FOCUS Magazine is now up. Click through to find a link for the full PDF of the complete March issue (or just click here).

My article, “Victoria’s Urban Forest,” is on p.32 – scroll through to find.

Which reminds me that I need to put this latest article as well as my February 2009 article (“Housing 2.0”) on Scribd.com, and get cracking on writing the April 2009 article.

January 2009 article up

January 25, 2009 at 11:25 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | 2 Comments

It’s almost the end of the month – my March article is due in a few days and I realized I hadn’t yet posted my (published) January 2009 Focus Magazine article. So, here it is: Building bridges and start-up muscle in Victoria (PDF on Scribd.com).

I heart this one – it’s about design (constraints and affordances), our island habitat, building bridges, and using technology to stay connected …and to connect. It’s very much inspired by Ben Casnocha‘s article, Start-Up Town, about Boulder, CO (“…quiet little hippie city of Boulder, Colorado, has become a serious technology hub. Here’s how.”) Casnocha wrote a (the?) book on leading a start-up life.

As always, see this page for the complete roster of my Focus Magazine articles about Victoria.

Victoria’s Focus Magazine now online

January 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, housekeeping, victoria, writing | 2 Comments

In a move that surprised me pleasantly, Focus Magazine – the Victoria/ South Island magazine to which I contribute monthly – has a new website where readers can download (in PDF) the entire magazine, just as it appears in print.

It’s a new feature. On the site, they included not just the current (January 2009 – PDF) issue, but also last month’s (December 2008 – PDF). Focus Magazine is the best monthly covering people, ideas, and culture in Victoria, BC. There’s a lot packed into its pages, by many engaged writers.

PS: I still plan to upload my articles individually (to Scribd), with the current article going up soon.

PPS: I just noticed that the PDF downloads are called “previous” and “current” issues, which makes me think that the issues won’t be archived month-to-month on Focus‘s website. So if readers are interested, download copies while they’re up – they might be gone in a month (or two).

Articles all on Scribd now

December 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | Comments Off on Articles all on Scribd now

Just a quick update re. my magazine articles for Focus: all articles are now available on Scribd.

See them directly:

Or go to my Articles published in FOCUS Magazine, Victoria, Canada page and click through to individual articles from there.

What’s up/ what’s new?

Well, the remainder of 2008 is up, and all the 2006 and 2007 articles are now on Scribd, which means no more eons-long upload times. Just pick & click, and read away almost instantly.

More Focus Magazine articles up on Scribd

December 6, 2008 at 11:56 am | In FOCUS_Magazine, housekeeping, urbanism, victoria, writing | Comments Off on More Focus Magazine articles up on Scribd

I managed to scan & upload a few more articles, this time starting with October 2006, and managing to get through half of 2007.  See my Scribd page here for details – there are now 3 folders (2006, 2007, 2008), to make it easier to find articles chronologically.

Next up, finish 2007, and then do the beginning months of 2008 (currently uploaded to the Berkman server in over-large PDFs). The Scribd format is much user-friendlier – very easy to zoom instantly to read clearly, etc. At least I think it’s user-friendly. Let me know / give feedback if there are problems – or kudos.

Scribd updated with recent Focus Magazine articles

December 5, 2008 at 2:04 pm | In FOCUS_Magazine, housekeeping, urbanism, victoria, writing | Comments Off on Scribd updated with recent Focus Magazine articles

I finally updated my Scribd.com page with the past five months worth of my articles for Victoria’s Focus Magazine! That’s August, September, October, November, and December 2008.

I’ll post an update with details (titles, etc.) later, and I also need to update my “Articles published in FOCUS Magazine” page here.

In addition, I need to uplodad to Scribd.com (which means re-scanning and creating PDFs first) all my articles prior to the first upload to Scribd (which is the March 2008 article).  That’s October 2006 through to February 2008.  Why? Because I currently saved them as PDFs that are basically not down-loadable (files too big, etc.).

Before I do all that, other work beckons, however.  So enjoy (I hope!) the current up-to-date 2008 crop.  More later.

FOCUS Magazine articles now up-to-date

July 13, 2008 at 6:18 pm | In DemoCampVictoria, FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | 1 Comment

Yay me, and Scribd to the rescue…

The remaining three FOCUS Magazine articles are up. They are, in order:

  • Overdue: rethinking the library (May 2008) The February to March lockout exposed library board dysfunction. But perhaps it’s about time we thought about a new building, as well.
  • Let’s demo co-development (June 2008) The synergistic power of providing physical space for the airing of new ideas helps nurture the type of economic development advocated by Jane Jacobs.
  • Why a bowling green makes sense (July 2008) One of the key downtown blocks is being re-envisioned — unfortunately without a unique and quirky landmark.

The April 2008 FOCUS Magazine article is up

July 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm | In architecture, FOCUS_Magazine, victoria, writing | Comments Off on The April 2008 FOCUS Magazine article is up

Scribd works like a charm — it’s just I who am slow in getting these print articles scanned and then formatted into a single document for uploading!

Without further ado (but a bow to Richard Florida for title inspiration), here’s my April 2008 FOCUS Magazine article, Who’s your heritage?, which argues that even for heritage architecture, buildings need to earn their keep, not just look pretty.

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