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It’s a new year. You need new desktop wallpaper for your computer

If you feel stuck, just a small change in your environment can make a difference in freeing you up mentally. Changing your desktop wallpaper is just such a change. If you agree, I recommend you go to Design Milk and … Continue reading

It’s 2023…here’s how to keep those New Year’s resolutions (if you want)

It’s a new year. And let’s face it, you have some new year’s resolutions. (Why else are you reading this?) If you want to try and keep them, then I highly recommend that you read this:  How to make New … Continue reading

Happy New Year! (Why yes, the new year starts the day after Labour Day :))

Wait? What?! It’s not January 1st, you say! Nope. To me the day after Labour Day is always the start of a new year. In Canada at least all, school starts on that day. So for 20 some years of … Continue reading

A worthwhile goal for the new year is a different form of extremism

It’s hard to do anything extreme these days in the middle of a pandemic. Even if you want to do extreme events, you might not be able to find any that aren’t cancelled. So consider extreme moderation. A life that … Continue reading

Welcome to the New Year. This advice could come in handy.

It’s a new year. A new year after a very difficult one.  It’s a good year to work on being optimistic. If you want to put in that work, start by reading this: How to Be More Optimistic – The … Continue reading

On what Bill Gates was thinking about last New Year’s Eve

If you thought that Bill Gates was thinking about pandemics last year, you are incorrect (although he has put a lot of thought into them). No, what he was thinking about when he wrote this,What I’m thinking about this New … Continue reading


Cook90: a goal for the new year

Can you cook 90 meals in a month? For many it sounds daunting. I like to cook and even I am not sure that I could do it. If you like a challenge and the idea of it, there is … Continue reading

A good new year’s resolution: unsubscribing to mailing lists

Unsubscribing to mailing lists you no longer read or want is a good resolution to make and keep. Here’s why it’s a good idea: It doesn’t take long. It’s not something you have to do every day. It let’s you … Continue reading

Some links to support your new year’s resolutions

If you’ve decided to become more fit, work better, or be better generally, then consider these resources to support you as advance towards achieving your goals: Want to lose weight but hate diets? It’s arguable that you can lose weight … Continue reading

If you’re having a rough start to the new year, here’s how to fit your work into 16.7 hours

It does sound too good to be true, and no, I haven’t tried it, but if you want to change your work routine, consider the pomodoro technique. If you are still interested, there is an article on it: The Simple Technique … Continue reading

One way to keep your fitness New Year resolutions? Use the Pact app. Here’s how it works

If you have made a commitment to getting fit in 2015, that’s good. If you think you can manage it, that’s better. But if you think you might have troubles with it, then consider the Pact app. It works like … Continue reading

The best, easiest, and most effective New Year’s resolution to make (perfect for procrastinators, too) is

The best, easiest, and most effective New Year’s resolution to make (perfect for procrastinators, too) is this: I resolve to make a new resolution every week (or month, or quarter or season, or….you get the idea). It sounds like a … Continue reading

If you are reevaluating your career as a New Year’s Resolution….

…then you should read this: The Top Five Career Regrets – Daniel Gulati – Harvard Business Review. What’s the number one regret? I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money.It’s a good article and one anyone looking at … Continue reading

My new year’s resolution in 2012 is to suck at things (and also excel)

This is an odd resolution in a number of ways. First of all, you might say, isn’t the point of resolutions to be better at life, not suck at it? And how can you suck and excel at the same … Continue reading

A great New Year’s Resolution: get cooking better meals

Anyone who doesn’t cook or feels their cooking is poor owes it to themselves to read this article: Sustainable Food – Three Recipes by Mark Bittman – It’s more a manifesto than an article, but it is very practical … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: change your room

This will be old hat to the pros who do this for a living, but for the rest of us,this post: Before & After(s): 1 Bedroom, 5 Different IKEA Makeovers | Apartment Therapy Chicago, really shows how changing a few … Continue reading

A good new year’s resolution: buy arts and crafts as gifts

If you are looking for resolutions beyond the usual one, why not try that one. You can get lots of gifts for $20 at 20×200, including this great print called Vogue May 2010:pg 70 (List of Contributors), by Lauren DiCioccio. It … Continue reading

Start off the New Year by cleaning up your hard disk

I was running disasterously low of disk space. In search of a good / free tool to help me out. I found this: CCleaner. It did a great job, freeing up almost 2 GB of disk space. Whew! If you … Continue reading

your.flowingdata + twitter = a good way to help you track your New Year’s Resolutions

You’ve made your New Year’s Resolutions: now it’s time to track them. Well, if you are looking for a good way to track your new year’s resolutions and you already use twitter, I recommend you check out: your.flowingdata / Quick … Continue reading

On quitting smoking and other New Year’s Eve resolutions

The has a great piece on a writer who had struggled like many people to give up smoking. Anyone who has this resolution in mind for January 1 should read this: Hurry Up, It’s Time. Let me expand that … Continue reading

Need motivation for your new year’s resolutions? Why not register for a marathon in Toronto?

Sure, it is in October, but 10 months may be just what you need. And even if you don’t, check out the web site for The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. I’ve run the race a few times. It’s well organized … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: to eat and cook better

If you want to eat better this year, and by better I mean not only in terms of quality, but in terms of simplifying your cooking and doing more with less, than you owe it to yourself to read this … Continue reading

A new year’s resolution…for your Mac

Come January 1, alot of people will resolve to lose their excess weight and get fit. And what is good for people is also good for …Macs! In this article, Ten ways to turn your Mac into a lean, mean, … Continue reading

What to eat in Toronto in 2008! Or a great new year resolution

I think I have the perfect new year resolution for people in Toronto: eat all of this food before 2009! Forget that dieting stuff, this is the year to Eat, Drink and be Daring (as the good folks as Toronto … Continue reading

It’s Spring (somewhat). Here’s my highlights and ramblings for month year (a newsletter, in blog form)

It’s spring, somewhat, here in Ontario. That means one day you can be out walking in the sunshine, admired all the blossoms, only to have a snowfall dump on you the next day. It’s a rollercoaster of a month. You … Continue reading

It’s the third year of the pandemic. Sigh. Here’s my highlights and ramblings for January 2022 (a newsletter, in blog form)

This is the third calendar year of being in this pandemic: 2020, 2021 and now 2022. True, the duration is technically less than 3 years (March 2020-January 2022) but heck it feels like three years to me. Likely it does … Continue reading

Another pandemic year is done. Here’s my highlights and ramblings for December 2021 (a newsletter, in blog form)

Happy New Year’s Eve to you! Raise a glass of cheer for another year of pandemic nonsense down the drain. Last month I said: it’s hard to believe we are in the pandemic, like it was about to be finished … Continue reading

The Year in Pictures, 2009 edition, at The New York Times … filled with great photographs. Even at full screen mode, the clarity and the brightness and of course the composition is wonderful. See it here.

The rise and fall of Alexa and the possibility of a new A.I. winter

I recall reading this piece (What Would Alexa Do?) by Tim O’Reilly in 2016 and thinking, “wow, Alexa is really something! ” Six years later we know what Alexa would do: Alexa would kick the bucket (according to this:  Hey … Continue reading

The best time to visit New York is in December. And other things NYC

The best time to visit New York is in December. I did once many years ago and I just remember how magical it was: the city was lightly covered in snow, the shops were all lit up and decorated for … Continue reading

What was new in our crazy mixed up world, November 2022 edition

Yowza! It’s been a crazy month, this month, between surges in diseases, Twitter turning into a dumpster fire, crypto imploding, inflation hanging on, the war in Ukraine intensifying with seemingly more attacks on civilians, the US GOP becoming more Nazi … Continue reading

A ramble through what was new in the world, Oct. 2022 edition

Here’s a month end cornucopia of things I found interesting and worth reading but don’t really fit into any specific category. (I would have posted it yesterday, but I had that very important 12 foot skeleton post to submit. :)) … Continue reading

An election, a new hotel, and more. What’s new in Toronto, October 2022 edition

What’s new in Toronto? For one thing, there’s an election coming up soon. If you live in Toronto and want to see who is running in your  ward, then click on this…. it’s a great way to find out who … Continue reading

What was new in the world, September 2022 edition

Here’s a month end cornucopia of things I found interesting and worth reading but don’t really fit into any specific category. Among other things, I like posting these because I will be curious to see how they read in the … Continue reading

From Michelin to Peter Oliver: thinking about how Toronto has changed in the last 40 years

Two noteworthy events in Toronto dining happened this month: one was the start of an era and one was an end. The start was Michelin came to town and tossed out stars and Bibs and otherwise paid attention to Hogtown … Continue reading

On the Emmys and the end of TV as we knew it

Shows such as the Grammys, the Oscars, and the Emmys give us the chance to consider the media they are based on. One thing to think about is how that old media is under attack by newer media. Music was … Continue reading

On ageism: or is 80 is the new 60?

There’s been much focus on aging in Canada recently after the firing of Lisa LaFlamme as a CTV news anchor for what many believe were ageist reasons. There’s also been focus on aging in the U.S., due to President Job … Continue reading

It’s the end of August. This looks like a newsletter, and reads like a newsletter, but it isn’t a newsletter

Here’s a month end cornucopia of things I found interesting and worth reading but don’t really fit into any specific category. I hope you find it worth reading, too. The pandemic is being memory-holed, unfortunately. Before people forget or try … Continue reading

Some advice on visiting Toronto, from the New York Times and me

So the Times has done a recent piece on Toronto: What to See Eat and Do in Toronto. It’s nice to see. It has lots of good ideas on where to dine, where to stay, and what to do. While … Continue reading

The end. Here’s my last highlights and ramblings (a newsletter, in blog form, June 2022 edition)

Hey there! Yes, this is my last newsletter in blog form. My first edition of Highlights and Ramblings (a newsletter, as such) was in March of 2020, the beginning of the pandemic. When I started I wanted to provide: a … Continue reading