What a recession feels like

Posted in Uncategorized by cimmetry on January 25, 2009

Philippe Gohier shares recollections of the early 1990s recession in What a recession feels like.

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Activation energy

Posted in Uncategorized by cimmetry on December 13, 2008

In high school chemistry, I recall learning that for a chemical reaction to take place, the reactants need to overcome a barrier known as the activation energy. Without the necessary energy, the reactants simply sit around and nothing happens.

Contemplating the writing of a blog has been a similar experience for me. For some time, I have had perspectives to share and an inclination to do so. However, the necessary activation energy was not present. In fact, I found myself bogged down by two questions: What is the best way to introduce myself, and what are the objectives with which I should frame my blog?

Over time, the questions mutated: Do I really want to introduce myself (for fear of writing an autobiography), and why should I box-in my blog by setting explicit objectives?

I decided that the energy barrier could be lowered significantly by not worrying so much about an introductory post. In fact, I aim to reveal my identity over time and uncover the objectives of this blog exclusively through what I post.

However, I will provide some context to get things started: I am a Canadian, living in Mississauga, Ontario. I was born in Canada and I grew up in cities and provinces across the country. In future posts, I expect to share my thoughts on current events, politics, finance, culture and identity, as well as a host of other topics. In the course of my writing, I will inevitably reveal more about myself.

In chemistry, once the activation energy is overcome, the reaction typically releases energy as it settles into its new state. I hope that the energy released through this blog with add a fresh voice and interesting perspective to ongoing discourses in the blogoshpere, and will earn this blog a growing audience of readers.