JoeyColeman.ca

Hi, I'm Joey Coleman, a journalist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who is a open data activist, engaged citizen, and proud blogger. This is my personal website, or the place I try to break the Internet

Sometimes you just really like a set of lyrics

"Well Orville Wright Set his sights High up in the air Him and Wilbur worked day and night He didn't seem to care Well the town folk said if you were meant to fly God would have given you wings What makes you want to spend all of your time Building that flying machine And Orville said" For some reason, I really enjoy this sets of lyrics in the song Just What I Do by the Country band Tricy Pony. It's rather pointless, I guess I enjoy the mental image of just how crazy the Wright brothers would've seemed over 100 years ago creating the first airplane....

An interesting day, a random personal blog post

Nothing went as I planned today, and my mind isn't shutting down. Hence, time for one of my rambling personal blog posts. I slept in, I have a flood of unexpected emails (including one that really surprised), tested my memory a bit, had some fun verifying my memory recall, and had to remind myself a few times of the importance of focusing on the long-term and not the short-term. I'm ending the day with some RSS sorting and watching Pleasantville on the side monitor. I actually saw Pleasantville in theatres when it premiered in 1998. I got some gift certificates and went to see it for some reason I can't remember. (I only went to movies regularly when I was...

Big Yet Small, Hamilton Tales: Hamilton Wards OMB Edition

Hamilton is a medium size city, and you'll often run into many people you know in the same place. But how often do you run into them thinking about the same thing? It's 9:30pm, I print onto paper all of my OMB liveblog posts. It's about 100 pages. I hop onto a Sobi Bike and go over to the Mulberry Cafe to highlight key passages over coffee. (I'm working on summaries of the case for the week ahead) Arriving at Mulberry, a couple ask me when I expect the OMB ruling to be released. I get a huge smile on my face, pull out my binder of print-outs, and tell them, funny you ask. What follows is a good...

Coming Thursday in The Silhouette: My Follow-up to a 2009 Column

I won't give anything away, you can read it on Thursday. For those who read my work back in my early days as a journalist, you'll immediately recognize the column as an updated version of an argument I made repeatedly as an undergraduate: because students don't vote, they don't matter politically....

Fun with HSR Operators During OMB Commutes

For the last week and an half of October, I was covering the Ontario Municipal Board hearing at Stoney Creek City Hall. This required taking the HSR multiple times each day. I stayed at a friends in Stoney Creek to significantly cut my commuting time each day by 30 minutes each direction. At lunch, most days, I'd go to Fortinos or Eastgate, the lunch break being 90 to 120 minutes and there being no food options within walking distance of Stoney Creek City Hall. HSR drivers were excellent, watching for people coming out of the City Hall. Twice, operators stopped and waited for me to run for the bus - saving me 30 minutes of waiting. This happened three times...

Throwback Column: Students Vote or Face the Consequences

The following column was published on The Globe and Mail website on December 16, 2009. I republish it on my personal website now as the topic is revelant to some of my present coverage of Town and Gown in Hamilton's 2018 municipal elections Students: vote or face the consequences Joey Coleman, December 16, 2009 at 4:57 PM The next two calendar years are important for students in Ontario with 2010 municipal elections and 2011 provincial election. If students vote, they could finally see their issues considered by government. I'm not counting on this happening. Take Hamilton's Ward 1 as an example. Only 10 students who lived on-campus at McMaster University during the 2006 municipal election voted at the on-campus...

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: The Seedworks Moving Day

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture is the phrase, and phase, in my office right now. The book is sitting on the counter. Today, dpai architects moved from my co-working space to new offices after a year of signficant growth. Here at The Seedworks, where I rent office space for The Public Record it wasn't just moving day for DPAI. Within an hour of DPAI leaving, most of us long-term tenants quickly moved ourselves into the large architect desks that were vacanted. Now, I'm having a little fun with this, the reality is that our co-working space dynamic is going to be different without dpai. Personally, I'll miss having building code experts sneezing distance from my monitor, and some of...

Joey's Morning Note for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Star Wars trailer is out, my response is meh. Rogue One was a great movie, I truly enjoyed its gritty plot line. I'm not much for nostalgia and The Force Awakens didn't appeal to me. Also, I can suspend my disbelief for most Sci-Fi movies, but the Starkiller? Really? Okay, now that I have my Star Wars talk out of the way. (Until next Tuesday, Star Wars Rebels new season lands Monday night) Happy to share that my efforts to get back into a proper sleep pattern is starting to show success. This is a big deal for me, as I really need to up my work productivity for the next few months the opportunity has finally arrived to...

Afternoon Coffee Notes for October 8, 2017

Yesterday, Sunday, I attended the Blessing of the Animals at St. Patrick's this afternoon - a nice event that builds the parish community beyond the Mass. Photos here on my Flickr page. My favourite photo is these three Labrador Retrievers who are hard to distinguish from each other. A child brought her turtle to the blessing. Off to Roast Beef dinner tonight, then bunkering down further to achieve a whole bunch of tasks in the next 48 hours. Link of the Day A very insightful discussion of misconceptions of the lower class in the United States looking at their Country music. Class Politics, Country Music and Hillbilly Humanism Suggested Links Two good stories on the horrible repression of the Rohingya...

Thank You CBC for Crediting my Public Domain Work

I’ll never forget the emotional gut-check of my short coverage of the Tim Bosma murder while it was still officially a missing persons case. Thanks to public support of my crowdfunding, I was able to livestream the police news conference during those long days in May of 2013. The plan I implemented for the Tim Bosma missing person news conferences started in February of 2013 when the late Bernie Morelli, Chair of the Police Board, asked the Chief of Police Glenn De Caire to determine what I needed to livestream Police Board meetings. The Board also wanted a non-restrictive license to reuse my video. I agreed to release the copyright to the Police Board in exchange for an internet...