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May 07, 2020
This assumes you have sourdough starter to work from. Don't have any yet? No worries: it's pretty easy to make your own.

Steve's standard loaf

  • 4c flour (these days I use 2.5c whole wheat and 1.5c white bread flour,... read more
May 07, 2020

I’ve been making sourdough for several years. My sources — where you can find much more info — include Tartine Bread (by Chad Robertson), Cooked (by Michael Pollan), and How to Bake Everything (by Mark Bittman). What follows is my own mashup of these into a technique... read more

July 18, 2019

Expanding on my list in Communicating Climate Change ...

"Assume a lack of shared values and information, skepticism about methods and conclusions, and expect to face suspicion rather than assent."

Scientists and other scholars... read more

June 30, 2019

Expanding on my list in Communicating Climate Change ...

"Be truthful and evidence-based, but be only as technically precise as is possible within the constraints of the following goals."

In my experience the two biggest problems... read more

February 23, 2019

In building the Climate Atlas of Canada, one of our goals was to apply as much insight as possible from the growing world of communications research about the challenges of addressing science and climate change.

I very much liked Prof. Ed... read more

November 04, 2015

A few years ago, I took a weekend-long wilderness skills course that introduces its students to animal tracking, plant identification, and a variety of ancient skills such as flint knapping, making simple traps and... read more

October 30, 2015

I am, sadly, never very surprised at public eruptions of settler-colonial racism in Canada. Our country’s dominant popular culture has a long history of systematically devaluing indigenous perspectives and histories in favour of cartoonish stereotypes and the heroic-pioneer story of settlement.... read more

October 26, 2015

The Harvest Moon Festival has become a valuable yearly experience for my partner and me. We’ve lived in Winnipeg for just over five years now, and have experienced a deepening and broadening sense of community and commitment to... read more

October 22, 2015

Many problems with distraction and productivity are a matter of accountability. Team working situations and imminent or well-structured deadlines are good antidotes to not-working. Peer and client pressure can provide a good kind of... read more

October 06, 2015

Much of what I experience as “neither working nor not working” (or just “not-working” for simplicity) is a by-product of simple curiosity. It’s worth appreciating for a moment that it’s a great and worthwhile thing to be fascinated by... read more

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