This boy has a new (‘nother) blog


To kick-off my journey back into academe as a student, I’ve created a new site. I’ll use it to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It’s partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be.

kyle's masters

So far, so good. Have a visit, if you’re interested. Follow along, if you’d like.

This site will still continue to see some action.

What if you could rebuild the University from the ground up?

Some inspiration from from Michael Wesch:

Wait for the punchline at the end.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 55 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 203 posts. There were 67 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 231 views. The most popular post that day was I sent an email to the President and the Mayor….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kyle mackie, medici effect wikipedia, kyle mackie twitter, medici effect pdf, and the medici effect pdf.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


I sent an email to the President and the Mayor… January 2010


Toxicology. The (Family) Musical. March 2010


Help me map the Canadian EdTech Landscape! August 2010


Free pdf of The Medici Effect February 2008


Ideas worth spreading February 2010

We’ve all got stories to tell

Documentary film focusing on the University of Guelph’s recent hosting of the Human Library Project. (I’m in there somewhere 😉 …)

Video produced by Alec Wilson.

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Quotes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin:

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.

…art is the ability to change people with your work, to see things as they are and then create stories, images and interactions that change the marketplace.

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Malcolm, I think we need to start seeing other people


I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. True to form for my relationship with Gladwell’s books, the first 40 pages draw me in, but by the time I hit page 70 or so, my interest wanes. As my former classmate, Arthur Loik says,

I think his problem is he builds and tells every story the same way, so even while each individual chapter deals with different people and different circumstances, it still sounds like he’s repeating himself. He’s a master at arguing something into the ground and still sounding unconvincing (or unimpressive, perhaps).

Malcolm, I’ve tried. I’ve read the first pages of The Tipping Point, Blink, and now Outliers. Maybe it’s just me, but I think we need to move on. I do remember this time we spent together fondly:

It was short and sweet fling, to the point. Thanks for that. Bye for now.

So now, folks, I need a new book to dig my self into. One of my resolutions for 2010 is to “read more books”. Maybe you can help me out with your suggestions. Here’s what I’ve read and enjoyed lately:

The Medici Effect (Frans Johanssen)
Small is the New Big (Seth Godin)
The Ingenuity Gap (Thomas Homer-Dixon)
Here Comes Everybody (Clay Shirky)

…non-fiction…environmental focus…education…technology…that type of thing.

So, what do you think I should read next?

Why I blog, and why you should too.

“It doesn’t matter who reads it.”

If you start a blog (or if you already have one), add a comment or send me a link. I’d love to read what you’re up to. Thanks.

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What? No recommendations? Now what?!

I just posted a comment to the Spark blog on a recent interview with Caterina Fake on Hunchand theFuture of Search.

Here’s what I said:

One of my fears of recommendation engines is the end of finding search gems I wasn’t looking for. These engines are typically built on the idea of that people who did X, bought Y and therefore “think like you”, so you might be interested in what they are interested in. This is effective in building community and connections with like-minded people, however, some of our true discoveries and learning come from being connected to people with different views and different interests. I’m not sure how/if these connections can be made by recommendation engines. I’ll throw this out to developers to consider.