What you're not

Today's quote is from Catherine Hoke, and I got it via Tim Ferriss:

“You are not your past.”

Searching for mid-brow culture

Today's quote is from the poet W.H. Auden (1907-1973):

The appearance of the Public and the mass media which cater to it have destroyed naïve popular art. The sophisticated “highbrow” artist survives and can still work as he did a thousand years ago, because his audience is too small to interest the mass media. But the audience of the popular artist is the majority and this the mass media must steal from him if they are not to go bankrupt. Consequently, aside from a few comedians, the only art today is “highbrow.” What the mass media offer is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. This is bad for everyone; the majority lose all genuine taste of their own, and the minority become cultural snobs.

Electric trucks are cool... and scary at the same time

A column I wrote for Canadians for Affordable Energy has been picked up by Macleans, here. I like the idea of electric vehicles very much. But I also worry they'll be way more expensive than we think. So I'm cheering with fingers crossed, which is admittedly a bit awkward.