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Oxford England

  • The End of the Road
    These photos are separated from my Travels album because Oxford is something of a second home. I still manage to visit it several times a year. So the pathway between Manotick and Oxford is well trodden and I can likely do it with my eyes closed - and probably have on more than one occasion.

Royal Roads University

  • Hatley Castle
    This series of photographs was taken over the last few years. I have stayed at the campus of Royal Roads on several occasions and I have been repeatedly impressed by the grounds. They are in many ways a little-known treasure.


  • Kafka Statue
    Here is a selection of pictures I have taken during my travels over the last few years. I am very obviously an amateur photographer and it is not uncommon for me to forget my camera altogether when packing. What the pictures do not convey is the fact that in these travels I have met, and gotten to know, a great many interesting people.

Manotick Ontario

  • Springtime in Manotick
    Manotick Ontario Canada is the part of Ottawa that I call home. Much of Manotick stands on an island in the Rideau River. Interestingly, the Rideau Canal, which runs through and around the river, was recently designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. So this means that the view from my backyard is in some way on a similar par with the Egyptian Pyramids - although the thought strikes me as ridiculous.
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December 31, 2008


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Mitch Weisburgh

Aren't laws another example of barnaclization?

Couldn't we just agree that every time a legislative body decides to pass a law, they have to remove one that is equally as long?

Joe Gollner

I think laws may be the ultimate example of barnaclization.

The accrual of laws over time, each with extraordinarily parochial origins, quickly leads to utter confusion. For those charged with enforcing the laws, this will lead, at least logically, to one of two outcomes - either they descend into paralyzed ineffectiveness (if they try to think through the forest of edicts to determine the right course of action) or they burst into unbridled capriciousness (when they can pick and chose what law to enforce and what mode of enforcement they might find be most enjoyable). In practice, frequency of use leads to some laws being "top of mind" while others are largely forgotten. But forgotten or not the contradictory laws are still there and the average citizen lies in a state of continuous transgression without even knowing it.

Peter Drucker used to say of "government programs" (or indeed all organizational initiatives) what we might wish to say of laws - that they should all come a sunset clause that identifies a future date when the program must be reinstated or rescinded. Otherwise, he wisely argued, there would be a continuous stream of new programs piling up on top of legacy programs that were still on the books and still drawing funds and energy. At some point in time and in if no controls are put in place, the machine simply runs out of steam. He seemed to understand the concept of barnaclization implicitly.

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