About me

Hi. I'm Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world, and over-user of the discretionary comma. After spending most of my life in Toronto, New York, and Washington DC, I now live with my beautiful wife in our beautiful home in London, Ontario.

I'm a public policy and public affairs professional with an academic background in cultural anthropology, and have worked on various projects in the areas of public sector transformation, digital government, open data, energy conservation, healthcare transformation, international development, and organizational change. I'm currently working as part of the Government of Ontario's new Digital Government team as a digital anthropologist and advisor.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot. I find beauty in the mundane and joy in the small things. If you're ever in the area, come join me on my aimless strolls around the city, or for an espresso and conversation; I love making new friends.

If you'd like to book me for a speaking engagement, a writing gig, or if you just feel like chatting, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.

About this site

flashing palely in the margins is a collection of essays, marginalia, and miscellaneous musings that pass through my mind from time to time. I've been operating this space online, with various names over the years, since 1998. Sadly, I lost all my archives when I forgot to back up my server in mid-2007, so what you'll find here is whatever I managed to save after that.

The title, flashing palely in the margins, is taken from an article published by Dustin Illingworth in LitHub on December 2, 2015. Dustin's article was on finding book titles; the passage resonated with me because it reminded me that so much of what I find joyful and beautiful in life is hidden in the margins, flashing palely, waiting to be discovered. 

Elsewhere on the web…

Aside from this site, I'm fairly active on Twitter and on Tumblr, where I run a linklog called Squandrous.com.

If you're interested in what I'm reading, you can visit my Goodreads profile, or check out my "liked" articles on Instapaper.

I also occasionally update my Flickr photostream, and cross-post most of what I write here over on Medium, as well.

All photos on this site were taken by me, Sameer Vasta, unless otherwise indicated. All content is licensed under a Creative Commons license.