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Business impact of ethnographic research

Leading up to the impending start of my graduate program in anthropology, I have gotten myself involved in an initiative which—based in the Department—will explore ‘real-world’ and sometimes non-academic applications of ethnographic research. While that initiative continues to be mostly under wraps because it is still taking shape, one actual research project is already underway. […]

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University of Toronto Anthropology folder


Anthropology is, with music and mathematics, one of the few true vocations; and the anthropologist may become aware of it within himself before ever he has been taught it. (Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, 1961) It is a notable curiosity that many anthropologists who made foundational contributions to the discipline were originally trained outside of it. […]

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Bach Cantatas

Best new music of 2013 — Classical

To round out the year (and in customary fashion), here’s a quick post to list my favourite classical music releases of 2013. The picture above shows the box and looming contents of John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantatas box set — which finally arrived at a ‘reasonable’ $300 in late 2013, just in time to become […]

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Our front yard after the December 2013 ice storm

Best new music of 2013 – Rock, jazz, world, etc.

I took the picture above in our front yard this morning. Overnight, we got the ‘great ice storm of 2013,’ 12 hours of freezing rain. It downed tree limbs and whole trees, took down power lines, destroyed cars and eavestroughs and roofs. We were mercifully spared any real damage (at least so far — we’re […]

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Social Media by Jason A How

How to create a sustainable personal social media strategy

I’ve been on ‘social media’ for quite a few years now. (I also really don’t like the term ‘social media’ because calling it media makes it seem like something you consume, like all other media.) I use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn on a daily basis. I do so for a variety of reasons: to stay […]

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A home phone for $3/month

At first glance, a home phone seems like a somewhat quaint, old-fashioned thing to have these days. With mobile phones everywhere, it seems unnecessary and perhaps a little wasteful. Call me nostalgic, then, but I really like to have one. I have a few specific reasons for this: calling long distance (internationally) still seems cheaper, […]

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Homeland surveillance

I. It reads like the grand, slightly preposterous plot of an espionage thriller. Perhaps one of those ‘grand tapestry’ style novels with lots of different characters and sub-plots, carefully unfolding towards an inevitable narrative climax. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Edward Snowden story was hard to put down from the first moment […]

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Roam Mobility SIM Card

Another way to get roaming mobile data in the US (for Canadians)

I’ve previously written about a — slightly cumbersome but workable — method of avoiding data roaming charges from Canadian mobile carriers while traveling in the US. That approach remains workable but has certain limitations; most notably the fact that it doesn’t work for voice (or on smartphones at all) because — unlike the iPad — […]

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