Finding the energy to write about the year’s favourite music doesn’t come as easily as it used to anymore. This year, I’ve literally left it to the last hours of 2014 and am now trying to cram it in like a school project on a deadline. None of which should detract in any way from […]
The CBC’s Fifth Estate, a documentary show that presents a weekly 60 Minutes style documentary, recently aired the corporation’s official public reckoning with the Jian Ghomeshi affair. (We know there’s perhaps some sort of report still to come from the CBC’s third party probe into the Ghomeshi events, but I for one am not holding […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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- Fuse box. https://t.co/9Kh01etUt4 about 1 hour ago from Instagram
- Lululemon's "Anti-Ball-Crushing" pants ruined my day by making me think about sexism. http://t.co/pNQWp2gjOx Mar 27, 2015 7:20 pm from Buffer
- A new project off the coast of Australia may make wave power a reality. http://t.co/gnFqHlRDU6 Mar 27, 2015 6:52 pm from Buffer
- I love it when I get email from someone using Outlook, and they've included an ironic 'J'. Seriously. What year is this? Mar 27, 2015 6:14 pm from Buffer
- Canadian airlines must have two crew in cockpit at all times. http://t.co/jienzfqjWH Mar 26, 2015 5:56 pm from Buffer
- Spring is the new fall. https://t.co/G7peZyNrUt Mar 25, 2015 6:12 pm from Instagram
- Spring. https://t.co/8Id7dOSdPB Mar 24, 2015 1:13 pm from Instagram
- Er, no? https://t.co/nWDjeQUZRx Mar 21, 2015 11:33 am from Instagram