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, […]
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 […]
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 — […]
One of the things I miss most about South Africa is the music. It’s not that I can’t find South African music here in Canada (or order it online via Amazon). No, it’s more the pervasive musicality of the place: music is everywhere, and an enjoyment of it — regardless of whatever different musical preferences […]
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- Former executive-branch and military leaders see strategic, legal and ethical problems with the drone program. http://t.co/xYOee4JAtT about 20 hours ago from Buffer
- The Guardian view on David Cameron's scramble for emergency data laws. http://t.co/Tuz9IhE74F about 22 hours ago from Buffer
- What Canada's national television network could learn from the BBC. http://t.co/5Svum01nyK Jul 10, 2014 3:52 pm from Buffer
- Why the secrecy on Canadian trade talks? http://t.co/CyIajOXnKn Jul 09, 2014 4:50 pm from Buffer
- Why your yoga class is so white. http://t.co/Qeoy1EefCG Jul 09, 2014 1:08 pm from Buffer
- From Lou Reed to the Talking Heads, thousands of rare rock videos are now on YouTube. http://t.co/4sKrBdJjYa Jul 09, 2014 11:46 am from Buffer
- Charge your phones and laptops: To stop terrorism, TSA now requires that gadgets have power. http://t.co/XFwnkugapQ Jul 09, 2014 10:37 am from Buffer