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. […]
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 struggle to focus on my work, for the same reasons most people do: we are surrounded by seemingly never ending distractions (social media, email, phone calls) and it’s difficult to focus on a project without interruptions. I also find that my mind is distracted and wants to escape from being ‘tethered’ to a desk […]
Men’s hobbies tend to fall into one of two broad categories. There are extroverted leisure time pursuits, often related to sports, gaming, grilling meat or drinking; and more introverted activities, often related to material things, such as woodworking, model building, photography, stereos and the like. Some men develop very detailed relationships with their things, even […]
First, we have to go through the security theatre. The long lineups are partially for crowd control (you don’t want the wait to seem too long, so it’s best to break up the line into a few smaller ones), partially to ensure that authority is appropriately represented, showcased, visually asserted. The tone is friendly, the […]
Three weeks ago, I bought a Jawbone UP. It’s a movement-tracking bracelet that can be plugged into your iPhone (or Android device) once or twice a day to transmit your activity to a mobile app. (You can also download your tracking data as a CSV spreadsheet by logging into the UP website and ‘crunch’ it […]
I’m taking the spring and summer off (from paying work) this year. My relationship with my former employer ended recently, and I decided to be a free agent for a while. There were many motivations for this decision, but most importantly (and like most people) I had not taken substantial ‘time off’ from employment in […]
Most of us, whether we like it or not, have to go on business trips from time to time. When you’re in your twenties, this seems like a glamorous thing, and your partying stamina helps you deal with the adverse effects of air travel, sleep deprivation and bad food at irregular times. When you get […]
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- North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime. http://t.co/eTizZeYhKn about 18 hours ago from Buffer
- Google introduces 'time machine' feature in Street View. http://t.co/ZkSpsUSIMo about 21 hours ago from Buffer
- Google’s revamped Gmail could take encryption mainstream. http://t.co/PeUP5m8j7N about 23 hours ago from Buffer
- The future of the library: How they’ll evolve for the digital age. http://t.co/LavorDjJLX Apr 23, 2014 10:37 am from Buffer
- Climate change is the fight of our lives – yet we can hardly bear to look at it. http://t.co/UKsQHtGg6Z Apr 23, 2014 9:33 am from Buffer
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- How did Canada's middle class get so rich? http://t.co/6ul6QRWsuo Apr 22, 2014 6:01 pm from Buffer
- How the continent's challenges allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age http://t.co/7KoPt3cl9M Apr 22, 2014 4:50 pm from Buffer