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Cruising

When your long-retired parents invite you (and family and sibs) on a Mediterranean cruise, do you (a) jump at the opportunity, (b) graciously accept (realizing, for instance, that this may be one of the last opportunities for us to reconnect with the full nuclear-plus family, or what’s left of it), (c) bite your tongue (knowing, […]

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Keywords: the answer…

The most popular word in the paper titles of this conference is… Object (10 mentions) Runner-up: Media/mediation (9) Honorable mention: Nonhuman; Affect/affectivity/affection; Animal(s)/animality (4 each). Figure that… Yet, judging by yesterday’s plenaries, objects are under fire.  

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Keywords

Question: What is the most popular word in conference paper titles? First correct guess wins a prize. (Not sure what the prize is yet… but it will probably consist of letters.)

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Turning nonhuman

I’m on my way to Milwaukee for the Nonhuman Turn conference. I will do my best to live-blog from it, though that will depend on the technology the U of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers conference participants. Stay tuned.

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Airport delay bliss

We’ve hardly had any snowstorms this winter in Vermont, and I’d almost started believing we’d have springlike weather right through to, well, spring. So somehow it’s comforting to sit at an airport waiting for a delayed flight in the midst of a New England snowstorm. A two-hour drive across Vermont today took me through rain, […]

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Work resuming on the tower

Blogging will resume here next week. Meanwhile…

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… over at Knowledge Ecology. My quick impression from chapter 1  is mixed: a promising start, followed by a sour turn and then something of a rebound.

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Our little state capital goes Venice

Hat tip to Cheryl at World of Music, who shares her own slide show here. And this is child’s play compared to the tornadoes and flooding in this country’s midwest.

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Just the facts, Z, just the facts… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xped7A8oecM (from a three-month-old’s perspective) Incidentally, if there’s a single small book I’d recommend on life from this kind of perspective, it’s Daniel Stern’s Diary of a Baby. Stern was a favorite of Felix Guattari’s. That book can be followed up by the more scholarly The Interpersonal World […]

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Geniuses ‘r us (vegetarians)

Quick, name five genius scientists and inventors… Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison. All vegetarians? Of course. Elephant journal includes five others on its list. How about philosophers and cultural innovators? Pythagoras, Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha, Leo Tolstoy, Marsilio Ficino, Plato by some accounts… See here for a longer list.

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25 random things

A couple of off-line conversations about the inspirational power of music and of SF (science/speculative fiction) have gotten me to dig up this old Facebook piece and to share it here. See bottom for details. I dedicate it to Little Rinpoche. 1. My best friend in kindergarten used to mix up mind and matter; he […]

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From “Naming Your Child: Guidance for Vermont Birth Certificates”, published by the Vermont Department of Health, 2009: “2) The name should use only letters, and should not include numbers (numeric characters) in it. As with other alphabets, if you want to include a number in your child’s name, you should spell it out in letters. […]

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