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Monthly Archives: January 2010
Christina Crook  |  January 28, 2010  |  Discipline

  Perfect timing. Moments ago I turned the page on ChiChi Madu’s article: “How to Brainstorm: Group Free-For-Alls Can Stifle Creativity” in the February issue of Psychology Today. The timing is brilliant because I am in the midst of brainstorming a name and tagline for a website set to launch later this spring. This is proving a near impossible task and the next step is … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  January 25, 2010  |  Education, Tech

Can we make it as good as the real thing? I’ve started working on developing online education at The King’s College, where I also teach a few courses, including one online pilot course this semester. I’ve always been a little ambivalent about online education, especially in the humanities, since classroom discussion and lecture is so important to learning. But though we can’t directly replicate the … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  January 22, 2010  |  Arts, Complexity

Comment magazine has a weekly email that is pitched as “a wunderkammer” of discoveries, compiled by Comment and illuminated for our readers’ edification and entertainment” but there are a few things missing to this point. According to wunderkammerist Gabriel Kaltemarckt (1587) there are categories of things you need to truly earn the title: sculptures and paintings; curious items from home or abroad; and antlers, horns, … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  January 21, 2010  |  Health, Loves, Tech

  Earlier this week I stepped out for a requisite saunter to pick up the current issue of GOOD magazine: the ‘Slow’ issue. As I splayed myself across the 112 pages of all things slow: slow labs, slow food, slow clubs, and the 16-page readymade manifesto “The GOOD Guide to Slowing Down” I considered yours and my citizenship in an unhurried world. What if we … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  January 18, 2010  |  Cities, Literature

  A friend linked to the endlessly fascinating “2010: Living in the Future“. The site’s creator dug out a book he’d read as a child, written in the 1970s by Geoffrey Hoyle (who, the site tells us, appears to still be alive), about what life would be like in 2010. Among those characteristics of ultramodern life are ubiquitous, featherweight jumpsuits; food machines; three-day telecommuting workweeks; … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  January 14, 2010  |  Markets

  In the February issue of Harper‘s there is a review of The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. The quote that reviewer Wyatt Mason chose reflects our fear of personal financial collapse: We shuffled up the stairs toward the revolving doors slowly, afraid of what awaited us inside. In the beginning, we were let go in large numbers. Then, as the practice was refined, one by … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  January 12, 2010  |  Education, Justice

  Everyone’s a rebel and it’s never been more pedantic. I get the chance to make lots of visits with people my age or just below it. Let’s charitably call us all millennials. The paradox that has emerged from these conversations is that there seems to be a strong desire, even desperate need for a flavour of the unique, of distinction in a culture of … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  January 11, 2010  |  Tech

Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, wrote a sad and beautiful piece about his loss of the ability to eat and drink (as well as talk). Let me return to the original question: Isn’t it sad to be unable eat or drink? Not as sad as you might imagine. I save an enormous amount of time. I have control of my weight. Everything agrees … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  January 8, 2010  |  Cities

  Apparently, high-calorie nibblies inspire architects. This seemingly tongue-in-cheek article showed up in Fast Company and as we already have ‘communitecture’ and ‘locativism’ and other word mashups going, I couldn’t resist. The munchie food you and I so love might just be inspiring architect Zaha Hadid’s latest project. Granted, the ripple chip has some sound engineering in it—curved overall with a corrugated surface making it … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  January 6, 2010  |  Foreign Policy, Justice

  I’m back in the saddle teaching introduction to international relations at a local undergrad uni and it’s spurring on a whole variety of generational questions for me. To play off an earlier post on our theory and practice of institutions, I was asking a student over coffee this morning what he “hoped” to do with a degree in international relations. The answer, not at … MORE »