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Development and asynchronicity

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The other day, we had an interesting conversation around the dinner table about development and asynchronicity. Asynchronicity is a familiar idea around here, because, as homeschoolers of asynchronous kids, we learned a decade ago (and had to address the fact) that development happens on several levels and usually not in lockstep. The intellectual, physical, and […]

Retail realities

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Yesterday’s post about ordering New Glasses online prompted Robert Randall to comment with some questions and thoughts about the future of retail. My first response was to point out that I posed those very questions way back in December 2006 in my article, Consuming Downtown. This is hardly a new problem, and if local retailers […]

Wake-up calls and the seduction of the snooze button

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Last week, while attending a professional / academic conference in Toronto, Vancouver-based academic and “social media power user” Raul Pacheco-Vega posted a blog entry called The future of my personal blog. He noted: I am in awe of the depth of knowledge and caliber of colleagues I am sitting with, and I am honored to […]

Ever wondered why hotel staff turn down your bed?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Yet another section in Erve Chambers’s Native Tours jumped out at me today (see previous entries for other examples). Chambers references (pp.106-7) the work of Graham Dann, who in 1996 “described some of the ways in which language is used to promote various kinds of tourism, as well as to regulate and control interactions between […]

authenticity, agency, tradition, community

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Just juxtaposing a few things tonight, a couple of quotes that struck me… For example… I’m still reading Erve Chambers’ book, Native Tours; The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism, and in the section on “Tourism and Culture” came across this passage (pp.96-97) about tradition and authenticity: Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger (1983) argue, for example, […]

Eschatology? Please just say no.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Had coffee with Elisa Yon this afternoon. We talked about a bunch of things, including her great experiences so far at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. As we talked about individualism and society (among other things), I tried (but failed) to remember the name of a French psychoanalyst whose book had impressed me […]

Dirty Wall Project: slums and cities

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I saw an amazing photograph in the temporary gallery Ryan Kane of the Dirty Wall Project has set up on Fort Street. The photo is one of many that Kane is selling to raise funds for his venture: it’s a flat, saturated, picture-edge-to-picture-edge frontal view of one small piece of a slum in Saki Naka […]


Monday, September 13th, 2010

There’s something uniquely web-world weird about typing in the name of a long-ago friend into a search box – say, Facebook’s? – and discovering his/her Doppelgaenger: the person who has the same name and could – just possibly could be the person you were searching for, but could also be a completely different person altogether. […]


Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Night thoughts about exigency (something I have no time for). Exigency: An urgent situation …a situation requiring extreme effort or attention. Exigence: demand. Think child-rearing, perhaps? Think about having hardly any time for yourself, as you prepare yourself to be on constant alert, inbetween the moments that punctuate perpetual vigilance with pure delight? Is it […]

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