Monthly Archives: February 2006

Institutions of Higher Learning

Smaller, more convivial institutions can provide a better learning and teaching experience than large, prestigious insitutions.A future show on Radio Open Source will discuss university administration.

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Beer Flavour Science

An article about research in beer flavours and, especially, off-flavours.

A Skunk Walks into a Bar . . .: Science News Online, Dec. 3, 2005

Rather simplistic and generalizing, typical of the perspective of “mega-breweries” (taking flavours out of beer instead of making sure the beer is flavourful in the first place). But somewhat effective at conveying the idea that beer is a complex thing.

Bumper Sticker: My Other Blog is a


Haven’t used it that much but that one is a bit more personal, usually. Interestingly enough, it seems easier to get comments over there than here.

Musique facile

Pour poursuivre dans l’idée de musique et expérimentation par des non-musiciens (et pour accumuler des liens). Il y avait, bien sûr, Music Mouse de Laurie Spiegel. Comme Electroplankton, tel que décrit dans l’article de Wired sur le bricolage musical, Music Mouse ne produisait que des combinaisons sonores «acceptables» (dans une certaine écoute musicale). Évidemment, c’était un instrument très limité, mais c’était amusant comme jeu musical. Il y a des exemples d’Electroplanton en action. Malheureusement, une recherche Google pour «electroplankton music-mouse» ne donne aucun résultat donc on dirait qu’il n’y a pas pour le moment un répertoire de jeux musicaux qui incluerait les deux. Il y a d’autres jeux musicaux intéressants?
Évidemment, l’un comme l’autre ne propose qu’une expérimentation individuelle de la musique, contrairement aux idées d’improvisation libre en groupe basée sur l’écoute profonde. Mais, bon…


Au départ,  en décrivant mes motivations pour bloguer, c’était un peu pour répondre à Sylvain Carle par rapport à une discussion débutée l’année dernière suite, me semble-t-il, à une balado-diffusion dudit Sylvain Carle.
Justement, le genre d’idée que j’avais en tête en parlant de blogue dont le but n’est pas de chercher des lecteurs, c’était ce que Sylvain appelle «Écrire pour écrire…».

Donc, de quoi je me sauve? De moi-même, j’imagine… 😉

Philosophy in Academia

No, the “Ph” in Ph.D. does not in fact stand for “Phat.” Sorry. 😦

Lectorat de blogue

Une réflexion qui date d’un certain temps mais cette liste (humouristique) de mensonges de blogueur (découverte grâce au podcast de me pousse à en faire un billet. Accorde-t-on de l’importance au lectorat de nos blogues?
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Play Behaviour and Performance Redux

Short version of the previous entry for all of you busy bees out there:

If people take the time to play, they accomplish more. 🙂

Play Behaviour and Performance

Wired News: DIY Tunes Turn It Up

This is weaving together a few threads.

Although the article comes from a rather specific perspective, it does offer some insight as to important issues of creativity, art, and specialization.
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Learning Strategies

Speaking of learning strategies and applying different models to academic departments…
Open Source » Blog Archive » Samba School

I Got You Babe

In my next life, I hope I’ll believe in reincarnation.

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Glocal Craftiness: Coffee, Beer, Music

Was listening to the podcast (Episode 23) and thinking about coffee shops, cafés, brewpubs, bars, bands, venues…

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Michiana Beer: South Bend Breweries

A Brief and Incomplete History of Brewing in South Bend, Indiana

Over at Indiana Beer. Link posted by Jeff Sutter on the Michiana Brew Google Group. A list of a few breweries in South Bend, especially the Muessel Brewing Company and Manitoba-based Drewrys Brewery. (“Michiana” is the informal name for a region which crosses the Michigan-Indiana border around South Bend, IN.)
In more recent history, there has been a few brewpubs and microbreweries in Northern Indiana. The following ones are currently in operation: Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster (along with the Three Floyds Brewpub), Backroad Brewery in LaPorte, Mishawaka Brewing Company in Mishawaka, Shoreline Brewing Company in Michigan City, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, in Fort Wayneand most recently, Nine G Brewing Company, in South Bend. A more complete list of Hoosier breweries is available on the Indiana Beer website.

A Department Is Like…

Alex Golub on Academic Departments as Factory, lab, guild, studioAn interesting heuristic model. Not too dissimilar from Eric Raymond’s well-known The Cathedral and the Bazaar. More specific to academic departments but some of the same ideas. Continue reading

Bouffe et culture aux États-Unis dans les années 1950

Le dernier épisode de la balado-diffusion EatFeed, Dinner From the Oven, contient une entrevue avec Laura Shapiro, auteure d’un livre sur la cuisine au four dans les années 1950 aux États-Unis. Le livre lui-même semble assez intéressant et l’entrevue donne un résumé de certaines notions importantes, entre autres sur l’influence de l’industrie de l’alimentation et les réticences des ménagères à utiliser des mélanges préparés à l’avance. Bien que ce soit surtout une approche historiciste, ç’en dit beaucoup sur la société américaine, sur les rapports femmes-hommes, sur la perception de la nourriture, etc.

Trusting People

One of the most recent shows on “Radio Open Source” was on Craigslist (show aired February 7, 2006).

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Colbert Experiment?

Stephen Colbert recently gave a rather candid interview for The Onion’s A.V. club. Not his first interview, not necessarily more revealing, but it seems as if he’s looking for new things to do on his show, the Colbert Report.

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Courts suisses au Québec (mardi 21 février 2006, gratuit)

Soirée Prends ça court! — Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

Présentation de courts métrages suisses dans le cadre du festival de films québécois.

Bon, la description est pas excellente (stéréotypes sur les montres et les chalets, «suisso-» pour «helvético-»…) mais la soirée risque d’être intéressante.

Video Merits

Video Bomb

Refers to Digg and Delicious. Mentions iTunes and Participatory Culture’s own DTV as software clients.

Interesting that they should mention democracy. The About page unapologetically calls it meritocracy, which is honest and accurate.

Like other systems available online (for instance, Podcastalley and, obviously, Digg), the way users rate content is by adding their “vote” to as many items as they want. That in itself is an interesting concept. The only thing the user needs to say is “I like these ones,” without any need to compare specifically. It’s not competitive in a strict sense, yet it’s a rating system. So it’s more of a popularity contest than a true meritocracy. It’s a bit like the “two thumbs up” statement on so many movies in that it doesn’t require much from the reviewer yet it’s a way to assign positive value. Because some reviewers acquire social capital, their choices will become popular which adds a positive feedback loop to the system.
Of course, people can post comments, which is the very basis of the type of contact and communication proposed by the venerable (!) Slashdot as well as the whole blogging community.
The other part which is quite important is that tags are applied to content which makes for community-created bottom-up classification (unlike strict taxonomies). Many online systems have this (say, Technorati). Of course, classification may be unreliable at first and tags may seem idiosyncratic. But the tagging system itself seems to work well on average. Good way to observe cultural schemes being created.

Anthropology and Publishing: A Summary – Social and cultural anthropology in the news blog – Success in publishing defined by quality? Anthropology Matters on “The Politics of Publishing”

A good summary of some of the touchy issues regarding academic publishing generally from an anthropological perspective.