Monthly Archives: March 2007

Brikka Notes


26/1/05 8:10

108g water

5g grounds

96g coffee

26/1/05 8:25

96g water

6g grounds

85g coffee(26/1/05 8:30)

28/1/05 8:43

98g water

6g grounds

89g coffee

Too strong!

28/1/05 8:51

94g water

4g grounds

78g coffee

Still too strong!

29/1/05 10:21

77g water

7g grounds

35g additional water

100g coffee

29/1/05 12:46

109g water

6g grounds

42g added water

77g coffee, huge spill

29/1/05 12:57

29/1/05 15:17

95g water

6g grounds

36g added water

410-284g=124g coffee, small spill

29/1/05 15:29

31/1/05 8:10

112g water

8g grounds

42g added water

132g coffee plus small spill?

As if boiled

1/2/05 10:09

86g water

6g grounds

38g added water

97g coffee

1/2/05 10:19

1/2/05 18:43

92g water

8g grounds

23g added water

103g coffee

1/2/05 18:53

2/2/05 18:23

106g water

6g grounds

29g additional water

110g coffee

3/2/05 8:36

101g water

8g grounds

26g added

86g coffee +spill

3/2/05 8:50

3/2/05 12:18

105g water

6g grounds

31g add

huge spill

5/2/05 8:30

101g water

7g grounds

20g added

73g coffee spill

5/2/05 8:37

5/2/05 14:07

83g water

7g grounds

17g added

93g no spill

5/2/05 14:19

5/2/05 18:18

96g water

6g grounds

23g added

2g ginger

93g coffee

5/2/05 18:27

6/2/05 12:49

102g water

8g grounds

19g added

101g coffee (almost no spill when take right away)

6/2/05 13:01

6/2/05 17:12

96g water

5g grounds

13g added

91g coffee,took as was getting done

6/2/05 17:22

7/2/05 8:35

88g water

7g grounds

19g added

more heat

7/2/05 8:50 still more heat

7/2/05 8:51

90g coffee

no spill, off as ready

7/2/05 18:20

97g water

7g grounds

24g added

7/2/05 18:31

Comes up a bit

7/2/05 18:34

Taken off before

82g coffee

8/2/05 10:38

104g water

7g grounds

21g added

more heat,closed pot

102g coffee, some spill

8/2/05 10:46

10/2/05 9:06

90g water

7g grounds

17g added


285g water

10g grounds

31g added

12/2/05 12:19

100g water

8g grounds(coarse, mill weirdness, fresh batch)

20g added

100g coffee

12/2/05 12:32

good musky, some sweetness, bit “lighter roast” aroma/taste, some acidity, body fair

12/2/05 13:14

84g water

8g grounds(still coarse)

18g added

82g coffee

12/2/05 13:26

12/2/05 18:53

112g water

8g grounds(still coarse)

18g added

12/2/05 19:07


12/2/05 19:08


13/2/05 11:56

85g water

9g grounds(fine)

13g added

bit > heat

13/2/05 12:08 turn up

76g coffee, right away

15/2/05 13:14

86g water

7g grounds

23g added

15/2/05 13:27

85g coffee

some spill

Moka Pot

30/1/05 16:41 (moka)

280g water

10g grounds

105g added water

327g coffee

full pot

30/1/05 16:59

31/1/05 8:37(moka)

288g water

11g grounds

79g added water

open pot

277g+(full cup)

full pot

31/1/05 8:53

1/2/05 10:27 (moka)

327g(?) water

9g grounds

56g added water

281g+ coffee(full cup)

50g remainder

5/2/05 8:52 (moka)

316g water

12g grounds

57g added

280g coffee plus(spills as pours)

34g more

kind of light but flavour

6/2/05 13:25

269g water

11g grounds

36g added

263g coffee. Long brew..

6/2/05 13:41

7/2/05 8:01(started before)

272g water

11g grounds

60g added

264g coffee

long brew

7/2/05 8:12

7/2/05 21:20 (moka)

308g water

10g grounds

35g added


7/2/05 21:30

267+25g coffee(full cup)


Getting Things Done: Messy Edition

Recent book (authors Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman) on the possible benefits of not maintaining a strictly organised working space.

Have a Messy Desk? Congrats, Youre More Productive

Yet messy people are often cast in a negative light. In one study cited by [National Association of Professional Organizers], two-thirds of respondents believed workers with messy desks were seen as less career-driven than their neater colleagues.

Haven’t read the book and, as academics, we should probably be wary of “research findings” by NAPO or by Abrahamson and Freedman. But that Reuters piece does make some insightful points about people, like me, who find alternative ways to organise their lives.

As per the quote above, there is a stigma about us. At least, there is a stigma in the “general population.” There is plenty of stigmatisation of “messy people” in advertisement, among office workers, and in popular books. The whole “reflection of your inner self” ideology. “You can’t organise your life if your desk is cluttered.” “Clear your mind by putting things in neatly labeled boxes.” “You’ll never be able to finish any project if you have such a mess on your hands.”

But such a stigma is much less prevalent among academics or, even, among many members of the “geek crowd.” Those of us who handle most of our work-related material through computers (either on hard drives or online) know that it’s extremely easy to find information very quickly without the need of folder hierarchies. Hence Spotlight in Mac OS X and Google Desktop Search on Windows XP and Vista.

In my case, a messy desktop has often been my “workspace” while folders were mostly meant as archives. The same applies to my online accounts these days. Gmail as a centralised location for some of my important data. Browser tabs as “modes.” Search replacing “filing cabinets.” Outlining as a second step after note-taking/brainstorming.

Like many others, I have “a lot of things going on at the same time” and am solely responsible for all of these “projects.” Project management strategies typically make little sense to my individual work though they can work really well for collaboration with others. In other words, I need my “desk” to be messy so that I can do the kind of work I do well.

This all relates to Jess’s points about social bookmarking, of course. I’m also reminded of Edward T. Hall’s ideas about “polychronic time” in Dance of Life. As it so happens, DoL is one of the first books I have read that was written by an anthropologist. Hall has been known for a few things in the field of cultural anthropology (mostly to do with gestural behaviour) but he has always been something of a maverick. Not that I want to rehabilitate his work but I do think there’s some valuable insight to be found in this specific book. Hall has been one of relatively few anthropologists of the time to think about the perception of time, something which many people are doing now using Schutz has their basis. It might well be that a “polychronic time” may be quite compatible with the current tendency for a “multi-tasking mode,” among human beings. In such a mode, neat organisation may be less desirable.


A stranger tore off her low-cut dress.

Red and White.

She screamed.

Not now, no!

But in the past, she did scream.

Where are my friends?


Small World? More Than an Experiment

Should have known this would happen eventually. One of my wife’s good friends’ ex-boyfriend had been on my mind for diverse reasons. Had pretty assumed that he might be blogging as he’s a technical writer and had been at the Montreal Mirror for a while. As Montrealers might know, the Mirror is a good source of bloggers (and fiber). Turns out, he’s not only a cool blogger (putting words into The Tinman’s Thoughts) but he also knows Blogmeister Blork quite well (despite some hiatus in the 1990s, it seems).

Also spent time talking with, among others, open-minded music educator Prof malgré tout, intriguing Cameroonian political scientist Waffo, enthusiastic and rational environmental geographer Benoit, outgoing and friendly Houssein, as well as a bunch of people I had already met (and blogrolled 😉 ).

Possibly the funniest interaction for me, during this blogparty, was when I went to talk with someone who was just leaning at the back of the room. The usual introduction to a new blogger is “So… Where do you blog?” (in French, «C’est quoi ton blogue?»). I do use it fairly often during blogging events but it’s the first time I get “Yup!” as an answer. Turns out Robert blogs at the equivalent of a site which would be called “Where Do You Blog!” Of course, “CKOI” is both the name of a local radio station and an IM-like way to say “What is it?,” in French.

Speaking of languages. There was probably a higher proportion of French-speakers at tonight’s party than at the usual Yulblog event. This was the 7th anniversary celebration of this local blogging community.

Again: bloggers have more fun. Than whom? Erm, I don’t know. But they have fun. Good, extrovert, talkative fun.

Shan’t we all be on Facebook, now?

Idées jaunes

Vous avez certainement déjà vécu ça. Si si!

Quand une idée négative vous turlupine, vous vous mettez à tout voir en teintes sombres. C’est ce qu’on appelle: «avoir les idées noires». C’est très simple à comprendre puisqu’on a tendance à mettre tous nos problèmes dans le même paquet. On tourne en rond. «Rien ne va plus», mais pas comme au casino.

Maintenant, le contraire, vous connaissez surement, non? Vous réglez un problème puis tout l’édifice d’idées noires que vous aviez tissé s’effondre. Poum!

Eh bien, d’après moi, ça devrait s’appeler «idées jaunes». Pas spécialement parce que la couleur jaune a une connotation particulière. Mais puisque jaune et noir est le contraste le plus marqué, parait-il. De toutes façons, appeler ça «idées blanches», ça me convient pas trop.

Sais pas trop pourquoi… 😉

What to Rethink?

Prepared a proposal for an upcoming Spirit of Inquiry conference at Concordia University.

In a recent video ethnography of the “Web 2.0” concept, anthropologist Michael Wesch invited the online audience to rethink a wide array of concepts, from copyright and authorship to identity and commerce. My session, if accepted, should follow these ideas along with specific emphasis on academic freedom, open access,  and flexible strategies for learning and teaching.

Here is my proposal:

Presenter Biography: An ethnographer as well as a blogger, Alexandre Enkerli has taught at diverse universities in the United States and in Canada. He currently teaches cultural anthropology and the anthropology of music at Concordia University. An avid Internet user since 1993, Alexandre has participated intensively in a large array of online activities, from mailing-list discussions in informal groups to creative uses of learning management systems such as Moodle, Sakai, Oncourse, Blackboard, and WebCT.
Title Of Session: Free, Open, Flexible: Rethinking Learning Materials Online
Session Learning Objective: This session seeks to help participants rethink the use of learning materials (such as textbooks and lecture notes) in view of opportunities for freedom, openness, and flexibility afforded recent information and communication technologies.
Session Approach: Facilitated discussion (45 minutes)
Abstract: Considered as a whole, learning materials such as textbooks and lecture notes constitute the “shoulders of giants” on which learners and teachers stand.

In this session, academic publishers, instructors, librarians, and administrators are all invited to rethink learning materials through their own experiences with online technologies.

A short, informal report on the principal presenter’s experience with podcasting and other online applications will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

This session will pay special attention to issues of open access, academic freedom, and flexible strategies for learning and teaching.

Together, session participants will construct a new understanding of the implications linking technological changes to the use of learning materials online.
Additional Room Needs: Preferred but not required: podcasting equipment.

Digital Ethnography » Blog Archive » The Machine is Us/ing Us Transcription

We’ll need to rethink copyrightWe’ll need to rethink authorship

We’ll need to rethink identity

We’ll need to rethink ethics

We’ll need to rethink aesthetics

We’ll need to rethink rhetorics

We’ll need to rethink governance

We’ll need to rethink privacy

We’ll need to rethink commerce

We’ll need to rethink love

We’ll need to rethink family

We’ll need to rethink ourselves.

Advice to Forum Posters

Related to a thread about Moodle which veered into something of a flame war.

Lounge: How open source projects survive poisonous people

  • don’t start a discussion with an “I HATE…” list
  • respond sincerely and respectfully even if you suspect a possible trolly-conversation (Martin D.)
  • give concrete practical suggestions for action (Martin L.)
  • respond with light-hearted humor (Paul and his asbestos underpants) big grin
  • it is OK to be passionate (Tim)
  • take a step back and reflect on the process (Nicholas: “…can’t separate the code from the community…”)
  • and there no need to be defensive about Moodle and its history–warts and all, we are who we are

These pieces of advice can work in many online contexts, IMHO.

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