The ever-thoughtful Carl Dyke graciously provided me with this expression as a way to talk about edubloggers might call “lifelong learning.” Part of teaching is about exposing students to some notions which may have radical effects later on in their lives. This is especially true for us in social sciences as some of the things we discuss not only go against the grain of some well-ingrained notions but also connect with very intimate ideas people may hold.
I think the example we were using was the construction of ideas about Nation-States/Countries, Citizenship, and Democracy. Lots of people (and, clearly, most of our students) assume that the ideas we have about States and governance are continuous and even equivalent with those held by any group at any point of history. Simply put, national identity is taken as a “natural” idea. Which makes it hard for some people to discuss such issues in a historical perspective. This is one reason I enjoyed Appiah’s “Golden Nugget” idea so much (not to mention that his talk was quite entertaining). It’s a way to put the very notion of “Civilization” in perspective (without using an evolutionary model). Carl also provided me with references to Eugen Weber and to the Taviani Brothers’ Padre Padrone. We could even use scene 3 of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (video). All of these things are, in my mind, landmines. Actually, “mind landmines” or, erm, “landminds.” (Should I get a trademark?)
Of course, literature on nationalism (Benedict Anderson, Terence Ranger, Eric Hobsbawm, etc.) can also be used. Personally, I tend to like work on similar subjects by ethnographers like Regina Bendix and Kelly Askew.
Those “landminds” are only triggered when people start really looking into issues lying underneath society and politics. But when they explode, these landminds can be quite transformative. As per the deadly effects of the explosives from which they’re inspired, these landminds destroy some apparently strong intellectual models.
So, although I see landmines as a major problem, I do see part of my work as “planting landminds.”
Much less positive than the usual “planting the seeds of knowledge” metaphors, but also much more powerful.
More notes on the App Store.
- Several apps based on Web services with user account required.
- Facilitate account creation? (OpenID-like, or “business card”)
- Some apps send user to webpage for account creation.
- Captcha during account creation, sometimes with Flash-based audio option.
- Location-based (geo- features): keep having to allow, no setting on imprecision.
- Audio-in required in Shazam
- Not spelled out that Pandora Radio doesn’t work outside United States
- Sync Facebook events?
- App installation stops audio?
- AOL Radio glitching at normal volume?
- Molecules a bit kludgy
- No demos????
- Bunch of “standalone web apps” (not that innovative).
- Crashes occasionally
- No Montreal in UrbanSpoon? (Because of fear of language, it seems)
- No Canada in ZipCodes
- “Waadt” for “Vaud” in ZIPCodes
- SMS required in Loopt
- Accents on Facebook
- Text entry
- Contacts and calendar integration (e.g. Facebook)
- Wireless sync
- Presentation remote
- Brewing software
- Obvious features and support (copy-paste, Flash, Background)
Paid Apps I’d Really Like to Try
Requirements Leaving ‘Touch in the Cold
- Audio input
My Subjective Assessment of Some Free Apps
Some quick tasting notes taken on my iPod touch while drinking a cup of Brikka coffee made with triple-picked Sumatra Mandheling beans from Cuvée Coffee Roasters.
These notes aren’t meant as descriptions of the exact aromas and flavours I got from that cup. They’re more “analogical,” “impressionistic,” “inspired.” Kind of an “artist’s interpretation” of the cup instead of a careful organoleptic assessment. I personally don’t even trust my palate as much as some other people do. But my palate (and nose, especially) can make me have some of those pleasant experiences I so crave as an ethical hedonist.
The beans were already quite old. I did a few other Brikka pots with them in the past few days and some cup were very tasty. But this cup was the most interesting one so far. I think I was able to dial in the right grind for those beans at this point. Because of the way I “season” my Brikka, I think the quality of this cup can have a positive influence on my next cup.
- Less in flavours
- Roasted hazelnut
- Refreshing chicoree finish
- Bit meaty, broiled steak
- Hershey chocolate syrup
- Spices (not quite cinnamon)
- Faint grassy, herbal
- Bit rugged (taste sensation)
- Some watery corners despite body
- Fleeting jasmine flower
- Thin layer of char
- Diner pepper shaker
Total eclipse of the Sun.
List of solar eclipses – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was also a very impressive thunderstorm. Some belief systems associate special powers to people born under such circumstances. Such a dramatic birth is an omen, some people say.
Haven’t received Britannica’s On This Day for July 10, yet. But the Wikipedia version has some neat tidbits. Including the births of Marcel Proust, Jessica Simpson, Nikola Tesla, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Carl Orff, Adolphus Busch, Béla Fleck, Jean Chauvin, and Jacky Cheung.
My guess is that Britannica will mention the Bahamas independence, the Louis XVI war declaration, the establishment of Vichy government, the birth of Calvin, and the Noriega sentencing.
As a Canadian, there’s a number of pieces of Canadiana associated with July 10 (as with any day).
Turns out, this blend is much more flexible and much less finicky than I first thought.
Just tried (June 22) a few shots on a LaPa EDL12 with pressurized portafilter. Though all my shots on this machine are severely underextracted, I get some nice high notes in the middle of the taste and a dull but clean finish. In fact, it seems to work as a canvas since adding a drop of milk in it actually featured the milk. Also, I recently did some burnt caramel and I can pick up a caramel taste in the cup.
I’m also getting a lingering acidity, even though there’s little acidity up front.
Update: Tried the Meritage on several occasions. For a number of reasons (having nothing to do with Cuvée itself), I only got the package after the coffee had already lost much of its flavours and aromas.
Even after several weeks, it can still “work” in a moka pot, especially when blended with other beans.
Thanks a lot to Cuvée for all the coffee! I’m really glad I could try it on my own. It’s just really sad that I wasn’t able to taste it at its peak. In fact, as soon as I got the package, I tried to find a way to use it with a quality espresso machine at a friend’s place but wasn’t able to do it. The LaPa was decent but, with a pressurized portafilter, there’s really not that much you can do.