Monthly Archives: December 2014

“All students do is stand around looking casual.”

Just thinking about education: Post title inspired by Bad Machinery.       Cold, hard cash is something to consider as part of the planning and part of the process.   Advertisements

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Christmas Panopticon

In the spirit of the holiday, I leave you with excerpts from the 1 December 2014 piece “Who’s the Boss? The Elf on the Shelf and the normalization of surveillance” by Laura Pinto and Selena Nemorin via the Canadian Centre for Policy … Continue reading

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Cave Paintings

Today I bring you another trope that lots of cartoons use, ye olde cave painting:

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It’s a plane! It’s a car! It’s a… really large shoe?

Researching political cartoons and caricatures inevitably leads to uncovering things I cannot hope to understand. For example, this man is depicted as an ice cream maker: (I mean, I get it, he’s W. H. Ballard of the Ballard Ice Cream … Continue reading

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NEH Day 1: “Mapping Nature Across the Americas”

A while back, I promised to blog about the NEH “Mapping Nature Across the Americas” summer institute that I participated in at the Newberry Library during the summer. Please forgive the sporadic nature of these posts – I have just … Continue reading

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Srsly?

In the spirit of “same sh*t, different day,” I offer to you this cartoon from 1890: Let’s pair it with this immensely unhelpful phrase, available in multiple formats from Etsy in 2014. A friend of mine was actually given a pillow with … Continue reading

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Shaking Down the Provinces

Ah, the enduring East versus West debate in Canada: So which is it? Quebec as the strapping bully (with Ottawa, of Newfoundland) or the bullied (by Western Canada)?

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‘Tis the season to be generous

Once upon a time on what I seem to recall being Tumblr, I read a pithy little quote about how someone hoped that one day the United States would fully fund public education from kindergarten through university and require funding … Continue reading

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Swipes #44: Disputed Waterways

This is a variation on an oft-repeated theme. Long-time readers / viewers may recall the “Three Mile Limit” that was exploited during Prohibition in the United States. These cartoons show the long-standing debates between the U.S. and Canada over boundaries, … Continue reading

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