Monthly Archives: February 2015

“There’s no reason why the simple shapes of stories can’t be fed into computers.”

The Paris Review recently published a piece entitled “Man in Hole: Turning novels’ plots into data points” that explains how Roald Dahl’s “Great Automatic Grammatizor” is finally (or has always been?) a reality. Enjoy your light Thursday reading. :-)

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Prohibition & Other Booze-y Cartoons

Four and twenty Yankees, feeling very dry Went across to Canada and bought a case of rye.  When the case was opened, they began to sing: To hell with the Calvin Coolidge, God save the King. – variation found in Life, 22 … Continue reading

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Composting 101, or “Stop thinking and just compost!”

Last weekend, we went to a composting class offered by Santa Clara county, Full Circle Farm volunteers, and the University of California Cooperative Extension. This is our first time with an actual yard of which to speak, so we wanted to learn … Continue reading

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Vaccines: Not Turning Humans Into Cows Since Always

You may have heard about the measles outbreak in California. There is a long(ish) history of folks debating the merits of vaccinations in political cartoons (and other visual formats), so here are some of those cartoons: But seriously, people, help … Continue reading

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“Self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France”

An email from a friend and questions after my talk at UC Berkeley yesterday inspired this blog post about Saint Pierre and Miquelon, French islands off the coast of the Island of Newfoundland: While I was conducting research at the Library … Continue reading

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Canadian Studies Talk at Berkeley on February 11

If you’re in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by Berkeley tomorrow for my talk: “Peoples of the Edge:” Carto-Caricatures of the Island of Newfoundland and Confederation, 1948-1949 ABSTRACT Visually, the island of Newfoundland is often represented as a place that is removed from … Continue reading

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Swipes #45: Turning Tail(s)

Continuing the theme of Inuit art, make of this what you will…

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Notes from Nelson Graburn’s talk on “Canadian Inuit Art”

With a major hat tip to my newest Twitter friend, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a talk I went to hosted by the Canadian Studies Program and Institute of International Studies (with delicious sandwiches from CN!) at the … Continue reading

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