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The changing meaning of “public”

Content analysis: Habermas often discusses the rise of various conceptions of the public. While reading Habermas's The structural transformation of the public sphere I came across two instances where he mentions that ...
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Climate change or global warming

Content analysis: In 1993 climate change overtook global warming as the phrase of choice in books. Nasa sets us straight with the definitions it uses to distinguish the two: When referring to surface temperature change, ...Tags: , , ,
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Gif of a Victorian stamp

This weekend was Victoria Day so I made an animated gif of postage stamps from the late nineteenth century. It is composed of the portraits of Queen Victoria taken from a specimen sheet of stamps in Clifton A. Howes' ...Tags: , ,
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Wikipedia and Encyclopedic History

As part of my masters research I have followed the development of the genre of encyclopedias. To do so I've read the prefaces of Chambers' Cyclopedia, Diderot & d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, the Encyclopedia Britannica, ...
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The Royal Sciences

—René Descartes [1596–1660], a mathematician of some concern. While reading Christan Bök's 'Pataphysics I came across a passage that began to trail blaze a thought in regard to the kind of knowledge that Cartesian ...Tags:
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Academics for design competency

Seminar summary: This seminar will provide for graduate students at the University of Ottawa an hour long introduction to design principles to be used when giving visual presentations. Issues surrounding the physics of ...
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A frame for Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Project takes the video of Cash's Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold Me Down) and turns it into a mass cooperative project where people illustrate every single frame of the song. Given my love of Johnny Cash and ...
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Imaginary topographies

atopia = the place without eutopia = the place of wellness extopia = the place of being out isotopia = the place of equality intopia = the place within idotopia = the place of shapes otopia = the place of conflict outopia ...Tags: ,
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Wikipedia category visualizer

After years of using concept maps, I have a fondness for their ability to make connections to ideas that I normally would not consider. While researching for my thesis I came across Catgraph, a visualizer which outputs a ...Tags: , ,
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Design study of El Lissitzky

El Lissitzky was an early twentieth century Russian graphic designer and artist. Below is a reconstruction of his title page for the play Victory over the ...