Author Archives: Francois Lachance

The Call to Risk

We beg to differ with Cecil Beaton Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Likely from his … Continue reading

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Affective Economics — But Not That Kind

Is there a social economy of affect? Is the best analogy to understand it an ecosystem or a well-oiled machine? I think the one (machine analogy) is well suited for weighing the drift and strength of flows; the other (ecosystem … Continue reading

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Licking the Good Finger

This was making the rounds in 2000… it’s timeless in its wisdom. Des étudiants en médecine reçoivent leur premier cours d’anatomie avec un vrai corps humain. Ils sont tous réunis autour d’une table d’opération avec le corps recouvert d’un drap … Continue reading

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The Learners Actually Teach

The polite question: It is possible that a typing error also occurs in the statement? “The possibility of dialogue is inscribed in the very gesture of theorizing is a gesture of demarcations.” (Humanist 17.341 theory) I asked a friend living … Continue reading

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Trip Trap

What I love about this piece of feedback beautifully designed mind-trap/ip is that it beautifully captures the hypertext-enabled switch of s/he pronouns at Clioscope in that play between “trip” and “trap” that passes to the reader through the most minimal … Continue reading

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Extramural: Positions and Attitudes

Back in the day, I began signing my contributions to discussion lists with the moniker “scholar-at-large” and put it in the meta tags to my html page. <meta name=”description” content=”Scholar-at-large, Francois Lachance offers various links to studies in technology, perception … Continue reading

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Small Kindnesses from the September of That Year

What one notices is the sometimes a delicate detail. ——– Original Message ——– Subject: Feedback: CBC Radio Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 01:43:24 -0400 (EDT) From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca To: cbcinput@toronto.cbc.ca I want to thank David Wisdom for the selection of music … Continue reading

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Star Crystal

This began as an exchange about the Pantone Color Institute and wishfully getting jobs there setting the colour of the year. We then moved on to found our own colour consultancy agency. My friend thought I would be good at … Continue reading

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Dare I Teach a Peach?

Reading and participating in the discussion surrounding Kathleen Fitzpatrick‘s Generous Thinking made me primed. I immediately perked up to the possibilities of an analogy with scholars and librarians and teachers and farmers in David Mas Masumoto‘s description of a farmer’s … Continue reading

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surrender “to” to avoid surrender “of”

Emily Dickinson I was first attracted by this evocation of a decisive moment in the English-French struggle over Canada: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, 1759 … The similarity of the general’s responses to death is belied by the … Continue reading

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