Charlottesville

Regarding Charlottesville… I feel grossly inarticulate. I am stunned and horrified that such a thing could happen in the United States in 2017, and yet this is where we find ourselves. I did grow up in the South, but was pretty far-removed from any significant glorification of the Confederate flag or white supremacy. I knew […]

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Space, place, and the tourist

At the moment I’m sitting under a canopy in a sidewalk café that I believe is called “ΔΙΟΔΟΣ,” but as I have no training in Greek and only a marginal familiarity with the Greek alphabet, I’m not sure at all. What I can tell you, though, is that you get a view of a curious […]

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Timer

Fifty minutes to productivity

Though I have purchased a couple of Tim Ferriss‘ books, typically I don’t subscribe to shortcuts and hacks and so forth for increasing productivity, mainly because they never seem to work for me (or, if they do, I can’t make them stick and become habit). However, there is one trick in particular that I learned […]

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Procrastination

Self-hacks to conquer procrastination

Let’s face it–all of us have struggled with procrastination at some point or another (I bet even Martha Stewart has had her moments). It seems difficult to combat for a variety of reasons, particularly when you have a relatively unstructured schedule, but I’ve been working for the past several weeks to figure out how to trick […]

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Fountain pen

Struggling with sentences

Now that I’m more than a year and a half into my doctoral program and have wrestled with dozens of papers, short and long, I believe I’ve finally put my finger on an ineffable experience that I seem to encounter with some frequency, particularly when working with later drafts of something that I’ve written and […]

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Restaurant

“Best” restaurants and social media

I’m mulling over a study idea related to the “best” restaurants in the world and how that may (or may not) correlate to social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) use. I’m wondering if there’s any possibility that Michelin stars indicate “stuffiness” (based on critiques like this one) and whether this has any bearing on a restaurant’s use […]

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Old books

The history of the restaurant

This past term I was excited to be able to take a course entitled “Food Matters,” which was the first instance that the keystone course for the Food Studies graduate specialization was offered at the University of Oregon. We had a number of options available as final projects; one of them was a book review […]

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Woman behind smartphone

Book review: Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces

For those of us who are interested in studying mobile technologies (i.e., mobile phones or smartphones), there are a number of very good and fairly recent texts out there that approach the subject from quite specific points of view[1. Technomobility in China: Young Migrant Women and Mobile Phones comes to mind; it is an excellent […]

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Dublin

Greetings from IAMCR

Céad Míle Fáilte! I’m in Dublin, Ireland for this year’s International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference. So far it has been a fascinating and engaging conference, and I’ve been trying to soak up some local culture as well. The conference is being hosted by Dublin City University, and there are thousands of us […]

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Reading

Reading, reading, reading

Now that the spring term at UO has come to a close (finally!), we’re all getting just a tiny bit of a break before the summer session begins. I, myself, will be teaching Friday lab sessions for our Gateway I/II course along with another GTF, but I am also taking a course in the Education […]

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