Free-write 4/24

(1) what comes to mind when you think of tea? London–dreary weather, misty days, warmth, comfort, refreshment, teacup, earl grey, chai, spice, steam, no sugar added. Liquid, relaxation. (2) What is your definition  of cultural appropriation? The acquirement of some […]

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Free Write in Class 4/24

Tea Free-write: Grandma’s homemade brewed tea McDonald’s nasty sweet tea Tazo tea Asian teas Green Tea Starbucks tea My mom’s ceramic tea pot I got her for mother’s day Pomegranate tea My favorite dirty chai tea Tea bags & leaves Tea time & High tea in London Tea and crumpets…

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From East to West: Tea Trade and Appropriation Writing Exercise

What comes to mind when you think of tea? Aging documents, boston tea party, herbal tea, tea cups and pots, steeping tea, anti-coffee, honey, sugar, cream, tea time, sweet tea vs unsweet tea, the cultures that pop up around tea (brittian, south) What is your working definition of cultural appropriation? Include examples if you can […]

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4/17 Class Notes

Museum of Jurassic Technology Museums have ethos of being accurate, but the Museum of Jurassic Technology presents information that is knowingly false What is the line between skepticism and conspiracy theorist? What motivates this line? What does it mean to have healthy skepticism? The internet and the ease of access for people wanting to publish …

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4/17 Class Notes

Jurassic Technology Notes: Sincerely believes in the facts presented in their museum Meta relationship thinking about the rhetorical relationship with the museum Interrupts the normal museum dynamics How is this different from exposing kids to believe in Santa, tooth fairy, etc.? Alternative histories told in texts we have in schools…

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Smart Things

Throughout its history, science fiction has discussed the possible effects sentient robots, or smart things, would have on the human race. Possible scenarios range from the apocalyptic (like in Terminator or the Matrix), the friendly or funny (like in Futurama), or the tense (such as in Alien). Whether human-like intelligent robots will be a force …

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Class Notes (4/12/17) Wed

Kinneavy “Expressive discourse” discussion: Kinneavy writes for an interdisciplinary audience, using many concepts form philosophy. Kinneavy uses a lot of specialized vocabulary. For example, he discusses phenomenology a lot. Phenomenology: (from Wikipedia) the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness. Kinneavy talks about the idea of the self a lot and how the …

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Writing on Location

Just got off work at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and am sitting on my favorite pavilion around the corner from the  community garden. There’s a breeze from the creek, but the sun is warming my skin up slowly but surely. I love nature and the beauty it offers humanity without our help or power. […]

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