Comment on The one where “we” means gender. by bryanjack

Thanks for this eloquent introduction to what has surely (and encouragingly) become the next frontier of human rights (at least in North America, it would seem), Karolina. Something your post made me want to add was the indigenous north american gender description of ‘two-spirited’ people. From Wikipedia:

“Not all tribes have rigid gender roles, but, among those that do, some consider there to be at least four genders: masculine man, feminine man, masculine woman, feminine woman. The presence of male-bodied two-spirits “was a fundamental institution among most tribal peoples” and, according to Will Roscoe, both male- and female-bodied two-spirits have been documented “in over 130 North America tribes, in every region of the continent.”


As we look to construct a Canadian identity that includes more input and perspective of First Nations citizens, it appears there may be much that can be learned from indigenous conceptions of gender.

I’m looking forward to seeing where you take this inquiry as we look into the origins (and future) of Canada. Thanks for sharing,

Mr. J

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Comment on The Greatest Common Factor by bryanjack

Emma this is a fantastic opening snapshot of your thinking through socials and the idea of “we” at the heart of what might be considered our common culture. The grid you’ve shared is a unique look at the question and seems to have been a helpful tool to organize your thinking for what became of your post! Thanks for sharing it,

Mr. J

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Comment on The Search For Knowledge by bryanjack

Hi Vanessa,

Great intro to your socials curiosities this semester! I really admire the breadth of the questions you are posing here:

“Will the information on the internet one day cease to exist (ex. due to change of technology)? If so, what will happen to the collective human knowledge that the internet has brought us?

“How does the need for knowledge (survival) compare to the desire for knowledge (curiosity)?

“Is it possible to one day have discovered everything about the universe that we wonder now?”

Each of these asks big questions that relate to epistemology (the study of knowledge). The first seems to direct us toward what knowledge itself *is* (a little like the Great Book of Knowledge episode we remixed last year): where is it stored? How is it created? Are there aspects of knowledge that live outside, or apart from our physical (or digital) representations of it? These are interesting things to consider as you begin to collect and reflect on your own learning during the spring in TALONS… much more on all of this in the coming weeks and months, I’m sure!

Your second question marks the distinction between the different types of knowledge that we might seek or possess: whether survival skills, useful facts, or the ability to recognize gaps in our knowledge, we can see that knowledge can inhabit different roles in our lives or imaginations, which is definitely something interesting to contemplate.

And your last question, whether there is some ultimate, and perhaps objective, point at which we no longer need seek *more* knowledge about our environment or place in the cosmos, is one that humankind has long contemplated.

Apparently we’re still not there yet….

Great work with this first document. Keep digging.

Mr. J

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Comment on In-Depth #4 by alyssat

Yes, there sure is a lot to learn! It was more of a mini review so we just shouted out answers, but both Risa and I were able to answer majority of the questions. It’s good to hear that the pictures are helpful. There are sure to be a lot more pictures to come that will demonstrate each new skill we learn. My straightening iron has not been working recently, so I won’t be able to practice the skills we learned with the hot tools at home. However, Risa and I will be getting together soon so I can teach her the different types of braids. We want to fit in a couple extra days to practice aside from the lessons we are having with our mentor.

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Comment on In-Depth Post #4 by anney

Wow, that is so cool you got Anika for your lead singer! I know her from middle school and she has an absolutely amazing voice, as I’m sure you’re finding out. I think Ms. Mulder may have mentioned it, but I would also love to hear recordings of your practices, even just short clips of what you are working on. Also, what were the two Green Day songs you were working on? I’m in beginner guitar and we are trying some different songs out right now and one of them is by Green Day. When I read “Today” I thought you were talking about the song in the movie If I Stay for a second, haha. Best of luck to your whole band with your rehearsals and I am looking forward to more updates! Oh, and say hi to Anika for me!

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Comment on In-Depth Week 7 by Vanessa

After meeting Mr.Hall, I talked to him about recycled artists in the lower mainland, and he seemed to agree that finding one would be tough, since most artists don’t really think of their work as “recycled art” – they just make art that has some recycled materials in it. Bearing that in mind, I continued emailing Helen (of the Gallery Bistro), and she was able to put me in contact with an artist who lives near Charles Best. Since it was so close, and the artist was starting to explore recycled art, we agreed it would be a good fit. I think it was really useful talking to Mr. Hall, though, because he allowed me to broaden my search from recycled artists to mixed media, sculpture, or jewelry artists – who might happen to use recycled materials.

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Comment on In-Depth Post #4: (Week 6 and 7) by kodyc

It was very hot beside the forge, though during winter, I can imagine the shop being extremely cozy! I also do see all the rewards of this project and personally I hugely enjoy my time there. The process of creating a hook started out very tedious and time-consuming, though with practice, soon I was able to create one in about 10 minutes or so. The hook starts as a 4-6 inch iron rod. There are many variations of creating a hook, and through my time with my two mentors, I have learned two of those ways. One of then I find more preferable, therefore I would explain the process instead. The rod of iron is put into the forge through the center for the best heat, and once it reaches a yellow heat, it is ready for forging. This variant starts by having the nail portion made first. The nail is created by drawing, or stretching and thinning the metal to make it longer. The hammering technique used is a J swing (not an official term). The smith would strike down on the metal and then push forward away from then to create the point of the nail. This is by far the most challenging part for me, as it takes both force and hammer control. After the nail has been drawn out, it is reheated and bent so it can have the ability to stick into the wall. This part involves bending the nail over the side of the anvil until it has a 90 degree angle with the body of the hook. The following step is just for aesthetics, and that is putting a twist into the hook’s body. To do so, one end of the hook would be clamped by a vice while the smith twists the other end until they are satisfied. The second step in this hook making process is creating the hook. After reheating the other end of the rod, it is bent around the horn of the anvil to make the hook. In some cases, the end of the hook would be flattened and bent back onto itself for decorative flare. Finally, the hook would be coated in soot or brass and on top a layer of wax to make the hook waterproof. Covering it with soot requires the smith to layer new coal onto the forge and allowing a small jet of flame to send the soot of the coal to cover the hook. Brass covering on the other hand is simply the step of slightly heating the hook and then using a brass brush, brushing the hook to give it its protective layer, and also to give the hook a bright bronze finish. Afterwards, the hook is covered in wax before it cools, and a quick dip in the water and drying with a towel finishes this item.

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Comment on In-Depth #4 by christal

So far, I’m just taking pictures because I feel that overtime, I’ll be able to tell my progress. I’m noticing that when I stretch at home, and then at gymnastics practice or vice versa, it increases my flexibility by a great amount. Also, it doesn’t hurt as much when I stretch certain parts of my body.

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