Author Archives: NomadWarMachine

How to philosophise with a hammer

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build the courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. Deleuze and Guattari ATP p x11 At other times another means of recovery which is even more to … Continue reading

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Twitter chat personas

I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways of interacting, or not, on Twitter this week, and I’ve come up with a rough list of types of engagement in Twitter conversations: Academic:  adds relevant academic references Networker: links to … Continue reading

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It depends how you look at it

There’s a story that’s often told about a bunch of blind men and an elephant. Each man only encounters a part of the elephant and, based on their partial understanding, disagree with the others about the *real* nature of the … Continue reading

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Stealing learning

He came like a thief in the night. Stealthily, furtively, he crept in. With nobody watching he grabbed it, clutched at it with all his might, cradled it close to his chest and shuffled away. This picture of learners who … Continue reading

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Lurkers

I lurk There, I’ve said it out loud. There are times that, for various reasons, I read conversations and watch what is going on without visibly participating. Does that make me a bad person, or is my behaviour an entirely … Continue reading

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Turn a flower into a bird

A great daily create today, imo (disclaimer: I submitted the idea). I took a photo of a daffodil that I took a couple of months ago and put it through an online app that turns photos into drawings, and messed … Continue reading

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Summer doodles, and more

Hello all – how’s July for you so far? Here in Glasgow it’s hot, and I am hiding in my study looking out over our garden with berries ripening, potato plants thriving- so much promise, so much sun. But, luckily, … Continue reading

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Be the Pink Panther

Today’s Daily Create  brought to mind a quote from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Write to the nth power, the n – 1 power, write with slogans: Make rhizomes, not roots, never plant! Don’t sow, grow offshoots! Don’t be one … Continue reading

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Socks

I like knitting socks. I’ve got a whole drawer full of pairs I’ve made for myself, from plain ribbed ones to fancy designs,  and most of my family own at least one pair I’ve made for them. I’ve got masses … Continue reading

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If trees could talk

I walk past this tree every day on the way to my office. In the early morning the quad is quiet, with maybe a crow hopping across the grass or a cleaner scurrying about between the buildings. Later in the … Continue reading

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