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Thoughts and Hallucinations

Thoughts and Hallucinations

Mike promised in his auto-obituary that he would be available as a ghost for a while on his home page. While waiting for his appearance, under the photo to the left are links to some obituaries and tributes written after Mike's death, which was on May 20, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And to paraphrase the last and very fitting line of the AAA obit: Now it is time to go to your local jazz club, or turn up the volume on that Miles Davis, order or pour a Jameson's on the rocks, and have that conversation with Mike.

 

And many, many thanks to all of the people who have expressed their condolences and shared their memories with Mike's family, friends, colleagues, and one another.

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Blog from Independence Day about ethnography

Independence Day Update

Partly because of my weird life story, I obsessed about “ethnography” for many years. The weirdness was called the Vietnam War. It meant that, as of 1968, I changed from grad student in anthropology to the equivalent of a first lieutenant in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.  Read More 
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The old birthday blog

Tuneup May 17

Here come the 70s. Birthday crises have never been a problem, but I’m telling you, that’s a pretty large number. In dog years it rises to 490. I’ve been telling people that in five more years I’ll be at the New Mexico speed limit. On a crowded bus a  Read More 
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IIQM webinar summary

Universals, Particulars, and the Heartbreak of the Excluded Middle

I’m assuming that “we”—those who do or those who are interested in a particular kind of human social research--are the audience of this IIQM seminar. That kind of research requires an understanding of meaning and context among those whom the project deems “subjects.”  Read More 
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Basic vs applied vs practice, the end of "versus"

Ever since I was lucky enough to be offered a commission in the Public Health Service during the Vietnam era, it’s bothered me. There I was, a grad student at Berkeley with a year’s experience working in a small South Indian village, reading up on burning questions like how and in what  Read More 
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Juneteenth homepage

Web page tuneup, Juneteenth


Since the last homepage, now moved as usual to the blog section, things have quieted down some. I did go to Puebla for two weeks, the second trip this year, so I’m thinking about that and where to take it next. Couple of pics above.Why Mexico? Well, it’ Read More 
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Blog from Mayday

A new article was just accepted by a journal called Water History, the story of a water district created in Albuquerque as population exploded after World War II and how it eventually led to a flood control system that continues to this day. It's sort of a conflict-based nonlinear dynamic version of recent literatures  Read More 
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Traditional, applied and practicing anthropology

Lately I’ve been invited into conversations about what “practicing” anthropology is. Whatever it is, it’s clearly in the wind, with recent articles in the New York Times and Harvard Business Review. The internet is alive with the sound of young anthro bloggers who work in real world organizations.

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Me and the Managers of Meaning

I’ve been riding the representational range over the last several months. The previous home page item, an article for The New Mexico Mercury about a water conference, I moved to the blog page. I decided maybe a good way to work on waterworld would be to pick some narrow domains, like that conference,  Read More 
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New Mexico Mercury piece on water

The New Mexico Mercury, an internet newspaper, published a piece about a water conference at http://newmexicomercury.com/blog/comments/water_in_new_mexico_the_quest_for_new_tools_and_rules. I'll reprint that here now.


Water in New Mexico: The Quest for New Tools and Rules
September 11, 2013
Features, Politics / Current Events, Envirolocal
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