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Thoughts and Hallucinations

The previous water blog from the home page

I’ve been working on water for a couple of years now. I remember how, when I first engaged waterworld as a new assistant prof in Honolulu back in the 70s, I learned scuba so I could dive in. Scuba doesn’t work in the desert, though when I first drove north towards the  Read More 
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The water op-ed piece for the Santa Fe New Mexican

Lessons from water — never enough

Sun Apr 28, 2013.
By Mike Agar

I’m a student of water. I’ll never graduate because water teaches more than a lifetime can absorb. I’m trying to figure out New Mexico water — the projects and compacts and acequias and districts and adjudications and Pueblos and diversions and groundwater,  Read More 
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Blog post for the constructed complexity project

http://constructedcomplexities.wordpress.com/

Our task is difficult because it involves the intersection of three major domains–complexity, social construction, and institution–each of which has literatures reporting conceptual ambiguity–i.e. multiple meanings–and vagueness–i.e. lack of clarity in application to specific cases. Just as a thought experiment, imagine  Read More 
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The rant about publishing

In a recent piece in the New York Times, there’s a feature about how more published authors are now publishing their books themselves. It’s at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/business/media/david-mamet-and-other-big-authors-choose-to-self-publish.html?emc=eta1. It wasn’t that long ago that “self-publishing” aka “vanity press” was accompanied by the same facial  Read More 
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Aging in too many places

The previous home page

Life feels fragmented this past three months, something I’m now repairing by discarding some pieces and stitching others together. Some intense project work with the VA in Texas, a dissertation in robotics at Carnegie-Mellon, a talk about a practical theory to an anthropology department at the Univ of North  Read More 
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Cuenca, Ecuador--The Previous Home Page



It’s been awhile since I’ve written for the web page. It's the usual paradox, you don’t write much because you’re too busy, which means there’s a lot to write about, which you don’t have time to write. A lot of rant ‘n rave (the elderly version of toys ‘ Read More 
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Lamy to LA

The railroad story from the previous home page:

The town of Lamy, named after the archbishop that death came for in Willa Cather’s novel of New Mexico, is a cluster of buildings around a train station. That same station explains why Santa Fe looks like it does today. When the railroad first came,  Read More 
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The Earlier Home Page Item about the Las Conchas Fire

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The pictures? Most people looking this page have probably heard of the Las Conchas fire, the monster this summer in the Jemez Mountains on the west side of the plateau that Santa Fe sits on. There was a lot of national press when it licked its fiery lips in the vicinity of Los Alamos.  Read More 
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Op-Ed piece on looking for a Medicare doctor

Medicare? Start Looking for Docs
Mike Agar
Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/19/2012, pg. B-5

The other day I was wandering around looking for a doctor that would take a new Medicare patient. A tree surgeon was interested and an ornithologist who ran an anger management clinic for piñoneros said we could talk. It got  Read More 
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Outline of the 2011 Anthropology Meeting Session

2011 Annual Meeting: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE “DOPE DOUBLE AGENT:” FORTY YEARS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE WAR ON DRUGS WITHMIKE AGAR AND FRIENDS

3-0855 CONVERSATIONS WITH THE “DOPE DOUBLE AGENT:” FORTY YEARS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE WAR
ON DRUGS WITH MIKE AGAR AND FRIENDS

Thursday, November 17, 2011: 13:45-17:30
Montreal Convention Center 518C (Palais  Read More 
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