Category Archives: Open Scholarship

On Retronaut

Mashable calls itself “a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.” (Mashable web site, footer, retrieved January 24, … Continue reading

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Urban possibility

What anti-urbanists seem to forget is that most of the great creations of humanity were not solitary, but socially constructed, and that such things require the development of relationships, the in-person interaction even in (or, perhaps, especially in) a digitally-mediated … Continue reading

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Vancouver: the similitudes of the past, and those of the future

I have not been to Vancouver, in any meaningful sense, in five years. By Vancouver I mean the real one, the one that in the states (and only in the states) we append with “B.C.” in order to distinguish it … Continue reading

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Apostrophe as an idea

» From Evelyn Shih’s “Sidewalks,” on the blog Photopos: “As I delve back further into my photographic archive, I feel more acutely what was always true of this blog: that we write of the absent, of the past. That photography cannot escape … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be “from” somewhere?

In Oregon, I have this silly game I play regarding license plates. In 1960, the state issued its first and only slogan-bearing license plate. Yellow letters, blue background, and along the lower edge the phrase “Pacific Wonderland.” They lasted but … Continue reading

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Nervousness

Portland has the socially nervous, self-conscious awkwardness of a younger sibling. From an objective view, the city is as culturally rich as San Francisco but, more importantly, it is denser with that culture. The neighborhoods of Portland sprawl out more … Continue reading

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This Place is Big

The Bay Area is big. It sprawls. People here like to look down their noses as Los Angeles, like to sneer about how auto-oriented they are, and yet for all the public transit here the Bay Area is a truly … Continue reading

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I am from Maine

There are times, living in the Bay Area, that I feel like I am not from Portland, Oregon, but Portland, Maine. Sitting in bars with ears wide open, holding conversations with others at the university, or talking with California colleagues, … Continue reading

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Historic Preservation, Unusual Artifacts, and the Big Preservation Question

Historic preservation is difficult under even the most ideal conditions, but it is all the more difficult when the subject is—important or not—odd or obscure. Thus we have the case of the last dual gauge streetcar track in Portland. Its … Continue reading

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