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Comparing Word Clouds

Taking a look at a chart of common words and their frequency of use is a first attempt at this. tapor.jpg A similar chart was created showing me words that appeared only in one or the another and I was immediately struck by the fact that campus didn’t occur at all in the McMaster announcement, where it was the most frequent word at Guelph. … By choosing to upload only the text of the announcements themselves (And thus help the tool know just what is important to me) I can get the results I want to consider. tapor2.jpg Voila! … I want to consider this further, but I am far more a visual thinker, and while these bar charts are pleasing, and take a wealth of data and distill it to a very nice summary, I want to take it one step further.

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Comparing Word Clouds

Taking a look at a chart of common words and their frequency of use is a first attempt at this. tapor.jpg A similar chart was created showing me words that appeared only in one or the another and I was immediately struck by the fact that campus didn’t occur at all in the McMaster announcement, where it was the most frequent word at Guelph. … By choosing to upload only the text of the announcements themselves (And thus help the tool know just what is important to me) I can get the results I want to consider. tapor2.jpg Voila! … I want to consider this further, but I am far more a visual thinker, and while these bar charts are pleasing, and take a wealth of data and distill it to a very nice summary, I want to take it one step further.

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Kathy Garay on Manufacturing Majesty, 1207-2007

Dr. Kathy Garay of the McMaster Library gave a lively and fast-paced talk exploring the nature of majesty to the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group. Her paper, “Manufacturing Majesty: Elizabeth of Hungary, Diana of England and the Construction of

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Kathy Garay on Manufacturing Majesty, 1207-2007

Dr. Kathy Garay of the McMaster Library gave a lively and fast-paced talk exploring the nature of majesty to the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group. Her paper, “Manufacturing Majesty: Elizabeth of Hungary, Diana of England and the Construction of

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Shiode on Dynamic Urban Visualization

Naru Shiode from the University at Buffalo gave a spellbinding presentation on spatial-temporal analysis at the Centre for Spatial Analysis (CSpA) on Friday. Shiode is trained as architect and urban planner and finds himself in the Geography department at Buffalo.

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Shiode on Dynamic Urban Visualization

Naru Shiode from the University at Buffalo gave a spellbinding presentation on spatial-temporal analysis at the Centre for Spatial Analysis (CSpA) on Friday. Shiode is trained as architect and urban planner and finds himself in the Geography department at Buffalo.

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Reaume: From Activists to Archivists

Geoffrey Reaume from York and University of Toronto gave a fascinating talk in the History of Health and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series today. “From Activists to Archivists: Documenting Mad People’s History Since the 1970s,” explored both the formation of psychiatric

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Reaume: From Activists to Archivists

Geoffrey Reaume from York and University of Toronto gave a fascinating talk in the History of Health and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar Series today. “From Activists to Archivists: Documenting Mad People’s History Since the 1970s,” explored both the formation of psychiatric

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Chimpanzees, Wasps and Functionless Functionality

When is a tool, not a tool? Apparently when it is a quasi-tool or a proto-tool. A tool provides functionless functionality. These were a couple of the epigramatics Barry Allen shared during a talk on technology, culture and civilization. ((Quasi-tools

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Chimpanzees, Wasps and Functionless Functionality

When is a tool, not a tool? Apparently when it is a quasi-tool or a proto-tool. A tool provides functionless functionality. These were a couple of the epigramatics Barry Allen shared during a talk on technology, culture and civilization. ((Quasi-tools

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Melnick, Cruikshank and Bouchier Weave Magic on the Bay

The Wilson Centre in Canadian History officially launched an awesome new learning tool destined for the classrooms of local schools last night. The People and the the Bay is an historical environmental documentary created by Nancy Bouchier, Ken Cruikshank and

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Melnick, Cruikshank and Bouchier Weave Magic on the Bay

The Wilson Centre in Canadian History officially launched an awesome new learning tool destined for the classrooms of local schools last night. The People and the the Bay is an historical environmental documentary created by Nancy Bouchier, Ken Cruikshank and

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Herring and Lockerbie on The Coming Plague

The History of Health and Medicine Seminar series continued today with a rather provocative paper by Dr. Ann Herring and Stacey Lockerbie. “The Coming Plague: Global panic, local repercussions and avian influenza,” contends that globalization and spread of information has

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Herring and Lockerbie on The Coming Plague

The History of Health and Medicine Seminar series continued today with a rather provocative paper by Dr. Ann Herring and Stacey Lockerbie. “The Coming Plague: Global panic, local repercussions and avian influenza,” contends that globalization and spread of information has

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Heathorn on Film and the Kitchener Conspiracy

To a standing room only audience, Dr. Stephen Heathorn kicked off the Fall Thursday Seminar series in the Department of History with a talk entitled ‘Long Before Oliver Stone…Conspiracy Theory and the ’Kitchener Films’ 1921-26.’ Heathorn’s talk centred on the

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Heathorn on Film and the Kitchener Conspiracy

To a standing room only audience, Dr. Stephen Heathorn kicked off the Fall Thursday Seminar series in the Department of History with a talk entitled ‘Long Before Oliver Stone…Conspiracy Theory and the ’Kitchener Films’ 1921-26.’ Heathorn’s talk centred on the

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Hernández-Sáenz on Mexican Healers

The History of Health and Medicine Seminar series welcomed Luz Maria Hernández-Sáenz today, who presented the lively story of Dona Maria Tiburcia Reynantes. Her paper “Between Medicine and Magic: the Story of an 18th century Mexican healer,” explored the rather

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Hernández-Sáenz on Mexican Healers

The History of Health and Medicine Seminar series welcomed Luz Maria Hernández-Sáenz today, who presented the lively story of Dona Maria Tiburcia Reynantes. Her paper “Between Medicine and Magic: the Story of an 18th century Mexican healer,” explored the rather

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Alan Taylor on the Vision of Joseph Brant

I attended a SRO lecture by Alan Taylor last week. He delivered a wonderful narrative on the life of Joseph Brant couched in the currently contentious discussion over native land rights in the Grand River basin. Taylor is the author

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Alan Taylor on the Vision of Joseph Brant

I attended a SRO lecture by Alan Taylor last week. He delivered a wonderful narrative on the life of Joseph Brant couched in the currently contentious discussion over native land rights in the Grand River basin. Taylor is the author

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A Tiddly for your Notes

I seem to have been posting much on the subject of note-taking as of late. It’s the seasonal thing. What I suddenly realized amongst my plaudits for techniques and for tools was a gem of a concept that Geoffrey and

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A Tiddly for your Notes

I seem to have been posting much on the subject of note-taking as of late. It’s the seasonal thing. What I suddenly realized amongst my plaudits for techniques and for tools was a gem of a concept that Geoffrey and

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This Cornell Note-Taking Thing

Last week I pointed readers to the excellent article by Dustin Wax comparing note-taking methodologies and weighing the pros and cons of a couple techniques. I was not personally aware of the Cornell method. I am however a big fan

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This Cornell Note-Taking Thing

Last week I pointed readers to the excellent article by Dustin Wax comparing note-taking methodologies and weighing the pros and cons of a couple techniques. I was not personally aware of the Cornell method. I am however a big fan

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Graham and Pauly on the Complexity of Global Relations

The 2007-2008 Wilson series of lectures in Canadian History kicked off at McMaster University today. John Weaver, the acting Wilson Chair in Canadian History, has attracted an exciting list of speakers for the coming year. Lou Pauly spoke on ’Globalization,

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Graham and Pauly on the Complexity of Global Relations

The 2007-2008 Wilson series of lectures in Canadian History kicked off at McMaster University today. John Weaver, the acting Wilson Chair in Canadian History, has attracted an exciting list of speakers for the coming year. Lou Pauly spoke on ’Globalization,

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Fedunkiw on Diaries as a Historical Source

I attended a lively and effervescent talk by Marianne P. Fedunkiw at the History of health and Medicine Unit. Dr. Fedunkiw presented her work with the diary/scrapbook of Dr. Dorothea Maude, a rather atypical English medical doctor during the early

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Fedunkiw on Diaries as a Historical Source

I attended a lively and effervescent talk by Marianne P. Fedunkiw at the History of health and Medicine Unit. Dr. Fedunkiw presented her work with the diary/scrapbook of Dr. Dorothea Maude, a rather atypical English medical doctor during the early

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Notetaking

I threw this link into an aside, and then thought better of it. It might get lost there, and this latest post from the consistently pragmatic Dustin Wax on Taking Better Notes has a plethora of great tips. He also

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Notetaking

I threw this link into an aside, and then thought better of it. It might get lost there, and this latest post from the consistently pragmatic Dustin Wax on Taking Better Notes has a plethora of great tips. He also

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

The tentative title for post this was how to get ahead by really trying, but I thought this might actually sounds a little too preachy. Without making this too much of a habit (stealing from another’s hard work), Dustin Wax

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

The tentative title for post this was how to get ahead by really trying, but I thought this might actually sounds a little too preachy. Without making this too much of a habit (stealing from another’s hard work), Dustin Wax

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And I Lose Another Utility…

Its just not my month/week/day for utilities. First it was the night of water and now in the midst of our best blizzard yet this year I seem to have lost half an electrical circuit in my house. If it

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And I Lose Another Utility…

Its just not my month/week/day for utilities. First it was the night of water and now in the midst of our best blizzard yet this year I seem to have lost half an electrical circuit in my house. If it

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RMC Fencing

Just back from a great weekend away at my first fencing tournament. The Mac bus headed off on Friday and we were in Kingston just before midenight. Short nights sleep and we were on the bus at 6 the next

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RMC Fencing

Just back from a great weekend away at my first fencing tournament. The Mac bus headed off on Friday and we were in Kingston just before midenight. Short nights sleep and we were on the bus at 6 the next

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SSHRC Deadline in Approaching

…and all too fast (maybe not). Clearly I have evolved away from being a last minute writer, however the task of writing to deadlines has gone in the opposite direction. Deadlines are now cut-off points when it is simply time

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SSHRC Deadline in Approaching

…and all too fast (maybe not). Clearly I have evolved away from being a last minute writer, however the task of writing to deadlines has gone in the opposite direction. Deadlines are now cut-off points when it is simply time

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