“free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”

When reading the article on “What is free software”, I immediately thought of open source software. Reading the section talking about different degrees of freedom made me think free software is the same as open source software. However, after doing a little more research on free software and open source software, I learned that the […]

Hacker Ethics and Steam: a question of Communal or Commodity

In Christopher M Kelty’s Inventing Copyleft the issue of copyright is disputed through Stallman and Gosling over their respective programs. This discussion challenges the nature of the web and its ability or lack of to properly commodify code. The “hacker ethic” implies a mentality of cooperation and sharing to develop code and software. To what […]

42 Ways in Which Google Gives You the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Carr’s article indicates that the internet has changed the way in which we read, think, and speak. That is, “It’s becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV.” It has taught us to value efficiency over, say a close-reading of a novel. […]

Levels of Design

I am currently in a software engineering course. In the course, we learn to identify a problem and develop a solution for it. My team and I decided to work on the problem that exists in dietary restrictions. Our android app allows the user to take a picture of a barcode and the app will […]

BP#4: Search Engines and Us

In this weeks readings (not the new set in Communication Design) I found there to be an interesting split in perception of technology and information abundance. On one hand we have individuals like Nicholas Carr who puts forward an argument that the Internet changes the way our brain works in a negative way. On the […]

The Democratization of History and Its Audience – An Urban-Rural Divide?

The essay in the Graham reading discusses relinquishing control of the historical voice in order to crowdsource cultural heritage and history. It begins by stating that while a successful crowdsourcing site like Wikipedia have led to a “democratization of history”, it does not yet  allow the “democratization of audience”. The essay argues that digitization is […]

Topics I’m interested in…hopefully

I have been delaying this for so long because I have no idea what topic interest me. So after many hours of research, I believe I found a topic I would like to focus on. Having a flashback to my first year in university, back when I was in Life Science. Long ago when I […]

Oral Tradition: The Western Fascination with Homer

In thinking of oral histories and their political uses, I am reminded of perhaps one of the greatest authors in ancient literature, Homer. Famed for works such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer is an example of the oral traditions that has since been recorded. The question of the validity of Homer has long […]

BP #3 Understanding History through Spoken Word

This week’s readings tackle another modus operandi of history – recounting of historical events through conversation. Rather than the often-practiced reading of literature – a crucial and valid part of historiography, historians can also turn to actual people who have lived through events or otherwise have extensive knowledge in a certain field. It is in […]

A tad late, Inquiry into the Beaches of Toronto

In thinking of the development of the water resources that surround Toronto, I became interested in the development of beaches. In reading the article which discusses the development of Hamilton and its relation to its native waterways, I became interested in the development of beaches in Toronto. Beaches were represented as both a necessity of […]

Lake Ontario – From Military Fortifications to Recreational Fishing

In the past few weeks, our class did readings on and talked about the history of the Great Lakes. In terms of fresh water in Canadian history, the Great Lakes Public Forum briefed us on strategies for the assessment, restoration, and protection of the lakes, which had to meet the commitments stated by the Canada-United […]