Category Archives for pondering


Tim McCormick posted an extremely interesting followup to my last post. If you haven’t read it, you should. My comment on his post ran a bit out of control, and so I’m reproducing it here, in part so that I … Continue reading

26 January 2013 by KF
Categories: academia, networks, pondering

More on That Word

This is in part an apology for having ranted and run yesterday; between the little project I’m trying to get launched in the next couple of weeks and a meeting that took up a good chunk of yesterday, I wasn’t … Continue reading

13 December 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering

Outward and Visible Signs

I have an idea I’m backing into writing about this morning as I stand on the subway platform, a thing that I’m thinking about as “A Theory of the Information Class,” which attempts to unpack the bizarre merger of Weber … Continue reading

13 November 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering

Public Responsibility, Public Access

Occupy is back today, celebrating the first anniversary of S17 with Strike Debt, a movement meant to call attention to the unconscionable levels of debt that many Americans are forced to take on, not least in the process of getting … Continue reading

17 September 2012 by KF
Categories: open access, pondering


I find myself in that state again, in which I have a particular writing task — in this case a talk — with a pressing deadline, one that’s pressing enough that I really need to be working on it whenever … Continue reading

30 August 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering, writing

Train of Thought

The funniest part of yesterday’s post — at least it’s funny to me — is how it got written: on my iPhone, on the subway. I remembered yesterday that, back when I started posting here semi-regularly again in the early … Continue reading

22 August 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering, writing

Annals of Comment Spam

A few days back, I tweeted an amusing bit of comment spam I’d received that morning: Today in spam comments: ‘Seriously hardly ever do I encounter a blog that is both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, … Continue reading

09 June 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, pondering

Lies, Damned Lies

The elevators in our office building have these little monitors built into them, on which are displayed random tidbits of pseudo-news and other glossy distractions. Because god forbid we should be bored on the ride to the third floor. Anyhow, … Continue reading

30 December 2011 by KF
Categories: pondering

The Public Scholar’s Two Bodies

I started this blog as an assistant professor, under conditions that were never fully pseudonymous but were perhaps semi-veiled, at least by the fact that very few people knew me, and even fewer of those who did knew anything about … Continue reading

27 December 2011 by KF
Categories: blogging, pondering

More Than Mere Polyester Would Suggest

Earlier this year, I attended a conference at which I was given a really nice fleece jacket. Really nice. I’ve known for a while that I harbor a somewhat extreme love for this fleece jacket; it’s become my comfy home … Continue reading

09 March 2011 by KF
Categories: pondering

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