Digitalia Columbiana, May 2015

These excerpts were culled from documents left on Columbia’s lab computers. We encourage our readers to submit their own digitalia finds to us, via email, at bwgossip@columbia.edu.

From the “personal” section of a résumé:

Served as a medical model for ultrasound anatomy workshops in USA, South America,

Played guitar for 13 years; lead own band.

Aspire to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil for Fencing (Epee).

Hobbies – Electronics, electric guitars, building amplifiers

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Levi-Strauss (how I became an anthropologist) final paper proposal

Levi-Strauss’s how I became an anthropologist is the primary source that I have chosen to work with for the final paper. I just started my close reading of this text and plan to pair with the Susan Sontag reading and really decipher the themes of this class. I will focus on anthropology and the creation of knowledge about the other based on the primary source and using other readings to include “Africa” as the primary example. Also the idea of homelessness

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Masterpiece

1. Michael Jordan freethrow line dunk –> air jordan (jump shot,dribble)

2. Christopher Norlan Instertellar (combine with science but not a documentary depicted a space where people coudn’t visulaize, or maybe visualize in people’s dream)

3. Brugel

4. pollak

5. Picasso

Michael Jordan’s Freethrow line dunk also demonstrates that the moment of his flying motion in the air and double clutch before dunking were a moment of masterpiece. Throughout his career, he showed a lot of movements that no basketball players could perform. He convinced people that basketball can be an art as well. But in 1988 slam dunk contest when Michael needed a perfect score to beat his opponent Dominique Wilkins, he showed this free throw line dunk. This was actually performed by Julius Erving in 1977, but the hang time in the air, the flying motion and unprecedented double clutch while performing that extremely difficult performance turned into a masterpiece that no one else after that night try to perform the exactly same dunk.

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Wives were the most important women in Qing China because they were a part of the family, but even from the position of the state, non-wives played important roles. The separation of the sexes was a key principle; female servants who were attendants to wives made this separation possible by acting as intermediaries between cloistered women and the outside world (Mann, p. 28). They served the state by protecting the virtue of wives, and by extensions, the honor of the family. Concubines served society by bearing sons for men whose wives may have failed in that regard (Mann, p. 54). Even courtesans and prostitutes benefitted society, as sources of entertainment or as distractions for bare sticks, even if these roles weren’t considered conventional or respectable (Mann, p. 55). In a society dominated by wives and mothers, and ruled by families, it might be easy for one to overlook the non-wives, without whom society would have been off balance, and the very foundation of the Confucian state would have been threatened.

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