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David Syring

  • Posted What Makes an Effective Blog Post? to Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems Spring 2012
    As you begin to post, I'll re-post my thoughts on what makes an effective blog post: In my opinion, a good blog post has several characteristics, including: 1) Relevant information that is clearly articulated. 2) Clear attribution of information (increases...
  • Posted Other People as Essential for Life to Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems Spring 2012
    After our discussion on Monday about things that are Essential for Life/Helpful for Making Life Easier/Nice to Have to Make Life More Interesting/Pure Luxuries, I looked for some support for my claim in class that "studies show" humans need other...
  • Posted Class Community Blog to Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems Spring 2012
    I hope for this blog to serve as a place for us to engage in discussion about topics relevant to the course, as well as a place to share resources you find related to our course topics. Please remember that...
  • Posted What are People For? Wendell Berry Awarded National Humanities Medal to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    As I re-read David Orr's piece, "What is Education For?", for today's seminar,I came across his quotation from Wendell Berry raising the question of whether four years of education at our university makes our graduates better planetary citizens or does...
  • Posted Link to Access the Moveable Type Login to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    Here is the link to use if you would like to login to to your "dashboard" to create a new blog entry (not a comment on someone else's post): http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/mt.cgi?__mode=logout...
  • Posted Special Issue of The Economist on "Feeding the Masses" to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    One of my Anth Senior Seminar students, Kaela Blenkush, made this post to our class Moodle forum. The articles add to the global context of food that we spent some time discussing at our last session. Thanks to Kaela for...
  • Commented on School Gardens: the Inevitable Polemics Against...
    Michael, Thanks for your analysis--seems dead-on (and kind of well written, I might add, though I'd never call it "slick"!) I think these kinds of dismissals of positive actions are an inevitable part of the pop-political circus that passes as...
  • Posted Seminar's Cindy Hale' s Farm Profiled by MN Inst. for Sustainable Ag to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    Seminar participant Cindy Hale and her ag partner Jeff Hall are the focus of one of two on-line, in-depth case studies for use by aspiring small-scale, sustainable farmers. The case studies are produced by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture...
  • Posted Why Food Change Has to Happen at Our Local/Regional Level--Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    Mark Bittman is a food blogger and opinion writer for the New York Times. I've recently started reading his columns regularly. His opinion piece today is a commentary on the just released 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans(yeah, they're a...
  • Posted Eagle Snow Angel to Forestal Farm
    Starting a new blog is a bit like... ...like what? I've kept a blog during a fieldwork season in Ecuador. And I started one that never went anywhere as part of a class support project for an ethnobotany course I...
  • Commented on Food miles and greenhouse gas emissions.
    This is an interesting study, and it points to the reality that the issues of food systems and sustainability are complex AND that environmental sustainability is only part of the equation addressed by local foods. I agree, a shift to...
  • Posted Welcome to the Food, Food Systems, and the New Regionalism Blog to Food, Food Systems, & the New Regionalism IAS Symposium at UMD
    This seminar explores how a new food regionalism is taking shape across the U.S., with the goal of producing locally more of the food that is consumed. Given the nature of the conventional food system as it has taken shape,...
  • Posted One Last Story for a Technopelli's Last Hour in Tuncarta in 2009 to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    NOTE: Haven't been writing much lately as the last week in Saraguro was a flurry of visits to women's cooperatives, and a lovely final Saturday trip to the community protected forest reserve of Huashapomba with Enith Paqui and her sons...
  • Posted Sock! to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    Several blog entries today.Yesterday Anita completed knitting her first sock! The women here knit a lot, but all of the people I´ve asked say they don´t knit socks. I had the pair Mitra made for me before I left with...
  • Posted Democracy--Las Calcutas Style to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Going for Cocos to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Several Entries Today & Comments Open to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    Quick Note: I´ve mader several entries today (it´s market day and I´ve been in town all afternoon). The camera card reader is working again, so there are pictures, and a reminder, too, that comments now work, so respond to the...
  • Posted Arrangements for Bringing Necklaces to Sell in the US, Moving into the New Kitchen, A Young Man with Cancer, & Meeting with CEMIS to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Calcutas Painting Class to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Strange Dreams and ¨Mysterious¨ Cave to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Advice for a Techno-pelli to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    Have been thinking about some of the lessons I´m learning here about doing fieldwork, living life, etc. Here is Techno-pelli´s shadow on the path down from Namarin to Tuncarta. The stuff I´m putting here is a list of things...
  • Posted Comments Now Enabled! to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    The good news is that with the help of ¨Shane¨ from UThink support services, the comments on the blog should now be enabled. I simply had the spam filter set too high to accept comments.So, please feel free to comment...
  • Posted Doña Lucha to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    Note: This entry and the several that follow derive from individual interviews with the women of Las Calcutas that I began conducting this week. The order of the entries has gotten a bit jumbled, so you might want to first...
  • Posted Dona Mariañita to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Beginning Individual Interviews with Las Calcutas to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Part 2 of Meeting with a Bunch of Bead Weaving Women--Runas Propias to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
    Note: It looks like my earlier entry on the meeting of Las Calcutas got cut short, so here I am posting the second part, which contains some interesting comments by the ladies about the work they do. I made...
  • Posted Why Artesanias Are Literally Anita's Life to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Meeting with a Bunch of Bead Weaving Women--Runas Propias to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted More Beading Details, Kids as Guides to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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  • Posted Resuming Beading to Techno-pelli's Journey to Ecuador
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