33 days in Peru

Last week I returned home after spending over a month in Peru. My girlfriend and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Lima, Peru on December 4, 2011. We returned on January 6, 2012 (one day later than intended due to rain in the desert town of Arequipa).
We had an amazing trip to South America, [...]

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Magical books I read in October 2011

If I look back and think about the most memorable, inspiring pieces of literature I consumed last month, four books clearly come to mind. Each one explores parallel realities (or supernatural realms) and the magical creatures and animals that inhabit these universes. Naturally, three of the books were written for children.

The first two are out-of-print [...]

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Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) 2011

This week I am headed to Seattle for the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Annual Meeting. The conference is in Seattle this year, so I took the opportunity to submit a presentation.
Here is the description of my accepted presentation:
Mascot Identity: The Symbolic Consumption of University Athletics Brands
Ian Cavalier, Oregon State University
This study explores the relationship [...]

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On hiatus, with parting links

On this first day of July, I am officially putting this blog on hiatus until 2011.
But you can still follow @iancavalier on Twitter or Flickr or 8tracks or Yelp or blah blah social media blah whatever.
(The hiatus monkey is courtesy of Squidsicle.)
Below is a large dump of random, interesting and useful links I had [...]

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Graphic design, photography and Krampus

There are some good ideas here (whether you’re into “resolutions” or not): “51 New Year resolutions for graphic and web designers.”
More ideas and inspiration to be creative: “Design Something Every Day!”
Interesting: “Eight cool social media infographics.”
These sites are fascinating: FFFFOUND! (image bookmarking), grain edit (modern graphic design inspiration blog) and Black and WTF (seriously, [...]

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Thanksgiving journey complete (with links)

My posting frequency continues to degrade here. I appear to be struggling to post once a month these days. But I do tweet something to Twitter on a daily basis. Probably best to follow me there.
This weekend I returned to Oregon from my cross-country, family-visiting Thanksgiving journey. I had a great time catching up with [...]

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Secret Sauce, Tarantino and disappointed animals

Well, it’s almost been another three weeks since I posted anything, so here’s some stuff. In Internet time, a few of these items might be decades old now. Follow me on Twitter for more frequent updates of random, useless information.
Bumbershoot was really fun this year, except for the rain.
You might want to check out [...]

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Dogs and cats, movies, photography, Comixed

Time to continue my giant post from two days ago with more slightly sorted randomness.
Dogs and cats
This video is kind of awesome: Bizkit the Sleep Walking Dog. Poor dog.
At last. My life is now complete: When poodles turn into peacocks (12 pictures). Sigh.
Oh no: How to properly massage a cat.
This is a cute kitten [...]

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Worms and insects, science, music, technology

Looks like I forgot to publish a post for a few weeks again. Oh well. It’s not like I haven’t been wasting time reading random crap online since my last post. Below are some things I’ve enjoyed.
Worms, insects and gardening
Here are three cool articles on worms and insects:

“Journalist hunts for acid-spitting Mongolian death worm“
“Zombie [...]

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Photography, fruits and vegetables, technology

Photography
I’ve browsed through a number of non-Flickr sites lately that have provided excellent inspiration for my own photography projects. Here are some:

Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art Gallery
“Rubik’s Cube Sandwich,” which I plan to make someday (but with different, more colorful fruit and vegetable ingredients)
James D. Griffioen’s photo sets, including Feral Houses
“Gallery: Inside Alaska’s [...]

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