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  1. You know I actually wasn't expecting much from the first Deadpool movie...wasn't particularly in the mood for it as I am exhausted by superhero movies and their superficial plots and over-reliance on special effects and big shiny things flying through the air etc. etc. But Deadpool was brilliant! It was one of those movies that actually got me in the mood to watch more the more I saw it. Very rare for a movie for me these days. Rarer still a superhero movie with personality!
  2. Hmm....right you are! I've had some issues with setting text and menu colours since the theme upgrade - namely, that one text colour setting is used across different parts of the site so that changing it corrects visibility in one area whilst making it worse in another. 🙄 However, the designer - who is very good at listening to feedback and requests - is on the case and I hope to have it fixed soon.
  3. Thanks for your honest opinion. I'll probably keep them - not because I disagree with you, but because emojis are, like it or not, one (or many) of those things to be reckoned with. In the meantime.....
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    "Mortality Mural": Closeup

    From the album: Frankston Mural Art, Big Picture Fest 2018

    A detail of the mural's beautiful artwork. Located between Braap! and Hoyts Cinemas.

    © 2018 Gord Barentsen

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    "Mortality Mural", Frankston

    From the album: Frankston Mural Art, Big Picture Fest 2018

    An exceptional piece of art created on the side of a building beside Bayside Mall, Frankston (between Braap! and Hoyts Cinemas). Of course, it set off the usual "it is art?" arguments - precipitated mainly by parents who objected because it frightened their children - but an exemplary work nevertheless.

    © 2018 Gord Barentsen

  6. Glimpses of the way in which people (ab)use language.
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    Um...good to know?

    From the album: Rhetor "Ick!": Funny Language Slips and Mutations

    The sign really says it all...and then some.
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    Good Grammar Is Went

    From the album: Rhetor "Ick!": Funny Language Slips and Mutations

    If there were a drinking game based on how often you spotted or heard these, we'd be in Prohibition again.

    © Gord Barentsen

  9. I gave my talk today as scheduled, and just wanted to add (in case you didn't read the site message) that it was received very well and I received some very helpful criticism. One of the very positive aspects of the CPRG is the fact that it includes people from a very wide range of disciplines, so the criticism one can get for one's project can really broaden one's horizons and offer possibilities for further research. Thanks to the CPRG for having me and letting me speak, and I look forward to attending more sessions!
  10. Many Windows 10 users have reported that the Safely Remove Media icon (the white USB icon with the checkmark) disappears from the taskbar, or only shows intermittently. This leaves some in a predicament where they cannot safely stop and remove USB hard drives. If this happens to you, try the following: Press and hold the Windows key and press R to bring up the Run dialog window. Type the following into the text field: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll Click OK or press ENTER. The Safely Remove Hardware window will appear, and you can select which hard drives to stop and remove. If you have real problems getting this icon to appear, you can create a desktop shortcut which will get you to the Safely Remove Hardware window: Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. In the Type the location for the item text field, enter the RunDll32.exe... line in step 2, above. Click NEXT. Title the shortcut as necessary (e.g., "Safely Remove Hardware"). Click OK or press ENTER.
  11. Hello all, I've been invited to give a one-hour talk at the Complex Processes Research Group (CPRG) at Swinburne University in Melbourne. The present theme for talks is, broadly speaking, "neoliberalism and the environment." I've included the abstract from Dr. Arran Gare's inaugural talk to give a sense of what issues are being discussed. My talk, which will involve Schelling's Naturphilosophie and its possible relations to a critique of neoliberalism, is slated for 2 May. I'll post more here when I have more information.
  12. Sorry for the lapse lately folks...apparently Optus (or Telstra? They seem to own the infrastructure) are unable to fix a certain tower due east of me, which has been wreaking havoc on my internet connectivity of late. Hopefully things have been resolved by now, although my wife tells me a story of someone whose Internet was out for two weeks while they "implemented" the NBN in his area. I hope this has nothing to do with the NBN (which is currently being extended to my street here in Frankston), but who knows these days, in an era of phone menus, "live chat" which never connects, and an overall illusion of customer service? (And yes, I get a bit cranky without my Internet....)
  13. Oh...my. I went from this to this in the space of just a few albums (and I'm pretty jaded about these things!)....
  14. MSCP course "Friedrich Schelling and 'Philosophical Psychology'" came to its purposeful end last night.  Great success!

  15. Wow.,....can't believe I missed this! Wait a minute...yeah, I can. At any rate, this is an amazing video...makes me wonder when "gorilla" is going to disappear from the Junior OED...
  16. Hello, I'm pleased to announce that LiquidFractal, with the permission of the MSCP, is hosting the online space for "Schelling and 'Philosophical Psychology'," a summer course lasting from Jan-Feb 2018 and run through the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. You can get to it in the SPACES menu above, but only registered members can access its content. If you're interested in enrolling for this or any other course offered by the MSCP, please visit their website here: Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. All courses are available for distance enrollment and are made available as downloadable recordings.
  17. Happy festimas to everyone as well. I'd be somewhat more cheerful, but the past couple of weeks have been occupied with less than festive things - among them our beloved cat, who is about to pass away.
  18. Well, embarrassingly late response to this. I blame the Hammer pants. Anyone who wants to check out my thesis can download it for free from the Western thesis repository here: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/4784
  19. Thanks @stimmung79! I'm glad the changes are getting positive reviews. Lots more to do, but I hope to be posting more material in the near future.
  20. Thanks @Graham Barnett . Many others have said it really makes the site "pop"!
  21. Gord Barentsen, BA Hons. (York), MA (York), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario) As a first-year undergraduate I knew I wanted to be in English graduate studies. There's something about being absorbed in a book that opens the mind to unthought possibilities, but which can also make you revisit what you thought you knew and think about it differently. Gradually, your mind stretches and grows to accomodate these new ideas; it learns to move around and through them, and soon those ideas quietly become part of who you are — part of how you respond to and engage with the world. Whether you or the people around you know it or not, those ideas are always operating in the background. Become conscious of them and learn how to use them and you can enrich your life experience and the experiences of those around you. Sometimes, even in the most inconsequential, mundane and everyday thing it's possible to see something that compels you to think differently, even if just for a moment. That is my experience of reading. As the owner of LiquidFractal, I now have the opportunity to share this experience with new generations of students. LiquidFractal has been, and continues to be, a profoundly creative project for me: it's a platform for my professional services, but it's also the vehicle for my unique vision of what open learning should be — a combination of sophistication and an entertaining and engaging social sphere. So for those of you who might want to see credentials and experience, or who just want to know a bit more about me, here it is. Contents Academic Fields of Interest Scholarships, Awards & Recognitions Selected Publications Recent Presentations Selected Academic Employment Non-Academic ⁄ Professional Other Qualifications and Credentials Interests & Hobbies Travelling Academic Ph.D., English (The University of Western Ontario) Thesis title: "Romantic Metasubjectivity: Rethinking the Romantic Subject Through Schelling and Jung" Supervisors: Tilottama Rajan, Joel Faflak MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (York University) Thesis title: "Where is the Anti-Nowhere League? English Romanticism and Punk Subculture" Supervisors: Ian Balfour, Rob Bowman, Elizabeth Seaton BA, Hons. Dbl. Maj., English & Humanities (York University) Graduated magna cum laude Awarded Arthur Haberman Award in History & Humanities Dean's Honour Roll Fields of Interest English and German Romanticism (philosophy and literature); psychoanalysis (Freud, Jung, Lacan); Speculative Realism; theories of the self/subject; theory and criticism; TV and film Scholarships, Awards & Recognitions 2013 Barbara McGraw Graduate Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario 2012 Mary Routledge Fellowship, The University of Western Ontario 2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario 2010 Graduate Student Teaching Award, The University of Western Ontario (nominated) 2009 Nineteenth-Century Literature written and oral examination, passed with distinction (PWD) 2008 Dean's Entrance Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario Selected Publications Barentsen, Gord. Romantic Metasubjectivity Through Schelling and Jung: Rethinking the Romantic Subject (Routledge, 2020) Barentsen, Gord. “A Whole Made of Holes: Interrogating Holism via Jung and Schelling,” in Holism: Possibilities and Problems, ed. Christian Macmillan, Roderick Main, and David Henderson (Routledge, 2020). Barentsen, Gord. "Schelling's Dark Nature and the Prospects for 'Ecological Civilisation'." Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 15.1 (2019): 91-116. Barentsen, Gord. “Silent Partnerships: Schelling, Jung, and the Romantic Metasubject.” Special Issue: “Schelling After Theory,” ed. Tilottama Rajan and Sean McGrath, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 19.1 (2015), pp. 67-79. (refereed) Barentsen, Gord. “Introduction.” A Language Spoken in Tongues: Essays on the Transcultural Gothic. Ed. Gord Barentsen. Rodopi/Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012, pp. vii-xvi. (refereed) Barentsen, Gord. “Freud, Jung, and the Dangerous Supplement to Psychoanalysis.” Mosaic 44.4 (December 2011), pp. 195-211. (refereed) Recent Presentations “Schelling’s Dark Nature and the Prospects of ‘Ecological Civilisation’.” Complex Processes Research Group, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2 May 2018, 12:30-1:30pm. “A Whole Made of Holes: Interrogating Holism via Jung and Schelling.” One World: Logical and Ethical Implications of Holism, an AHRC funded conference at the Dept. of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, 8-10 Sept. 2017. “Silent Partnerships: Schelling, Jung and the Romantic Metasubject.” Futures of Schelling: The Second Conference of the North American Schelling Society, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 29 August – 1 September, 2013. “Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices.” (with Paul Werstine) INKE 2012 Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering, Hotel Parque Central, Havana, Cuba, 12 December 2012. “Schelling, Jung and the Critique of Interiority.” The First Conference of the International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority (ISPDI), Crown Plaza Hotel, Berlin, Germany, 23-25 July, 2012. “Coding Digital Texts in TEI-Compliant XML, Case Study: The Folger Shakespeare Library Edition of Troilus and Cressida.” The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2012 Colloquium, University of Victoria, 5-8 June 2012. “Metasubjectivity in Schelling and Jung.” Romanticism and Evolution: A Romanticism Research Group International Conference. Windermere Manor, University of Western Ontario, 12-14 May 2011. (solicited) “Freud, Jung and the Dangerous Supplement to Psychoanalysis.” Freud After Derrida. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, University of Manitoba, 6-9 Oct 2010. Selected Academic Employment 2018 - present Learning Advisor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). I mentor a very culturally diverse student body concerning everything from essay writing and critical thinking to grammar and vocabulary. I use contemporary pedagogical approaches to aid students in completing multimodal projects (written, spoken, presented, multimedia) and track student progress in an administrative database. 2014 Editorial Assistant for a special edition of Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Sean McGrath (2015) and William Godwin, Mandeville, ed. Tilottama Rajan (Peterborough: Broadview, 2015). Responsible for proofreading, image management, formatting, copyediting 2013 Course Director for "The History of Criticism and Theory," a full-year, full-credit undergraduate English course at the University of Western Ontario. Full responsibilities for grading, lecturing, managing online LMS components 2010-2013 Research Assistant in the Textual Studies Group of Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)'s Major Collaborative Initiatives program. Responsible for coding TEI-compliant XML of Troilus & Cressida for the New Shakespeare Variorum under the supervision of Prof. Paul Werstine; presented a case study at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), University of Victoria, British Columbia, 2012. 2010-2011 Teaching Assistant for two half-year undergraduate English courses, "The History of Criticism and Theory" and Contemporary Theory and Criticism," at the University of Western Ontario. Responsible for delivering two guest lectures and managing online LMS components 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant for a full-year undergraduate English course, "Modern Drama: The Activist Stage," at the University of Western Ontario. Responsible for delivering a guest lecture, grading, mentoring creative and theoretical course aspects as well as online LMS component. Nominated, Graduate Teaching Award Non-Academic ⁄ Professional 2002-present Senior Production Writer and Instructional Designer, Nevada Learning Series. Responsibilities include conceiving, writing, proofreading, and revising software reference guides used by Fortune 500 companies, corporations, and North American government agencies. Other Qualifications and Credentials Current Working With Children E (WWC-E) Check Founding Member, North American Schelling Society (NASS) Interests & Hobbies Reading, writing, travelling, photography (much of the photography on this site is my own). Travelling In the early 2000s I embarked on a six-year backpacking journey around several parts of the world. The countries I have visited, in no particular order: India, Ireland, France, England, Germany, Syria, Switzerland, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Singapore.
  22. Hi everyone, It's official - LiquidFractal's new...iteration? manifestation? representation? - will be going live January 1, 2018! Of course, the site's public areas and forums chatter have been around for ages and will still be there. But in the new year I hope to have everything else in place: tutoring rates, information on contract editing/proofreading/technical writing work, as well as the storefront. I will also be introducing a Referrals program. So if you're a client (tutor, editing or otherwise) refer someone else who becomes a client, you get reward points which can go towards free tutoring hours, resources, or maybe even some free stuff. Not a client? If you're a Member who refers someone who becomes a client, you will also earn Referral points for stuff in the future. More soon! As always, I enthusiastically welcome any and all suggestions you may have. And psst...tell your friends.
  23. For those of you who are able to use Sticky Notes, you can now leave Notes for yourself on the site as well as sending them to me. This is a great way of setting up eye-catching reminders of upcoming events, tutoring sessions, or just homework deadlines.
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