Welcome! I am Jason Nguyen, a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and this blog is where I make observations about music, culture, and academic life.

LOLculture

I haz a new site for my silly things: http://www.lolculture.com

Everyone who has a little lolcat in them should contribute!  Just comment below or email me at lolculture@jrnguyen.com to get added to that blog.

Context: One of them is a kitty.  The other is Claude Levi-Strauss, for whom the idea of The Raw and the Cooked […]

Inherited burdens: A brief reflection on reflexivity

I was re-reading some notes I had taken on Geertz’s Works and Lives tonight while working on a paper for my fieldwork class.  I appended the following bit to my reflection/summary of the work:

[…]We share a genealogy with those scholars who had transitioned into that post-modern moment, but the traits have been remixed […]

Talking about work is more fun than work: A glimpse at my toolbar

Computer technology is increasingly moving to a point where everything can be done inside the Internet browser.  In terms of my workflow, it means that you can get a pretty good idea of the tools I use by looking at my bookmarks bar:

toolbar

A quick run-down of the programs/apps:

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Tech for Scholars #2: Build Your Online Presence Part 1, Domain Names and a Basic Blog

Wordpress IconTech for Scholars is a weekly series of articles with tips and thoughts on leveraging technology in academic scholarship. This week, I take a look at the costs involved in building an online presence and introduce you to getting your own domain name and a simple blog with WordPress.

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Looking for a purpose

I’ve never been able to hold on to a blog for too long, mostly because I think most of my blogs end up being too diffuse, and in trying to cover so much (from school to personal life to news and beyond), I end up covering nothing in any meaningful way. This blog, at […]