Posts By: Willem

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    the Art of Tracking Radio Show: Design in Nature with Adrian Bejan

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    Join host Garth Olson and me as we interview Duke University Professor Adrian Bejan, author of Design in Nature, on the new Constructal Law of physics, which I have blogged a bit about. I think we all blew each other’s minds several times during the show. Listen here. And consider subscribing to the Art of… Read more »

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    The Landscape Within A Track

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    Controversy swirls around author, teacher, and tracker Tom Brown, Jr., I can’t deny it. As founder and head instructor-for-life at The Tracker School in New Jersey, he has made a career out of having strong opinions without any apologies. And yet one thing, that he said in the very first class I ever took, has… Read more »

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    The CoMC Archives Are Now A Hard-Copy Book

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    I tried the zine format and it didn’t quite work – the zines came out very thick, over a hundred pages on several issues. So, remembering that god created bound books for just this purpose, I’m going the Lulu route. You can buy the gathered archives from 2004-2013, over 500 pages of animistic musings, for $35.00,… Read more »

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    The CoMC, years 2004-2005, Now In Ebook Format

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    So, I’ve been working on making the archives of this blog more accessible, and more readable. To that end, I’ll release ebooks for each year, combining years for those times when other priorities distracted me too much to keep blogging. Each book should run at least 40 pages. If enough folks buy them, I’ll combine… Read more »

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    Standing At The Door Of The Hoop

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    Photo Credit: Scott Ingram Photography via Compfight cc You’ve wandered down a street you’ve never seen before – not really even a street, more like an alley way. Cobbled, and burnished from many feet and wheels, the bones and back of the old city breaking through in this one spot. This old time being of… Read more »

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    The Eye of the Tracker

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    Not too long ago, I started a private blog to document my experiences and experiments in tracking, awareness, and sleuthing. Don’t expect anything more than a humble tracking diary, but if you feel curious about this particular path of connection to the land, and how I go about it, I offer access to the private… Read more »

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    The Wolf At Your Door

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    Photo Credit: Tambako the Jaguar via Compfight cc I’ve come to believe that we have the Wolf story completely backwards. The one anyone will tell you, whatever their wolf partisanship, paints wolves creeping up to human campfires over the early millennia, scavenging bits from our campfires, coming in closer, becoming tamed by our hands, and… Read more »

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    Everything Honest Feels Like a Conversation

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    I’ve felt frustrated lately; I want to accomplish things that don’t seem to come fast enough. I want things to happen that…haven’t. I talk with people who I want to respond in a certain way that…don’t. I’ve felt this building feeling of stressed impatience. And so, last night I watched a french swashbuckling movie, in… Read more »

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    Support the Language Hunters

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    You may not be aware of a major new project I’m working on; the non-profit Language Hunters organization. This holiday season we’re fundraising on kickstarter to complete our Irish Language Hunt project – a series of language game videos that simultaneously documents and teaches the endangered Irish language. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/242604490/irish-language-hunt By doing this we’re working on a model usable by… Read more »

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    WAYK Housekeeping

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    Whoah. What a great idea. Anyway, I didn’t mean it that way – I have some logistical stuff to share… If you haven’t heard yet, check out the Where Are Your Keys? blog. I’ll start posting WAYK articles over there, rather than here, just to keep things orderly and neat. In further housekeeping, please start… Read more »

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    The Language Fluency Game: A loooong time comin’

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    I offer up the first video evidence of language magic happening! Blame all the shakiness, and poor sound quality on me. I myself will then turn around and blame the altitude (Albuquerque at 5000 ft! I took lots of naps!). “Where Are Your Keys?”: the Language Fluency Game from Willem Larsen on Vimeo.

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    The Next Step In The Fluency Revolution

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    Evan Gardner and I have done a lot of brainstorming over the past several months, troubleshooting how to kick-start the revolution and begin spreading his language fluency game, “Where Are Your Keys?”.  Now we finally have a solid plan. If you’ve kept up with the saga of WAYK, you’ll know the kind of revolution we… Read more »

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    Incommensurability

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    Recently (yesterday, as a matter of fact) I received a comment here from a physicist named Travis, who wanted to point out a couple of errors he perceived in my article on Animist Language. I don’t know Travis; he doesn’t know me. But I’ve waited for him (or whoever would do the work that he… Read more »

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    Limits and Possibilities

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    When I listen to you tell your story I embrace the possibilities you describe and take the limits under advisement Your possibilities show that somebody, somewhere, actually did it… your limits show that somebody, somewhere, at one time, couldn’t… I gallop after possibilities rather than remaining behind to survey the particular borders of what I,… Read more »

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    “Where Are Your Keys?” Means A New Role For Educational Institutions

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    [Update: I’ve started a new community learning non-profit called Language Hunters – please check it out at http://languagehunters.org.] What happens when you place the ability and responsibility for learning and teaching into the hands of the people with the passion to learn? What happens when you blur the line between teacher and student, until it no longer… Read more »