This Phy-d’eau web site houses some of my writing and creative endeavours. I also like thinking about intellectual liberty, knowledge over the very long term, as well as social, cultural, and political critique.
My posts may be identified by my name, Joshua Chalifour. I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada and I work as an academic librarian at Concordia University. I completed a Masters in Library and Information Studies at McGill University (archives focus) and have a background in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
I launched the phydeau.org site in August 1998 and with a slightly different purpose than it has today. Some of the creative experimentation I’d used it for is still here—some is quite old and doesn’t reflect my current writing or thinking. I occasionally weed content from this site but I also keep a bit because it’s useful to consider change, even when it provokes some cringing.
For more, take a look at the abstract strategy board game, Adomoc, which I conceived and developed with my friend, Mike Keigher. My Know Fore blog minding information and abetting research tends to focus mostly on work-related themes (digital scholarship librarian). UnKindness Of Ravens is an old experimental music ensemble. My epic will be a taxonomy of invisible rules that enable, starting with birth. Enjoy.