About

Phy-d’eau houses some of my writing and creative endeavours. I also like thinking about intellectual liberty, long term knowledge preservation, as well as social, cultural, and political critique.

My posts may be identified by my name, Joshua Chalifour. I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada. 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. Currently, I’m an academic librarian at Concordia University.

Some history: the phydeau.org Web site is something that I launched in August 1998. I had the notion of creating a collaborative space—a sort of online version of a ‘zine that I’d published in my youth. I imagined a space where people could explore the unfamiliar and the space itself would become the creative evidence of that exploration. Things unfolded differently and the site has changed over the years. I still like to explore through creative experimentation and writing, some of which you see here. Some is quite old and doesn’t necessarily reflect the way I write or think now. While I have occasionally revised what content is on this site, instead of removing all of the past, I’ve left a bit. It’s sometimes useful to consider change.

For more, see the abstract strategy board game, Adomoc; my stream aggregation site, chalifour.org; my Thus Prate the Pundit blog on information management, digital ecosystems, and related issues; and UnKindness Of Ravens (an old experimental music ensemble). You should connect with me at my @phy Twitter account. My epic will be a taxonomy of invisible rules that enable, starting with birth. Enjoy.

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