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Heutagogy is Everywhere

Left image: How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Complete Idiot by John Muir (1971). Source: Amazon.com

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What is the Present?

Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands.

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Thinking With “Shoes”

1. Thinking With Shoes I was recently reminded of Liam Kyle Sullivan’s 2006 electro-clash, viral video, “Shoes.” I was teaching the work of photographer and

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How to Make AR Polaroids

“Shoes” viral video by Liam Sullivan

Eadweard Muybridge reference (photo) in Rick and Morty “Ricksky Business” 

Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera designed by Charles and Ray Eames

I’m Rob Thomas. My journey to instructional design has taken me from being a street artist while working in warehouses in Seattle to being homeless for two years before finishing my undergraduate degree at Evergreen State College to being recruited immediately upon graduation to work  on the Microsoft Encarta ‘98 CD-ROM Encyclopedia. I left the NW that year in August of 1997 to pursue a MA in Humanities at SFSU, studied closely with Giorgio Agamben at UC Berkeley in 1999, and completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy, Literature and the Theory of Criticism at Binghamton University in 2005. I have served as a Lecturer Faculty member at San Francisco State University for the past 17 years. I am extremely proud to be continuing my journey with the campus community that has been my home for the past twenty years by pursuing a MA in Instructional Technology (ITEC) in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT) at SFSU.