Author Archives: Katherine Wikoff

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."

“Unsquare Dance” in Silver Linings Playbook

I’m showing Silver Linings Playbook in one of my classes this week, and for the first time I really thought about how interesting it is that Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” is the song playing as Tiffany walks out to meet … Continue reading

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Delta’s “Innovation Class” makes flying meaningful

I just stumbled across Delta’s “Innovation Class” program.  What a truly innovative ( :) ) idea!  Which is this: you can apply to sit next to a really cool person who is flying somewhere, usually to a conference or similar event … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Wuzzy, “Vintage” Soap

I have no idea why this product from my childhood randomly popped into my thoughts this morning. I vaguely recall being allowed to get Fuzzy Wuzzy soap at least once.  All my friends were fascinated by it.  Does anyone know … Continue reading

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The Northern Soul Project – Sociology of an Underground Music Culture (post #3)

I found another BBC documentary about Northern Soul.  This one aired September 25, 2013, on BBC2 in the United Kingdom. It is titled “Northern Soul: Keeping the Faith” and appears to have been part of a series called “The Culture … Continue reading

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Shadow and architecture, Grohmann Museum

I couldn’t resist snapping this photo with my iPhone just before 5:00 p.m. this afternoon in the Grohmann Museum on the campus of Milwaukee School of Engineering.  As I approached the atrium’s spiral staircase on the way from my office … Continue reading

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Sunday Driving

We opted to avoid I-94 on our trip west from Milwaukee to Delafield on an errand this afternoon. Instead we drove county highways and frontage roads, one of which took us past Crites Field, the Waukesha County airport.  And just … Continue reading

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Ghost Moon (photo)

Seen on my way to the Starbucks at Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee this morning, looking west on State Street. And below is the cropped image I was sort of aiming for.  I don’t know if the photo will stick here … Continue reading

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