Opening Post

Trying out the Day of Digital Humanities WordPress blog. All seems to be in order.

arriving at the office

Arrived at Voorhies Hall. Stopped by the mail room, because I had not checked snail mail arrivals for 1 week +. An ad from ACT, latest print journal of CCCs, and printout of the agenda for a meeting about portfolios were in my box. Stopped by Kevin’s office to find out settings for turning off the cover sheet that keeps printing with any print job on the new Xerox copier-scanner-fax machine.

Talked with Mary Bly in the hallway. Arrived in my office and installed the latest upgrade for Zotero. Opened Day of DH Wordpress blog and began writing. Now to figure out how to use the twitter widget for this blog.

wonders why tweets are not appearing on his page

I wonder why tweets are not appearing on my #dayofdh blog page. The widget appears on the right hand side of the page, but the tweets are not appearing live.

Must move on from set up and get to work editing the volume on _multimodal composing and emerging genres in student compositions_ that I am working on with Tracey Bowen from U of Toronto.

spent last hour (?!) on email instead of book manuscript

Okay, not sure how this happened but I spent the last hour (?!) on email instead of the book manuscript. I did get the description of the internship off to Gary Goodman for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies program. I also read the response from the Chair of Jewish Studies to the undergraduate program review committee’s review (I chair the undergraduate program review committee for the College of Arts and Letters).

I went back to the widgets page and turned off the scrolling feature and now tweets are appearing. I randomly clicked on a Day of DH participant, and it turns out the Devon Fitzgerald is at the 4Cs. Interesting.

back from lunch, starting lsri grant work

back from an early lunch and noticed that Matt Gold’s tweet was about #dayofDH “mkgold First #dayofDH post up: “Graphs, Maps, Trees . . . and Coffee” http://is.gd/aNFt1

will work on book ms until meeting with Area 3 Writing Project’s Karen Smith about a 1-year developmental grant we just received for a Local Sites Research Initiative (LSRI).

should have taken a photo and finishing up a manuscript

I should have taken a photo at lunch with Shannah or in the meeting about LSRI with Karen Smith, but I did not.

I have now finished the edits on the manuscript for Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Composition. The Word Docs of the chapters are now all merged into a pdf and ready to send off to U of Pittsburgh Press. Yeah!

workspace, nonvirtual

Here is where all the work today has been happening.  Now time to browse around other Day of DH blogs.

as the day of DH 2010 ends

As the day of DH 2010 ends out here on the West Coast, the day does end.  It promises to be a blast (as well as informative/engaging/etc.) to look over all the data collected from digital humanists today.

My evening was taken up with family…. dinner for the kids and then heading over to my daughter’s jr. high to listen to the principal and counselors talk about their choices for courses next year in high school.  I biked home (using the bike light since darkness had fallen) and then walked the dog.  Chatted a bit with my SO and daughter before turning on the Mac and catching up on email.

Now it’s off to read Tracey Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains for next quarter’s faculty seminar sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute.

Mountains Beyond Mountains is about Paul Farmer an MD and medical anthropologist working in Haiti; Farmer gets the intersections of culture, medicine, and economics in powerful ways. Farmer’s insistence on using anthropology as the basis for action and intervention (rather than detached observation) seems so key.

Given the series of protests on University of California campuses [1st day of classes 2009, Nov. 2009, March 4th], the model of intellectuals willing to take action and become involved in solving social problems seems more relevant than ever.

In terms of the digital, the twitter stream has been a vital way of connecting protesters across the 10-campus UC system. On all three strike days, the twitter stream has been allowing students and faculty to follow action at Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and UCLA. Sharing photos via tweets has also been important. In addition, students have been blogging. MSM reporters have also been using the twitter stream as a way of following the protests. The PR folks on some campuses have also been using tweets and the same hash tags as student protesters during protests. There will be a fascinating history to be written about this unrest. At the moment, I wish the unrest was history instead of the present. But I have to say that I am proud of the way that students have become more engaged this year, and I do see digital communication tools (i.e., Web 2.0 tools if I dare still use that term) facilitating that engagement and the connections across campuses.

Now time for reading Kidder and then sleeping.