Hello world!

Welcome to Day of DH 2010. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Beginning of the day

First things first, I’m preparing a blog entry for the NT2 Website announcing our participation to the DODH2010.

More on our activities later.


Some activities planned for the day

As of yet, there is only me and Kim, one of our programmers, in the Lab.

One of our researchers, Joanne Lalonde, will not be in today, as she will be giving a presentation in an interdisciplinary seminar in Art History, entitled: “Défis de la recherche  sur les pratiques émergentes.” She will present the work of a hypermedia art historian, the NT2 Website, the concept of Knowledge and Research Environment and our project of online curating (still a work-in-progress).

Gregory Fabre, who si both an artist and a programmer, will be working on putting the final touches to the publication of the new bleuOrange, a french-language online hypermedia literature and art magazine. This will be the third year that a bleuOrange is released.

Joelle Gauthier is working on a thematic file on the poetics of memory in the hypermedia arts. She will thus continue her readings on this rather large topic and create entries for the Hypermedia Art and Literature (HAL) Directory.

Simon Brousseau will come to the Lab later to continue his researches on the works of JoDi

As for me, well I should start on the emails reception and answering!


Wait a minute… what exactly is JODI?

As I was writing the activities of the day, I suddenly realized that I only have a vague understanding of what may be JODI, so I started to chat with Simon.

As it turns out, the proper question would be “WHO is JODI”. The answer: Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmens.

Simon: Two conceptual artists who believe that computer bugs and errors should be integrated in the creative process of hypermedia artists.

Gabriel: Come again?

Simon: Well, go to this adress: http://404.jodi.org/

Gabriel: … Uh… I’m… perplexed

Simon: As you should. I’ll explain it thouroughly when I swing by later.

I guess this day will bring its fair amount of fascinating and puzzling discoveries…


Kim’s day

I asked Kim Petit to send me an overlook of her work day. Here’s her answer:

« We are now looking for TEI elements to tag dialogues and circled text in a novel manuscript. »

This adds to my confusion (I still haven’t fully processed the JODI page), since

a) I can only vaguely understand what she is refering to. I guess it’s about our work on the Gabrielle Roy: du manuscrit au virtuel project, but what exactly is a TEI and to what purpose should we use it escapes me at the moment.

b) Kim wrote that “we are looking for”, but I checked just a minute ago and she’s all by herself in her office.

This is intruiging and freaking me out at the same time.


Looking for the correct cable

We’ve started snapping pictures of the Lab and its members, but we just realized that no one seems to know where the cable connecting our camera to a computer is located. This means that my next minutes will be spent looking for the correct cable in a workplace containing kilometers of different cables, coming in all sizes and colors. I only have a brief idea of what that precise cable may look like.

This would be a good occasion to offer a penetrating comparison between human relationships and cables connecting devices, and would be perfectly appropriate for the Day of Digital Humanities. However, it’s probably gonna take me a good while to locate the damn cable, so I’ll restrain temporarily my urge for a poetic outburst.

As soon as I get the cable, I’ll take a picture of it. It would seem like a good starting point for our day in images, and it could be a good clue about “what exactly that damn cable looks like” in the future.


Why Simon is upset

Simon just popped up on my iChat, urging me to read an article in today’s Globe and Mail. He thinks the article is dead wrong and misinformed. I can only agree. I personnaly don’t read that many blogs, but Simon does, and he tells me that most bloggers he knows and enjoys are women.

We could debate of a while on the topic of blogs, as we often did at the NT2 Lab. We can’t declare that all blogs are insipid, and we can’t declare that all blogs can be understood, read and studied as literature per se. We chose not to create entries on blogs in our Directory of Hypermedia Art and Literature mostly because there are too many blogs out there and the selection of “literary blogs” would be too problematic and subjective. In other words, we are willing to admit our ignorance on the subject.

But what does this journalist does is exactly the opposite. First off, she doesn’t blog and doesn’t seem to care about it that much, which makes me wonder why she would want to write on the subject at all. Then, she proceeds to spurt a barrage of grotesque clichés to try to make a point. She shoud try to talk and listen to a gender studies specialist for a while, though that means that she would have to interrupt her favorite activity, which is probably listening to the sound of her own voice.

This is a farce and I’m not laughing. As for Simon, he’s furious.


Cable found…

…but as it turns out, it’s actually a device to extract the images from a memory card. It was located pretty fast, to my delight.

I’ll update pictures as soon as I figure out how to use the device.

Technology is a blessing and a curse.


Et l’image fut…

So here is the aforementioned device which allows to extract the pictures from the memory card of our camera. It was on the desk of Daniel (more on him later) so luckily I didn’t have to search through the bundle of other devices and cables.

Some strong coffee

I noticed while reading the other entries on the DODH main page that digital humanities researchers love coffee. I can certify that it is also the case at the NT2.

Isabelle, the coordinator of the Lab, has prepared the first batch of coffee for us, and it is strong enough to kill a bear with just one sip. It’s so strong I could stick a pen in my mug and it would stand straight up. It tastes delicious but I might suffer a heart attack before lunchtime.

So far, we have:

-A programmer who refers to herself as “we”

-A research assistant who is furious about an article in today’s Globe and Mail

-A coordinator who prepared some coffee so potent I might not sleep before the end of next week.

In other news, Mohamed, our PHP technician, just came in. I’m almost afraid of asking him what he’s up to.