Anticipation

Welcome to Day of DH 2010.

To be blogged on March 18th.

Wake Up Everybody

6.ooam

An italian breakfast

The day starts early in the morning. Since my teaching is planned every tuesday and thursday, in the next minutes I’ll be driving from my hometown to Roma (my worktown), and in the afternoon I’ll be moving from the Caput Mundi east side to the south one, to finally come back to my house in the evening. So I need to boost my physical and mental vitality with some good breakfast. Which consists of:

  • apple cake;
  • home-made cappuccino;
  • and a glass of water.

While eating, I check if I got any mail on my iPhone (Domenico, he likes to send mail in the middle of the night), just to confirm myself that my connection addiction is a definite matter of fact.

The Work Pt.1

9.30am

Desktops

As webmaster of LUISS, I run University’s International and Italian websites. The italian site got redesigned a couple of months ago, so my coworker Giovanni and I are fine-tuning everything to get assured that the new visual layout and navigation patterns meet real visitors expectations. Two of the latest additions to the site were microformats for contact pages and webcal subscription distribution for calendars. Subscribing a calendar, for example, visitors can import events in their favorite dedicated (on line, like Google Calendar) application and still be updated without visiting the web page. Not every visitor is so Web 2.0 savvy, but in the next years such content (re)distribution will become a standard feature for every web site.

My monitor is a wild bunch of web and desktop applications (still I can’t take advantage of Spaces – my fault, I know), including three browsers with fifteen open tabs (most of all showing admin accounts for customized Drupal and Wordpress installations or web tools like FormSpring). Currently, running a site is no more about esoteric things like computers and wires, simply make-that-thing-work, nor it is about graphic designing a layout: it is about content to be usable, readable, shared, promoted and re-distributed through those new platforms revolving around the Web. Quite challenging and cool, isn’t it?

Crosstown Traffic

4.48pm

Stuck

I’m honest here, Digital Humanities won’t save the world. Teleportation will. Stuck in traffic, I’m (slowly, so slowly) moving to Tor Vergata University for my scheduled lesson. When I’ll finally get there, I’ll be a bit angrier (have you ever noticed like driving pulls the worst out from your otherwise peaceful attitude?), stressed, having contributed to global pollution. And late.

Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes

6.00pm

I might be rhetorical but if you are a teacher you got to keep studying, so the real beautiful other side of teaching is learning. Double this for a topic like the Web, which has a terrific change rate, and you can bet that since I’ve been teaching my course on Web Design and Development for four years now, I’ve grown and expanded my knowledge along with my students (you should ask them if they feel the same too, actually).

Students

In this second semester we focus on semantic markup and logical separation between structure and presentation, and we’ll try to learn how to use HTML tags for the content we code and then apply separated Cascading Style Sheets to give markup a visual layout and graphic and typographic presentation. First introduction lessons were dedicated to doctype, XHTML 1.0, browsers’ quirks and standard mode, and other weird words that make your eyes roll, but I’m confident that things will get funnier when they’ll begin to code and stylize a real web page.

I’ve created a blog for the course, in which I upload slides and notes of the first semester too (which introduces the Web as a new media and platform and focuses on design and process). The blog serves also as a space where students can test their acquired knowledge about course topics through posted exercises, and showcases useful web design resources and links feeded by some of my social network accounts on YouTube, Delicious and aNobii.

Una giornata perfetta (A Perfect Day)

11.24pm

On the lap

I took pictures. I blogged. I taught. I socially interacted (without exceeding). I worked. I browsed. I listened. I talked. I learned. I read. Not necessarily in this order. Ah, I was a family man too, at very last. Not such a bad day, after all.

Good night and good luck.

Post Scriptum

11.58pm

As someone may have noticed, the posts’ titles of this blog make reference to songs’ titles. That Day in the Life title of this beautiful DH project reminded me instantaneously of the famous Beatles’ song, so I liked to compose an original soundtrack of my day through the journal entries.

Cds

For those of you interested in knowing (and listening, if possible):