The humane hack – a snippet of an argument

[this is the snippet of an argument, and all that I’ve managed to produce today for #AcWriMo. I kinda like it though and offer it up for consumption, rough edges, warts, and all.  It emerges out of something Shawn Anctil said recently about ‘the Laws of Cool‘ when we were talking about his comps which happen this Thursday. In an effort to get my head around what he said, I started to write. This might make it into a piece on some of my recent sound work. Alan Liu’s stuff is always wonderful to read because it turns my head … Continue reading The humane hack – a snippet of an argument

Bless your little cotton socks: reflecting on Carleton’s Data Day

I went to Carleton’s ‘Big Data Day’ yesterday. My student, Hollis, had entered a poster in the poster competition, detailing his approach to data mining the audio recordings of THATCamp Accessibility. Looks like he and I were the only two from the humanities end of the spectrum at the event. The day opened with a panel discussion, then a series of presentations from faculty involved in Carleton’s new MA in Data Science (which it appears has support from IBM; there’s a webpage at Carleton but it has a warning on it to all and sundry not to share the link. … Continue reading Bless your little cotton socks: reflecting on Carleton’s Data Day

Hollis Peirce, George Garth Graham Research Fellow

Mr. Hollis Peirce https://twitter.com/HollPeirce I am pleased to announce that the first George Garth Graham Undergraduate Digital History Research Fellow will be Mr. Hollis Peirce. Hollis is a remarkable fellow. He attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in the summer of 2012. At DHSI he successfully completed a course called “Digitization Fundamentals and Their Application”. In the fall semester of 2012 he was the impetus behind, and helped to organize,  THATCamp Accessibility on the subject of the impact of digital history on accessibility in every sense of the word. Hollis writes, Life for me has … Continue reading Hollis Peirce, George Garth Graham Research Fellow

Some Assembly Required: teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities (slides & notes)

I’m giving a keynote address to the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference, at Carleton on Thursday (10.30, River Building). I’ve never done a keynote before, so I’ll confess to being a bit nervous. ‘Provoke!’ I’ve been told. ‘Inspire! Challenge!’ Well, here goes…. These are the slides and the more-or-less complete speaker’s notes. I often write things out, and then completely adlib on the day, but this is more or less the flavour I’m going for. Some Assembly Required: Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities from DoctorG [Title] I never appreciated how scary those three words were until I … Continue reading Some Assembly Required: teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities (slides & notes)

Practical Necromancy talk @Scholarslab – part I

Below is a draft of the first part of my talk for Scholarslab this week, at the University of Virginia. It needs to be whittled down, but I thought that those of you who can’t drop by on Thursday might enjoy this sneak peak. Thursday, March 21 at 2:00pm in Scholars’ Lab, 4th floor Alderman Library. When I go to parties, people will ask me, ‘what do you do?’. I’ll say, I’m in the history department at Carleton. If they don’t walk away, sometimes they’ll follow that up with, ‘I love history! I always wanted to be an archaeologist!’, to … Continue reading Practical Necromancy talk @Scholarslab – part I