Audiogrep is fun. Grab some audio, automatically transcribe it, then chop it apart and stitch it all back together again in amusing ways. I fed it my talk from the Interactivef Pasts Conference (video archive). My video: [singing over video of Caesar’s assassination] The more we get together, together, together; the more we get together, the happier we’ll be. For your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends- the more we get together the happier we’ll be [fade out] [Shawn] Let us kill some Romans… The automatic transcription: ma’am and no are you looking at a piano and … Continue reading AudioGrep

I don’t know how to do this

I don’t know how to do this. I worry that whatever I did say, would only make it worse. How do you help? Your students never stop being your students. You work with them days on end, through periods of intense frustration on either side, through times of amazing energy and excitement, to joy (graduation!) I’ve been teaching one way or another since about 2003. Some of my students have gotten married, had kids, got great jobs. Some spin their wheels, idly, not knowing how to move forward. Some have taken their own lives, or died in accidents.Some soldier on … Continue reading I don’t know how to do this

Distant Reading

The study of invisible writings was a new discipline… [the mathematics are] complex, but boil down to the fact that all books, everywhere, affect all other books. This is obvious: books inspire other books written in the future, and cite books written in the past. But the General Theory of L-Space suggests that, in that case, the contents of books as yet unwritten can be deduced from books now in existence. – Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies I’d say Pratchett has nailed it again, yes? Continue reading Distant Reading

Field Notes from a Virtual Unconference

  I’ll write something with a bit more substance and reflection in due course, but we’ve just ended the first ever archaeogaming virtual unconference. Total bill: catering: $0 space rental: $0 airfare: $0 hotel: $0 registration fee: $0. Time spent: me, in planning things out, setting up tech, writing about it: approximately 4-6 hours Platforms: MIT ‘Unhangout’ to host the event All our ideas to plan the sessions Google spreadsheet to create the schedule Twitter to get the #archaeogaming word out Things that worked really well: Having a schedule built before hand, to give people not only structure … Continue reading Field Notes from a Virtual Unconference