one reason I was away for so long–I got hacked

April 18, 2014

PS –As to the neglect of the blog, that’s a whole other story, but one of the big issues was that my site got hacked some time ago. On the advice of my ISP, I hired to fix it, they made a much bigger mess than they started with, and eventually I had to […]

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Tap tap tap is this thing on?

August 16, 2013

Why declare a hiatus when you can just go on one?  I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do with this space, but come to no conclusions.  The archive is good, so I’d like to keep that up at least. In the meantime, there’s been some malware trouble.  I’ve cleaned up my mess, and […]

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Organizing Our (Analog) Library

February 18, 2013

Another guest post at ProfHacker on this always-timely topic.  

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And now, an academic paperback for over $1500

February 16, 2013

So I went to Amazon to pick up Constance Classen’s The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch, which I’m looking forward to reading.  This is what I found:   While I’m definitely interested in picking up the book, and while it is clearly eligible for super saver shipping, this is the first over-$1500 academic […]

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Once Again, the Political Economy of Communication People Had It Right

January 29, 2013

Yesterday’s New York Times caught up with a story that’s been making the rounds of the internet music circles since Zoe Keating published her finances about a year ago: in many cases, Spotify pays so little they might as well not be paying artists at all.  Sure, artists get fractions of cents in royalties, but very […]

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London (no, the one in Ontario)

January 24, 2013

When I first moved to Montreal in 2004, people would tell me they were going to “London” and I’d get excited for them because I thought they were going to the UK.  Then they’d say “London, Ontario” and it would be slightly disappointing.  Nine years later, last night, I’m checking in at the airport to […]

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“Look! Now you can…”: Gadget Logic in Big Data and the Digital Humanities

January 22, 2013

One of the problems with the move to digital humanities and big data is a kind of “gadget logic” taken from the advertising rhetoric of consumer electronics.  Lots of the reportage around digital humanities work on the big data side of the field focuses on what computer could do that people couldn’t.  By that I […]

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