# 2009 08 01 tweets

I'd really like a better term than "multimodal" to say the thing we used to mean when we said "multimedia." Any suggestions?

That's *awesome*.

My sense is while multimedia can include static uses $$like illustration$$ the multimodal pushes user engagement beyond reading.

Except that the book is mediated, too; it's a little too generic to designate change.

85 spf sounds like a serious sun-blocking weapon! And daily brushing is an important weapon in the fight against tooth decay.

So, the March 2009 issue of PMLA just landed in my inbox. I get that print moves slowly, but sheesh.

Rats. Revising the article into chapter 3 is going to be a lot harder than I'd hoped. Harder than nine days, I fear. Ratsratsratsrats.

My thoughts about chapterizing keep coming back to the eggs & omelets thing; you have to break the article in order to make a chapter.

I have a very hard time breaking stuff that works. The problem is that it doesn't work in this context. So: il faut craquer des oeufs.

Not yet, but soon, I hope!

#SCMS tweeps: seeking participant for a workshop on the future of conferencing, esp. w/an interest in economic/ecologic issues. DM or @ me!

More like how to be more ecological by having conferences online. On a space like, I dunno, @mediacommons. For instance. :)

Very cool -- thanks for the link!

NeoOffice is crashing repeatedly this morning. Beginning to think it doesn't like my book.

Gah. Press wants endnotes not footnotes. OO/NeoO can either do footnotes or one big endnote dump at end of document w/o chapter divisions.

Figured out how to place endnotes after each chapter, but it's causing both NeoO and OO to crash repeatedly. Surely there's a better way.

You and me both. I'm about to dig my heels in on this issue and tell the press that I have to deliver the ms with footnotes.

I hope I can get footnotes in the printed text, but the issue now is what I have to deliver to them. Which, ugh.

Honestly, just let me loose in InDesign and I'll typeset the stupid thing myself.

Les Mechanisms sont très importants; il faut les bien comprendre!

Wow - that's super cool. Probably more than I can contemplate right now, but I want to learn more!

Not quite. About 5 miserable pages to go, plus conclusion. Was trying to distract myself with formatting...

Ugh, no. Right now all I have to say is "so now you see, digital scholarship, fight the power, the end." Will prob write it later.

Sheesh. Twitter goes down for half an hour and already there's a post on the NYT about it? http://bit.ly/eFrpQ I think I know who's outraged

Hey, so: I pretty much have a draft. $$At least of all but the conclusion, which I may not write until after I put the thing out for review\.$$

Not sure what to make of the fact that the chapters I wrote this summer are the part I like the least. Perhaps I left the spinach for last.

Hey, so do I! This is like metaphorical spinach, not the good stuff. Either that or I didn't work as well this summer as last.

grazie!

I really need a WP plugin that produces pop-up annotations/footnotes. Something Snap-like, but with my text. And not ugly. Any ideas?

It's quite nice but I'm really hoping to get away from the bottom-of-page model. Esp since I argue against the "page" metaphor!

That's what I was thinking. Also that the conclusion can be as up-to-date as possible that way.

Hmm. I'll ponder. The problem is I'm publishing the text for discussion in CommentPress, which runs in WPmu, so I may be stuck.

Fabulous news - congratulations!

Wondering if the answer to my popup annotation question is really as easy as using the acronym tag. It's ugly, but it may do the trick.

Problem is using JavaScript in a WP post is a major pain, unless there's been some new development while I wasn't looking.

Yes, I've seen this, and it's great - but I'm trying to break away from the bottom-of-the-page model.

Hmm. That may be a solution. I was looking at something like overLIB, but was stuck on the js issue...

Interesting! Very "Host." Problem is that the main text is going to be in CommentPress, so I'm not sure whether this would work.

That would be fabulous!

In case you didn't know, @clioweb is a supergenius & has solved my footnote issue. Now I really look forward to foisting the ms on you all.

Not at all! I don't have a pub date yet, but expect pre-pub CommentPress release to start in a week or two. Will keep you posted.

Yes, thanks! Am working on a draft today; will share when ready.

It's awesome that things are so well landscaped around here, but ENOUGH WITH THE FREAKING WEED WHACKERS ALREADY. You're killing me, guys.

Aaaand: the manuscript is submitted.

Thanks!

If all goes according to plan, as early as the end of next week...

Really! I've got CP ready to go. Once the sysadmin installs WPmu and I can get the data in $$and get my editor's ok$$, it's on.

New blog post: Um... Is This Thing On? http://bit.ly/QiCQu

"Relax." I seem to have heard this word somewhere before, but I'm not placing it.

My Intro Dig Media Studies course in the spring was entirely paper-/bookless; so nice to have everything available online.

A physicist calculated that if he pushed all the way to the end of his 9.69 Olympic race he'd have finished in 9.55. Amazing.

That's crazy.

Holy crap.

My morning began with me dropping a full glass of juice on my desk, where it shattered & sprayed juice & glass everywhere. How's yours?

Ugh! My only one-up here is the presence of all my computer equipment in the juice trajectory. Otherwise, tomatoes are worse.

Yes. And now you can finally start speaking your mind, at last! :)

@sramsay $$p\.s\. congratulations$$

Can you post it online and say in the syllabus that students are responsible for reading and complying with it?

Yes. We can set our own policies, but I hated having it in the syllabus. I do walk through it carefully on the first day.

Joke! Big joke!

If I could reinvent grad school, the first thing I'd do would be to require all first-years to take a course in grant/fellowship writing.

Which is to say: how can I have gotten this far into my career and still suffer like this every time I have to write an application?

While you're at it, vote for mine; Hacking the Ivory Tower w/@MediaCommons & @FlowTV folks: http://bit.ly/iScwx

Excellent! I'll get the MediaCommons vote out for us, too.

Aw, man. I was really hoping it was possible to get better at this. It's misery right now.

RT @FlowTV Two Flow-based panels up at SxSW-interactive panel picker. Please vote & retweet! http://bit.ly/36azAf and http://bit.ly/VBYhC

Thanks! Have voted for yours as well. Sounds like a great panel.

New blog post: The Opposition http://bit.ly/2iEUps

I'm a big #dork and I'm reading it right now!

Now boarding for Amsterdam. See you when there's wifi. #stupidat&tintlroamingcharges

Raging ass who spilled a drink on himself & then complained b/c airline wouldnt provide him with spare pants just taken off plane. Thank god

In AMS after a blissfully raging-ass-free flt. Dude was bonkers, if you hadn't guessed, insulting staff & threatening lawsuit.

Gave flight attendant & service mgr my card in case. They handled it all way more professionally than I'd have been capable of doing.

Now to keep myself awake for 2.5 hours until next flight boards. So paid for wifi, but most of you are asleep & can't help amuse me.

No, he pretty much kept it to yelling for spare pants. Doesn't measure up to recent public crazy, but makes for a bad 9hr flight.

Wow. You mean there's a mobile provider even stingier than AT&T?

3 hrs sleep Monday night. Breakfast between ONT & IAH. Dinner, 2 hrs sleep, & breakfast between IAH & AMS. So how can it be Wednesday?

Which is to say: I'm delirious. Let's board this flight already so I can sleep a little more.

Okay, okay, I'm awake. #jetlag

No kidding. And they haven't even launched yet!

Okay! Took an hour nap yesterday once in the hotel, and then slept 9 solid hours last night. Feel fabulous $$but expecting the 3pm crash$$.

Weird sudden optical effect had me worried about oncoming migraine. Turns out a very small bug was crawling around on my glasses lens.

Things that don't go well together: jet-lag, monster headache, rock festival in the street outside... [1/2]

...and the discovery that I have to fill 60-90 minutes in tomorrow's defense. [2/2]

Thanks; I'll take that. Or, rather, some non-virtual Advil.

So here's something I love about Norway, or at least the two Norwegian hotels I've stayed in thus far: gently heated bathroom floors.

Very cool project; I look forward to hearing/seeing more...

Okay, wow. I knew I loved this place.

Boy, you just want the world, don't you? Next thing you'll be asking for customer service to actually serve customers. Sheesh.

Major up-side of a birthday spent in Europe: having it last from 12.01 CET to 11.59 PDT. You still have 86 minutes to get your wishes in. :)

New blog post: On the Run http://bit.ly/285Llk

Okay, today's travel is seriously kicking my ass. But I'm four hours from home. Tomorrow morning, pre-semester panic begins.

Home. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The MLA is now tweeting: RT @mlaconvention: Stay tuned to mlaconvention for news about the MLA's annual mtg in Philadelphia.

Dunno, but it's Rosemary Feal who's doing the tweeting. Very, very cool.

That's a very good question. Program cmte meets in a couple of weeks; I hope to press the issue...

I'm glad you're here - it's a great step!

An informal poll of folks following me suggests most are willing to pay a modest amt more in conv fees for wifi.

My sense is many people would happily pay $10, and some a bit more. They'd also like MLA to negotiate w/conf ctrs for access. Replying to @mlaconvention Digital comm $$like Twitter$$ is an increasingly important part of the conference experience. It's becoming a necessity. Replying to @briancroxall I spotted that and almost said something myself. It's beginning to look like a new MLA. Whenever I need roof access $$e\.g\. for a/c service$$, I have to give$50 dep to HOA for a key. Currently have a key, and am tempted to copy.

@mariabustillos Hey- finished Dorkismo on trip to Norway & LOVED it. Posted rev on Amazon. Can't wait to find out what the next book holds.

New blog post: Senioring a Young Field http://bit.ly/EOi2k

Of course! $$and she is$$

Need a good essay exploring tension btw series & seriality in television $$esp\. recent tv$$, and know I'm missing something. Any suggestions?

That may be the right thing - but I can't remember: how close is it to the "Telling Television Stories" chapter in TV & Am Cult?

I've got a copy, so no worries -- thanks!

Absolutely!

Mac geek cred: my pre-ordered copy of Snow Leopard just arrived via FedEx. Now the dilemma: finish the syllabus, or stop & upgrade?

Hey, does Tweetie not allow you to block someone directly from the app? Do I really have to log in on the web to block a spammer?

Am backed up out the wazoo. Do need to check on application compatibility, though...

Insanely so. And even the web interface doesn't make it easy $$the link is easy to overlook$$.

Okay, still need to do some scanning and may shift some things around, but the TV Authorship class is close to ready: http://bit.ly/QEjau

Thanks, I'll take a look. I think I've got a couple of good things now, though.

Wait, what? That's... unexpected.

Two essays from the same issue of VLT $$58\.1$$, in fact: @jmittell's and @mznewman's, both of which are perfect for the class.

Okay, all backed up; have checked for app compatibility & updated a couple. Am about to begin upgrade process. Wish me luck.

It's called Television Authorship; http://bit.ly/10UI12

Okay, first load & restart seems good; msg says 33 mins to go.

Fan running like crazy, but otherwise seems okay. 14 mins to go.

Post-installation restart. Fingers crossed.

Hmm. "Where is System Events?" http://yfrog.com/2ajo0j

I hit "cancel." Mac appears to have shrugged & said whatevs.

A bit of syncing weirdness $$keychain issue on a remote computer, I think$$ but all seems okay.

But OS9 called & wants its keyboard viewer icon back. http://yfrog.com/27pvkp

Okay, wow - Exchange 2007 support is INSANELY easy: enter email address & password, & Mail autodiscovers. And that's from home!

Hmm. At some point I'd synced contacts on my Mac to the Exchange server so now they're in both places. But now can sort work & life.

That would be fantastic - let's chat!

Snow Leopard installation 1 went far easier than 2 and 3 is now messing with me bigtime. Guess I got cocky & Apple's showing me who's boss.

Most serious Snow Leopard incompatibility so far: Quicksilver. I mostly use it for keystroke program/file launching, but boy, do I miss it.

Yeah, if I were any more reliant on it, I'd absolutely have waited. The good news is it sorta half works but preferences are borked.

Wow- lots of responses while I slept! RT @josh_braun The Internetz have grown a solution to the Quicksilver problem http://bit.ly/LV8Mr

Probs with some plugins, plus prefs don't work and QS gets attached to the first space you launch it in. But b54 is ok for now

Just so it's been said: publishing a 260+ page manuscript in readable form online takes a LOT of time. Must find better system.