# 2009 12 01 tweets

For my $2, absolutely. It's got a ton of new functionality, and "pull down to reload" is just nifty. New blog post: December! http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/december/ Oh, brilliant - congratulations! RT @footnotesrising: congrats to @digitalhumanist for new job at @UMD_MITH! http://bit.ly/90VLy5 The end of an era: the last releases from @RCCSreviews. Thanks, @davidmsilver, for everything. The end of an era: the last release from @RCCSreviews. Thanks, @davidmsilver, for everything. /This time with the link! http://bit.ly/6AStu6 Woo-hoo! RT @brettbobley: Congrats @mkirschenbaum on MLA First Book Prize for Mechanisms. http://bit.ly/6TkNTV Replying to @jcmeloni Indeed! Jobs and prizes for everyone! RT @mkgold: ...and on this day of celebration, a sadder note: @davidmsilver retires RCCS http://tinyurl.com/y9q3bnj 1.5TB is sure a lot smaller and sexier than it used to be. $$That is, I guess, assuming you find small sexy\.$$ http://yfrog.com/1eurjj Replying to @therefore $$Which makes me want to make an "it's hollow\.\.\. it goes on forever\.\.\. and\.\.\. my god\.\.\. it's full of stars" joke\.$$ Replying to @2xlp I am totally backed up out the wazoo, trust me $$two local, two remote$$. It is not possible to be more data paranoid than I am. Why, yes, I did in fact wake up at 3.30 this morning! Replying to @samplereality A little Poi Dog Pondering in the morning can be a good thing - it's certainly upbeat in its total demoralization. Replying to @samplereality They passed through BR every year or so when I was at LSU, so I saw and heard a lot of them then. But can it be 20 yrs? Eek! Halle-freaking-lujah: Quicksilver update. http://bit.ly/T8846 $$via @lifehacker$$ Replying to @boonebgorges So far, so good. And MASSIVE speed improvements. Replying to @mmwwah Woo-hoo! Replying to @boonebgorges Please be sure to tweet that when you do! Oh! How nice to come home and be reminded by Twitter that there's Top Chef a-waitin' on the DVR! Replying to @daveheal In this case, no; all I got was a "oooooooooooh Top Chef." Dear UT Austin graduate admissions: please either allow file uploads for LORs or provide a text entry box larger than three lines high. Thx. Replying to @annehelen and @crsbecker Sadly, I am not surprised by any of this. Hey, the MLA volume on Teaching Literature and Language Online is out! (On a snarkier note: I wrote my article for the volume during summer 2006... [1/2] ...which might lead one to think that publishing essays about teaching online might be better done online.) [2/2] Replying to @phdaisy I hear you. My chapter is on a course I taught in 2004 using this thing called a "weblog." You may have heard of them. Replying to @jmittell My assumption is that it's about where the RTs come from; clients that don't support the new style prob produce old style RTs. Excellent column by Barbara Fister in Library Journal on me and Rupert Murdoch. $$Really\!$$ http://bit.ly/50gkaY Replying to @mmwwah Not much, dude. I'm beside myself! New blog post: Gee, Time Warner, Thanks for Asking http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/gee-time-warner-thanks-for-asking/ Replying to @shanakimball Wonderful news -- congratulations, Maria! RT @shanakimball: Maria Bonn has been named AUL for Publishing at the University of Michigan Library. http://bit.ly/7zedKt Have taken article draft from 15,500 words to 11,200. Still have to get down to 8000. *sigh* Excellent week of posts and discussions on In Media Res, focusing on "Books as Screens." http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/ Replying to @antoniomarcos Thanks so much; very nice to hear! It is 62 degrees in my third-floor apartment. Have been waiting for heater repairman for 1.5 hours. Wishing I had fingerless gloves. But I don't *want* to spend another three hours agonizing over which 3000 words can still be cut from this article! Replying to @2xlp Somebody told me to disemvowel it - but alas that only hits character rather than word count. Maybe I cut all articles & prepositions? Replying to @2xlp Of course I got it. But editing like this makes me literal. Replying to @sivavaid I was thinking of an every-third-word strategy. 62 degrees doesn't seem all that cold until you've been sitting in it for 2.5 hours waiting for the heater repair guys. Also I'm a cold wimp Replying to @mattthomas WANT. Replying to @nirak The irony, of course, is that it's 67 outside. Am wearing two sweaters and a scarf, but neither hat nor gloves. Hey, only 2888 words to go. Replying to @nirak See: cold wimp. Also, being SoCal, my condo is uninsulated, so outdoor temp very quickly = indoor temp. Lo tonight: 41. Heat, please. Good news: I have heat. Bad news: broken heat was my fault. Good news: was a quick fix. $$It's been that kind of week\.$$ Replying to @mkirschenbaum Go ahead, punk. Make my day. Made it down to about 10K words before caving. Will return tomorrow and see if I can find another 2K that can go. Replying to @wedaman You mean to say the US government is actively promoting the terrorist fist jab? Have returned home to discover it's finally warm enough inside. Now to turn down the heat to go to sleep... I wish I could begin to convey the degree to which I do not feel like working today. Just back from taking the big cat to the emergency vet. The little cat and I are very freaked out, and a whole lot broker. Replying to @ksmoker Thanks - I'm sure he will be. But it's scary nonetheless! Just picked up the big cat from the emergency vet; now waiting in parking lot for regular vet to open. Please let web info be correct! Little cat just figured out big cat still isn't home; went tearing all over the house and then ran up to me meowing her head off. Posted from wrong account the first time, obvs. Replying to @mmwwah I'm not sure if she figured that part out, but it definitely hit her that he wasn't back. Replying to @jcmeloni We're very excited about the panel; more stuff will be coming to that site soon. Lunch sounds great - I'm pretty clear next week except for Tuesday... Carry on; nothing to see here. Replying to @amandafrench Who knew Tweetie had a "reply all" issue? Replying to @mariabustillos That's amazing - congratulations! 38 degrees out this morning, and this view from my balcony. Leaves in foreground, snow in back, the way I like it. http://yfrog.com/4iixwhj Hey, the Chrome extensions gallery is also open! https://chrome.google.com/extensions Most desired extensions $$by me$$: @1Password & @zotero. Hey, folks with Wave invites: I'm using it with my spring classes & will need about 30 total. I've got 14, but maybe save an extra for me? Replying to @boonebgorges Many thanks! I'll check in with you around January 15. Replying to @midwinter_ Thanks! I'll check in with you around Jan. 15 & let you know if I'm still in need. Wow - thanks all for the offers of Wave invites. I'll DM as I need them, probably starting around Jan. 14. Replying to @christateston Classes don't start until the 21st so shd be plenty of time. But I sent someone an invite Mon & she was active 3hrs later! Picking up the big cat from the vet. Seems he's going to be okay, tho the vet said "he was a very sick kitty!" WHOA. The Google Groups I belong to just popped up in my Wave contacts. This is getting interesting. I'm in. See you there. Replying to @midwinter_ and @mmwwah My god, the irony. :) Replying to @midwinter_ That's my sense as well - I'm mostly wondering if Google is beginning to shut the groups down by starting this migration. Keep thinking something smells funny in here - something burning? - before remembering that I bought the big cat a new pheromone diffuser. Replying to @amandafrench Yeah, it's the Feliway. Poor dude has had such a bad couple of days, I figured he could use all the pheromones he could get. Oh, and thanks again, all, for the offers of Wave invites, but I just got another 25, so I ought to be totally covered now. Replying to @christateston Weird! I wonder if that'll happen to me - I had a wave with 14 invites left, and then a separate one popped up with 25... Life as I knew it is over. The big cat now has a pricey prescription canned diet, and the little cat wants it too & is refusing the dry. So, the choice: lock the little cat up with her dry food twice a day until she eats, or cave and give everybody the pricey canned stuff? This is what I'm thinking about instead of grading. Replying to @amandafrench Actually, that's brilliant - why didn't I think of that? Replying to @sgerald A very, very good point. Replying to @jcmeloni The vet did tell me it was fine to give her the same stuff, but I may test the fake-out routine... Replying to @mattthomas Thanks - that's extremely helpful. Does make me wonder how I could have gone this long without knowing any of this... Replying to @mattthomas This was a full-on blockage, with emergency catheterization. Poor little guy - I wish I'd known! A prize to whoever can tell me why I've got "Rocky Top" stuck in my head. $$Two prizes to whoever can make it go away\!$$ Replying to @amandafrench, @jcmeloni and @acavender My usual anti-earworm is a chorus of "Lonesome Loser" - drives out the other song but doesn't stick. Replying to @jmcclurken Why, thank you! I'll look forward to reading your thoughts. Replying to @mariabustillos and @ksmoker Had the exact same thing happen. Then woke up with Rocky Top again this morning. Am happy to trade 4 Tainted Love. Okay, I know you people have been talking about this, but can I just say the new FB privacy settings make no freaking sense? Why am I being given a choice between "old settings" and "everyone" without being told what my old settings were? That's not a choice. Replying to @stevewhitaker Trust me, I am. But it's still a bizarre pairing of options, isn't it? Very excited about new UM DH Series and the associated UM/HASTAC Pub Prize $$and honored to be in such great company$$! http://bit.ly/8Y7tkk New blog post: UM/HASTAC Publication Prize http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/umhastac-publication-prize/ Replying to @mmwwah Not my point. The point is the combination of sneakiness and bad pairing of options. Sitting at the coffee house down the block, trying to force myself to focus on #grading. 7 term papers down; 39 to go. Replying to @nowviskie I followed @sivavaid's lead yesterday and deauthorized/disallowed/removed as many apps as possible. Still not enough, though. Replying to @GeorgeOnline I use BackBlaze;$5/mo or \$50/yr for unlimited storage. Works pretty seamlessly, though initial backup can be slow.

Exactly what I mean - even after disabling everything possible, I still feel potential overexposure - and yet want some presence.

Replying to @GeorgeOnline, @jcmeloni and @jasonrhody

I am this paranoid: lap/desk sync via Dropbox, plus two local TimeMachine backups and one more remote.

I have a paid account, so the vast majority of my data $$pretty much everything except music & movies$$ is backed up there, too.

& yes, super-paranoid: what if thieves got keys to both my home and office & cleaned me out? What if there were an earthquake?

$$Recognizing that in that latter case, I'd probably have worse problems to worry about than data loss\.$$

I'm so sorry - just having been through this with one of my cats I know how awful leaving them there is!

14 down, 29 to go $$and 4 yet to be turned in$$. #grading

Online Christmas shopping: nieces & nephews, aunt & uncle, done. Parents, almost done. Sister and grandmother still to go.

I'm so sorry; sending all my best thoughts and wishes.

Billie, I'm so sorry for your loss - thinking of you...

Was really fuzzy-headed this morning, so consumed a lot of caffeine. Now have a thin layer of super-wired on top of a fuzzy-headed center.

Yes, exactly. And just that productive.

Just discovered that Fluid implements 1Password. Rawk!

On the dual mode of review of Planned Obsolescence, including external reviews by @lisaspiro, available for discussion! http://bit.ly/7dtQ8b

New blog post: Peer Review as Dialogue http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/peer-revew-as-dialogu/

Hey, cool! // Conversation with Kathleen Fitzpatrick, NITLE Summit Keynote Speaker http://bit.ly/7AqgNc /via @Mikeynitle

Class one? Done! Independent study? Done! Class two? Waiting... on... one... last... paper. 1 hour & 12 minutes before I pull the plug.

Fall semester is done. Now to figure out how to cram ten weeks of work into five. $$With time out for holidays and MLA\.$$

WHOA. Congrats, @scottrettberg, who just got a million euros from HERA for research on electronic literature and creativity! /via @jilltxt

I'd argue that it does matter beyond academia, insofar as there are doubtless NYT readers looking at the crap economy... [1/2]

...and encouraging their soon-to-graduate kids to go to grad school, mistakenly thinking it provides job security. [2/2]

Sending good warm thoughts from the land of sunny and 75. $$Where I would actually love to have a bit of weather, frankly\.$$

Congratulations! Very much looking forward to a preview at Pomona in May...

Taking the excuse of feeling mildly puky to spend the day in bed with laptop & books. If it weren't for the puky part this would be awesome.

I got snowed in in DC once, and was stuck for days. Turns out there was only one working plow in the entire district.

This was back in the Marion Barry days; the rest of the plows had been cannibalized for parts to keep that one running.

Icons are randomly disappearing from the dock/app switcher in Snow Leopard. Permissions repair/reboot have done nothing. Grrr.

Double grrr: fixing disappearing icons required getting rid of dock prefs - and that hosed my spaces prefs.

Yeah, I complain, but it's actually pretty nice - the post-semester freedom to be sick & geeky.

New blog post: Not Exactly the Tip of the Tongue http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/not-exactly-the-tip-of-the-tongue/

i.e., turning "post if you have something interesting to say" into "come up with something to say about this week's material."

The community aspect of the blog is key - I want students writing for the class, not just for me. It's really all about comments...

I see the potential for Twitter to build that community, absolutely, but I hope they can connect that community to their writing.

Warning you now: I'll be seriously pissed if it turns out Brittany Murphy's cardiac arrest was caused by complications from anorexia...[1/2]

She was amazingly cute before the industry convinced her that she had to become a skeleton to be a star. Such a waste in so many ways. [2/2]

Yes, absolutely: cf. Karen Carpenter. Who, not incidentally, was also 32 when she died.

It's a bad headline for a great column - worth reading if you haven't. $$Tho I'd be just as happy never to hear that name again\.$$

Trying to get convo going again on Planned Obsolescence; will be starting revisions soon, and could use any & all feedback. RT my next?

Need something to read while snowbound? Care about scholarly publishing's future? Join the conv at Planned Obsolescence! http://bit.ly/zjXhV

Heh. You've already been an enormous help. Go grade, and build that presentation, and I'll see you in Philly.

Thanks, Dave!

Thanks, all, for the RTs; I appreciate the help!

Thanks. Would love to hear more abt yr reading of Handle/URL; would you comment on the text?

Inbox 1. In three different accounts. Sorely tempted just to delete the last message in each.

I agree, tho as I say in the "locators" section, there's an awful irony in having reached a state at which less info seems better.

$$See fn 4\.22: http://bit\.ly/6BPH5I$$

Indeed. How hard would it have been?!?

Hey, there's a thought. $$I'll spare you my more cynical thoughts about whether such suggestions will actually be heard\.$$

Yeah, no kidding. What little disciplinary org time I've got right now is all going to the MLA, but once that's done, perhaps...

Replying to @amandafrench, @briancroxall and @barbarahui

Just awful, all the way around. I'm so sorry, and will keep hoping for good things soon.

Preparing all the electronics for travel. At some point I suppose I should pack some clothes, too.

On the plane, headed to BR to see the fam, before #MLA09.

#MLA09 tip: if you're talking to someone more junior/less famous than you, keep scanning the room over her head - someone better's coming!

Philly. Whoo-hoo!

Hey, awesome. Thanks! $$Do have some holiday fun, too, though\.$$

Up $$relatively$$ early for a few quiet minutes before the family nuttiness resumes. It's times like these that make me look forward to #MLA09

Breakfast with the fam, packing, and then off to #MLA09. See you at @mlatweetup, if you're there.

MSY > IAH > PHL. Won't make it to the Marriott before midnight. At least I can sleep in tomorrow, before #MLA09 gets going.

Yes, but b/c it means they're combining two half full flts into one. Did that to me on the way to BTR.

So sorry! Were you eastbound or westbound? I'm at IAH now, headed to PHL, and a little worried. Flt before mine is 1.5hrs late.

Yeeks. Definitely the wrong direction. Good luck with getting there!

I do not know whether to be pleased, embarrassed, appalled, or somewhat sorry that the actual experience doesn't quite measure up.

On the plane for PHL, flight 1776, because Continental's cute that way.

If you're on CO1776 & headed to #MLA09, I'm the one in the funky glasses and black leather jacket. Can't miss me!

My mission as an emissary of cool has only begun. #MLA09

I plan to be there, assuming the guys in the hall yelling about cheesesteak at 3am found what they needed & will let me sleep.

Yes, though often opportunistically; Tulane shut down many of its humanities PhDs post-Katrina, for instance.

Hey, wait - so am I! #MLA09

Heh. Or I could. I look like my avatar, except with glasses & a black jacket/scarf.

Okay, did the dorky stand-n-scan, but don't think I see you. I'm up at a table facing the bar, kinda hiding behind the fountain.

Heh heh heh heh.

@mlatweetup #MLA09 anyone available for the tweetup Mon 28th btw 5-7? // seconding suggestion by @amandalicastro

After a brief absence, I'm again ensconced in the Marriott lobby, this time at the bar facing the fountain. Say hi if you're around. #MLA09

Cool; I'm still by the fountain in front of the bar...

Hey, @mlaconvention: thx for all the awesome tweets! If you add #MLA09, tho, more folks will see & they'll be archived http://bit.ly/5cSzNt

Hey, are you around? @chutry and I are waving hello.

Trying to remind myself that it's only the first day, but I've never seen the main convention hotel lobby as empty as this one is. #MLA09

I'm about to run to a session, but will pass back through the Marriott bar around 6-6.30; @chutry will as well.

heading down from session - will walk with if you haven't left yet.

Very sorry Media Studies & Dig Scholarly Present is up against Getting Funded in the Humanities. They must think we're a threat.

So, at what point do I acknowledge that I'm awake and just order breakfast already?

That's just not fair!

Reasonably strong wi-fi signal $$PCCA Free$$ in Liberty Ballroom Salon A. #MLA09

Okay, I lied: wi-fi fail. Will try to tweet from iPhone. #MLA09

Dene Grigar on the credentialing of new media programs & faculty. #MLA09

Grigar: various efforts to create standards and practices for reviewing and credentialing work in digital media: MLA, ACLS, CAA, ELO. #MLA09

Tabbi: we should circulate annotations as new mode of public scholarly discourse online. #MLA09

Tabbi: should not look to internet for future of those forms that were born & thrive in print; will not satisfy online. #MLA09

Fairly sure I don't agree. Those forms may not be satisfying online yet, but that won't necessarily always be so. #MLA09

And what of those forms $$like the scholarly book$$ born but struggling in print? #MLA09

Tabbi was specifically talking about novels/poetry, as opposed to born-digital lit. Still not convinced. #MLA09

Benzon: focus on digital residue/ephemerality as means of reconceiving the web more generally. #MLA09

Douglass on datamining in literary studies, using Aarseth, McCloud, Moretti. #MLA09

Douglass: pushback against comput. models of lit analysis: there's no discovery - we only find what we already know to be interesting #MLA09

Douglass: we know we can build models to defamiliarize a huge space such as genre - but why do we need to? As impt a ? as how. #MLA09

I agree. And the argument that b/c we don't yet have pleasant means of reading a novel online, we won't, is just wrong. #MLA09

Alas, session ended before your tweet. Would love to prod him though...

Which is precisely the issue I had with Grigar's presentation; I get the need for credentialing, but trad models not nec best.

In the great hall @ the conv ctr, haunted by memories of conferences past, esp SCMS, conducting Skype conf w/if:book over bad wi-fi. #MLA09

iSlate iSlate iSlate. $$Which is to say, please god, not the Kindle\.$$

Zombies! #MLA09

Was about to post my annoyance at use of my term for a process that I wouldn't say is peer-to-peer review, but then got credited. Oops.

Cheryl Ball presenting Kairos at e-journal poster session. #MLA09

RT @mlatweetup: #mla09 tweetup 5pm Monk's 16th & Spruce

#mla09 tweetup 5pm Monk's 16th & Spruce /via @mlatweetup

Details of what the standards were was a bit light, but the real issue I had was the determination to institutionalize...

...rather than revolutionize.

Back upstairs to recharge my batteries, literally & figuratively. #MLA09

Aha - that kind of standards! Yes, agreed!

Meredith McGill on the matter with book history & what it can learn from the digital. #MLA09

McGill: re-reading Darnton's communications circuit; developments in book history since; institutional success of field. #MLA09

McGill: what's the matter with book history? marginalization of bibliography in lit studies depts. #MLA09

McGill: shift from bibliography to material book history results in minimization of text, meaning, interpretation. #MLA09

McGill: lit scholars working on book history often feel like franchisees in a field owned by historians. #MLA09

McGill: lit critics need a book history that can cope with analysis as well as materiality. #MLA09

McGill: rise of new media / media studies offers opportunity to reintegrate textual with material analysis. $$YAY, media studies\!$$ #MLA09

HOLY COW. Image on cover of "Reading at Risk" is stock photo of the photog's young son in library in Bologna "reading" a 13th c ms! #MLA09

Fantastic paper from Patricia Crain on the erasure of children from history of books and readers. #MLA09

Only intermittently, but sometimes the tweeting helps me process/take notes...

Heading to lobby; if you're walking to @mlatweetup, wait for me!

@mlatweetup relocating to Tangier $$18th & Lombard$$

Just got back from 5pm @mlatweetup. Rats!

In meetings today, more or less all day. Keep me posted on what's going on in the awesome DH panels today! #MLA09

Two great meetings so far today; going into number 3 shortly. #MLA09

Met a little while ago with Bonnie Wheeler, pres of CELJ, who talked about Planned Obsolescence yesterday! http://bit.ly/5drT3P #MLA09

Had a great conv with her! $$Also, I meant to reply to your comment yesterday & failed\.\.\. will have to revisit\.$$

.@jbj: for most faculty $$contingent, non\-R1$$ doing DH exacerbates issues of local resources & isolation #MLA09

.@jbj: social networks as lightweight collaboration systems. #MLA09

You know who rocks? @nowviskie Giving us the low down on the tough issue of intellectual property and DH. #MLA09 /via @academicdave

@jasonrhody talking about NEH support for/challenges in/lessons learned from collaborative projects. #MLA09

.@jasonrhody: desire overall is to model generosity in scholarship. $$Hear, hear\!$$ #MLA09

New blog post: #MLA09 http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/mla09/

Up early this morning $$after way too little sleep$$ for the Legacy of David Foster Wallace, followed by program committee session. #MLA09

Absolutely - it's on my list!

Sadly, I won't be able to tweet during the panel, but will hope someone else there might... #MLA09

Forthcoming, as soon as I can get out of the program committee mtg & online. Short version: awesomeness. #MLA09

Heading to the airport - thanks, all $$& especially @mlaconvention$$, for an amazing #MLA09. See you in LA for #MLA11!

Just realized I'm coming away from #MLA09 with no purchases, and no schwag! Don't quite know how that happened.

Was teased about being "huggier than usual" last night - must be a sign of how much I enjoyed #MLA09.

Replying to @nowviskie, @amandafrench and @mkirschenbaum

Indeed. As sorry as I am to be leavin the conf, it's nice to feel it ongoing...

Yes! I kept being surprised to realize @amandafrench wasn't actually in Philly; connection was almost as vibrant.

Hey, thanks for coming to the program committee session; it was really productive. Looking forward to more innovation!

Back atcha - looking forward to doing it again soon.

@mlaconvention: Just got off the phone with WYYY reporter; very nice conversation. I hope good things come out of it!

WHYY, of course. Will look forward to hearing what they pull from the conv, if anything. Lots about DH excitement at MLA.

@jcmeloni Happy birthday, and here's to greater world domination!

Sure - but I think may be less the Year DH Broke than the Year DH Got Recognized as Being at the Center of the H.

The trick now will be avoiding the calcification that such narratives of hegemony can work to produce...

Shhhhh!

New blog post: The Legacy of David Foster Wallace http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/the-legacy-of-david-foster-wallace/

But on some level that would be part of the point, right? Digital scholarly communication = where it's at?

Of course, but it's no accident that the scholarly use of new social technologies is taking root first in DH and rel fields.

Which is to say it's not the same thing, but in the early stages, it's evidence of a way of working...

Is all DH necessarily computational? If so, I'm not sure I'm really all that digital in my humanities. Which seems odd to me.

So is the use of Twitter not-DH/soft DH, but an argument promoting the use of Twitter hard$$er$$ DH?

That makes perfect sense to me; I'd support that definition.

Where one of those goals might, for instance, be using digital tools to improve scholarly communication...

Yay! $$Thought I was home but wanted to be sure I wasn't wrong\.$$

I'd say more the latter than the former - self-conscious, critical use/study of tools may be key.

There's prob a "who has the bigger umbrella" controversy here of the kind Jeremy mentioned in our panel... [1/2]

...but I'd argue but DH, C&C, and digital MS are all at least cognate/cousin fields... [2/2]

I would agree with that! $$Jeremy was talking specifically about software/platform/critical code studies \- who contains whom?$$