# 2010 01 01 tweets

WANT. RT @nowviskie: Pretty jazzed about design concepts for the XO-3 $$future tablet version of One Laptop Per Child$$: http://is.gd/5IWCT

Huge, no? Everything from scribbled journal notes to early roughs to more polished drafts. Don't know how complete, but wow!

@nowviskie On the GCal sharing thing: do you have one core calendar that you share? Or can your embed include multiple cals?

@nowviskie Will confess that I miss the one calendar/multiple categories mode of organization.

Aha. I'm Mac, too, and w/Exchange, so using an Exch cal in iCal, which then syncs to GCal! So prob. 1 calendar would be best.

Makes sense. Had focused cals around areas of responsibility $$teaching/research/admin$$ but "availability" is key issue.

@nowviskie I liked the visual clue about the kind of work I was doing at any point in the day, but hell, it's all work.

I've been using BusySync to manage the iCal > gCal sync, but am not yet a fan of BusyCal, which strikes me as too, well, busy.

What I'm hoping is to embed a version of my gCal in my main faculty webpage, so my students can see my availability.

Or, more to the point, the lack thereof. @nowviskie has this working on her site, which was my initial inspiration.

Hey, is this *our* reunion? Because I'll make sure there's a reception if you'll make sure to come to it.

So completely annoying. Had a long interview w/reporter in which I gave her a way to combat that, but obvs didn't make the cut.

The shorter me: none of us do all our scholarship in 140char or less - but we do draw our community's attention to impt arguments elsewhere.

Also on writing in public: until we get over fears of talking w/the broader culture, we'll never convince them that what we do is important.

So scholarly use of Twitter isn't just cool internally; it has potential to demonstrate what we do and why the culture should care. #MLA09

YAY! Please keep me posted, and let me know if I can be of help, informally or in my Prog Cte hat. #MLA11

I'm in. Annoyance will drive me to commit to more work! #MLA

Yes! Belittling Twitter in that sense is not unlike dismissing poetry for failing to contain fleshed-out narratives. Genre, people.

Exactly. I have a better sense of what folks in my field are reading and arguing about now than ever before.

I guessed that in mid-interview; could hear mad typing. She said of the public-outreach thing, though... [1/2]

...that it helped her make a point she hadn't yet - so I assumed would be in there! Wonder how much she got edited down. [2/2]

Done & awaiting moderation!

If it's at all possible, hire someone to do the first draft. It's a miserable process & will take you way longer than it's worth

Read annoying article. Got mammogram. Bought expensive prescription cat food. How many times do I need to be crushed? #trivial

Is all I'm sayin.

Yes - and at least the potential to help persuade those publics about why they might care.

Beginning revisions of Planned Obsolescence; would still love your input! http://bit.ly/zjXhV

O: & for those who followed my GCal embed ?s - found the ability to embed multiple cals, plus use Tungle for appt reqs: http://bit.ly/5frhTY

Precisely. And having one of our prof pubs refer to such online dissemination as "trivial" is a case in point.

Hey, excellent!

Have decided to blog some of the revisions as I go forward. Here, Zombies! http://bit.ly/7FMd4E

Yikes - password prompt?! That ain't right.

Thank @academicdave, who originally turned me on to it!

Working on personal statement for promotion review file. Getting seriously tired of explaining myself. Want simply to say: "see blog."

Not envious. Not at all.

Okay, I think the dossier's complete, including the personal statement. Would love feedback if you're of a mind. http://bit.ly/7PWW7U

My primary worry is that early drafts of previous personal statements have sounded awfully defensive, as if justifying flaws in the file...

This time out, I'm fairly confident - and hey, it's a much lower-stakes review. But I still worry about tone.

Hey, cool. I bet that was a great class!

Does it really? I'm alarmed to say I hadn't even checked. One project for spring: mobile-ize all stylesheets...

Ugh, forgot to write the bit about use of technology in teaching that I left a note-to-self to include... not done yet after all. :(

Good point; thanks!

Not down here!

I'll admit that we do have a tendency toward the prolix in our personal statements; I don't know if that's my school or my field.

Are there particular spots where you see the defensive tone? I'd really love to root that out...

I can't imagine how it conceivably could. I'm already chair & unprotected from committee service. I've been surprised before, tho.

Such a cheery portrait of promotion you paint! Things are a bit different around here; a huge load falls on associates.

In fact, fairly heavy service is an expectation for promotion here.

What's up with the new FB iPhone contact sync? Claims to send FB friend links and photos to contacts, but does it send contact info to FB?

Yikes. Just realized I didn't send @ProfHacker my paragraph. Basically it's my comment on IHE. Will send now...

Done!

Both Zotero and 1Password. Otherwise I'd be all Chrome in a heartbeat.

The thinking is that a panel "belongs" to its speakers until it takes place, & then ownership transfers to the public. #mla09

So speakers/organizers can comment before, but others can only comment after. #mla09

Yeah, it would be - I think we're aiming for that next year! #mla11

Hey folks, for a short article: what's the single most important misunderstanding about open access publishing you'd like to see corrected?

Yeah, that's the main one I'm trying to debunk!

Aha - a myth about institutional open access initiatives? Good one!

Indeed!

Aha, that's an important one; thanks!

Ooh, excellent. Thanks!

Gah! That's awful.

Oh, good one, esp. alongside "I'm only writing for 8 people in the field anyhow."

Yes, and that even "gold" OA need not be author-pays!

Puzzled by the recurring conflict between "DH" and "digital media studies." Does my sense that I do both firmly place me in one camp?

Would really, really love to hear your take on all this. Find myself baffled by the whole thing.

Agreed - though not all MS is DH, either $$i\.e\. film & tv studies$$. Just not sure what's at stake in how the Venn diagram is drawn.

Agreed on all counts!

I haven't yet, but have an article due more or less about that in 10 days. Eep. Will let you know what I come up with!

Yes, I definitely see this. I've just spent my entire career thus far on the edge of every field I've touched. $$1/2$$

Not fully English, American Studies, Media Studies, Internet Studies, Digital Humanities, but a little of all of them. $$2/3$$

So I keep looking for the umbrella term, something open enough to be both/and rather than neither/nor... $$3/3$$

Sure, but isn't it useful to have folks in the overlap? I'm not trying to smuggle MS pals into DH but I do want to get you talking.

& I will confess to a touch of antidisciplinarity, perhaps not as strong as @academicdave's, but a desire to Tear Down These Walls.

I find it impossible to think abt disciplinarity w/o thinking abt Foucault; to what extent are our communities of practice disciplining us?

You bet. First round's on me.

Yay! Overdue article #1 $$open access$$ is almost complete! Tomorrow, it's on to nearly overdue article #2 $$PO, CommentPress, & open review$$.

Agreed: best part for me was stumbling across utterly incomprehensible tweets & discovering they referred to blog comments.

I completely *love* it. And I understand there's an upcoming ProfHacker post about it...

Maybe check your spam comment filter? $$No aspersions on your comment, @amandafrench\!$$

What a cutie patootie!

There's a place in Baton Rouge that serves really deadly cheese fries with gravy. And jalapenos. But they'd be baffled by poutine.

Woo-hoo!

ann arbor-ites: must-attend talk by @kfitz on 2/18: Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Tech, & the Future of the Academy //thanks, @aswinp!

Yay! I'll post details as soon as I've got them; should be soon.

Breaking: The talk will be 2/18
at 10am, Library Gallery $$Room 100, Hatcher$$: http://bit.ly/7IvprY. More info TK!

If only there were a secure room in your office, made of something fireproof like steel...

Don't you just need @jasonrhody, a paperclip, and a mini chocolate bar?

Hi from SoCal!

#thatcamp #thatcamp #thatcamp All we need is smores for proper campfirefly.

Well, this was a positively useless day. Was thinking about doing some actual work this evening, but will probably just call it a wash.

Netflix's streaming-via-Wii system is another nail in the coffin of my overpriced cable service: http://bit.ly/8MSrGt

You & me both; they're all that keeps me hanging on. But even that may not be enough for long.

New blog post: The Stakes of Disciplinarity http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/the-stakes-of-disciplinarity/

That's very much how it's felt to me - the apparent blur is created by overlapping but different focuses. $$Foci? Hmm\.$$

Was I only unofficial? My memory is like swiss cheese these days, I tell you.

Yes, please do - this was the major time suck of getting the manuscript into CommentPress...

My last blog post was apparently post number 1337. That it was a post of extreme academic wonkery tickles me unreasonably.

Hey, thanks!

The recalcitrant article is finally starting to take shape, though not without some significant heel-dragging by yours truly.

My stab at discussing open access publishing, on the Society for Critical Exchange site: http://bit.ly/4KKCj1

It must be true, because mine just went nuts when the video started playing.

Why thank you!

Wow - strange bedfellows, no?

Heh. Thanks for the reference; I'll have to check it out.

Am discovering a series of annoying ripples in my otherwise genius Exchange/iCal/gCal syncing system. And am flummoxed.

Turns out Exchange cals in iCal, once synced to gCal, become read-only, so changes made in gCal disappear. A problem for Tungle integration!

Think I need to un-Exchange those cals & just use iCal/gCal sync. Stupid Exchange.

Hmmm. Will check! I've been using BusySync, which is mostly fine, but if Spanning Sync can solve the Exch problem...

Alas, it appears that Spanning Sync has the same read-only Exchange <-> iCal -> gCal issue. Rats.

But I'm hoping that within the year we'll abandon Exchange & outsource to Gmail, so I think I'm best served by taking Exch out of the mix.

I've tinkered with it, but it's apparently got the same read-only issue with Exch cals...

Have decided that "Share Screen" is the best thing ever. Updating settings on the work machine from home. Rawk.

Ok, who is it that's teaching the amazing post-print literature course I saw tweeted? I'm wrestling with a syllabus & need some inspiration!

That's it. Thanks so much - and thanks, @spikenlilli!

That's what took over all my best googling efforts, alas, requiring me to consult the lazy web.

I'm certain that it means something that every single time I've typed the word "literature" today, it's come out "liberature."

Syllabi composed. Course websites built. Policies updated. Long to-do list of fiddly bits, but more or less ready. http://bit.ly/5frhTY

The Diamond Age is one of my faves; have taught it in a couple of contexts. & Nakamura's brilliant! Should be a fun semester.

Excellent; thanks!

I know. I always get someone who comes back at the essay with Searle's Chinese room, but the freakout is usually less articulate...

More "but... humans are different!" But that response is usually isolated, and other students use Turing's "objections" to deflect.

Hey, that's multiple prize-winning dead wood!

That's amazing. I wonder what accounts for the change -- and will look forward to seeing if it's replicated here...

Once said of Madeleine Albright: "5-foot 2-inches of pure saddle sore." Again, something to aspire to.

The sky is darkening. At 2pm. The "storm parade" descends - some forecasters say it could last as long as 3 weeks. Break out the sandbags...

I kid you not. http://yfrog.com/auhcipj

I live on the third floor, so I should be fine! And being SoCal, I suspect it's not going to be *that* much rain, just a lot for us.

I'm actually pretty excited about it; goodness knows we need the rain, if not the mudslides it'll bring.

Take2: MC not responding in any browser on my computer, but fine in Safari on iPhone - but only via 3G, not wi-fi. Does Time-Warner hate us?

Planned Obsolescence is the book of the week at the P2P Foundation blog! http://bit.ly/7Y1dGz

Thanks, Ethan!

Hi! Actually, this wasn't a Tungle problem; it's an Exchange-iCal-gCal sync problem & I've found a workaround. But thanks!

I do have another support request in, tho, on meetings being written to the wrong calendar.

I don't think so; I just moved everything out of my Exchange cals and into iCal calendars. Prob not an option for many folks.

@billiehara JK Wedding Entrance Dance? http://bit.ly/LoMpq

Raining like crazy here, & has been for almost 24 hrs. Trying to decide how motivated I am to go to the office, rilly. Can it wait 'til tmw?

Damn. We are getting absolutely slammed with rain - Louisiana-style sideways-blowing waves of it. All we're missing is the thunder.

I'm in one of the yellow-orange bits. http://yfrog.com/3ggyunj

Damn. It apparently did. http://yfrog.com/335z9mj

Surely it's coming back, right? I mean, they said at least five days...

Holy crap. That IS Louisiana-style!

Cripes. Suddenly have over $200 worth of books in my Amazon cart. If only I could also buy the time to read them... Replying to @mmwwah Hmm. I'll have to ponder that one and get back to you. Taking advantage of the lull to run to the office - need anything? In the time that the dept library Windows XP machine has taken to start up, set security policy, and install managed software... ...I have started the OS10.4 machine, logged in, found the files I needed, compressed and uploaded them, and shut the machine down. The XP machine is still installing managed software. IE7, to be exact. #windowsfail And then it ran startup scripts, and then shut itself down. And now it's doing it all again! #whyilovemymac 20 minutes. I shit you not. The big decision: dinner in, or dinner out? The$200+ worth of books in my Amazon cart say dinner in. What's in my fridge says dinner out.

Alas, in Clareville, take out requires actually going and taking it out, by which point I may as well have just eaten there.

I'd be fully authorized to use a LOL in this reply, as I literally just did.

Pasta's pretty much the plan; goes well with, um, whatever I've got in the freezer.

The next wave is here. My house sounds like it's going to blow down. http://yfrog.com/4iwrxj

All that I was missing: thunder! And now we can haz it. Lots of it, as a matter of fact.

Aw, damn. I miss everything down here!

Okay, I saw that one even down here.

I think there's a misplaced "only" in there. $$Only if it remains a goal, is I think what was meant\.$$

Not yet, no. But I'm about to start some experiments with it with my classes. My suspicion is that it needs a focused work group.

Yikes! I'm glad you're okay. Terrifying!

Yeah, I'm a little worried about that, too, but we'll just monkey around with it until we figure something out.

Doing our best, though someone needs to throw @fearv a rope!

I'm three hours behind the times, but this still gets an "aw, yeah."

I started inviting some of mine in December, and those all got their invites in minutes.

Hmm. I asked my students for Gmail addresses; I wonder if invites go faster that way?

I missed your original tweet! Vanderbilt was great with certain aspects of promoting my first book, incl. very targeted mailings.

Hitler discovers the Digital Humanities! http://bit.ly/7eL0pe //via @ironmanx28

RT @shanakimball: Talk by @kfitz on 2/18 at U-M, "Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Tech, & the Future of the Academy." http://bit.ly/6Ah55m

First day of teaching: 6 hours in classroom; 3 syllabi explained; 2 cups of coffee & 3 diet cokes consumed... [1/2]

...1 pair of favorite shoes ruined fording stream $$aka Dartmouth Avenue$$ trying to get to class. Where do I live again? [2/2]

Home at last, after 3hrs spent with wet feet in a freezing classroom. Will be sorely pissed if I both ruined my favorite shoes and get sick.

& yes, I will acknowledge that I have become a total weather wimp. But I live in the freaking desert. There are no cold feet in the desert.

And it just keeps coming. http://yfrog.com/1d1cfp

Hi, class!

Hi, qlass, from very rainy Southern California.

Rats. That last was from me. One day I'll figure out this multi-account thing.

I tend to do something like @billiehara: small gp/pair work around a particular task, after which everyone has to report back.

After each group/pair reports, others are asked to respond. And then I ask for the next gp/pair based on connection to last.

Developed that b/c I could make them talk to me, but had a hard time getting them to talk to each other.

Yeesh. They definitely need some kind of priming - pairs, writing, something. I hate that kind of unreadable silence...

Overdue article # 2 now out the door. Whew. And with that - off to a meeting.

Woo-hoo!

utilize = to make something available for use or to make something useful; almost never gets used correctly.

Once @zotero and @1password are available for Chrome, I'm leaving FF behind. But I can't go without them.

I am SO TOTALLY not averse! Thanks so much; I'm very excited! $$Now to get my Zotero pals moving, too\.$$

Pondering the downside to getting rid of my landline. The only calls I ever get there are wrong numbers and telemarketers $$despite DNC$$.

.@plragde I see that; I've resisted giving many people my cell # too. But I might give them my Google Voice #, which fwds to my cell.

No kidding. The bane of my phone existence is non-commercial solicitors, who are also exempt: political groups, charities, etc.

I'm running the current developer build of Chrome and have no underlined links; might be worth updating.

RT @1Password: I've got an alpha out, if you're not averse to testing unfinished software: http://bit.ly/59hSVv // Installed & is working!

One thing that does drive me bonkers: not being about to change default font size. I hope that's coming soon.

Oh, whoops. That does exist in the dev build, "under the hood." So, that's better.

Yeah, good point; that's ugly. So you can't change the default underlining but it can be overridden with CSS, I guess.

Coffee is good.

You know, I haven't been watching; it's worth picking up?

Wow. It could be worse. $$I offer you a chorus or two of Night Ranger as a purgative\.$$

It was, for a second, yeah. But Sister Christian's motoring won the day.

You & me both - after all those years! #whodat

Unduly pleased that this year's guy who came to look at the leak around my window didn't tell me to have my husband recaulk it.

Ha. Ha ha. Hahahahahahahaha. Ha. Um.

Woke up with the Gravity's Rainbow "For deMille, young fur-henchmen can't be rowing!" joke stuck in my head. WHY?

Fortunately, managed to drive it out with a bit of Night Ranger.

New blog post: Even Nearer http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/even-nearer/

Hello, Fayetteville, from Southern California!

Just made the pressure cooker broccoli risotto from yesterday's NYT, and Oh My. Yum. http://bit.ly/9RqECr

Has there ever been this much wild speculation about the impact of a new device BEFORE ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN IT, or even seen it described?

He's being morally rather than aesthetically good?

I think it would be hi-larious if there were no tablet. Steve could come out and say "ha! made you show up!"

Yeah, but this is WAY beyond Apple geeks getting excited. I mean "the tablet will save publishing!" Or education. Really?

Wave was the same thing, yeah, but at least we'd seen the demo. & in all the iPhone buzz, no one said it would save an industry.

True. But at least at that point no one was speculating that the iPhone was going to save entire industries.

I'm using it with classes this sem for collab note taking & it's working well so far. A clear group & a focused task...

I basically agree, and I'm primed to want one $$it's been my "why I don't have a Kindle" answer$$, but the furor is a bit much.

Good one! That one had the same earmarks: hyped announcement of unknown & unseen object destined to Save the World!

RT @utmediaresearch: remembers the Segway hype, and is tempted to say that that hype rivaled that of whatever product Apple announces today.

The Segway unveil is a good comparison - announcement of unknown and unseen object destined to Save the World! $$Um\. Really?$$

Okay, so iSnark. And then iObsessivelyWatchTheLiveBlogs. Sigh.

Indeed!

Oh, crap. They just got me. I was all "great big iPod Touch? I don't think so." But the iBooks store? I'm in, however much this thing costs.

Watching the iPad announcement while cobbling together a requested hard copy of my personal statement for my review. Irony much? #iSigh

Yeah, I've done a bunch of reading on my iPhone, and haven't had trouble with it...

It's partly the store, but partly the integration of book access and reading, that could lead to innovative new text structures.

Holy crap. Most expensive model is \$829? Amazing.

Oh, man. Keyboard dock! And to think they had me at iBooks.

Apple wants to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.

Wait a minute - that's where I am. No wonder I like this thing.

I get the feeling they're gonna play King of the Hill with me. I can take 'em.

Oh no - Auchincloss, too? I took a class on James and Wharton from him in grad school. Like being taught by their son. Amazing.

Howard Zinn, Louis Auchincloss, and J.D. Salinger. Awfully sad.

The Snow Leopard "save as" problem on my home computer is getting excruciating. 2+ min wait for dialog box to appear. FIX IT, APPLE.

Hey, congrats on a successful conclusion, Jason!

Haven't a clue. Something in 10.6 takes FOREVER for certain apps to access a file window. SBBOD, then 2min later, recovery.

The 10.6 discussions are filled with these issues, but no fixes. Seems the newer the computer, the worse the problem.

Yeah, and I've tried all the possible solutions. They work for a day or so, and then the excruciating slowness comes back.

How to Report the News. http://bit.ly/ahXB78

I've been contemplating doing the same and just haven't gotten around to it.

AAAAAAAUUUGGHHH!!!

That scream of desperation brought to you by the demand I've just had for a print version of my dossier.

Two days before the department has to deliver the dossier to the dean, I might add.

I don't even want to think about it.

Have I mentioned that I have a meeting in 30 minutes, followed by a 3 hour lab, which I'm not finished preparing for?

Oh, and what's the lab? Introduction to Web Technologies. #yesiamrantingnow

Phew. Saner heads seem to have prevailed, after a mostly polite foot-stamping performance by me.

The only parts I now have to provide in print are the parts the board of trustees see - i.e., my cv. And I have to burn an archival disk.

Ha. I've just gotten them to acknowledge the web. I don't want to go down that path with them just yet. :)

Thanks Lisa! Unfortunately they said "okay" followed by "yours is a special case," but I'm hoping that specialness begins to fade.

Oh, man, you don't know the half of it. Lab was a major case of ITS fail. There may be something to that print thing.

I can't imagine why not; the iPhone does, doesn't it? The trick is going to be how the file manager works, I think.

Or do you mean via the iBooks app?

Ooh. That would be nice.

That and the packrat function of Dropbox have saved my bacon more than once.

Oh, you just *want* to believe in fair use because you feel you ought to be entitled to get away with something. ::rolls eyes::

TUAW says that "as of about 6.40 PM ET, the [Apple] store was back up!" It's currently 6.25 PM ET. TUAW has powers beyond the ordinary blog.

Hey, I think that "blood, sweat, and tears" thing was meant to be metaphorical! $$Ouch\. I hope you're okay\.$$