# 2010 02 01 tweets

Yes! Calling out untenured faculty on their caution is a form of victim-blaming. That said, change can & shd percolate up.

I embedded my Google Calendar, which is tied to my Tungle acct: http://bit.ly/5frhTY

Having an insane amount to do has made me crazily efficient. Which is awesome and all, but I'd be happier with sanity.

Completely stolen from @jbj, I think, at @ProfHacker.

Actually, looking back, it's @jbj's absence policy I stole, and @drnels's late work policy. Go @ProfHacker!

No, I am not getting antsy about my one day overdue review letters. Why do you ask?

$checks email\.\.\.checks email\.\.\.checks email$

Ask and ye shall receive. Letter 1 just walked in the door.

Am absolutely blown away.

Replying to @rachaelsullivan and @phdaisy

Absolutely good! I'm stunned by the generosity of my colleagues and students. It's a bit overwhelming.

Happiness. 100%. It's pretty overwhelming.

My fave: Him: Valerie? Me: I'm afraid you have the wrong number. Him: No, I don't. Is this [wrong#]? Me: No. Him: Oh. Click.

Good news, I hope?

Hey, so is it possible to bust it out of that Adobe whosawhatsit and export it to an open$$er$$ format?

Well, rats.

Yay! Congrats!

At the vet with cat # 2, who has lost 25% of her body weight. Running tests. Poor little thing.

Okay, no Twitter for me until Lost airs on the west coast, apparently. You east coasters are trouble.

Zotero on LifeHacker: http://bit.ly/bBy2yV

If you're a Firefox user, I highly recommend Zotero - it's portable, flexible, social, and open-source...

I've tried for years to come up with such a thing; if you find one, please let me know...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry.

GRRRR.

Replying to @jmittell and @d_kompare

I booked a room at the Standard, too; don't know if I'll use it or just train in everyday, but if you're there...

I'm not sure as yet; I think I've got a conflict. Will keep you posted!

The shorter letter # 2: "We Have Never Done It This Way Before."

Hence the possible hotel stay. :)

The shorter letter # 2: "We Have Never Done It This Way Before."

Hey, it's #snowpocalypse out there, and it's... like... sorta... drizzling here! See, we have weather, too!

My life is a big old sack of irony right now. Unfortunately, it's irony in the Alanis Morissette sense.

Hugs gratefully accepted, in any sense! $$But getting to be either Elton or Gaga in this analogy would be awesome\.$$

Quick! Apply one chorus of Sister Christian!

I'll be there, but alas, only Saturday, as I'll be flying back from a talk at Michigan...

Just purged my Gmail account of an enormous amount of old listserv mail. Feel megabytes lighter.

WHODAT!!!

Oh. My. Freaking. God. They're going to do this! #whodat!!!

Dear DC: I am coming to visit Thursday, and live in a place without weather. Would be great if you could clear that snow out by then. Thx!

Which is most directly and immediately the problem: no snow boots. So completely not prepared for this...

All I'm really asking for is a dry non-slip pathway from the Henley Park Hotel to the Old Post Office. The rest I can sort out.

Ugh, yes. Will do.

Hi from Southern California!

Help, tweeps! When Said mentions a "conception of the text as existing entirely within a hermetic, Alexandrian textual universe"... [1/2]

...what does "Alexandrian" signify? Is it the school of theology that's being referenced? What about it? How does Alexandrian=hermetic?

Ha!

Possibly. The closest ref I'm coming up with is the Alexandrian poets, who used masses of allusions in their work, but I dunno.

I was wondering if it was that, but couldn't quite parse it. The following phrase is "having no connection with actuality"... [1/2]

which made me think it was Alexandrian poets & their propensity for allusion. And perhaps less the New Testament? But I dunno. [2/2]

It's one of 3 possibilities I can see: the library, the poets $$who loved allusion$$, or the text-type of some New Testament mss.

Perhaps. But is hermeticness really the thing we associate with the library of Alexandria, rather than its destruction?

From the Alex. school: "their style is often bad, and great patience is required to clear up their numerous and obscure allusions"

Oh, you have no idea how much I wish I could. Must annotate for anthology. Sigh.

A medievalist colleague of mine insists it's abt Clement of Alex, who believed Bibl reading must be done in retreat from the world.

Ahhh. Nothing scheduled before office hours at 4 tomorrow. Means I might actually make my Wednesday deadlines. And get to sleep past 5.30.

Buzz looks interesting $$and awfully familiar \*cough\*twitter\*cough\*$$, but I'm waiting for them to merge Gmail and Greader already.

@jwolman Okay, well, there it is: Buzz can pull Greader and Twitter into its stream...

Where's mine? $$Oh, wait\. I bet that's not what you meant\.$$ #buzz

It hailed here on Saturday - absolutely bizarre. It's not raining here yet today, but the clouds over the mtns look ominous.

Is it bad to be at the point where I hope the snow is bad enough back east that my trip is cancelled rather than just a massive headache?

Ugh. And then dump, what, 10-15 inches more on top of it tonight? This does not sound good.

Hey you back east: enough with the LOST live tweeting. Some of us don't have the option of watching when you do. :)

Hey, great minds think alike!

Ooh, sorry - I really wasn't aiming at you! You weren't revealing anything, but others were. :/

Completely fascinating. Part of it's the WTF factor, I think.

I am four grant apps away from meeting two impossible same-day deadlines - the last of the insane deadlines I set myself up for in Jan-Feb.

This does not instill great confidence in me in this week's trip actually taking place.

Trip to DC cancelled. Which means I get a snow day on Friday. In SoCal. Which sounds exactly perfect to me.

In a bit, sure - need to get some coffee in first!

Alas, I'll probably work. Just on my own stuff instead of everything else...

Mine popped up this morning. It'll arrive shortly, I'm sure.

Actually, I have snow! It's just safely tucked up on the mountains five minutes north of here. http://yfrog.com/334giyj

I'm here - http://www.google.com/profiles/kfitz47 - and now following you.

Tinkering with Buzz today. So far, I like it; far better signal to noise control than FB. But then, there aren't many of us there yet.

I'm kfitz47 on Google if you care to follow along.

I'm sure it'll be there soon; mine popped up this morning. I'll be on the lookout!

Yes, indeed. I find that prettiness and closeness are more or less inversely proportional, when it comes to snow.

Yup! Send me addresses by DM & I'll happily add them.

Up side: no travel tmw. Down side: a day of working on planes, unbothered by anything but travel, immediately turned into a day of meetings.

Weird!

Testing to see if Buzz will start picking up my Twitter feed now...

It finally kicked in sometime in the last couple of hours; all of today's tweets appeared at once.

Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

Folks who are shutting off Buzz: were you users of the sharing feature on Google Reader? Because I was, and I'm really liking Buzz so far.

Yeah, I got a bunch of random share requests, too, many from students. Very uncomfortable.

We've got article & book awards but maybe we should work on one to promote new modes of scholarship? cf http://icio.us/ow2gig

Replying to @amandafrench and @amndw2

I think they've amped it up a bit with the Buzz release...

Replying to @mkirschenbaum and @tanyaclement

I wonder why. A friend of a friend sent me this from Silver Spring today. http://yfrog.com/2e7kip

After a morning writing LORs in my pajamas, it's time to pull myself together and go to school. Must print, mail, and move on to next task.

Wait, Margaret, come back!

World of Goo!

It's brilliant, trust me.

Did the same thing to me at first, but I managed to persuade iCal and gCal that "office hours" = available, despite scheduled.

I have an internet doppelganger. Turns out she's me. Sort of. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/my-secret-life/

R sent flowers! But because his billing address is here in CA, the florist assumed he'd gotten it backwards & delivered them to him in BR.

Some yelling straightened it out, and I now have lovely roses. But in the meantime a little sample of the indignities of the commuting life.

This has been the laziest weekend I've had in ages: have goofed off nearly continuously since Friday evening. Or at least it feels that way.

Deleting big piles of old listserv email. Let the web archive have it.

The best pressure cooker risotto I've made yet: broccoli, mushrooms, smoked mozzarella. Mmm.

Maybe it's just that I'm a new to this, after nearly 30 yrs of fulltime contacts, but my glasses are nearly always filthy. How do you deal?

Replying to @xina and @mariabustillos

100% true. I made it through, but only through dumb luck. I look on what should have been in horror.

Alas, the cloths I have seem to make things worse; need to keep them clean in turn. *sigh*

Okay, now you're just making fun of me. $$Kidding: I use a barely damp soft cloth followed by the Apple microfiber to polish\.$$

I've gotten a bit lazy about the "every morning" part, which is I think what I need.

Hey, and PS: thanks for the novelist comment over the weekend. Can think of little higher potential praise.

Things! It's a bit pricy $$for both desktop & iPhone versions$$, but it's been worth it for me. See @ProfHacker http://bit.ly/6bN7US

Ooh, I so want to know more. I may get the @ProfHacker folks to start pestering you...

Looking forward to my talk at U-M on the future of scholarly publishing, Thurs 10am, @ UM Library! http://bit.ly/6Ah55m /via @shanakimball

Next time, I hope!

Nice! Never would have occurred to me.

Rats! I'm sorry you won't be able to make it. Another time, though, I'll hope...

Just got a notice that my @citibank credit card is adding a $60 annual fee. Have had this card for 20+ years. Goodbye, @citibank. Replying to @tolerm Probably so. It's also clearly an end run around increasing interest rates; they'll waive the fee if you spend$2400/yr with them.

@citibank: "The reason we are making this change is to maintain the quality of our service amid the rising cost of doing business."

Ha. Ha ha. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Ha. Hm.

Ah, just amusing myself at the expense of big banking. Well, not "expense," really. If only I could.

Hey, you're going to be there! I'm only there Saturday b/c of my Michigan talk, but will hope to get to say hi!

Called to cancel @citibank card. Agent asked if I'd received the notice of the new $60 annual fee. Yup. Account terminated, after 24 years. Replying to @lnakamur Oh, yes - so do I! Let's definitely grab one Saturday afternoon/evening... Replying to @alicejrobison Back atcha! Replying to @cscannella Dunno - looks that way. They waive the fee if you spend more than$2400/yr with them, but it's a secondary card for me, so no.

I think they may just be counting how many people are cancelling because of the fee; he didn't try to sell me on staying.

DirectTV + winter Olympics = mighty pleasant flight!

Gallagher & Greenblatt on the potato in the materialist imagination.

Can toothpaste go bad?

Though morning comes much earlier here in Michigan, it comes much more darkly. That's not a great combination, if you're wondering.

Awesome turnout for my UM talk, about to begin!

Reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon, "when milk goes bad," with the carton holding up an apple at gunpoint.

I totally used that on a slide in my talk at U-M today $$"the hopey\-changey part"$$.

Sorry to have missed yesterday and today at #dml2010, but my visit to UMich totally rocked, if I do say so myself. See you tomorrow!

Hi to you and Liz! Looking forward to a non-virtual hello.

Finally made it to #dml2010, after roughly a day of travel. How is everyone?

Yes! 12.45?

My pleasure - and thank you!

I'll look forward to seeing, too. Thanks for coming out, especially on such a busy day.

Fantastic lunch with @lnakamur, now awaiting session on race, ethnicity, class and digital media practices.

Instead of doing the relaunch thing, let the bar run; it took a couple of minutes for mine to flip on.

Not at all? How annoying! I wonder if UCSD is suggesting that it's time for the conference to wrap up?

Testing out the Chromed Bird extension. I like it so far!

It's a Twitter extension - displays your stream in a popup, signals you when you've got new tweets...

I'm pretty fond of what my students in Intro to Digital Media Studies are doing this semester: http://machines.pomona.edu/51-2010/

Not unlike the rain in Spain, I suppose.

I'm so scattered right now that I can't even gather the pieces enough to make a list of everything I need to do, much less actually do it.

Thanks - you too!

People are absolutely killing me today. #stresslevelsthroughtheroof

Hey, fantastic - that's wonderful news! Thanks for showing it!

Somebody decided our mascot sounded girly, so we're Imaginary-Male-Mascot-Animal-Variants and Mascots.

Gah! Because finding and reading sources is the hard part of humanities research?!?

"keep in mind that every newly minted Ph.D. has already done most of the research for his or her book when the tenure clock starts..." [1/2]

"It’s just a matter of revising the dissertation into a book." Oh, is that all. #sigh [2/2]

http://nyti.ms/c1lYNW, in case you were wondering. /via @dancohen

Replying to @plragde and @xina

Most R1s in the US have a 1-book-and-significant-work-toward-2 requirement for tenure in the humanities; promotion=2nd book.

Reminds me of a grad st. I heard some years back saying she'd done all the research for her diss; now she just had to write it up.

@dancohen Something in that "just" made me feel very very stabby. Especially considering we were sitting in the expository writing program.

She was in English Ed, actually. Which disheartened me even further.

You said it, sister.

Yeah, she did. $$Which is to say, no punch line, except that it made me wonder about what was going on in that English Ed prog\.$$

I think you're exactly right, no small part of why I found it so depressing...

I think @lizlosh presented it on Friday at #dml2010 - before I got there, alas...

Fabulous news! Also accepted, my paper on open peer review. Ironically $$or not$$, with one review that made me wince.

Oh, no! Ow! I hope you can get some ice on that.

But they provide means for human correction/improvement of those algorithms in other cases: GVoice transcription, translation...

Why not allow knowledgeable users - hell, librarians - to help them correct the errors in ways that can improve the algorithm?

Well, that would be an improvement!

Never ever? That's a surprise. I don't use Word, so no, but I did integrate it into NeoOffice, where I think it can be removed...

You don't actually "know" me yet, but soon, I hope! $$Which is to say that I'll be there\.$$

Rats. I'm 1 for 1, but nobody will pay me for anything, at least at the moment. I'm preparing some serious begging.

Good lord. Misplaced floor mats did that? Are they magnetic floor mats?

Replying to @samplereality and @brettbobley

I would suggest that if they've lost you six years of data they owe you six years of refund. Unbelievable.

I mean, "100% Lifetime Satisfaction Promise" seems, well, not to have been met.

Hell, no. I've been MS-free for almost two years now. All NeoOffice for me.

My challenge is always getting them past "is this rape?" to see it as the moment a community grew up & took resp for governance.

Yay, you! Also, add me to the "I hate Jonathan Franzen" count.

I'm betting some mystery accidental key command that sets the current page as your home page...

A full day of grading, but I'm completely caught up with it. And am down to ten incomplete items on today's list. Starting to breathe again.

Not incidentally, if you know someone interested in renting the best condo in Claremont CA for a year starting June or July, let me know.

NYU! I'll be there on sabbatical all year.

It's going to be great to be back there!

Just committed major, mortifying technological error. With potential for embarrassment for someone other than me. Oh, but I feel terrible.

Oh, no - I clicked reply, to a msg that had been sent to a Google group, thinking it had been sent to me. Reply -> reply-all. :(

It's not a good world, that. Needless to say, I've changed the settings on the grp. $$Had I only known there was such a setting\!$$

Absolutely! I should be in the area by mid-August, and possibly sooner, and will be there all year. I'll be looking forward to it!

Be careful in Winslow! It's one of those places where if you get off the freeway, you may not be able to find your way back.

Hence the relief when the girl in the flatbed Ford shows up, I think.

Getting the sinking feeling that the intermittent cramping pain on the left side of my middle back is something more than I'd like it to be.

On the positive side, just made an amazing curried potato, garbanzo bean, and spinach soup.

http://bit.ly/cGbCgR I doubled it, and added a good bit more broth $$it's otherwise more a stew than a soup$$. Y-U-M.

I'm hoping that's all - but fearing a kidney issue...