# 2010 04 01 tweets

New blog post: Revisions http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/revisions/

When I first read this I thought it said "propose." The reality is less fun, but at least I know it's not April Fools. http://bit.ly/d1xJS6

"in those days the Mac was derided as a toy, a media poseur's plaything and a shallow triumph of style over substance" http://bit.ly/9UOkW5

"The iPhone, like the Mac, was derided upon introduction as a plaything, but it transformed the smart-phone landscape" http://bit.ly/csiUH9

Point being: I don't know what people will do with the iPad yet, but don't count them out. Engaging devices produce unexpected results.

Exactly. That you might not program ON the iPad doesn't mean people won't be inspired to program FOR it. Play is inspiring.

No kidding. Hard not to imagine what he'd have done with it.

I saw that exchange, tho not until this morning. It may be a device for consumption, but I think it will inspire new production.

That I also agree with: if computers become appliances, we'll have a problem. But I remain cautiously optimistic.

I love Thursdays: the one day all week I don't have to be on campus for anything. Today has thus far been spent working in my pajamas. Ahhh.

I walked away from Firefox pretty much entirely. I lament not having easy access to @zotero, but it's not worth the pain.

I was telling my students just yesterday about the impossibility of making the Mellon workshop folks here last January go inside.

Gmail wishlist: I have a "to do" label that I use to collect things, well, to do, as a means of getting them out of my inbox. I wish [1/2]

that there were a means of making them reappear in my inbox on a certain date, if they haven't been otherwise dealt with. [2/2]

Good grief. "Don't Stop Believing" just came on in the cafe I'm in. Horrible dissonance: do I flash into The Sopranos or Glee?

Ha! Before those two appropriations, that would absolutely have happened, but I think it's been overcome by events.

Oh, no. If anything there was too much Journey. Perhaps it's the desire to repress the memories that has solidified the link.

Now that would be worth seeing.

I wouldn't think your memories of that song would be particularly good, either.

I mostly meant in your Tony persona, for whom that song would be a bummer. But yeah, perfect ending.

pwd

http://www.xkcd.com

In which I admit to excitement about the fact that I'll be picking up my iPad at 9am tomorrow. http://bit.ly/afaEzI

Absolutely!

Absolutely!

That's a reasonable question & a very different one from most that are being raised. As I work on the future of reading [1/2]

I can justify it $$and write it off$$. But if it weren't for that I'd probably at least wait until 2G. [2/2]

Promise!

Thanks! Seems to me only natural.

Thanks!

Promise to do so as soon as I get my hands on mine. About which more in a sec.

Curses! Foiled again. Apple did not get the iPads to the bookstore by 9am as promised; manager is hoping they'll arrive by 10ish. #impatient

Was funny in my head, too.

On Google Docs: you can access & read but apparently not edit, unless I'm just not finding the button. Sigh.

Me!

Still setting up at this point. Too engrossed to tweet. But will hope to have commentary soon!

Loading iPad up with stuff. Haven't done much as yet, but so far I'm pleased; wifi/Safari is fast. More reports as I can tear myself away.

Have been having fun setting mine up, tho wish there were an easier way to get app data from iPhone to iPad.

You only have to pay for the connection with the 3G model; I got the wifi only.

Yes! All my apps transferred, and those that had released iPad native/universal versions $$like Instapaper$$ updated w/no prob.

Only issue so far is transferring data for apps that store it on the iPhone rather than on a server $$like Stanza$$.

What about the private schools $$like my own$$ that are need-blind, resulting in more socio-economic diversity not less?

Pomona's different that way; MUCH less prep school here than east-coast SLACs get.

Not exactly; in our usage, need-blind means we commit to funding the full need of any student who's admitted. And "merit" isn't-

just about grades & SATs, but other stuff too. 75% of students are on financial aid; avg. package is 50%. 25% 1st gen college.

And we've stuck to the no-loan policy, even in budget retraction.

Oh, absolutely; it's not perfect. But it's WAY more diverse than you'd expect.

Yes, anxiously awaiting the case.

None yet; they hadn't come in to our bookstore. Did you get one?

Oh, I intend to do much showing off in the coming days!

Have just had to launch Firefox for the first time in ages in order to run a cranky website. When exactly did such a good browser go wrong?

I've completely dropped it other than instances like this, and using Zotero. And even that's become painful.

Chrome, 95% of the time. Safari about 4%. And Firefox when I absolutely have to.

Which does make me worry a bit for Chrome, but so far I haven't hit a problematic extension.

Haven't had any difficulty with any of my WP installs, but I know others have. Not sure what that's about at all.

That's the one I'm thinking of getting - pretty simple protection for the device plus a little lift for typing.

I think I just totally felt the shit out of this: http://yfrog.com/j3ch9p Whoa.

A 6.9 in Baja. Criminy.

God, me too. That was something. Particularly for being that far away.

Afar is the right place to watch from. Shee.

Oh, that was no metaphor, mon ami.

Totally felt it, but everybody's fine. Except for the cats, who need tranquilizers.

Baja quake now upgraded to 7.2. Thank god it was deep. #needabeer

Not a good introduction to the area! I hope she's okay...

Gumbo is bubbling. Rice is cooking. Classes for tomorrow are more or less ready. Not a bad Sunday, all told.

Yeesh; that's terrifying. It was a pretty slow roller by the time it got up here, but still enough to make everything sway.

That one looks good! I tend to do chicken & sausage, following a group of recipes in a gumbo/soup ckbk I got yrs ago.

No, metaphor implies conscious association, at least to me. That was just Freaking Out.

So if you had a site that you must read that won't run on a modern Mac browser $$Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are all out$$ what would you use?

Talan Memmott's Lexia to Perplexia. Apparently runs on Windows machines but not on Mac. Including Opera, which I've now tried too.

Brilliant idea, but sadly, it doesn't work for this site. Rats.

Or Netscape 4. Or just a Windows machine. :(

Alas, the browsers it emulates are actually too old! I need the Netscape 4/IE 6 sweet spot.

Won't run on my Intel-based Mac! I go in search of a Windows machine. :-/

http://bit.ly/d0916D Asking for IE4/NN4. Sheesh. And http://www.dejavu.org/emulator.htm won't work.

Ooh, cool. How do I make it pretend to be NN4?

Gah! Cultured Code! I srsly love Things, but really: $34.95 for the desktop, plus$9.99 for the iPhone, & now $19.99 more for the iPad? Rly? Yes, Things for iPad looks nifty. Better than the iPhone version. But asking for$20 more from me may drive me to another task manager.

Wise man. Or wise guy. Not sure which is more applicable.

I'm the kind of obsessive that needs to be able to find out what I'm procrastinating on NOW.

You & me both. One tires of "2.9.13." Onward, already.

Not I.

New blog post: The Late Age of Print, Audio Edition http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/the-late-age-of-print-audio-edition/

RT @ProfHacker: New at ProfHacker: Initial Thoughts about the iPad - by @kfitz http://bit.ly/cLGg2m

You go, Brian!

In which I continue pondering my revisions: http://bit.ly/awnMm2

Demonstrating Twitter to my Intro Digital Media Studies class. Say hi!

Many of them "have" the Twitter, but only a few actively use it.

Thanks, all; my students were suitably impressed. $$Not least by the two unconnected "rockstar" comments\!$$

You mean "department." Of course, we're still in the basement, but we do have better toys now.

Hey there! I didn't know you were on here.

Alas, it was a pretty brief window $$it was late in the class$$.

I was surprised by that, too!

Indeed. My male cat was being mean & my vet told me to stop free-feeding. When food wasn't always available, he became much nicer!

My Writing Machines wants to know whether any of Shelley Jackson's "words" have received a copy of the story as yet. Any words out there?

My Writing Machines *class* wants to know, that is.

Thanks, G; the FAQ was ambiguous.

New blog post: We'll Be Right Back, After These Messages http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/well-be-right-back-after-these-messages/

My meditation on David Lipsky's book on David Foster Wallace, on the B&N Review: http://bit.ly/a0CIQU

Fast switching between apps would be nice; on my iPhone 3G moving between 1Password and Safari, for instance, is a pain.

Hey, if you have an iPad and a lot of PDFs, iAnnotate rocks.

Sheesh. Also, even more call for Google to make with the writeability of Docs on the iPad!

Yay, you!

There's a pencil tool if your hand is steady. Also a variety of other tools: highlighting, bookmarks, annotations, underlining, etc

I suspect you could if you have a stylus that works with an iPhone, but $$from just having tried$$ not just any stylus will do.

Surprisingly enough, I think Apple has one it would be willing to sell you.

On the other hand, there's this: http://lifehacker.com/5513520/make-a-cheap-stylus-for-ipad-and-other-touchscreen-devices

Eek - does this mean Tweetie's going to get saddled with the native RTs in the desktop app, too?

Actually, I've read reports that say that Google's aware the problem is on their end, and that they're working on it.

Unitarians?

Thanks!

Have spent much of the last nine hours resisting the onset of operations of the stomach virus that I fear has got me. Ugh.

Now trying to decide whether to go ahead and cancel the day or to keep fighting.

Got confirmation from a Droid user that GDocs doesn't work on the Android mobile browser either; it's a Google-side issue.

FYI: the iPad is thus far the world's greatest invention for the day home sick in bed. That is all.

Typing gets quicker, quickly. Still some glitches, & I hate that the apostrophe is on the # screen, but with a little practice...

Oh, man, does THAT take me back. RT @ebertchicago: Ken Nordine turns 90. The voice. http://j.mp/aArEm2

Since this has apparently become the moment to say so, knock 'em dead tomorrow, @jcmeloni. $$Not literally\. You know\.$$

RT @brettbobley: Digital Humanities Symposium at Dartmouth, May 14th: http://bit.ly/9VoWcm // see also http://bit.ly/9VwVbT - I'll be there!

You know what's amazing? Signing up to do something for free, because it's awesome, and then finding out afterward that they're paying you!

You know what's way less awesome? Finding a huge project you'd forgotten about in your inbox. And it's due in two weeks.

i.e., have not blown oneself up yet.

YAY! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Because that was about PATRIOTism. Duh!

RT @mediacommons: CFP for a new cluster at The New Everyday $$an MC project$$: "Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions." http://bit.ly/9CTIFW

Hey, look; it's a person! :)

YAY!!! So glad to hear that - and good on Emory/CLIR!

@rachaelsullivan Many congrats, indeed!

WOO-HOO! Congrats, Dr. Meloni!

You know, there are a lot of people who would pay good money for that.

Seriously contemplating dumping a professional organization membership; haven't been to that conf in years & am unlikely to go soon.

If you are uncomfortable enough to ask, yes.

A relationship between the last two tweets?

Aw, hell yeah: Zotero lifts $$one corner of$$ the curtain on its skunk works: standalone version prototype http://is.gd/busg5 /via @dancohen

The audio of my #NITLE Summit keynote is available on the NITLE website: http://www.nitle.org

New blog post: This One Goes to 11. http://bit.ly/bwvc42

Not at all! Happy to do anything I can to help.

I can take zero credit; thank whoever produced the theme I'm using. I only wish I were that cool.

I almost left a comment on your post earlier today saying a slightly cooler variant of "Ooh! Me! Ooh! Me!" So I'm in.

My delete key has stopped working in text input boxes in Chrome. What gives?

And, like that, it's back. Go figure.

Replying to @mattthomas, @mkgold and @jcmeloni

Was in Palm Springs today so just got to see this thread, which is made of awesome. I may change my name.

Replying to @mattthomas, @mkgold and @jcmeloni

Interesting question. There are folks I know by Twitter id better than name but also vice versa. A research q?

That's it exactly. There are ppl w/unique handles whose names I have to look up, and ppl whose handles I forget.

AAAARGH!

Two further thoughts: $$1$$ Weird that it wouldn't work on Android, then, and $$2$$ Have you tried Opera?

Just took the first run/walk I've done in ages. Did you know that running is harder than walking?

Also: getting started running again after a long layoff does *not* get easier after 40. True fact.

You know, I've heard someone mention it but have never looked into it.

Hmm. I'll check it out, definitely being one of those.

Dude, I medalled in that.

I'm not even at the point where I can begin contemplating rebuilding base. I'm back in the "how do you do this again" stage.

Ooh, I hope you're doing okay - you've had a heck of a six months, not to mention a last week...

Ew.

Just occurred to me to ask: do you need me to register? #du10

Seems unlikely; too much room for confusion between 4th generation hardware, 4G network, and iPhone 4 OS...

Beginning the first major road test for the iPad, on my way to NYC. Boingo access is working. More from the road.

Now *that* would be worth the iPad cost!

Nope - I'm headed to NYC now, but will be back for next weekend's festivities!

Will definitely see you there! #du10

See you there! Um, here. You know.

Sitting in the New Platforms workshop at #du10, hanging with @brettbobley. Right now, introductions.

Joe Bisz on game-based learning initiative at CUNY. #du10

Dude, why can't I be in four rooms at once? #du10

Avi Santo presenting on @mediacommons #du10

Woo-hoo! More on Planned Obsolescence to come during the panel this afternoon. #du10

@mediacommons user profile system built with the support of an NEH Digital Start-up Grant. #du10

Avi demoing Shakespeare Quarterly Open Review project at MediaCommons: http://bit.ly/askUFo #du10

Yup! Have published a little about the issue in ISQ but more forthcoming in print version's conclusion. http://bit.ly/aQEZtF #du10

doesn't understand why tenure and peer-review should continue as gatekeeping...doesn't seem a useful model to continue #du10 $$via @s2ceball$$

Is the idea filtering instead of gatekeeping? Not that there's no assessment of quality, but that it's not done pre-pub. #du10

CHNM projects being presented by @foundhistory #du10

gatekeeping = pre-pub review that determines what gets published, vs. filtering = post-pub review of quality/importance

.@foundhistory: not just interested in technical platforms, but also hackability of social platforms $$conference, journal, library$$ #du10

Yes, but peer review is now a gatekeeping process, and I favor turning it into a post-pub filtering process, tenure entirely aside.

Ben Vershbow on the history of the Institute for the Future of the Book's projects, incl Gamer Theory. http://bit.ly/90cwtX #du10

Probably best to read the peer review chapter; it's a complex argument. http://bit.ly/37LV7P

reviewing feed for #du10 #academicauthority panel: the underlying issue w digital t&p is lack of transparency. /via @s2ceball [Hell, yeah.]

About to begin plenary panel "A Digital Future?" with @epistemographer, Phil Pochoda, & Ana Laura Martinez $$via Skype from Paraguay\!$$ #du10

$$And me, in case that isn't clear\.$$ #du10

Thanks, @jcmeloni !

You're giving away trade secrets, @epistemographer. #du10

87 slides in 15-20 minutes; think I can do it? #du10

I think you meant to say "Fitzpatrick style." I put a Creative Commons license on it, so Larry could remix it.

Ana Laura Martinez was of course in Uruguay, not Paraguay. Stupid pre-presentation jitters. #du10

90% are 1-2 words.

@epistemographer on "some library stuff that hopefully resonates" #du10

@epistemographer: need to find ways to combine internal/expert knowledge with external/crowdsourced knowledge. #du10

Thanks!

Thanks! I agree- tho a UC study shows that the most conserv sector of academia now is tenuretrack asst profs $$too much to lose$$.

In case you're keeping score: 87 slides; 19:47. Heh. #du10

First question was abt the fate of online version of my project; second was which $$online/print$$ would be authoritative. #du10

Q from @brettbobley for Phil Pochoda about press budget vs library budget for journal acquisitions. #du10

Phil Pochoda: there's money enough in unis to solve the crisis, but change won't come without a disaster first. #du10

Any Hershey's Dark? #du10

Thank you!

.@sivavaid's keynote at #du10 starting: "'The Classroom is Sacred: 21 Lessons About Digitization Without Commercialization" $$via @mkgold$$

@sivavaid playing grumpy old man for purposes of tonight's talk #du10

@sivavaid: focusing on teaching; valuing both tradition and experimentation #du10

@sivavaid: The wrong reason to teach online is to save costs $$the right reason is to reach those students who can't reach you$$. #du10

Thank YOU, Matt; it was an amazing day. #du10

Ooh! Did you write one on PHP? Learning it/MySQL properly is one of my summer projects!

Eep. I should search before I ask! Was a knee-jerk resp bc I've enjoyed TYHTMLCSS so much that I want you to teach me more.

Totally did not take it as snark; in fact, I thought "crud, should have searched" as soon as I hit send. :)

Dear people who think you know how to do my job: I'd prefer it if you'd just go ahead and do it for me. Thanks!

No really, I wasn't kidding. #grrrr

Hey, cool - what's the panel, and who's the presenter?

Take healthy fruit-based smoothie; add vodka. Blend. :)

@billiehara PS: Send me one.

GRRRRRRR.

Oh, wonderful. So sorry not to be there!

You think there's an NEH SUG in that?

A very long straw.

Okay, whatever it was I was so aggravated about yesterday, it was nothing that 9.5 hours of sleep couldn't cure. Or at least make me forget.

The utterly insane Wednesday deadline has been turned into a manageable Monday dl, a reasonable Wednesday dl, and a crazy Sunday dl... [1/2]

...which, almost having met tomorrow's deadline, makes me want to take the afternoon off and watch last week's episode of Lost. [2/2]

I'm still plugging along but the plugging is slowing a bit. Of course, my end of the web crisis was spent sitting & waiting.

Must all begin to feel like déjà vu after a while!

$$mega$$blogged: "Uninvited Guests:" http://is.gd/bHFKv $$regarding twitter at invitation\-only academic events$$ /via @nowviskie

Three to go, and then I'm talking a break. Phew.

Taking a break, that is. But I'm talking about how much I need a break, I guess...

Our pioneer forebears had these devices that required etched vinyl in order to produce sound. How quaint!

Right there with you; would be a real game-changer.

Yeah, trust me. Thank goodness for that spreadsheet.

You know what's completely awesome? When you forgot you promised someone you'd do something & then it lands on your desk this week. Sigh.

I think this may be a recurring theme.

Have I told you today how much you rock? I think I have failed to do so.

That probably seemed out of context; I was catching up & spotted you being encouraged in your retrain the world program!

The heck with it. If the next week goes as it ought, the first round's on me.

Simplenote now comes in an iPhone/iPad universal version. This is HUGE.

Deadline 2 of 3 met. Deadline 3 is the killer. Wish me luck, everyone.

Awesome. I really needed that!

Catching up on FlashForward. Hard to suspend disbelief in the Hong Kong episode, since the airport is actually Ontario, 10 miles from here.

Good grief. I thought I was doing well with this task, but I just did the math & figured out I'm precisely one item over halfway done.

With effectively three days to go. Must. Move. Faster.

"old-fashioned iPods" is perhaps the best phrase I've read this morning.

@amandafrench If the form you were working on was the macronym, what would you call the recursive acronym, e.g. GNU, WINE?

223 down; 158 to go. And now I go teach for six hours. [/whinge]

I shall crash the machinery of scholarly publishing through sheer overload. Mwa-ha-ha!

Ooh! Would you mind sending it to me, too? My library doesn't carry it and I'm too impatient for ILL.

Saw that in the middle of the Kindle book I was reading last night on my iPad - completely freaked me out. No idea it was there.

Congratulations!

Perhaps we should call them the "Oh god please let there be a" conferences. #futureofjournalism

"Black Students Experience More Online Bias Than Whites." You don't say, @chronicle. http://bit.ly/awLRlC