# 2010 11 01 tweets

RT @mediacommons: Call for participation in a forthcoming cluster on The New Everyday focused on the Tea Party: http://bit.ly/c8EUpA

FYI: a call from the subletters/catsitters beginning "I hate to be the bearer of bad news" is not an optimal turn of events.

Small cat was allowed to escape last night. She was found but may be injured. Theyre taking her to the vet now. I'm trying to breathe.

Small cat apparently got in a fight while she was out; being held overnight for surgery tomorrow.

If I wind up being arrested for assault on my renters, I hope you'll consider testifying on my behalf.

There is a category of justified assault, right?

Appears to be just cleanup, though the description sounds serious enough. Grrr.

Thanks for the good thoughts, all. Small cat will certainly be fine, though I'm devastated not to be there with her.

Thanks. I may be giving you a call.

Aww. Thanks!

Thanks! That helps a lot. I'm sure she'll be better in short order.

Whoa.

True. But a compelling enough image that I was overcome by the spirit of Keanu.

I #voted by mail three weeks ago - happily in a state in which the choices, if not necessarily the outcomes, are clear.

As I am fond of saying, we perfectly well have seasons; they're just more subtle, and require more careful attention.

No news yet; vet won't open for another hour or so. Surgery today; I'll call for updates in a bit.

Thanks so much, Kari; I'll definitely update as soon as I have more info.

Small cat just headed into surgery. Doc can't tell what got her; if it was another cat, it was a big one, he says. [+]

Signs of infection which did not clear up with antibiotics overnight. And they suspect there may be other wounds they haven't found yet. [+]

Grrr. [-]

Me too, trust me. Plus, major tenant throttling.

You're the best. I'll let you know if that becomes necessary. Am employing mode "Fear of God" first.

I'm pretty sure but no longer as positive as I was. 4 deep lacerations+2 punctures on side; serious infection on leg. I'm just sick.

Honestly? Makes me wonder if they lied to me about how long she was missing.

It's pure negligence - they left the door open while taking out the trash. & said "it was just for a minute!" My cats [+]

have never tried to get out, so I guess they thought they would never try? But how many cats can resist a wide-open door? [-]

I completely missed that your cat was sick. I'm glad s/he's doing better!

Small cat is out of surgery & doing ok. Several lacerations, a couple of drains, many sutures. Wounds fit the timeline, so I wasn't lied to.

They're keeping her again tonight for observation, & she'll probably go home tomorrow. Which means my tenants may survive.

Poor kitteh! My thoughts $$and small cat's meows$$ are with her.

Side and front, I think. I suspect it attacked and then clawed her as she ran past.

Just got another call from the vet. Small cat's labs had gotten lost last night, and they just now came in. She's in early kidney failure.

This is apparently the cause of the weight loss issues from earlier this year. They're keeping her until Friday.

I am way less happy about leaving her with the tenants than you might think.

The vet will walk the tenants through the new regime - drugs, new food, possible subcutaneous fluids. But... am thinking about heading back.

I'm going to hang tight for a day or so and hear how she's doing before I make a plan here. Will keep you posted.

I would feel a lot better about that if I were there with her. I'm not at all sure how I'm going to handle this.

Possibly the latter; definitely not the former. Ugh.

The surgery seems to have gone quite well. They put in a couple of drains and a bunch of sutures, but she seems to be doing fine.

@sshreeves That's really good to know; thanks so much!

She's coming up on 11. You are incredibly kind to offer!

This is shaping up to be a thoroughly depressing night.

Pretty much, yeah. It's like watching a train wreck you've seen coming for six months...

Breaking down and making coffee for the first time in months. $$A depressing night has given way to a pancake\-flat morning\.$$

No updates yet. Will send as I have them!

Yes, and not a moment too soon. $$In fact, at least a week too late\.$$

Aw, man. That would be tomorrow, as in Thursday, right? I made plans with my sister. Will see what I can do.

Yes, definitely, another time!

Was seriously regretting being out of cookies. Right up until I found the hidden bar of dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt...

Woo-hoo!

Hey, thanks - and back atcha!

All I got out of the vet assistant yesterday was "she's fine." So I'm hoping the same thing.

I think "free rider" = unis that require faculty to publish but don't have a press. Riding on labor of few uni presses.

@JenHoward Perhaps so; I obvs don't have context. But key to the problem is uneven distribution of presses. If every uni had [+]

its own publishing system, there would be no "free riding" involved. Everyone would be contributing. [-]

Exactly: unis w/o presses are tenuring faculty based on investments of few unis with presses.

It's not an atom/bit problem: not about how the object of publishing gets distributed. It's about how it gets produced [+]

and what it counts for. Unis w/o presses that require books for tenure are relying on investment/labor of unis w/presses. [+]

And that's where the "free riding" comes in: tenuring your own faculty at the expense of another institution. [-]

I agree, but that's not how they see it; they see it as other unis free-riding on their investment.

Again, agreed, but original comment was about presses' sense that other unis are freeriding. I am explaining, not endorsing.

I will say, however, that every uni that requires its faculty to publish must develop its own scholarly communication plan.

If for no other reason than that the presses aren't going to be there $$or be available$$ for much longer.

Not a problem I identified; I'm only explicating the Esposito comment tweeted by @JenHoward.

That said, it is a problem: every institution has got to think about its scholarly comm program. Might include consortial [+]

arrangements with unis that do have presses. Should def include digital publishing. But every institution needs a plan.

Without solid schol comm plans on the part of ALL unis that require their faculty to publish, commercial pubs will continue to gain ground.

Yes, precisely. But unis won't innovate in pub forms until they're required to take responsibility for it.

Giving serious thought to bagging today's brown-bag lunch meeting, and instead staying home and reading all day. #sabbatical #dammit

Not sure what "constricting" would mean in this context. Such a plan should be flexible, but unis must take responsibility [+]

for the dissemination as well as the production of knowledge. [-]

Agree w/you w/r/t design. The port could be on the bottom w/o interfering with lines...

I always have to look, too. Super annoying. And many cords aren't *quite* long enough for free movement when plugged in.

I think I missed a verb there. It'll *leave* someone out? Or something else?

But there are discussion groups - Media & Lit and Computer Studies in Lang & Lit. It's just that divisions are [+]

still nationality/century-bound. An outdated model for many scholars; there are plans to reconsider soon. [-]

I sure hope so!

I know there are several DailyMile users out there among my tweeps; are there any RunKeeper users?

Excellent!

I've heard this talk; I wouldn't hold your breath.

o. m. g.

Never mind abusing its workforce and lying to its students while driving them into debt. For profit.

Just terrifying.

I almost added "other than Liz" to the tweet! :)

Libraries are increasingly negotiating persistent access for materials released during a digital subscription period.

The kitty is "fine," according to the vet assistant. I'm fine, too, if a little battered by this week. And you? And yours?

There's a little cognitive dissonance for you, right there.

Indeed. Choose your ship wisely. $$And watch out for fog\.$$

Dude, I'm two hours late on the twitters, but I'm totally with you on the September thing.

I'm in for one. After that, I'm probably out for the day.

Perfect.

Finished revising one letter of rec; got a good way into revising a second.

Read part of an article, responded to several bits of email backlog. Which feels better.

Un-freaking-believable: Small cat is FINE. As in, they rechecked her renal panel, and it's within normal limits.

They think she may just have been srsly dehydrated after the escape and fight.

I. Am. Stunned. It's the first time my phone has brought me good news in weeks.

I think this would be a fair and just compensation.

Thanks so much!!!

Thank the extra-smart cat for me; the good vibes helped!

I really appreciate all the good wishes over the last few days, and Small Cat does, too. Or she wd if I could get her to understand Twitter.

Yay!

God, me too. Thanks so much!

Yay! indeed. Thanks so much!

Wow, good for her/him! Looking forward to seeing you in PA next week.

I know, right?!

Thanks so much!

This and a couple of lasers, and @brettbobley @jasonrhody and @JenServenti would be in business. http://is.gd/gMU7e

You know it's not good to keep your feelings all bottled up like that? #geauxtigers

What's up, Commissioner Gordon?

As I said elsewhere, when I have cool database access, I promise you speedy and effective metadata service.

NOM. $$Excepting the part about the marshmallow\. But hey\.$$

I have a cream/foam thing, that definitely encompasses marshmallow. All adjunct to my lactophobia.

The milk-related thing isn't at all rational. Ice cream = fine. Melted ice cream = absolutely not.

The marshmallow part is due to its proximity to whipped cream, despite being completely different.

Yeah, "complicated." That's just the word.

Actually, I just meant that it was nice of you to put it that way, rather than just saying I was nuts. :)

RT @mlmcgill: How might peer review work on an electronic scholarly publishing network? What should it look like? @kfitz at CCA Nov. 10 ...

RT @mkgold: Good luck to my friends @rebagorges and @cscannella, who are running the NYC Marathon today. Inspiring stuff! #ingnycm

I ran the NYC Marathon in 1997. One of the most amazing experiences of my life - in a year in which I turned 30, defended, and got my job.

Congratulations!!!

The part of New York I've spent 12 years trying not to think about how much I miss: the ability to make any food appear at your door.

Yeah, the Mexican leaves something to be desired. $$Like, real Mexican food\.$$ But the Japanese place I had deliver tonight was great.

It's a very short list: I got dinner tonight from Funayama. But you should look at seamlessweb.com - it's amazing!

So, with the time change, I'm justified in going to bed at 9 tonight. Right?

Happily, I think I now have the content of the next two weeks' worth of nightmares.

Restarted Chrome, only to discover that Gmail had emptied my "everything else" section in Priority Inbox. That's one way to reach Inbox 0...

Dude, you're calling it Zotero *Anywhere.* We're all assuming a certain degree of precognition in your team.

Presentations for Tuesday & Wednesday are in the can; working on my talk for Thursday. After which I never want to hear my own voice again.

$$Or at least not until next Tuesday, when I give a recap of my NYU talk to a couple of classes here\.$$

Yup. // RT @clioweb: One thing I've noticeably done more with the iPad: actually read stuff.

I am attempting to turn a 62-page chapter into a 40-minute talk. This is not as easy as it sounds.

Sending good kitty thoughts.

Oh my god. Julie, I'm so sorry. That's just awful.

Given that standard reading speed is one-half page per minute, I'd need to be an auctioneer. Maybe I read every third sentence.

Will do. And sending some awesome back your way.

Verrrry happy with the countdown clock on the DH conf tool right now, which says I have 1513 days $$& 18 hours$$ to submit reviews.

I should be able to get it done in that span of time.

Put the orthotics back in for this morning's run; knee pain vanished. Hmmm.

Dear new SCMS website: requiring an answer to a binary gender question is not nice. And I don't have a middle name, dammit.

Srsly, the SCMS website won't allow me to enter a profile without a middle name. Do they think I'm just lying to hide an embarrassing one?

& I just got a threatening email telling me that if I don't fill in my profile before next week I won't get the next issue of the journal.

Oh, wait. Hmmm.

You have the same user id on the new site, but you need a new pwd; click "forgot your password?" to get the system to send you one.

Unbelievably annoying!

One begins to wonder...

Answer from SCMS: put something in the box. Much as I like @fearv's suggestion, for now I'm Kathleen . Fitzpatrick. Dot is my middle name.

The hilarious thing is that the site represents middle names on profiles as initials. So I'm actually "Kathleen .. Fitzpatrick."

Actually only to my lack of imagination. Rats.

Ooh, wait!

Rats. Entering ".." doesn't give me an ellipsis. Neither does "...". I guess because the first initial of each is ".".

Back in grad school, our network IDs started with our 3 initials. Mine was KQF, where Q stood for Queen, quite obviously.

Okay, enough griping. I've still got pages of this chapter to cut if it's going to be a reasonable talk. And too few hours left. Must focus.

Of the original 62 pages of this chapter, I've got 10 left to process; the other 52 have turned into an 11 page sketch/outline.

I. Am. Exhausted.

Because I have more work to accomplish than hours to accomplish it in, I took a couple of them this evening to cook a semi-complex dinner.

But OMG how good. Italian sausage, lentil, and spinach stew.

Indeed!

Okay, chapter now cut down to 12.5 page sketch. Now to turn that sketch into slides, with a working narrative...

Or maybe not *now*, exactly. As I'm completely crashing. Let's say tomorrow morning.

Me too. Thanks, 5.30am blocked caller!

RT @mlmcgill: @kfitz at CCA: TODAY: Weds Nov. 10 2:30-4:30: what to read: http://tinyurl.com/2a4jqrt where to go: http://tinyurl.com/2f4 ...

In the event I don't get to say it in a couple of hours: Go get 'em, @jasonrhody.

RT @mediacommons: Join the latest cluster on The New Everyday: "The Tea Party Election: Thatcherism Mark II?" http://bit.ly/9tS6PY

My MetroCard demagnetized, & as I kept trying to get it to work, some guy stopped & swiped me in with his unlimited card. Thx, random guy!

Thanks to SCMS and its volunteer tech officer for moving to debinarize gender on the site and to restore me to my middle-nameless status!

Completely! Hey, see you here next week!

There's a page of settings for notifications. I think it may be called "settings."

I've gotten several MetroCard machines to trade me a new one for an old expired one.

I have this morning turned 5.5 pages of outline into slides. I have 7 pages to go. But I begin to fear that the talk is still way too long.

Amusingly enough, I do not know if I have time to make it shorter.

Likely how it will have to happen, depending on how long what I've got now actually runs.

Voilà, exactement!

Woo-hoo! // RT @mkirschenbaum: Please join me in congratulating Dr. @JasonRhody.

Everything hurts. And I still have 4.5 pages of text to turn into slides.

It actually makes me feel better to hear you say that. How perverse of me.

You are incredibly kind! I'm keynoting an undergrad conference tomorrow and just want to be reasonably non-sucky.

Thanks to you! It was great getting to visit CCA, and to spend the afternoon talking with you. Another half-page down, 4 to go!

Eh, is okay. Mostly just griping & kicking myself for not realizing how long "I'll just turn that chapter into a talk" would take.

Fantastic! I'll look forward to meeting him.

Finished. Crashing now; in the morning I'll find out whether the thing is anywhere close to an appropriate length.

When do you get in?

My train gets in at 1, alas. But I'll see you shortly thereafter!

Well, that was unexpected. Just read through the talk $$which doesn't suck$$ and discovered it's under 30 minutes. Think I'll add a bit in.

Okay, so I think the talk is ready to go. Which leaves me plenty of time to get ready to leave. And I actually get to relax on the train!

I spent two blissful years with no MS products at all on my machines. And then my press had serious trouble with my [+]

NeoOffice-created .doc of my book manuscript. In order to give them a file with proper formatting, I had to cave. [+]

I still resent it deeply. [-]

You would think. The problem in my case was with how NeoOffice/Word differently handle endnotes, in both .doc and .rtf.

It's a relative term, in this case meaning "not freak the f out because the talk I'm giving in 3 hours isn't done."

"The porpoises were unavailable for comment." Sheer genius.

Excellent! See you there.

It's a great day to be on a train. See you shortly, #rehum!

I am on the Acela instead of the slow train. Wearing a suit instead of jeans. A driver will be picking me up at the station. I am unnerved.

I may be in a suit, but I am not A Suit!

You got it, man. Fight the power, in the food court!

Good grief! What conference is this?

No kidding. Not sure how it happened!

Thanks so much, and thanks for coming! I'll look forward to talking more soon.

Sounds surreal. Especially if jetlagged!

Hello, Philly.

Um, takes one to know one? :)

I will shortly be here. #rehum http://yfrog.com/edgoslj

Here goes! #rehum

So: amazing audience for the talk, which I think came off quite well. Alas, no cell signal, so no tweetage. But there will be video! #rehum

I'm so sorry, Dan.

I hope you can find a way to share that material; I'd love to see it. I'm sorry that I won't get a chance to talk with him myself.

Thanks so much for posting this, Dan. Wise words indeed; a lot there to think about.

There is nothing like having a talk you worried about go well & following it with great discussion to produce 8.5 hours of amazing sleep.

Looking forward to @amandafrench's presentation today at #rehum, but first, exciting work by DH undergrads.

Anna & Richard on developing the Early Novels Database; careful attention to allowing metadata to remain open to future development. #rehum

Alex Benkhart of Hamilton College on co-developing the Comparative Japanese Film Archive in collaboration with prof. Amazing project! #rehum

Gabi Arias on collaboration with Angel David Nieves on developing digital archive dedicated to the 1976 student uprisings in Soweto. #rehum

Group of students working on Soweto '76 used shared Zotero library to share their work in progress. #rehum

Soweto '76: http://soweto76archive.org #rehum

Gabi interned this summer with Centro at Hunter College, working on archive dedicated to LGBTQ Latino/a youth. #rehum

Not sure where archive is going, but Gabi is hoping to develop a map of Queer Latinidad in New York City. #rehum

There's no link as yet; it's a database in progress at Centro $$Center for Puerto Rican Studies$$ at Hunter College. #rehum

Evan Donahue, Brown U, on the limits of the computer in the encounter with text, and the role of thought in text processing. #rehum

Evan: How well are computer-based topic extraction methods working? About 88%. $$But interpretation, thinking about what "topic" is?$$ #rehum

Eek! Now even more annoying that our answer is delayed until December.

Michael Suen of Middlebury on The Wire and storytelling in the digital age. #rehum

Ooh, that would be great; I was under the impression that it only included you.

No worries! And honestly, no rush. I'll manage either way.

Not at the moment; I think there will be video of presentations posted afterward. #rehum

Ethan Joseph of Haverford on disruptions in our notion of authenticity produced by film recordings of live performance. #rehum

No, you're not. My priority inbox has been HOSED all week. "Everything else" keeps disappearing on me.

Just found a note in one of the files where I jot stuff so I don't forget. But I have no idea what the note is supposed to remind me of.

Jen Rajchel on "Reader 2.0"; wrote senior thesis on Marianne Moore, but needed nonlinear structure; wrote in CommentPress. #rehum

Jen $$@peasandpoetry$$: Thinking about significance of marginalia leads to questions about why we privilege authorship over readership. #rehum

Now up: @amandafrench on Humanities Research Methods, 1860-2060. #rehum

Absolutely amazing day at #rehum. Brilliant student projects, incredibly thoughtful responses, fantastic energy.

There was a bright, shining moment a few days ago when I was down to Inbox = 3. That moment is now but a bittersweet memory.

Not me -- them! It's their manifesto. Which is most awesome.

This is the longest bus ride in history.

Fantastic day and a half at Re:Humanities, listening to astonishing undergrads plan the future of DH. A privilege to have been here! #rehum

After another great night's sleep, working on a long-delayed fun web project this morning. Then on to DC for the night.

Have fun! Soooo sorry not to be there myself. #thatcamp

3.2 is still in process. You can reach the TOC by clicking the book icon in the nav bar.

Sidebar has always been used in 2 different ways in most CP installations; TOC on title page & comments on content.

iPad can connect to Internet via Acela wi-fi; laptop is stuck in endless TOS-agreement loop. Annoying, as I have laptop-based work to do!

I'll mention it to the developer, but the whole purpose of the plugin is to foreground comments!

Appears the open book icon toggles the sidebar between comments & ToC.

Phew. What a day. Back on the train, this time headed north, tomorrow at 9. $$And then no travel for over a month\!$$

On the other hand, I am now looking at my schedule to see whether I can fit One More Awesome Trip into my spring...

"Screenings are conducted on an unpredictable and/or random basis."

Happily settled into the quiet car on the northbound Acela. Connected to the internet, and even have my VPN connection working.

Indeed. Imagine being able to freely intermingle one's liquids and one's other belongings!

Had a convo about Acela sleight-of-hand last night. Same speed as Metroliner of old, but looks faster b/c it's bullet-shaped!

Which was exactly the conversation I had last night.

Hmmm indeed. Boltbus is way more likely to get held up by traffic, though. Also, it's a bus.

Home. Unpacked. Had lunch. Now debating between caffeine and a nap. Or first one and then the other.

Okay, caffeine it is. BRB.

It's one of those days where I'm likely to think "man, these boots are uncomfortable" for hours before it occurs to me to take them off.

Srsly. I have been known to run around with a headache for half a day before it occurs to me that advil exists.

I have caused food to be delivered unto me. I will now behave like a person actually on leave and put my feet up and watch television.

Heh.

I know that feeling. There are authors/artists/filmmakers I've finally had to forgive myself for hating.

An inbox full of messages whose subject lines begin with the word "invitation" is a mixed blessing, indeed.

Yes; plugins like BlackSheep $$that alert you to FireSheep use$$ treat the symptom but not the root problem.

PS: hi!

Sure! Or you can email, of course.

I teach at a small liberal arts college, so it's not much of an issue. But I'd encourage them to look for open venues.

RT @mediacommons: Call for Essays: The Game Is On! The Transmedia Adventures of Sherlock. http://bit.ly/ch2R5e

Serious reading problem in this apartment. Sit at desk to read: get distracted by computer. Sit in comfy chair: fall asleep. Need third way!

That sounds like the right plan, yes. Now to see what's actually possible.

A standing desk is not a bad idea. But what I really need is a treadmill. Perhaps I should take the iPad and go to the gym.

Totally what I want. Of course, first I need a treadmill. And I guess before that space for a treadmill.

And, I guess, to get over my squeamishness about the fact that Rumsfeld used one of those.

It's absolutely brilliant - difficult, but generous. Would love to talk with you about it!

Thanks!

Sheesh.

I seem to recall something like that, yes.

I am four hours late to this discussion but want nonetheless to express the opinion that LSU women's hoops are it.

Yesterday was, shall we say, a long day, and action-packed. Didn't even get to tweet my latest at ProfHacker: http://v.gd/74XDBi

It certainly felt that way at moments. I could have used a little "bullet time" to escape some of the more difficult bits.

We're thrilled, absolutely -- so happy to be able to participate in these conversations.

"#Alt-ac: Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars," coming soon to @MediaCommons! http://bit.ly/b9966G //via @mediacommons

Yes, it is! We're really thrilled about it; it's a great confluence of interests.

"How to Index Your Book $$And Why I'll Never Do It Again$$" is currently # 5 most-commented at the @Chronicle! http://v.gd/74XDBi

Lots of people seemed to have enjoyed their indexing experience. Me, not so much. A pain I'd rather not relive.

@JenHoward Interesting, but has the "bucket of everything" problem. All of the social sciences and humanities? In one journal?

Exactly. General pubs that don't have field/subject-based organization tend have difficulty developing a strong following.

Also, hefty acceptance fee, uncommon in humanities publications.

Smaller than STEM pubs, sure, but given the total grantlessness of most humanities research, still utterly untenable.

I couldn't run and read, but walking worked fantastically. Slightly slower than my usual pace but I could walk & read forever.

The treadmill I was on has a ledge for reading material with a bit of a lip to hold it in place. Fits perfectly.

Brilliantly. Now I *really* want a treadmill/desk at home.

That's definitely true. Trying to highlight something was a challenge!

This all goes back to the treadmill desk issue from yesterday or the day before. Need a way to keep moving while I read!

You know, I think I'll pass on that. The treadmill seems more productive for me personally, but to each his own, I guess.

I just read an e-book in the bathtub.

Hey, just so long as I get to keep my shirt on.

Angry Little Cows? Because they've had it up to HERE with all the clicking.

Have accomplished two tasks this morning that I've been putting off for weeks. Would be lovely if this continued today!

Yikes! Safe trip, and see you later.

I dunno. I have bus-related motion/exhaust issues that don't bother me on trains. So the extra \$ is way more than worth it.

Oh, no. The bus is sounding better and better, I bet.

Having a drink with @amandafrench $$whose phone is out juice; she says hi$$ prior to the @sivavaid/@anya1anya smackdown at Baruch.

.@sivavaid-@anya1anya smackdown starts... NOW.

Hashtag for @sivavaid-@anya1anya is #blsci.

.@anya1anya's book was required reading for CUNY provosts' retreat. #blsci

.@sivavaid: Events like this are part of the value added that universities provide. #blsci

.@sivavaid: universities are a national treasure at a moment when all our other national institutions have let us down. #blsci

.@sivavaid listing the key aspects of contemporary culture that originated in universities: sendmail, stents, open-source, Google. #blsci

.@sivavaid defines education as exploration and transformation, when done right. #blsci

.@anya1anya: I don't really care about the future of the university; I care about the future of learners. #blsci

.@anya1anya: universities don't have a lock on innovation, and the university as an institution is becoming obsolete. #blsci

.@anya1anya: issue with institution is partly debt, partly that teaching methods haven't changed. How to foster informal learning? #blsci

.@sivavaid taking issue with @anya1anya's assertion that teaching methods haven't changed. not fair to blame the secondary victim [+] #blsci

.@sivavaid primary victims are definitely students, but faculty suffer along with them, esp in consumerist mentality in education. #blsci

.@sivavaid: Many ways to gain knowledge and skills; doesn't necessarily equate to a liberal education, which is a specialized thing. #blsci

.@sivavaid: my job is not to give a set of skills or quantity of information, but to help you see what you dont know; unquantifiable. #blsci

.@sivavaid: @anya1anya is the best evidence for the success of my argument $$about the importance of a liberal education$$. #blsci

Very good question from audience about whether the benevolent dictator model of education might lead to more egalitarian outcomes #blsci [+]

than the market model of peer-to-peer education, which can subtlely exclude. #blsci

Great comment from the audience from a "College Unbound" student: the future university is a synthesis of these ideas. #blsci

Am all but done at this point.

Sorry for the twitter-flood, folks. Am done.

Thanks, Matt.

Simultaneously brilliant and terrifying: the Whip My Hair cover to end all covers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SabKz3jdX_o

RT @mkgold: RT @melissaterras We just launched http://bit.ly/ds8ixK - 4Humanities, advocating for why the humanities matter.

I'm headed to Ambience in the Humanities this morning, a conference sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative. http://bit.ly/a2LA4I

You. Go.

I'm about to heat up some leftovers and try to solve a weird javascript problem. And then watch a bunch of episodes of House.

Oh, forgot to say: #wildfridaynight.

So sorry about the lonely cat. :(

No, I guess not. It's very sad, but at least you have each other.

It appears I'll be leaving on the 15th, but not before.

Hmmm. We'll have to plot...

I've had a song in my head for about two weeks now. I will decline to name it out of concern for the public wellbeing. [+]

It's not really "stuck" there, as it comes and goes. But everytime it pops up, I'm convinced it's popped up for a reason. Like I just [+]

thought something close to the lyrics. Or something. BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT. [+]

Make it stop. [-]

That I absolutely believe.

It's quite possible a cure will be worse. It's a little crazy-making, but mostly I want to know what's causing it.

Also remember how much awesome is on the other side of it. You can do this. $$And if I can help\.\.\.$$

20 Things I Learned About Browsers & the Web, a pretty nifty HTML5-driven "book" by the Google Chrome team. http://www.20thingsilearned.com/

Absolutely! They've been doing a whole series of such projects designed to show off Chrome's capabilities.

Dear magazine publishers: The Economist has figured out how to give subscribers iPad app access w/o add'l charges. Catch up, or lose out.

In fact, you can subscribe to the Economist directly within the iPad app, & the rate is less than the print edition. So it *can* be done.

$$I'm looking at you, New Yorker\.$$

This game is clearly trying to kill me. #nosrsly #geauxalready

Wow. Ill-timed tweet.

I swear LSU had defensive players on the field. I'm not sure where they went.

You are Not Kidding.

Completely worn out this morning. I blame the LSU-Ole Miss game, which tried to put me in an early grave.

I totally understand. My attachment to LSU has significantly shortened my lifespan, I fear.

RT @trevormunoz: Orwant: "I now want to formally and publicly recant my earlier statements"—Google going to crowdsource GBooks metadata ...

New post: The Future of the University Press http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/the-future-of-the-university-press/

Wow, cool. You're right; that's what it ought to look like: aggregating the best of what's being done & fostering discussion.

Hey, I've got a trunk of costumes!

Skype 5 Mac beta just paused my iTunes when I got a call and restarted it when I was done. Probably everyone knew that, but I was impressed.

Humanities Initiative panel, The Fate of Trans-, in the not so "Great" Room in 19UP. Ridiculous overflow crowd. Surely there's a better rm?

Woo-hoo!

Very interesting piece on the place of peer review by Bonnie Wheeler $$to which I offer a slight comment\-correction$$: http://bit.ly/cJto0Y

Had to flee the hot crowded room where the panel I tweeted earlier was held. It's a shame; it was fascinating. But passing out seemed bad.

Fewer than it sounds! This panel was an NYU Humanities Initiative thing on campus. Trying to take advantage of this sabbatical!

No kidding. I could use that martini my own self.

Also, plan for MLA!

New post: Relaunching The Anxiety of Obsolescence http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/relaunching-the-anxiety-of-obsolescence/

Rotation lock: double-click home button to show open apps; swipe app tray left-to-right. Rotation lock along w/iPod controls.

Yeah, I hear you. I wish the hardware button were assignable.

In case you missed it earlier: the full text of my first book is now available in CommentPress: http://bit.ly/9LcV3G

You mean I need to pay someone to give it away for me?

Twitter's misbehaving today; this fell in my replies but not my main timeline. Annoying.

About 5 hours into Thanksgiving. There has been gravlax, devilled eggs, charcuterie, lots of bubbles. Goose, mash, Brussels sprouts TK.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Happy Thanksgiving to you two!

Congratulations, and all best to you and the rest of your family!

NYU is so closed today that I couldn't go to the office if I tried. $$Yes, I tried\.$$

Sitting in a coffee bar instead. Green tea, laptop, iPhone. Trying to finish cutting an article down to size.

Yes - probably late summer. $$The ironies of the slowness of print, etc\.$$

Hey, thanks! I'm actually pretty happy in this coffee bar, so all's well, but it's good to know how to get in if need be.

Hey, that's fantastic - thanks!

There was some talk with @academicdave of putting together a group run...

Oh, no! I'm glad they caught it, and hope you start feeling much better soon.

@academicdave Sign me up for the #mla11 fun run. Looking forward to some LA running!

I'm so sorry, Jason.

But MLA regulations require that 15 minutes be preserved for discussion at the end of the session!

Extremely amusing dream this morning about hanging out with my pal Barack. He offered me a ride; I took him to breakfast with my parents.

Hahahahahahahaha!

Just remembered that my dream about hanging with my bud Barack involved buying cigarettes & a long chat about being photographed smoking.

Good grief, Jen, so sorry you're still feeling so bad. I hope they figure the antibiotics out soon!

Too adorable! I hope you're doing well.

The article I'm working on has taken a turn for the interesting. Of course, it now threatens to be much too long. Never fails.

Started reading Zero History this weekend. Got 30 or so pages in and decided to back up. Pattern Recognition and Spook Country again first.

I completely believe it. But I found myself with so much half-remembered data that I figured full recall was better.

On first read, not at all as compelling as Pattern Recognition. I'll let you know if I feel the same way this time.

Exactly. It would probably be fine with no familiarity, but the half-remembering is the worst.

My new worst writing habits: this/such. As in "this mode of reference reveals my lack of imagination" and "such writing tics are annoying."

I periodically find myself similarly profligate with "thus," I think as a substitute for actual logic.

Productive day so far: drafted the section of the article I was most afraid of and began my Christmas shopping. Now for a bit more of each!

Made me feel better, too; I'm a mere two months late at this point. But it's the latest I've ever been!

In theory, one might have found a way to convert one's $$legally paid for$$ Kindle books to ePub so as to have one's library all in one place.

It is a known fact that of all the categories of my life activities, at least one such category must be sucking wind at all times.

At least I must feel that way. Because what would I do with myself if I felt like I was actually accomplishing everything I'm supposed to?

One might have used a combination of an AppleScript http://bit.ly/a5s78x and some Calibre magic http://bit.ly/gr78Ih

Awesome - congratulations!

RT @anildash: Person who is adequately represented by software defaults feels software defaults are adequate: http://j.mp/el1en1 #Softwa ...

I am approx two paragraphs away from having a working draft of the vastly overdue article. Of course, those two paragraphs require research.

Probably less funny as it's happening.

I hope to post publicly; just need to check with my editors to be sure they're okay with that before I do it.

Editors of volume for which the article I'm working on is destined have ok'd public posting of the draft for comment. Expect requests soon!

The first essay hole has been patched. That was easy. Alas, the second does not seem quite so promising.

Hey, lazyweb: is there anybody out there writing about online community through Blanchot/Nancy/Levinas/Bataille?

Thx. I'm specifically trying to uncover any work that thinks about "online community" through those theorists. Search results thin.

Excellent; thank you! I'd only come up with one other possibility, so this is a huge help.

I have just crossed a line: I am now annoyed when I can't get a book electronically. I remember crossing this line with the web yrs ago [+]

the first time I got irritated that a business didn't have a web site with its hours & I realized I would have to call them to find out. [+]

Feels much the same: under the irritation, shock that the assumption it will be there has come so quickly. [-]

I'm still a bit stunned by how quickly that change set in for me, once I got the right device.

And who is it that's holding up my fantasies of full digital textuality, my whole library on my computer? You'll never guess.

So. Annoying.

Why, thanks for asking, @jcmeloni! University presses, that's who. $$Ba\-dum\-bum\.$$

Okay, not all university presses; some are with the program. But the rest of you: ePub editions. I will pay for them.

Oh, and I'm looking at you, too, Chicago. The Adobe Digital Editions thing does not cut it. I want to read your books on my iPad.

Ugh, I forgot not to say the i-Word on the Twitters. Goodbye, spambots.

Indeed.

Hey, both are open standards! And both can be read on my now-nameless i-Device. So absolutely.

I'll check it out! Of course, I'd rather an open standard.

just pointed that out, too; I'll check Bluefire out. Thanks!

You know, I've heard these wacky tales of people actually TAKING THEIR BOOKS APART. Just urban legend, I'm sure.

Alas, the ADEPTs in question are pdf-based, not ePub. Also, I'm a Mac. The obstacles!

What I'm after is Liu's The Laws of Cool, which seems available in ADE only. I'll get Bluefire, but I'd still rather ePub.

Great to know; thanks!

My funding offer was to purchase! Conversion of older titles is of course a problem, but there are good tools developing.

RT @jafurtado: iPad Still Not Bigger Than Kindle As E-Reader, But It Will Be Soon, Says ChangeWave Survey http://is.gd/i12G7 /via @naypinya

Fair enough & something I should definitely keep in mind. I am, it will not shock you to hear, impatient with change's slowness.

As am I, given ongoing selection issues!

A first: I am chilly in my apartment. I hope it lasts $$but suspect the radiators will kick in any minute$$.