# 2011 07 01 tweets

Hey, happy birthday @amandafrench and Canada! One of you is 144 and the other really really is not!

Thanks! Seriously, I hope you have a fantastic day.

Ha. Somebody might have a generous future employer who allowed her insurance to become effective a couple of days early.

Hey, if we can have it at eomega.org, I'm in!

I have never been more ready to have some damn furniture in my house. And yet there are Six. Days. To go.

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It does need a certain breadth. The part that grates with me, though, is the security stuff, which basically +

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says that if things go wrong, it's your fault, and don't come crying to them. Not a good PR move. -

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I'm fine with the "publicly display" in theory, as there is a Public folder to be accounted for. But the last +

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couple of weeks have made me profoundly unsettled by "to the extent we think it necessary for the Service." +

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I do not trust their judgment about what's necessary at this point. -

In fact, I'd suggest that the new TOS/Privacy/Security policies make things worse. The default position is that +

security is your responsibility, and that they have the right to do whatever they think best with your stuff.

Have a fabulous trip! If you've never read David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, I'd highly recommend it. Excellent jetlag reading.

CLOUD ATLAS. I liked JdZ a lot but... CLOUD ATLAS.

All this Googlemania inspired by G+ has me testing out Tasks again. So far, I'm liking it; stripped-down, non-fussy, multiple to-do lists.

I will also confess to buying a few new-apartment/new-job presents for myself. Fancy new pots to replace the ones my tenants destroyed. +

A soda machine I've had my eye on. And a Roku box, which I'll hook to my TV if it ever actually shows up here...

One could, perhaps, wash them very badly and then repeatedly cook with them in the unwashed state, leaving them uncleanable.

Though I will confess to being very fussy about my pots, these were really disgusting, and no amount of scouring helped.

I have been DYING for one. So excited.

Go, go, go!

Yes, it will be! I'm very fired up about it.

Perhaps you could fantasize about having ice cream and hot fudge WITH IMPUNITY post-gym.

I can see that. I often find myself thinking about things like that "oh, I could do that anytime" and so never doing it.

Ooh, thanks - I'll do that!

Yes, Soda Stream. And All-Clad stainless, which I'm beside myself with excitement about.

You know, I thought my email had gotten awfully light. Turns out Gmail hadn't picked up messages for one of my accounts in a week.

And now I have 100+ messages to wade through. 30+ of them categorized as "important." Most awesome.

SpiderOak! It's a little more complex to set up, but because it's far more flexible and powerful. https://spideroak.com/download/referral/525c5656d1c56eccf12b5a466f7553ca

Clearly!

Everyone says great stuff about it. Very much looking forward to testing mine out!

Am working on doing the same.

Among the casualties of my email fiasco: just now getting to read Matthew Reisz on alternatives to the monograph in THE: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=416572&c=2

It actually works pretty well for me but it takes a little training. Make sure you mark as unimportant stuff that's not, etc.

Little kitty does not like New York thunderstorms. Found her wedged in between the wall and the refrigerator.

Boy, wouldn't that be something!

She seems to be better now that the lightning has stopped. And since she figured out how to get out from next to the fridge.

Catnip for everyone!

Happy 4th, Maria!

Reading your completed book manuscript can be exciting! Reading it the twentieth time as you review the proofs... less so.

I've made it to page 121 of 231, and am about to take the rest of the evening off. Thoughts of tomorrow are becoming too distracting.

I'm at work! In a new job! With a new office! It's possible I'm a little excited!

Blue sauce?! Wow.

Ooh, that sucks.

Thank you! I'm very excited about what's ahead. I'll hope to meet before long as well.

Thanks for all the good wishes yesterday, folks. Surprisingly enough, I'm back in my office again today!

$$And have been since 8am, and this is the first chance I've had to look at the twitters\. Tons of fun here so far\.$$

The MLA offices. I'm sure folks on the twitters are having loads of fun, but I've missed it, alas.

Day 2 at the MLA, successfully navigated. Tomorrow? The movers come! There. Will. Be. Furniture.

You know, I told someone this afternoon that I can imagine feeling nostalgic for the empty apartment. Someday.

Anyhow, that's the up side. The down side is that I still have 100 pgs of proofs to get through, and am too exhausted to contemplate it now.

"I did a bunch of really awesome stuff over the last few years. I've got more awesome stuff to do. Promote me!" Done.

I'll say to myself, "ah, those were the salad days." Something like that?

$$I was mostly thinking that the place is about to feel a lot smaller, but I like your version better\.$$

Mwa-ha-ha.

I'm happy I have a little Irish whisky left. But it's reacting unpleasantly with my paper cup. Would it be bad to drink it from the bottle?

I always did like you.

Smart. And thrifty!

Precisely what I'm enjoying here. Will be even better when I have glass glasses.

I thought I was safe with my paper cup, but it turns out the bottom of the cup is wax-coated. Blech.

Are you sure it's not because you're in her seat?

And so it is now being done. Very happy there's no one with a camera here.

Ha! I would never have attempted a Dixie cup. This was a higher-end cup that I thought was all paper - but I was so wrong.

Oh, they are! I'm sure the honeymoon part will fade, but I'm thrilled so far.

You're right. 100%.

My family got some lace curtains a couple of generations back, but you can't take the Irish out of the Irish, that's for sure.

PS, for those who might be concerned: we're talking about less than 1/2 inch of whiskey left in the bottle. Neither I nor it will be harmed.

You are not kidding. It's lovely on the iPhone, but with a freaking full-size browser, why default to the mobile version?

No, exactly. The desktop version on my iPad refuses to scroll. Srsly, scrolling! How hard is that?

I can think of several worse things.

Given that we are now post hoc, I cannot help but agree with you.

I defy one of you to explain to me why Hall & Oates's "Private Eyes" is stuck in my head.

You may be on to something there.

PS: I am hoping we did not just trade. I'll stick with mine, thanks.

I would say that I could only imagine, but I got curious. That was worth the potential earworm.

Aw, man! That's exactly what it was - I don't follow him, but somebody RT'd him.

If you were curious? It's Wil Wheaton's fault: he's been tweeting the lyrics, and somebody RT'd him. DIE, WESLEY CRUSHER, DIE!

Ah, aerobed of my friend Stephanie, I will remember fondly how you rescued me from the floor, but it's time for us to go our separate ways.

Yeah, I have to say, Steph's is nothing like the pool float I bought in 1998.

Oh, awful. I have a sure-fire cure: one rousing chorus of "Lonesome Loser." Strong enough to drive anything else out, but +

weirdly, not strong enough to take up residence itself.

Pretty close. I keep expecting it not to work, and yet it keeps working.

At home this morning, waiting for the movers. Please please let them show up on time. And let them put my tables back together properly.

Yay, movers! RIght on the dot!

You said it!

Not exactly a false alarm: the movers are here but are now wrangling with parking. Sigh.

Nice!

Okay, guys. Don't tease me like this.

Phew, that did it. Have seen a mover. Stuff is about to appear.

Thanks!

Awesome to see that my living room rug arrived with all the cat hair still intact.

31 of 114 items, now in the apartment. Mostly boxes, but at least the rugs got down first.

Many thanks. The parts box has been found, so I'm hopeful about the rest.

Like a cat, I find myself sitting in each new chair as it arrives. Chairs! Amazing!

Hi! Not yet, alas, but soon. Email me? kfitzpatrick at mla.

It's both territoriality and amazement at the invention, after ten days on the floor.

One hour into actual delivery, close to two-thirds done. The tables issue is yet to be faced.

They're closed up in the room of adjustment. Would freak them out to much to be in the middle of this.

Alas, that is not to be. But the room of adjustment is pretty awesome in its own right, if a bit small.

Heh. I wish that were solvable in one hour.

The putting-together of the tables has begun.

Movers gone. Just enough time to shower and get myself downtown for a 4pm meeting. Whew.

$$PS, for those following at home: the tables mostly came back together fine\. The coffee table isn't right, though, and will take work yet\.$$

Hey thanks! Would love to come but my pal Megan Abbott is having her book release party at the Strand at 7. Next time?

$$On Megan: http://www\.meganabbott\.com/$$

Everywhere I turn it looks like this. Don't even know where to begin. http://yfrog.com/kehnesgj

I decided to start with the kitchen. Just grabbed the first box I saw. I *swear* it did not have "wine" written on the outside of it.

It's called Office2HD - it works well with straightforward formatting, but beware: it eats footnotes, track changes, etc.

PS: Hi!

Unpacked yesterday from 8am to 10pm nonstop. Crashed at midnight and slept until 10am. Could use another day like that but everything hurts.

Interns! Why didn't I think of that? Unpaid labor operating on the vague promise of future employment... it's just the thing!

Yes, major progress. And am gradually making more today. One room at a time!

Okay! Project Splice Together Functioning Speaker Wires from Bits Hacked Out of Living Room Shelves, accomplished! Surround sound achieved.

Point well taken. Operation Sound Future is pretty good, but perhaps too subtle ideologically. Operation Audio Freedom?

Despite the fact that I only got out of bed 11.5 hours ago, I am completely crashing. Another successful day of unpacking.

Thanks, Shana! Looking forward to seeing you in a few days.

Everybody's a critic.

I hate it when that happens.

Apparently the drop date is the 14th. So yes on the first part, but not so much on the second.

Oy. As soon as they describe PO as "wildly popular," you know there's something wrong.

Cooking! In my apartment! For the first time! $$At least for values of "cooking" equal to boiling pasta\!$$

I completely agree!

Hey, little steps. It wasn't delivered or microwaved. :)

Really painful, isn't it? I've been having to say no to amazing stuff, which is really, really hard. Ah, life choices.

Cool! Can't wait to hear more about it.

Yay! I'll be in around 11. See you tomorrow.

My bet is #sci9.

Yay, Shana! Looking forward to seeing you.

I can hardly wait! #mla12

RT @vszabo: My #mla12 session on 'Digital Humanities v. New Media' will be at 515p Saturday. Let's have a big fight then make up over dr ...

Hello, CHO!

RT @tmcphers: #sci9 lively + far-ranging bunch o' folks in the room: should be an interesting 2 days

One hope of #sci9 is to establish the necessary conditions, incl infrastructure, for conducting humanities scholarship in the digital realm.

Abby: imagine we are not attached to the institutions we work for, but rather to the *ends* of those institutions. [+] #sci9

How might we reimagine paths to a goal if we focus on the goals rather than the paths? [-} #sci9

Certainly meetings and conferences should be included, in that vein; those will change in the same ways publishing has. #sci9

How do we re-engineer systems of credit in scholarly production? $$NB: \*not\* just about tenure and promotion\!$$ #sci9

@rgfeal @dancohen His was a direct quote; mine was a paraphrase of a longer thought.

I'm less sure of that. Abby's point was that we get so focused on institutions - "the way things have been done" [+]

that we can't imagine change. If we detach our thinking from those institutions and focus on their ends, what might we do?

RT @dancohen: My answer to how to get an audience for new academic pubs/networks: highlight high-quality niche content for scholarly com ...

Interestingly, that divide isn't always tied to , but sometimes to institutional size and type. #sci9

Absolutely! // RT @nowviskie @kfitz Or even just to priority-setting $$and policy\-setting$$ within a given institution. #sci9

RT @rgfeal: What if you printed books and nobody read them? @RepoRat @JenHoward #sci9

Fantastic afternoon and evening with the #sci9 folks, leaving me really enthusiastic for tomorrow's unconference sessions!

I'm a little behind the times, but this is great news - congrats!

Collaborators' Bill of Rights $$from MITH\-hosted Off the Tracks workshop$$: http://mith.umd.edu/offthetracks/recommendations/ #sci9

RT @tanyaclement: @kfitz the entire #trx4hx recommendations are also up at http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/offthetracks/ #sci9

Thanks!

MediaCommons would be very happy to help build that discussion. We got awesome feedback on the AAUP report...

Fantastic! Let's make a plan. #sci9

We need "deliberate but flexible" models for scholarly communication; make purposeful choices but keep them from becoming fixed. #sci9

Online! http://www.mlahandbook.org

Not exactly paywalled; your account is free! But passwordwalled, yes. Do make an account when you have your copy on hand.

It's a phenomenal resource. $$And we'll be talking about what's next\.\.\.$$

Among other bodies, yes!

Happily seated on the Terrace of Awesomeness. Glad to be home, if only briefly.

Processing the amazing conversations at #sci9 and looking enormously forward to what's next. Thanks for everything, @nowviskie & UVa!

Oh, no! I hope you're on your way home now...

I've been listening to your Faves playlist!

Will do!

Yeah, I'm only seeing 4 public playlists now, and the Faves is not one of them.

Hmmm. A puzzle! Thanks for making the others public, though - lots to try out!

Excellent - thanks!

I think I will! Am about to have to stop playing with Spotify for a bit, but when I get back on I'll put something together.

Dear @continental: Thanks for texting me my flight info! Even more awesome would have been not getting the time wrong by an hour. xo, @kfitz

Sooooo not happy with how it looks like this flight is about to go. #economyminusismorelikeit

Okay, so it could be worse; it appears we're going to get in to LA an hour early. So only five hours in the very back of the plane.

I think it was a time zone thing; the msg listed the flight as departing an hour before sched, but the time on the msg was wrong too.

I'm so sorry, Sharon. I'll cross my fingers for her...

Have a safe and thrilling journey! I'll look forward to reading all about it. Look me up if you pass back thru NYC.

You've prob thought of this, but check activity monitor for the process running out of control & search Apple discussions for it.

Argh. Yes, way too vague. Might be worth a search to see if others are having the issue, but... how frustrating.

Okay, a reason to love @spotify - and a reason worth paying for: having on-the-road access to way more of my music than my MBAir can hold.

Merchants of Doubt is an absolutely brilliant - and absolutely terrifying - book.

Go, Tim!

Totally agreed. Facilitating sharing and discussion of content would have provided a clear distinction.

Moar coffee pleez.

I has got!

About to head toward USC for my 1pm PDT talk at #nehvectors. Tune in later for tweetage, I hope!

I bought mine yesterday, after a day and a half with a free account. Just love it.

Well, better late than never!

Well, yay! Welcome!

Whoa, good luck! You've been awfully stoic about the packing process, unlike some people I might name $$ahem$$.

I seem to be taking to this regular job thing. I'm very happy to be in the office this morning - and not just for the air conditioning!

$$Though that really doesn't hurt\.$$

The apt has window units. They work, mostly. The office, however, has silent refrigeration. Much appreciated right now.

No, no. They're window units but they're not in the windows; they're in the wall below.

Hey, where is this DH playlist? I'm only seeing two public playlists for you, neither of which is that one...

Ah, got it. Thanks!

My fave Britishism is "scheme" for "plan" or "program." "Our loyalty scheme" always sounds vaguely sinister.

Hmmm. Mine is supposed to be public. Not sure why it's not appearing.

Hey wait: did you just look for "kfitz"? Because I'm on Spotify as "kfitz47," for better or for worse.

Excellent!

Saw that! Amazing defense of the commons.

92 at 11pm in NYC. I'd sigh but it's too hot.

God, enough with the bad news today already. Norway, Amy Winehouse, Daniel Schorr. The world has broken my heart enough for now. Ça suffit.

Wow. Teach me to pay attention to the year on a story!

Okay, my bad reading has been corrected: today's the one-year anniversary of Daniel Schorr's death. But still.

Phew! So glad to hear that. I hope the weather continues to cooperate with his recovery.

Updated both of my personal machines to Lion this weekend. Cannot update the work machine due to required systems that are incompatible. +

So I get to spend the next however long with a brain broken from switching back and forth between scrolling paradigms. #unevendevelopment

I suppose I'll have to do the same until the work computer can be updated. Can't deal with the vertigo of going back & forth.

The Berlin9 Open Access Conference is coming to the US in November - and the call for posters deadline approaches! http://www.berlin9.org/news/callforposters.shtml

I'm so sorry - how awful! Sending good thoughts for your extended family.

Goodbye, Minitel. http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/07/25/service.predated.public.internet/

Holy cow, but that kid looks like you!

I'm in the market for a new pair of earbuds $$with mic for ayphone$$ - what brand/model are your beloveds?

You should hand that book to the requester and insist upon watching them read it right now. GO AHEAD, READ.

Ooh, nice. I'll poke around and see if they've got a mic version!

Note to self: must obtain coffee-making apparatus for office. Also coffee.

That may be just the ticket. I love that it "will work forever, unless it is dropped or in some other way demolished."

I'm not sure. Perhaps the sense is that you shouldn't be paying for our coffee. But the increased productivity! Might be worth it!

Ah, if only you were here to do so!

Go, kitty!

I believe I should be in town, yes! Let's make a plan. Also, when is your talk on Friday?