# 2011 08 01 tweets

Yay! Enjoy!

Packed myself a fantastic lunch last night, including leftovers from last night's fab dinner- and proceeded to leave it in the fridge. Rats.

Ah, just wait until you see the awesome Chemex carafe I'll be bringing to the office. I'll be unstoppable.

It's a 3-cup, so I suppose I could be persuaded to share. Just more frequent brewing!

Fantastic blog post on obsolescence and nostalgia, jumping off from my first book, The Anxiety of Obsolescence: http://digiauthors.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/obsolescence-and-nostalgia/

I've requested @Profhacker update that, but it's taking some time.

It is very hard for me to imagine that this is the same place that was in single digits at the start of my visit.

If you're looking for more early humanities bloggers, you might look at my blogroll from June 2003: http://web.archive.org/web/20030802101442/http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/po/

Some familiar folks there...

Blogging completely transformed my sense of scholarly community, esp when I met the Wordherders!

I absolutely herd words honorarily. It's a calling. :)

Perfectionist.

You go, @mariabustillos: "I wrote about Aaron Swartz and JSTOR and all that, because I have got THOUGHTS on this matter http://bit.ly/qQnk6g"

Read that sitting in my doctor's waiting room this morning and it was all I could do not to laugh out loud. HI-LARIOUS.

Eh, it was just wishful thinking on my part.

I get that, I guess. But it serves TWC, not HBO. I'd pay more for HBO Go by itself than I would for HBO as a cable add-on.

Heh. Hard to separate them. On the previous convo: TW might in the long run be okay with a no-cable HBO; TWC would certainly not.

Am enjoying my first cup of made-in-the-office Chemex coffee. Holy moly, I may never drink anything else.

Oh no: Just saw a report saying Etta James has passed away. An enormous loss.

Just finished revising a short piece for a certain higher ed publication. Prepare to have your swashes buckled - and by a girl, no less!

What a heartbreaking version. I got to see her play Jazz Fest in 2006; she was just amazing.

Oh, thank goodness!

A hoax like this is enormously depressing. Particularly given the more than sufficient sadness of the actual situation. http://www.nme.com/news/etta-james/58450

True. Though one does feel scientific when making coffee with it! If only I had a Bunsen burner...

Oh, no. Surely not. Just gadgetyness.

I had to get a tetanus/whooping cough booster shot yesterday, and today it feels like my shoulder has been punched from the inside.

It *was* vaguely obscene; she was raunchy in the best possible way. An amazing performance.

As I already noted. But thanks.

I am suddenly NOT HAVING A GOOD DAY AT ALL. Cooperate with me, world. #sheesh

Thank you! PS: if you know someone looking for an awesome rental about 35 miles east of you, let me know, okay?

INDEED.

That is not the worst idea anyone has suggested to me. Any book in particular this evening?

Excellent! What time will you be there?

Hey, now there's an agenda I can get behind!

Great. I'll try to make it by unless I've already pulled the covers over my head by that point.

I really, really hate the degree to which one craptastic event can utterly undo an otherwise rockin' day.

imwtty :)

Perfect weather for a drink on the terrace, though. Mood improving already!

Srsly. Exactly the right kind of overcast. Low humidity. 80 degrees. What could be better?

I *told* you you rock. :)

I'm testing it out, but only have one friend there yet, so am not yet getting the full benefit, I think.

Excellent column, Kari!

This week in beans & greens: chickpeas and kale. And holy moly, is it good. #whatimeatingfordinner

This was a Bittman-inspired soup, starting from dried chickpeas; kale went in for the last 30 mins. Yum.

Cool - I'll check it out!

Starting another week of plotting the reinvention of scholarly communication!

Not quite yet -- but very soon, I hope! :)

Mwahaha.

RT @zota: The stock price crashed through the bottom of the chart. I though it only did that in cartoons?

http://yfrog.com/h8ghjop

Went to the gym on my lunch hour. That right there, friends, is going to make a huge difference in my quality of life.

The only alarming part is that it took a colleague to suggest it to me; I'd never have thought to do it on my own.

Something like that!

Now sitting at my desk scarfing down some guilt-free leftovers and preparing to write a report.

Incidentally, the gym I went to is more or less diagonally across from the stock exchange. And there are sure a lot of TV crews there!

You'd think something big was happening.

I've lost track of who it was in my stream that linked to this - http://www.hussalonia.com/HRC_011.html - but thanks. Really. +

A completely bizarre opportunity to relive a key period in my utterly misspent youth.

My head just exploded: I'm sitting here wondering why I knew every word of every song in the first half of that Glass Houses cover, but +

was only familiarish with most of the second half. Why? Owned it on vinyl. Duh.

Oh this has just been an AWESOME day.

$$Previous tweet was not meant to be sarcastic\.$$

Evidence that Plan Go to Gym at Lunch was a rousing success: late-day endorphins rock. $$Not to mention a thoroughgoing sense of virtue\.$$

So. Jealous.

RT @ClaraJeffery: Guys, if the London Eye were on fire, there'd be wall-to-wall cable shots of it. Keep Calm, Carry On.

I have no doubt.

Red Dragon Tattoo remains my favorite pull-me-out-of-a-bad-mood song.

Day 2 of Project Go to Gym at Lunch successfully completed! I could get used to this.

Next stop: treadmill desk. Oh yes.

Wow, that's fantastic - thank you, and thanks for letting me know!

Okay, today was another rockin' day, but all this rockin' is wearing me out a little.

And oh, Twitter client? Autocorrect? On my desktop Mac? QUIT IT.

Seriously: how is there no preference to turn this abomination off? I do not want to be autocorrected when I have a proper keyboard!

Not really. Really?

RT @jwolman: @kfitz I think that's an OS-wide Lion thing. // Insanely enough, he's right. Food news: off switch in System Prefs > Lang&Text.

Dammit. That was GOOD NEWS. Not "Food News." $$Would love to blame autocorrect for that\.$$

SIGH.

Indeed.

Me too. Problem is I got support for taping but not digitizing/hosting.

It's depressing. I really hated that some amazing talks languished in my desk drawer.

I want a PhotoSynth-like app that uses face recognition & the Flickr API to let you find yourself in the bg of other people's vacation pix.

$$Because I end up in at least 2\-3 a day here\. and I'm curious what they'd look like all together\.$$

The core MC site $$i\.e\., the not MediaCommons Press parts$$ are all in Drupal, including #alt-ac.

Wow - I misread that as "ran 4.4 miles in 15 mins" and thought "and felt good??? Good grief!"

Looking forward to having you back at #mla!

Gym and quick lunch, soon to be followed by a Skype talk with @OxyCDLR.

I can think of a couple. But any particular reason? Or just on general principle?

Hey, White House: How about reassuring the humanities community of your funding commitment? We're a bargain by comparison.

Awesome chat with the folks at @OxyCDLR. Nice way to spend part of a Friday afternoon!

Friday. Beer. Terrace. Whew. #fried

The park is not a terrible place to be today. http://yfrog.com/hs8vxeaj

I confess to being a little lost. Blogs devoted to the MTV series?

Well, clearly if Nels is commenting, these are a serious Scholarly Interest.

Agreed. And a pretty reasonable use of the flashmob form, for that matter.

But as train station musical performances go, this one remains my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATXV3DzKv68

Heh. #greatminds indeed!

Perhaps late, but: careful, deliberate hamstring stretching. Srsly, lower back issues are often due to too-tight hamstrings.

Huge announcements from the good folks at @zotero: http://www.zotero.org/blog/major-upgrades-underway/

Oh, Dorothea - I'm so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself; I'll be thinking about you.

I'm glad you had a good vacation, but it's very nice to see you back!

This is the point at which I found that I fit perfectly in the spot in my built-in living room shelves where the TV had been.

If you find out, please repost: is making me crazy.

I am trying not to vomit. // RT @kdrum: Girl Forced to Apologize to Boy Who Raped Her http://mojo.ly/q4QUyo

Heck yeah. // RT @cscannella: friday > thursday

Perhaps. Though a Sunday-Monday lineup might challenge that.

Because these things cost a lot to produce, alas. But we've got some plans in the works that will make you happy!

Primary cost is labor $$editing, design, layout, etc$$, not printing. But again - we're working on some great new stuff.

Trust me, you'll like it.

Design & layout can be templated, but they can't be done away with entirely. Editing is still a lot of labor. +

But I'll look forward to sharing the new plans with you when I can; I'm super excited about them!

Book editors receive a fairly standard $$i\.e\., small$$ royalty arrangement. The real cost is staff labor.

Editing is not just done by the faculty; there is a lot of work in development, acquisitions, copyediting, etc.

Hey, congrats! Very exciting news.

Aw shucks. Glad to be a good influence! :)

Took the afternoon off to catch up on rest. Actually had a nice nap! From which I woke up with a raging sore throat. NOT FAIR.

That's usually how my body responds to the end of a semester. But to a Friday afternoon off? Hmph.

I am all about the crowdsourcing, but still believe rhinoviruses are best individually handled. Call me old-fashioned.

Looking a little dramatic out here. http://yfrog.com/ke8tjtwj

Boy, you want to talk about dramatic? The lightning right outside my window is really something. Earth-shaking, if not -shattering.

Ooh, it would be. I didn't see that - the lightning was a bit north of the ESB. But I'll keep an eye out!

Wow - now that's dramatic!

The crucial question for the morning: coffee or tea?

Throat is still very unhappy, which makes me think tea. But then… coffee. You know?

I like the way you think. :-)

Good grief! I'm glad you weren't there.

No kidding. Judging from the damage it was able to do to the garage, having it hit the house would have been bad.

Wow. I just assumed that you guys got hit by one of the storms we've been getting lately!

So I missed @mkirschenbaum's birthday yesterday $$happy belated, Matt\!$$, but I haven't missed @nowviskie's today! Happy birthday, Bethany!

Morning view from the terrace, looking down 3rd Avenue. http://yfrog.com/h3nvulwj

In the foreground? Just lower buildings between 33rd & 35th.

The thing I find most amazing is the trees. You never think of 3rd Ave as being tree-lined, but from up here, it is.

I'm going that one better: coffee, then nap, then tea.

Not a huge brandy fan, but whiskey, sure.

Go Cordells! Sending all my best wishes your way.

So sorry! Next step: plain white rice. It's a miracle food.

Congratulations, Cordell family! So glad he could join you.

Gee, I wonder what the weather's like outside? http://yfrog.com/gy86610800j

Hey Twitterati: my TV has two HDMI ports. I'm about to have a third HDMI device. Do any of you know of a switcher that works?

Awesome, thanks!

Hey, me too! And I'll look forward to following more from you.

Have just received a nice invitation to submit an article to an open access journal of psychiatry. Almost makes me wish I were in the field!

I think it would need to be a clinical study of the effects of open access on the mental health of academics.

Am thrilled that I've taken the afternoon off and am getting to enjoy a little of this insanely perfect weather.

That's what kills me about the start of fall semester. One second you're standing still. The next you're doing 90 in traffic.

Exactly. It's the feeling of driving in the fast lane on LA freeways - retaining wall next to you, traffic on the other side... +

The lane is always too narrow and the guy behind you is right on your bumper. -

Don't know, but I think it just hit us in NYC.

Yes. Very interesting on the 16th floor!

Well, that was exciting. Thanks, Earth! #ileftsoutherncaliforniathanks

USGS says 5.8 centered in Virginia. Whoa.

Gee, thanks! Um, you don't happen to have the receipt for that, do you?

Twitter really is faster than seismic waves. Heard about the VA earthquake a full minute before feeling it in NYC. http://xkcd.com/723/

Completely crazy. Sending all good *non-shaking* vibes to folks in C'ville...

It was a fair bit more disorienting on the 16th floor. The building definitely swayed.

Completely true. I read @cforster $$https://twitter\.com/cforster/status/106061061282729984$$, went in the other room, washed my hands, & thought wow, that's weird.

Uh, maybe.

Many thanks! It's certainly been an exciting one so far.

You make a very interesting point!

Hey, thanks! I hope you're doing well up there.

Yeah, no kidding. Last afternoon off, a cold. Today, an earthquake. I'm going to stop telling anyone when I'm taking time off.

Hey, thanks! A plague I can look forward to.

Yeah, tell those guys to chill just a bit, maybe?

You bet! I look forward to discovering his superpower.

Worry not; I wouldn't be able to talk about anything else, either. $$Hi\!$$

Meaning you've been out there for 20 minutes, or 20 minutes later someone said, hey, maybe we should evacuate?

No kidding! I'm just happy it happened before the party.

No, it's usually just that everybody calling their mom swamps the system, preventing emergency calls from getting through.

Hey, thanks! I hope you and yours are all safe down there...

“@CatinStack: Okay, okay, more shameless self-promotion. NOW YOU FEEL IT: How the . . . . enough, Cat, ENOUGH!”

I bet!

Nice. Be safe!

I definitely felt it in Murray Hill, but I'm on the 16th floor, so it was mostly like my building suddenly got drunk.

RT @crazymonk: Mock away, West Coasters, but your earthquakes don’t travel as far and your buildings are safer.

I would not be in the least bit surprised… but I don't know.

I like to think there would have been if the thing were done. But that's all projection. As it is…? $$trails off, shrugs$$

I think that's a fair assessment. I also think the intended project was way too ambitious, if not flat impossible.

Well, I was going to take a nap this afternoon. #somuchforthat

Thanks, Amy!

Thanks, Ethan!

Glad you're home safe -- and thanks!

I suspect that there is a whiskey in my very near future. Thanks!

I can absolutely confirm that. By what felt like a full minute.

Thanks! $$Or, as a FB friend dubbed it, \#birfquake\.$$

Lots! It was an awfully good one, tectonic plates aside.

Thanks, T! I hope Texas is treating you well.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, and I hope you're both well!

RT @MLAnews: MLA members: you can now access the online MLA Handbook from your mla.org account! http://www.mla.org/new_from_mla/news_summary#t412

It's an exciting development, for which I take no credit! The amazing #MLA scholarly communication staff deserves all praise.

If you have talked to me recently and wondered what has gone wrong with my accent, rest assured that all is well. +

It's just that I've been on a 5 season, 2.5 week Friday Night Lights binge. The Texas will fade quickly. -

Oh, it does. And it doesn't take much for an accent like that to creep into my voice.

can't lose!

Wow, overnight GCal update: past events now dim. Very interesting.

Heh.

Mine would require a system by which the past gradually faded out, all except for traumatic moments I'd prefer to forget.

Not really cramping. Stand up, straighten your leg, and flex your foot, pulling your toes up. If you have a sharp pain in the +

center of your calf muscle, go to the emergency room. $$I had a DVT several years back\. I don't recommend it\.$$

The primary way I knew I had a DVT, though, was that the pressure of a chair seat on the back of my left thigh made my foot hurt.

Excellent. The nurses showed me that in the hospital; the difference between the calf w/clot and w/o was shocking & distinctive.

I think they must be rolling it out gradually...

Another nifty thing in this GCal update: not only do past items dim out, but the further into the future you go, the paler events become.

I assumed it was "slew."

Looking more closely, it's apparently only recurring events that gradually fade as you move forward in GCal.

I will confess to being a little bummed myself. And not just because I had some cool stuff.

I am apparently influential about academics, conferences, and anxiety. Klout seems to know me better than I might like.

I am super curious where the mickey mouse came from.

That's one influential slide.

Aw! Congrats!

RT @popthought: There should be a Bechdel test for syllabi. #sayin

This is something we've been wrestling with; how do you cite something when formats and instances becomes so fluid?

My building manager just slid a hurricane preparedness memo under my door. My cats are now fascinated by the idea of what's out there.

Both are staring at the crack under the door, waiting to see what it produces next.

Of course my cats have gone back to staring at shadows on the wall again...

Which is to say, cats.

Indeed. The magical appearance of paper!

Good point. Mine have their moments.

A friend who is also a Louisianian by way of SoCal says that we are probably the NYers best equipped to deal with this week's freak events.

PS, NYers: there's already been a run on D-cell batteries at my Walgreens and on water at my D'Agostinos, so you may want to stock up soon.

It is possible that Murray Hill puts a premium on preparedness, true.

I think that's only partially true. More crucial is that many key academic change makers don't yet read online. +

Getting their attention requires a certain backwards compatibility. -

My understanding is that that's what Dan is doing; pieces of the project are appearing on his blog, w/book to come. +

But don't underestimate the importance of reaching those $$deans, provosts, presidents$$ who still want the printed object. +

Dan's definitely practicing what he preaches, but the work of conversion requires going where the audience is. -

I get that. This does seem to me one key use of books: persuasion of those who won't be reached otherwise.

Absolutely! I think it's a goal that lots of us share.

Look at the plugin options page; there's a switch to delete the CP database modifications.

Happy I could help!

RT @NYCMayorsOffice: Low-lying $$Zone A$$ areas include: Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, South Beach, Midland ...

RT @NYCMayorsOffice: We’ve never done a mandatory evacuation before – and we wouldn’t be doing this now if we didn’t think this was seri ...

Ugh. Take care of yourself and your family, Matt!

Hey, I didn't know it was your birthday! I hope you have a good $$safe and dry$$ one.

Do you know if the DLTS servers are being shut down as well?

No, happily; my building is in a "no zone" zone, so there shouldn't be flooding. Beyond that, I'm not sure what we're in for.

Ay. I'll see if I can figure it out. Thanks!

Ah, good to know. Yes, I think I remember hearing that there was an off-campus migration...

Replying to @wynkenhimself, @capitolclio and @jenhoward

I can confirm that. 30s were better than 20s, but 40s are better than 30s. So let them blow away!

I find myself incredibly irritated with the folks in the blding across the street who still have folding chairs & things on their balconies.

EXACTLY.

If I had secret spidey powers, I would TOTALLY do so. But they're way over there.

Quite possibly. But the building managers should be authorized to pull that stuff inside.

He's too busy falling off of Broadway stages these days. Although, not today, I guess.

Indeed. Airborne debris is really the only thing I'm worried about here.

Super quiet, huh? Take care down there!

Oh, good grief; I didn't realize you'd gone out to LI! Be very careful, okay?

All my devices and rechargeable batteries are topped off. Got a month of 3G on the iPad. Have water & food, pulled stuff in from terrace. +

Now there's nothing to be done except to sit around and read all weekend...

We've got a light drizzle here, too. Here's hoping cabin fever is the worst thing we face.

Light drizzle has just turned into actual rain. Here we go.

I've got my fingers crossed. My phone is AT&T and the tablet is Verizon, so I've got two shots at it.

I know. Here's hoping I continue to feel that way!

This is really the first time I've watched the local news since coming to NY last year. It's freaking me out a little.

The anchors are the same ones as in the mid 90s. Older, sure, but not quite enough.

Ch. 4 is running footage of people buying supplies at a hardware store behind every phone call, regardless of the subject.

That would be great!

They're now running footage of people playing on the beach behind a call with a representative from the Red Cross. #sigh

I stopped watching the local news when I moved to SoCal; it was all Hollywood & high-speed car chases.

Back in the mid 90s, Leslie Stahl went to my gym. And she'd show up at 5.30am in what looked to me like full hair and makeup.

This sounds vaguely familiar, yes.

I'll have to look for that!

Pretty uneventful night here. Uneventful enough that I slept through it. In the eye now; wind about to shift. So far, so good.

Indeed. This was easy but it could have gone another way.

Yeah. Today's still likely to be a little rough; the back side of the storm can be very windy, so it'll take a while.

Me too! And for you as well.

So basically posted that all was well and then my Internet connection crapped out. Can't tell if the problem is on my end or TWC's.

The good news is that I've got cause to use some of the 3G access I bought yesterday.

Oh, and by the by, for folks who haven't been through a lot of hurricanes and who see yesterday as paranoid over-preparation? +

There is no such thing as overpreparation. Many storms just missed New Orleans in the years before Katrina; any could have been just as bad.

In fact, people forget: Katrina missed New Orleans. The morning after, everyone said, that wasn't so bad! And then the storm surge hit.

Having grown up in hurricane country, I strongly disagree. It wasn't a terribly strong storm, but the potential risks far outweigh +

the costs and inconvenience of preparation. Better a letdown, always.

As @purplekimchi says, that misses the point: the levee breach happened in the surge well after the storm itself passed.

The storm itself did far less damage than predicted. But no one would say it was overhyped.

Hey thanks! I'm getting intermittent DNS failures. Service is up & down, mostly down...

Restarted cable modem; restarted wireless router; rebooted computer. Still getting DNS error. Apple diagnostic says all good +

from the computer to the ISP, but connection btw ISP & Internet is yellow.

Yes, that worked $$if slowly & with a CSS error$$, though twitter.com fails to resolve.

Will try & get back to you ASAP!

Okay, plugging directly into modem didn't work at first but did after restarting modem.

Wired.

Oh wait: you asked about the router, not the modem. I was wired from modem to router, wireless from router to computer.

Prob seems to be in router. Am resetting it to factory & will try again. Thx for help; I'll let you know if problem continues!

I was literally born on the cusp, an hour into Virgo. Makes me obsessively organized & reall aggressive about it. :)

All seems well now; seriously, thanks for the help!

No worries. My memories of sequence are obviously fuzzy, except that levee failure came well after storm passed.

& having grown up in BR, I've got the same fondness. My whole goal was counteracting idea that NYC overprepared.

I just remember so many evacuation orders prior to Katrina that came to nothing; better overprepared than not.

I'm in, though it'll take me until November to get there.

Awful! Reminds me of a set of before & after pics I blogged from Bay St Louis & Katrina: http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/before-and-after/

"More crowded trains" doesn't bode well for the 4/5 tomorrow morning, but amazing that it'll be running at all! @mta http://mta.info

In every way except rents! :)

I figured. Was joke!

c?

Wow, you *were* the hair zeitgeist.

Yeah, I think you've left the zeitgeist train; otherwise you'd have spent the last two years getting Brazilian blowouts.

I think I must not have seen that, or at least I didn't recognize it if I did!

Aha. I have seen that a bit. How much do I love that Steven Tyler is in the first page of images? Twice!

Did you tell him Milwaukee means beer?

Congratulations, Matt; fabulous news!

I'm just saying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzCBNPtKQMc $$Ignore the charming comments below, if you can\.$$

Oh, dear. That doesn't sound good. Sending good thoughts, in case it's not.

Things have reached the point where I need to get a jacket if I'm going to sit on the terrace. Summer, it was nice knowing you. $$Hi, fall\!$$

I'm so sorry. My best to you and your family, and take care on your travels.

The magic word in that sentence is "cafeteria." I lived on-campus at Pomona for 3 years & had dining hall privileges. +

I think it was the happiest I have been as an adult person.

Aw man. JEALOUS.

Excellent! I can't wait to read it.

Upper back has an impossible to untie tension knot. Am calling it a day.

Oh no! I hope she's okay. Or will be soon.

I would be worried about some kind of Zeno's paradox where you can never get fully past the recursive truck.