# 2012 08 01 tweets

Hey, super cool. Thanks, @craigmod!

What @LibSkrat said. #ORCID

I'll be there! #ASA2012

Or one and then the other.

Actually, I take that back. One one day, and the the other the next.

Kathleen Kirkpatrick. That’s a new one.

Yeah, much less mellifluous.

That’s funny $$though probably not so much to her$$. I get either Katherine or Fitzgerald pretty frequently. Sometimes even both.

No beat, can’t dance to it; I give it a 3.

Indeed. I’ve had 3 sabbaticals now, and none turned out as I expected - but all led me new, important places. +

It’s crucial to focus on where you are and the opportunities ahead; not everything in your plan needs to happen.

Okay, I’ve replaced $$and doubled$$ the RAM in my 3.5 yr old desktop. Blazing speed, here I come.

Hmmmm. Quite possibly.

Good grief, that’s terrifying. I’m glad to hear everybody’s okay!

Hey, totally looking forward to seeing you, too!

I’m popping in for a two-day workshop on campus. So sorry you won’t be around!

I would love to see MATRIX, of course! I’ll ponder other possibilities. As to EL excitement, I’ll happily take suggestions.

I will bear that in mind.

Relax! You’re two tents.

I am completely stagnated. Stuck in writing an article I can’t figure out a point for. Stuck in reading a book I’m utterly bored with. +

I should move on to other things, but the need - partly internal, partly external - to finish these keeps me from taking up something else.

I like the way you think.

I haven’t! Perhaps I’ll give that a try.

Oh, magical escape sounds like just the thing.

Liberating, indeed. I’ve had a compulsion to complete everything I start since I was a kid, and letting that go can do wonders.

Ooh, I’ve wanted to read that. I’ll put it on my list.

Hey, incidentally: that whole double the RAM experiment? Huge success. 1.5 days later, tons of apps running, page outs still 0, no slowing.

Aw, little dude! Congrats to everybody!

LGA. From here thru ORD to LAN. I do love to travel, but two weeks at home was not quite enough to have me excited to be in the airport.

Happy to be here! // RT @gossettphd: On the way to the airport with @lizapotts to pick up @kfitz and @warnick for #digidiss workshop!

Congrats, and thanks for the shout-out! // RT @wynkenhimself: Hey, I got a new contributor's contract! http://bit.ly/OJB5cM

At a 2.5-day ODH-sponsored workshop on digital dissertations, run by @LizaPotts and @gossettphd, at @MATRIX_MSU. Follow #digidiss for more!

If you have blue sky ideas for an open-source archive for digital dissertations, tweet them with #digidiss !

Yes, focused on born-digital work, but not necessarily separate from traditional forms of the dissertation. #digidiss

The former is what was meant, but the latter might be a component.

RT @leverus: Writing a novel seems hard. But you chip away at it bit by bit and one day you look at what you've done and you say jesus t ...

RT @mediacommons: Launching today at The New Everyday: Rough Cuts: Media & Design in Process, edited by @karikraus. http://bit.ly/TcvnTL

Hear, hear! // RT @warnick: Had a fantastic time at the #digidiss workshop. Thanks for everything, @gossettphd, @LizaPotts, and @MATRIX_MSU!

Dear guy in the airport playing the annoying video on the iPad: HEADPHONES. Learn about them. #grrrr

Yet. :(

Indeed, though I do think this video is of the Jackass or Tosh.0 variety, so it’s awfully close.

This is a good question.

I think those are indeed about the odds. And given my luck...

Okay, srsly: am going to have to move to the other end of the $$admittedly very small$$ terminal to get away from this dude’s audio track.

I will stipulate that I am a bit of a travel prima donna. But I have 2 hours here and need to get some work done.

Don’t tempt me, bro.

I’ve got mine in -- was hoping he might take the hint. No dice.

Sigh. True.

I am indeed in LAN. I was the only non-TSA employee for miles around at security, so it went quite fast. :)

Nice!

I have retreated to the cafe area, where the TVs are playing some Olympic sport at low volume, instead of loud iPad Tosh.0.

I thought about it, but he doesn’t give off a receptive vibe. :(

Just earbuds, alas. I’ve moved to get away from the annoyance, so all is better.

I know, right? Crazy.

Srsly.

About to travel in time: departure LAN, 3.56 pm; arrival ORD, 3.55 pm.

I'll be on the lookout for paradoxes.

Greetings from the past! It was great seeing you as well $$more recently than you saw me$$.

Thanks!

One of those "hey, where do I know you from" moments: the incredibly familiar woman sitting directly behind me is Hoda Kotb.

At least she's not clipping them.

I did not see that - thanks for passing it on! $$Ah, that class\. 8\.20 am, and completely miserable, but so much fun\.$$

I clearly left one day too soon.

Whoa, whoa --@scholarslab has a 3d printer? Why am I not working for you?

“I promise to be home in time for the next meeting!”

Be careful; I may take you up on that.

Yeah, “was alive to experience” is not the total of “remember”; by that math, very few people today would remember WWII.

DUDE! That. Is. Awesome. Congratulations! $$By the by, I devoured the book over the weekend\. Just amazing\.$$

Read it this weekend; it’s brilliant. $$Full disclosure: I went to grad school with Abbott\.$$

RT @MLAnews: Three weeks remain in the NVS Digital Challenge; what can you do with our data? http://www.mla.org/nvs_challenge

Ooh, I’m a big fan of the High West Rendezvous Rye. Crazy aromatic.

Ah, Friday evening on the terrace - and @jmittell has inspired me to bust out the High West Rendezvous Rye.

Cheers! Mine is neat, it will not shock you to hear.

WOO-HOO! Well-deserved congratulations, Matt!

Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. Take care of yourself...

Amazing! I want to hear all about it.

@AppDotNet I'm joining the movement and backing http://App.net. Sign up here: http://join.app.net/wgkfmmmh #joinus

Safe journey, Ethan!

RT @Paul_Franz: Keep an eye out for my review of @kfitz's excellent book "Planned Obsolescence" in the Review of Higher Education. Shoul ...

Thanks - I'll look forward to reading it!

Holy cow. It's wonderful! I wonder if I could commute from East Lansing?

Wow, it is lovely. But, um. BIG.

Ditto.

Hence the discount.

Okay, I’m testing out the @AppDotNet alpha. Finding folks there is a little difficult as yet; if you’re there, let me know.

Go to http://join.app.net and back the project; then request an alpha invite.

I’ll get on that.

Hey, nice! // RT @NYUpress: REVIEW: 'Planned Obsolescence' by Kathleen Fitzpatrick $$@kfitz$$ http://bit.ly/MTTckd

Thanks for letting me know! I’m not shocked, at all; the attachment to the ways things have been done runs deep. +

And not always for bad reasons! Deliberate change requires careful deliberation… but it also requires change.

My pleasure!

Indeed. It’s an excellent reading, and a review that would be useful to somebody trying to decide whether to plunge in.

Especially not with the cut Amazon takes.

One answer is clearly shortsightedness. But the pricing situation for ebooks is complex.

For instance, one effect of Amazon's underpricing Kindle eds is that purchasers are less willing to pay full price for +

hardcovers, so all prices are threatened with being driven down, worsening the cost recovery issue.

Absolutely - though academic authors benefit more from editing than many like to believe.

Absolutely. I'm happy to have publ'd with presses that put out well priced simultaneous paper & ebk eds.

Many presses have cut copyediting budgets heavily, but the best still value good editing.

Replying to @JoeBeOne, @zephoria and @sivavaid

I didn’t mean to suggest that it was; only that publishers fear that Amazon underpricing Kindle editions +

Replying to @JoeBeOne, @zephoria and @sivavaid

will have the effect of driving down the perceived value in books generally, undercutting hardcover prices.

If only someone would write about that!

This will now be my explanation for everything: "That's just how @kfitz does."

I only hope I give you a lot that needs thus explaining.

I know some pretty cool people and projects the person who gets this job will work with: http://digital-scholarship.org/digitalkoans/2012/08/13/manager-digital-library-publication-and-access-at-new-york-university-libraries/

WOW! That’s fantastic news! Congrats, Amanda, and we’ll definitely have to meet up.

Glad to see the work that @MediaCommons has been doing on open review since 2009 mentioned in this Chron article: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Future-of-Peer-Review-in/133563/

More or less. I am just glad that the reporter included more precedents than \$#%@! Nature.

My new favorite quote: “If you get volunteers, it’s not conducive to quality.” Spoken by a SOCIOLOGIST.

Go, you! I look forward to hearing about the new gig -- and to getting caught up on our projects...

After seven months of sharing an office, I’m attached enough to my epiphyte to name it. Meet Spike.

Spike has about doubled in, um, spikes since January. I think he likes the atmosphere.

Thanks! I’m thrilled that it survived my seven weeks away...

I was afraid of that too, but Spike appears to be quite forgiving. A nice soak when I got back from Europe & all was forgiven.

Good question! I’m honestly not sure; the documentation did not say.

As soon as I can wrest @spike away from the non-tweeter who’s squatting on it.

What percentage of your users are on Macs? The ML integration of AirPlay is pretty amazing; add an AppleTV & stir.

Sigh. I suppose so.

Eh, it’s not you that’s the wet blanket! I worked at a restaurant that got sued in the 19--- um, a while back.

Have we all agreed that it’s uncool for a student to “Ms.” you instead of using “Prof.” or “Dr.”? +

I just got “Ms.”d by an assistant professor, one who found me through my college’s website. And I’m trying to decide whether to be annoyed.

The gendered aspect of the asst prof contact is exactly what’s got me pissed.

Email. I’m thinking my reply will use the full signature block, which includes “I’M A FULL PROFESSOR, YOU DOPE.”

Is what I was thinking! Skip the salutation, or first-name me. But “Ms.”???

I do take age into account w/undergrads; first-years are usually clueless, so I clue ‘em in. But an asst. prof?

Good point.

Hahahahahahaha!

Ayup.

Ooh, that would have been much worse, yes.

Alas, it’s a Mr. Do wish there were a diminutive I could use.

Agreed; I’ve gotten a fair bit of “Mrs.” from first-year students -- or worse, “Miss.”

I really wouldn’t think it would be that hard, esp for a professional. When in doubt, opt for the most respectful version. Sigh.

I try not to do so, but something in being Ms’d by a young male prof got under my skin.

I tend to start with “Prof LastName” when it’s a message to someone I’ve never met. I then often use a “FirstName $$if I may$$”...

I am less bothered by that $$tho students who firstname me before we’ve even met do rankle$$, but an “if I may” goes a long way.

Oh, no they didn’t!

It’s all those vowels, I guess…?

OMG.

I’m… speechless.

You forgot the “obt” part!

Conveniently, I think I am!

I have always hated that our catalog does that. It’s like the Chron: a kind of genteel exnomination of status.

I don’t think there’s a UVa connection, no, but the Jeffersonian angle is interesting!

My institution calls everyone Ms/Mr in the catalog. Makes me a bit nuts; there’s something artificially genteel about it to me.+

Myth or not, UVa has very genteel roots. My institution has sort of artificially created them.

I opt for Prof for the same reason $$lots of MFAs$$. But the principle remains.

Dear customer support folks: Reversing a fee you should not have charged is not a “courtesy.” It’s what I’m owed. Kthx.

Assuming that the sport in question is grousing on the internet about random communications, It. Is. On.

With every single one of your tweets from this talk, I misread you as being snarky: “Um, we are *all* dealing with…”

It wasn’t actually your tone at all, just my tired eyes missing the “l” in “Ulm.” Sounds like things are good there!

Nice.

Hooray, it’s a draft! I might not blow this deadline after all! #writing

Is there a way to get Google Calendar to pop up event alerts without switching away from the tab I’m currently typing in?

MOST annoying.

Aha! In Calendar Labs, there’s a “Gentle Reminders” option, that will play a “pleasant sound” and blink the calendar tab.

I'd been doing that too, but there's some problem between Google Calendar and ML Calendar right now; constantly asks for pwd.

For better or for worse, my office has just gone over to Google Apps, and is seriously invested in GCal for scheduling...

Hey, lazy web: I’m trying to track down the source for an argument I’ve heard that low readership for most blogs doesn’t matter, as they’re+

not written for an audience, but instead for the blogger’s friends. Who made that argument, and where? Any leads gratefully accepted.

I will!

That’s *exactly* what I was thinking, but I’m not finding the source.

I think what I was remembering may be @zephoria in paragraph 28 here: http://reconstruction.eserver.org/064/boyd.shtml

I like the idea of opening a bar that’s just for your friends $$and perhaps a few like\-minded passers\-by who become bar friends$$.

Not as I’m imagining it. A regular space that keeps regular bar hours for whenever your friends want to pop by - and that charges.

Awe *and* terror!

“Officer, I’d like to report 400 people milling about anxiously, looking shiftily as if something were about to happen.”

I’ve just gotten to spend the last 2 hours emptying my pantry and scrubbing everything down with bleach. Thanks for the fun Sunday, weevils!

So, so true.

I read that somewhere today and promptly forgot. Thanks for the reminder!

Alas, n-o.

Those little tiny bugs that get into flour. Super annoying.

I am hard pressed to think of a single situation that wouldn't be so improved.

RT @MichaelBerube1: Great essay on adjunct labor: http://tiny.cc/9g3cjw. The MLA has an app for that: http://tiny.cc/ji3cjw All info you ...

And to assume that no one under the age of 18 ever gets interested in anything that happened before they were born.

The pitfalls of seriality: Last Season, On Planned Obsolescence. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/last-season-on-planned-obsolescence/

I haven’t had a chance to, as yet. Stanley Fish did, however! http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/mind-your-ps-and-bs-the-digital-humanities-and-interpretation/

I got ambitious after creating my online dossier & got tenurefile dot com, so I’ve got a barn, if you’ve got a trunk of costumes.

Things are just about to Happen. Exciting Things!

Always leave 'em wanting $$I know$$ more!

I’ll never tell.

You are so welcome - thanks for the great post!

This. Is a brilliant idea!

Watch out come spring. The mommas are MEAN.

Re-entry is brutal - and mine was only after 7 weeks, not a full year. We’ll both get back to it.

Oh yes.

Replying to @briancroxall, @ncecire and @rgfeal

Is it bad form to favorite one’s own past tweets, to make sure you can get them back when need be?

Indeed. Favoriting is a powerful tool, but it requires careful consideration. $$PS: Thanks for the permalink\!$$

Gorgeous!

New post at Planned Obsolescence: Train of Thought. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/train-of-thought/

Thank you!

I'm on a train, headed for what should be a delightful long weekend. Hooray for a last bit of summer vacation!

"Hello, Apple? May I speak to Lloyd, please?"

Thanks! I hope you're recovering well.

Inspired by Jason and Natalie, a new post at Planned Obsolescence: You Will Never Get It All Done. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/you-will-never-get-it-all-done/

Are you operating under the same service contract? If so, then yes. #iphoneofatt

Argh. I would invite you up but I’m going to be at ASA then.

Thank YOU!

It really is important, and yet the pressures of NOW make it so hard to do.

It’s Inception for to-do lists!

Thank you!

::dies:: RT @savasavasava: too. much. cute. send. help. MT @noelrk: Rare sand cat kittens born in Israel. SO MUCH CUTE. http://cl.ly/382O2y3D2H0k

Congratulations, Jeff!

Turns out I was right about that whole jumping a demographic category thing in the last paragraph. Sigh. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/you-will-never-get-it-all-done/

$$Srsly\. Just registered a birthday gift and found myself at the low end of a surprising new cohort\!$$

Thank you - it has been!

It is, and thanks!

Replying to @miriamkp, @savasavasava and @BendProf

Thanks so much!

It is - thanks!

Having an unbelievably crazy birthday dinner, wrapping up an unbelievably crazy birthday.

Definitely woo. Probably also a little hoo.

Thank YOU for the inspiration!

Oh no. Oh, Jo!

No kidding! My heart stopped there for a minute.

Insanely good. We had a fabulous, fabulous dinner - thanks so much for the recommendation! I am, however, still recovering today.

Thank you!

Thanks, everybody, for the birthday wishes yesterday. It was a great, nutty day: 45. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/45/

Why, thank you! Honestly, I never would have guessed that I wasn’t the elder between us.

Oh, no. I’m so sorry, Patrick!

Feeling squeamish about mentioning a blog post I felt squeamish about writing: Time Zones. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/time-zones/

Thanks, Natalia. It really does make it hard, in all kinds of ways.

I have heard worse ideas today!

Thanks so much for the kind thoughts. I know many others with more difficult situations than ours so I hate to whine!

I know, right? Thanks, srsly.

RT @MLAnews: Pleased that the ARL passed a resolution in support of new #MLA open-access author policies. @ARLnews

Eek! That really gives me the heebie jeebies.

Noticing that 100% of the tweeps who replied to my squeamish post today are women. #notsaying #justsaying

RT @rgfeal: So sorry that it is necessary to cancel #APSA2012. Clearly, the safety of attendees has to come first. Creative online meetu ...

RT @ARLnews: @MLAnews we're pleased that MLA has adopted OA-friendly policies! :)

Clarification: not at all suggesting that there was only empathy from women, just that it was only women who expressed it to me. Is all.

I didn't mean to call anybody out, & certainly not you. It just caught my attention that so many women felt compelled to respond.

I hear that. It's intractably difficult, on either side. $$And good wishes to both of you for a good resolution\!$$

Huh! I'd flipped back through my mentions and your tweet wasn't there. I sit corrected - and thank you for that!

It sucks, indeed. Good luck with your decision! I hope it works out for all.

Thanks! I'm hoping for the same.

Things could definitely BR worse than that.

Thank you! I've been following your move - I hope it work out well and that there's a good resolution soon.

Absolutely. Good luck, and I hope you find a good resolution soon!

Okay, Twitters: thanks for the kindness yesterday. Resolved to feel way less sorry for myself today. Onward!

Have fun, and tell everyone I said hi!

Less whine, more, um, optimistic reflection. New post: Fall. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/fall/

RT @MLAnews: Three more days left to get your entries in for the New Variorum Shakespeare Digital Challenge! http://www.mla.org/nvs_challenge

I echo @dancohen: a moving, awful, important post. Thank you for that, and I'm so sorry for the pain that produced it.

The bad news: my parents are w/o power & are trapped in their house by a fallen tree. The good news: the tree did not land on their house.

Also, they report that they have plenty of wine.

Priorities: in order.

Agreed!

I hope so too. Isaac may be weakish, but he's slow-moving, so they're stuck with him a while longer.

Have just discovered that autocorrect autocorrects "weakish" to "weakfish." ???

Exactly what I was thinking.

A little Yiddish in your PC, maybe? $$"Weak? Ish\."$$

Only if things go very, very wrong. The tree did hit the neighbors, tho, so my parents' luck is at someone else's expense. :(

Totally.

Completely crazy.

Right? You should have known to move your house out of the way.

Apparently, yes, thank goodness.

Oh, it makes *everything* make so much more sense that way!

Ha! I like that.

It's southern Louisiana. I'm sure they're outfitted.

There are, yes, but So LA is overall far more culturally Catholic $$with a capital C$$.

In fact, I was about to joke that they were likely outfitted, or Baptists. One or the other.

I know, right? One must lay in pre-storm supplies!

Honestly, I'm just hoping my stepfather hasn't busted out the chainsaw himself, mid-storm. But thanks!

Wait, what? How terrible!

Terribly, terribly sad morning. My heart just breaks for their family. http://savas.me/2012/08/rip-my-friend-lee-dirks/

was an extraordinary friend to DH; he connected me to a couple of key projects & was really interested in the field.

Everybody tweeting that FOXNews called bullshit on Ryan: pls note the column is in “opinion”; “news” says no such thing http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/29/ryan-calls-for-american-turnaround-with-romney-in-lead/

New post, on the deadline double-bind: Stuck. http://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/stuck/

I know, right? I just got here!

Hey, fabulous! Congratulations.

What stylus do you use? $$I take it you like it\.$$

Cool, thanks!

Looking forward to seeing you here!

Is there a convention going on? ::sticks fingers in ears::

Just finished a rough paper sketch of the talk I’ve been struggling with -- and my pen ran out of ink as I wrote the last sentence. Ta-da!

Not usually. But this thing had me stymied, and the change of scene helped.

Exactly. There’s something about moving from one kind of surface or frame to another that often helps break up a jam.

Me too! // MT @devoneylooser: The Critical Pulse: 36 Credos by Contemporary Critics just published, incl piece by me! http://tinyurl.com/9cc9hbj

Indeed! Tools that know when you’re done would be priceless.

Whoops. Have been off the Twitters, so just saw this! We weren’t just trying to undermine the hegemony of the 3-charactered. Really.

Super-productive day. Now the srs decision: stop working & go take a yoga class? Or push through & finish this talk already? I’m that close.

Funny, that.

$$Seriously, it’s baked into WP, I think\. I’ve never seen a setting to change that restriction\.$$

Okay, @JenHoward and @nmhouston carry it; I’m off to yoga. Thanks, twitters.

I'm a little behind, but wow! Congratulations!

Thanks for pushing me to go to yoga, folks; it was exactly the right cap to a rockin' day.

I *did*! Which is why I only said thanks $$and sat down to dinner$$ after 9pm.

I know, I know. But I was so close to done. $$I thought\. There's more to do tomorrow after all\.$$
Press & hold the menu button. Instant home screen. $$Not to say the UI doesn't suck\. It does\. But at least there's that\.$$