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MLA 2023

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I’m a little late in getting this posted, but I delivered the paper below at MLA 2023 as part of a session entitled “How the Liberal Arts Works,” organized by Julia Mickenberg. It draws on the work I’ve been doing toward (what I sincerely hope will be) the final revision of Leading Generously. To...


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Building the new, but trying not to leave the old behind.

Hello World!

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Testing out Jekyll and making wayyyy more than minimal mistakes.

Hotel Elsevier

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You’ve already heard that Elsevier is evil. That they know this much about you — and that they are selling this data not just to our institutions but to god-knows-who-else — is cause for real, material protest. They may not have a crass loud mouthed billionaire spokesbaby but they’re so, so much ...


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Spending today tinkering with a combination of ideas that have surfaced in my Mastodon feed over the last several days:

Tasks Matter

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At some point in the last couple of weeks, a link passed through my feed pointing me to Ben Newton’s post on task-tracking in Obsidian. I loooooooove Obsidian. Love it. I keep all of my research notes in it, as well as a wide range of personal notes (e.g., the list of Christmas sh...


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This morning, I am officially kicking off the process of revising Leading Generously for final submission. As the discussions there will show, I’ve got a lot of work ahead. My hope is that in this revision I might get a good bit more clear about who this book is for, and about the complexities of...

Block Editor Question

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WP block editor gurus: Is there a way to use styles to create links that use different colors for the link text and the link decoration (i.e., the underline)? I know how to do it using CSS (I think), but styles within the block editor seems to insist that both text and underline have the same col...

García Peña, Community as Rebellion

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Grounded in a model of individual success that rewards white men and the knowledge they have created for centuries, academia promotes competitiveness, exceptionalism, and ownership of history and knowledge-making. We are primed to believe we “find” history in an archive and therefore own it. W...


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Some time back, I got sooooooper-interested in the work of IndieWeb and what it might do for connecting blog spaces and social media spaces. Things have quieted down since then, though I’ve been syndicating most posts to the bird site and gathering Webmentions from there.