I am never sure if I am in the digital humanities or not, but several major projects run on my servers and I’ve done work on projects in the past. Â I’m in Montreal today and for a few days giving a talk at Concordia’s TAG Lab and I am at the International Studies Association annual conference, where I gave my paper yesterday and it was well received, and tomorrow I have to be discussant on two panels, weee!
The talk is titled:
From COTS to Class: Â the twice hidden curriculum of computer games or why I’d prefer to be playing dwarf fortress
Yesterday’s paper was: Â Information Excess in the Age of Cyberinfrastructures: Â on being governed
6:00am Woke up spontaneously
6:00am-around 7:15 Â checked email (which is work, checked security logs for systems that are mailed to me, scanned through server notices); read general email. Â Found one more expression of interest for the Critical Theory of the Internet Project
7:30 iron today’s shirt… Â I’m traveling and while I’m not known to be a fancy dresser by any means, I do tend to make an attempt at a professional appearance.
7:45 go to take picture of hotel workspace…. and camera battery is dead.
7:50 … forgot to put collar stays in… collar floppy, hmmph, will get this sorted in a few seconds
8:00am breakfast at Coras.
8:06am still haven’t made it to breakfast… had an email request to add people to a departmental webpage, which i won’t do today, but when I am in the office because the particular university server the webpage exists on only does localnet webdav and http/https uploads. Â It can be done remotely, but there is no rush for this task that I can see.
9:15 took a picture of my workspace in the hotel room.. this is a new computer, so… iphoto did not launch on insertion of sd card, launched iphoto, which is apparently a new version and want to upgrade my photo library… this could take some time.
9:41 Â as most academics know… going to an academic conference is really no vacation, it is more like adding a temporary other job on top of your own job. Â Mostly you spend time in little or sometimes big rooms rooms cramped with many people listening to other people present their ideas. Â After those are done, then you do the same in the hallways, then you do the same at lunch, then dinner, etc. Â Really when you visit a city for a conference, you see mostly hotel rooms and conference rooms. Â I generally try to carve out some time for a walk around too, but it is anything other than tourism, it is basically work x 2.
9:44am Â Right now, for instance I am in the hotel room teaching my class. Â I’m in my hotel room primarily because i get free internet access from the lobby here, or I’d be in the lobby. Â The conference hotels were more expensive than my hotel, are right next door, and want to charge around $15.00 per day per internet connection. Â There are 3 hotels, and panels are scattered throughout them, so mostly… you can go to one panel, then you get caught in the hall and miss a panel, etc.
Oh my class… not digital humanities so much… it is interpretive policy analysis, taught online through our online master of arts in political science and our master of public and international affairs program. Â Currently there are 45 unread posts that I should read and some of them will require response.
10:13 just read some of craig bellamy’s dayofdh .. yes i should be reading student material
10:16 verifying some travel plans for next week’s conference in Chicago
10:39 reviewing and editing my slides again… Â i’ll do until i’m actually presenting them, once every few hours or so… this is not my best stack, or anything close, this is a new stack, and it will develop over time into a strong stack, but right now, i know them, i know they are mine, and i know how the talk is supposed to go.
11:10 met with Bart Scott from TAG for talk, went out for coffee, had several good conversation topics.