Linking Out

I’m in the Accessible Future workshop in Atlanta, and we’d had a interesting conversation about how, and how often, web content should “link out” to pages beyond ones own web site. I feel like we’ve talked about this topic every workshop, and there are lots of interesting issues that keep coming up that I never…. Continue reading “Linking Out”.

Everything Is (Not Always) AWESOME When You’re Part of a Team!

You have watched The Lego Movie I hope. It is a story about an individual who seems to be happy alone with his own routine as a ‘normal’ person, but one day finds out he is ‘the chosen one’ meant to save people. He does not believe in himself and his ability to be the…. Continue reading “Everything Is (Not Always) AWESOME When You’re Part of a Team!”.

Adventures in 3D Printer Maintenance

Recently, the fan on the bottom of our Makerbot Replicator Dual Extruder began to make some unhealthy noises. Per SLab desk protocol, the first attempt at a remedy was to smack the thing near where it was making the noise, which made it go away for a little while. Eventually, we got tired of hitting our…. Continue reading “Adventures in 3D Printer Maintenance”.

On Sharing Credit and Courting Trolls

The Praxis team was invited to two presentations the last week. The first at the Moving People/ Linking Lives Page-Barbour Symposium, and then at UVa’s Huskey Research Exhibition. With a lot of help from Praxis teammate Jennifer Grayburn, I prepared a slideshow showcasing a brief history of Ivanhoe and the work of the two Praxis…. Continue reading “On Sharing Credit and Courting Trolls”.

Hearing Silent Woolf

[This week I presented at the 2015 Huskey Research Exhibition at UVA. The talk was delivered from very schematic notes, but below is a rough recreation of what I discussed. The talk I gave is a crash course in a new project I’ve started working on with the generous help of the Scholars’ Lab that thinks…. Continue reading “Hearing Silent Woolf”.

Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor

It was my third blank screen. I switched back over to my text editor and tried again. I looked at the format of my PHP, looked at my functions. I looked up the PHP documentation, deleted elements that did not seem right, and saved again. Back in my browser, the screen was still blank. Last…. Continue reading “Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor”.

Printing Things That Print: A Miniature Hand-Press Project

For the past few months, fellow English PhD candidate James Ascher and I have had a small side-project going on in the Makerspace: printing a small, desktop-sized hand press, and getting it to work consistently.  The model we found calls it a “Pocket Gutenberg,” but the idea of a small, hand-powered, personal “hobby” printing press…. Continue reading “Printing Things That Print: A Miniature Hand-Press Project”.

Watermarking and OCR-ing Your Images

In the process of my dissertation research I have accumulated over 2,000 images, nearly all scans of documents. One goal of my dissertation is to make these documents open and available (where appropriate) in an Omeka repository. In order to more correctly attribute these documents to the archives where I got them, I need to…. Continue reading “Watermarking and OCR-ing Your Images”.

Neatline 2.4.0

We’re happy to announce a new version of Neatline which adds a couple new features along with resolving a few small issues. The two main features in this release  were implemented based on community feedback. First, it’s now possible to set the opacity of a WMS layer when its selected using the “selected” opacity setting. Previously…. Continue reading “Neatline 2.4.0”.

Something about PHP

We’ve spent the past month and a half learning PHP. It’s an arduous task only complicated by our own busy schedules. Trying to learn a new language becomes much more difficult when also trying to wrangle sixty undergraduates every week, or finish a dissertation, or find a job. And yet progress continues steadily. The decision…. Continue reading “Something about PHP”.

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