How to assimilate this into that

I don’t need a personal cyber infrastructure. Maybe someone does, but I sure as heck do not!  I can barely get my teeth brushed everyday and I am not convinced that having a PCI would help me get all that I need to get done in day done.  Perhaps, just perhaps, having a mini personal cyberstructure that did not keep my eyes fixated on a 13 inch plasma screen nor my bottom rooted in a chair 10 hours a day, would help me take ownership of my presence in technology.

I agree with  only a small aspect of Gardner Campbell’s article, A Personal Cyberinfrastructure, and that is that we should pull the crutches out from students and have them take over more ownership of their web presence. My website is created by Other People’s Pixels. It is an artist website where they give us an infrastructure but the entire design of the site is up to the artist. Yes I could spend an additional 900 hours working on it to make it look fabulous, but I am in charge and I lots of ways to change and rearrange. I can get to it when I have time. Which consequently is never!!

In the DS 106 assignment log I chose the assighownment BLACKMAIL, it had almost 5 star rating.  For this assignment you are supposed to take a picture with your phone camera and distort it someway so that is recognizable, but not completely recognizable. I often take pictures “by accident” and like the result, and I particularly love it when kids take pictures because they take photos from a different vantage point, and usually with novice intentions. They are funny, awkward, simple, confusing but often compelling. This is a great assignment for students to then take that image and use it for a beginning of a surrealistic painting or drawing. Many famous artists distort reality using their imagination such as Rene Magritte, Salvidor Dali, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso.  Students that in particular might have a hard time stepping outside of reality in their imagination can use technology to advance their thinking.  It is easy to step out of a car and take a photo, it is art to show a perspective that makes people think and react.


Response to Stepping up the look

February 21, 2016

Color and curb appeal before words. First impressions are vital. As a visual learner I am very much drawn into a page by the layout, the images, the color. I like to see images and changes in font style and color. From these careful considerations I get a small insight into the person behind the page and this encourages me to look deeper. This encourages me to read.

Looking thru my wordpress blog page for ways to improve my site I came across the comments page. I had no idea I had comments on the blog that I have been making for this Digital Humanities course. I had 44 comments!!!  Considering I was very slight and controlled in my Shareaholic-ness I was surprised that my words were making their way to the public sphere. I started through them, honestly did not read all prior to deleting, and found mostly spam. I did though receive some “real” comments,  or perhaps they were just advertisements disguised as “real,” that stated my blog page was easy to look, inviting, and well written. This was somehow reassuring. My personality, my voice, even with so few weeks in the public blog environment, was making an impact of sorts.

Web 2.0
web to͞o point ˈō/
noun: Web 2.0
  1. the second stage of development of the World Wide Web, characterized especially by the change from static web pages to dynamic or user-generated content and the growth of social media.

I am happy to work within a template, and appreciate the relative freedom that Web 2.0 has allowed. It is reassuring that I do not have to design a whole page myself, and was able to plug in pictures here and there and further accessorize my site to fully represent who I can be in this given interface. I am able to present to the public, limited as it is, an “idea” of who I am. I want to shape the readers experience, by first giving them an impression of who I am in spirit, a spirit that lives separate from the words, and second using language to present opinions, ideas, arguments.

Is presentation really that powerful. Can a color really be inviting? Can images create experience? Because I chose an orange background does this make me more trustworthy or appealing? What if orange is someone’s least favorite color have I turned off a potential follower. I do not want to worry about this. Images are capable of speaking volumes.

Reading the Article The 5 Resources Model of Critical Digital Literacy helped with my understanding of the importance of digital literacy and responsibility. The “the learner needs to” list among the 5 resources listed engages how users develop awareness of the impact of presentation and creates parameters within which we can analyze digital literacy. My page falls under the Persona resource wanting to create a site that is personal and embodies both presentation and creativity within the digital exchange.






Response to Kirschenbaum, Fowler, and Jester

Side bar conversations, thoughts of the quiet introvert, a fleeting ephemeral image or idea remain hidden unless spoken or written in text. Fowler in his article, Writing-Intensive Approaches in a Typographic Design Studio Class: Using Writing as a Tool toward More Intentional Design states “the act of writing makes thoughts concrete.” When a student can say in a written response to a Van Gogh painting that “Van Gogh screwed up,” then and only then a conversation begins. The intentionality of writing, or blogging, or tweeting about a work of art allows participants to participate in a dialogue of critique. Matthew Kirschenbaum in his article, What is a Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in English Departments, discusses how Twitter and tweeting allowed a scholarly ” side-bar” conversation at a Digital Humanities convention in 2009 to occur. The use of this digital medium creates a network topology that is quickly rising as a popular and now “backed” at times skeptically by administrative bodies. The Dhers are becoming more and more publically visible and users are able to collaborate and network and communicate with greater ease.

Using digital methodologies and use of writing in courses has strengthened both the use of digital humanities and the courses. Using art to unbox language from the compartment of an individuals mind allows intentional creation and improved focus.


Response to Unsworth and Swensson Articles

To be honest I have read the articles two times and I really do not know what the articles are saying so I will be writing my official Blog will arrive after the “classroom” discussion.

In general the first article seems to be trying to describe and organize ways of seeking, analyzing, and finding digital information. I think what makes the most sense to me is the idea of discovery thru conversation of mutual interest. I think it is so important that we network and enter into dialogue with our colleagues and with students and in that dialogue new ideas and avenues of thinking are excavated. The author states that “the power of a primitive function executed across a very large pile of networked information is very great–greater, in part, because it brings you results that you don’t expect but do find significant”  Yes so returning or turning towards the basics can yield powerful and unique results when searching for information.

I can imagine using some of these listed primitives (Discovering,Annotating,Comparing, Referring, Sampling, Illustrating, Representing)  in my Painted Book course. I imagine that discovery is the primary primitive method, followed by illustrating.

More to come……

Response to the articles by Patricia Cohen

Response to the articles in The New York Times 2010 Humanities 2.0 series By Patricia Cohen.

All three of these articles speak about interesting and rather Avant Garde ways of connecting literature with modern opportunities in technology. It seems, at first, fascinating to use technology to “see” the world at a certain time and place in history. This new concept of spatial humanities allows historians to delve back into history to revisit their respective research and to ask new questions. Newly envisioned dimensional perspectives can break ground for new inquiries. I can see this being utilized in undergraduate courses at UNE. It’s a shift away from traditional learning, use of imagination to “picture” history. This could have benefits and drawbacks.

Cohen describes, in “For Bentham and Others, Scholars Enlist Public to Transcribe Papers,” use of crowd sourcing to transcribe 50,000 manuscript pages as a great use of collective energy. I think that undergraduates could benefit from working together more closely with each other. Students and faculty tend to be singularly focused on their questions. Faculty could encourage research programs that require others to participate, and mentor students to work together in teams and with public “researchers.” This seems to be a BIG step forward towards collaborative learning.

In her article “Giving Literature Virtual Life,” Patricia Cohen shares the experiences of a few small colleges and their innovative use of technology to bring avatars to Shakespeare classes. I love the idea to an extent, but am troubled by the following statement by Ms. Cook; “Until you get Shakespeare on its feet, you’re doing it an injustice. The plays are in 3-D, not 2-D.” Seems to me a dichotomy, because the method by which Ms. Cook is teaching is not on “its feet. “ In fact students could be learning Shakespeare in their pajamas in the kitchen sitting on hard chair. There are no feet involved. I like the idea of using virtual tools to re-enact plays in cyber theatres, but not at the expense of actually getting on one’s feet and doing the work of speaking the parts, and doing the moves.

Response to Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0

January 31, 2016

I am one to follow instructions, mostly, so I thought for this blog response I would do just that. The instructions are straight up so here it goes:

For understanding  and interpreting the Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0 follow 5 simple rules; 1. don’t whine, 2. comment, engage, retort, spread the word, 3. throw an idea, 4. join in, and 5. move on.

1) don’t whine: Seriously no whining at all? Well how about some concerns then? Evolution, in the broad sense, scares me. A culture that is changing at such a rapid pace without any signs of slowing seems to be heading in the direction of annihilation. Perhaps my fear is that we as a culture are moving farther and farther from the source (ourselves, tradition, simplicity) as technology advances. I fear that we are retreating from what is real. The meaning of what real is shifting as well. Normal changes along with the advancement of technology are each day becoming the new normal and then it is easy to just adapt and go along and not fight the fight. Communication of ideas and how we access and share information is constantly changing and in this new culture of immediacy, I miss (whine) getting a handwritten letter in the mail.

2) comment, engage, retort, spread the word: Yes I want to be involved. I want to reclaim the past but keep up with the present. I want to, as you say, do work that, “promotes collaboration and creation across domains of expertise.” This has become so important to me. I see it as our job to SEE the connection across disciplines and to not sit back and do nothing , but to BE the connection across disciplines. Yes spreading the word about this important concept should be all our goals.

3) throw an idea: I don’t have anything at the moment. Thinking about a new title for Digital Humanities.

4) join up: I really dislike the word “iterative.” I don’t know why, BUT perhaps because academics use it a lot, perhaps because I really do not use that word myself confidently, OR perhaps it is just so repetitive in use, that it seems redundant. Well to join up, I decided to look it up again in, where else, Google, followed by a healthy search in Wikipedia.

A Google search of the word iteration quickly came up with “about 28,700,000 results” in “(0.33 seconds).” Thanks Google your definition was followed by myriads of Merriam Webster Dictionary definitions all that answered my questions. I was very happy with Googles’ definition complete with pronunciation;




noun: iteration

  1. the repetition of a process or utterance.
  • repetition of a mathematical or computational procedure applied to the result of a previous application, typically as a means of obtaining successively closer approximations to the solution of a problem.
  • a new version of a piece of computer hardware or software.

Even so I decided to follow through with time spent at wiki-university to learn more. Here I received several pages of information from “reliable” sources that informed me of iterations in context of its’ relationship with recursion, mathematics, computing, project management, and education. But mainly I found the following definition quite helpful so was doubly pleased:

“Iteration is the act of repeating a process, either to generate a unbounded sequence of outcomes, or with the aim of approaching a desired goal, target or result. Each repetition of the process is also called an ‘iteration,’ and the results of one iteration are used as the starting point for the next iteration.”

Although I have never thought of it this way before investigating this term more fully, my artwork is an iterative process. I repeat common themes, to investigate an idea. I have worked with images of water for the past 25 years. I call this process a ritual liminal expression. The ritual is the act of exploration in order to grow and evolve the work. Threshold artwork lies in-between places, the liminal, and represents how each artwork is a mystery, an uncomfortable middle ground, until it was called “done.” An expression is personal, mine, sensitive, and unique. Although my pursuit is iterative I would think of it not as repetition though, but rather as an explorative journey. Even though I may have repeated some elements of the original search question, using the same medium, each work of art that came from looking at a previous work of art is original. No two paintings ever alike. So the idea of iteration, repetition, seems ridiculous and diminutive.

Regarding the humanities, to say they are iterative seems false, because each new writer, investigating from their single perspective, an idea that is perhaps common, yet the ideas in an individuals head, the conclusions and sentences that were written down, paraphrased and expressed are unique.

5) move on: I have 3 more articles to read so movin’ on. But before I go…my hope is that humanities can take its’ rightful place as a leader, as a forebear, as a historical icon that shaped the world culturally. I never want to see one replace or overpower another, but technology has the potential to usurp. In creating works of art, in creating a handmade book that can only be made by the hands of humans it is my hope that a revolution of creation can remind the populace about the importance of making, of hand building, and that by combining humanities, creation, and digital processes, we can celebrate the importance of both in our existence.

Source List:

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.