Monday, March 2, 2015

Digital Humanities Awards

Folks in the English for New Media program at Dakota State University, and in digital humanities programs in general, might be interested to see the winners of the DH Awards for 2014.  They are listed at   It's a site that identifies, from nominations, the best in these categories:   
  • Best Use of DH For Fun
  • Best Exploration of DH Failure
  • Best DH Data Visualization
  • Best Use of DH For Public Engagement
  • Best DH Tool or Suite of Tools
  • Best DH Blog Post or Series of Posts
Check out the listings.  There should certainly be something to pique your interest!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Today in my Foundations of English for New Media course we are talking about Wiki's and we'll look at how to create one as a way to share work.

Google documents are another way to share, and there are many others you can use, sharing Dropbox files, for example.

But the real kicker with wikis is how they keep track of all the edits on the pages and who edits them.

There are plenty of wiki providers out there, free and easy to use.  There's a list here: Tech&Learning.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Animated Text

Nothing too hard about animating text with some of the web tools out there.  Here you go.  They're not movie files but gifs generated by online tools.  This first one is made at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

China Sings about Internet Censorship

China's battle over who's got access to what online takes a twist with a choral rendition of the case for internet censorship.
The song's chorus makes it clear that what's online reflects all of China:
An Internet power — Where there is Internet, there are glory and dreams.
 An Internet power — From the distant cosmos to the homes that we miss.
 An Internet power — Telling the world that the Chinese Dream is lifting up China.
 An Internet power — Each individual represents the whole nation.
Translations and story courtesy of ProPublica.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Touching upon the Twitterverse

We're talking today about Twitter today in Foundations, and we're off to a pretty good start, except that because I'm not such a big user of Twitter, and some of my students are, I defer to others as a way of describing the appeal.

Frankly, I don't quite get the idea--I see it as a way of unleashing a firehose of information at myself, stepping into an theater where I'm in the crowd along with everyone else and we're all actors on the same level.  It seems like a madhouse, like having lots of little radio stations playing at once with each of them having very little to say or making reference to other things that also have very little to say.

So, I'm interested in what the appeal is.  Of course, I can see the appeal for someone who's got a lot to say and wants to create a conduit to a lot of people.

I can also see the value of hashtags, a way of accumulating the statements and views of a lot of people on a subject.

On the other hand, Left Shark.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Facebook Alternatives

Facebook's not the only game in town.  Some people want the social, but not the deluge of crap from everywhere and everyone.  It's like living in a house where every telemarketer has your address.  So, some clever folks are working on alternatives.  Among these are two that I know.

One is Ello.  No ads.  Their manifesto is here:

Ello Manifesto

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.
You are not a product.
Another site is Tsu.  Here's their version:
We believe in quality content, real ownership, and the value of one's own network.
  • As a free social platform, we recognize members for their likeness, image and content by sharing earned revenues.
  • Create content, interact with your community, and invite your friends and followers to join what is now your personal network.
  • As a content creator, you'll earn fair value for all the social things you normally do.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dr. Nelson, Producer of Stuff Online

I participate in all kinds of things.

  • I like things on YouTube
  • I like things on Facebook, and I comment there and post
  • I have edited Wikipedia articles
  • I blog (in several different blogs)
  • I have built Wiki's
  • I have edited IMDB articles
  • I have published poems online
  • I have made YouTube Videos
  • I build web pages
  • I used to have other accounts
    • Web Circles thing
    • eCircles
    • Video translation
  • I write reviews on Tripadvisor
  • I tweet sometimes
  • I have a Pinterest account
  • Google maps

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Internship Available for Sigma Tau Delta Members

Those members of Sigma Tau Delta are eligible to apply for a summer internship in New York, working for Penguin Random House, publishers of many kinds of books.  Minimum wage, 28 hours per week for ten weeks, plus $1500 for travel and living expenses.
More here.

Among your duties:
  • Reading and evaluating manuscripts
  • Writing readers reports and rejection letters
  • Researching permission requests, attending meetings, and preparing manuscripts for transmittal
  • Administrative duties including mailings, filing, updating the submission logs, and routing materials
Sounds like a good opportunity.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Moving Poems and the Art of Visual Poetry

Since we began this program in English for New Media, I've been compelled by the attraction of video poetry, poems that go, poems that combine an audio or textual element with a video.  I love the work that people have done with the short video, a film the length of a short lyric poem.  I just added to the list of cool sites, a link to Moving Poems Magazine.  It's work a trip there.  Although it's in German, here's a visual and auditory hurricane of "Der Conny Ihr Pony," a poem by Martin Hentze, film by Robert Pohle.  Strange, freaky, funny, weird.  Yup, that's "Der Conny Ihr Pony."

Der Conny ihr Pony from robert pohle on Vimeo.

Friday, January 16, 2015

For Those Who Prefer Four Wheels

Here's a tamer version of a lap around the famed Nurburgring track, someone taking the little Suzuki Swift rental car from Rent4Ring around it at speed.  Not enough for you?  They've also got a BMW 125i or VW Scirocco to spin you around the course a little faster.  Price?  You can take the little speedster out for two hours and do two laps for about 199 euros (about $230).
Here's the little Suzuki lifting its leg at one of the corners.  
Note that many companies now use videos as a way of representing the products or services they offer.  You need to know how to work with the tools!

Over the Hills the Easy (and fast) Way

Here's a video of some gutsy person on a motorcycle going around the Nurburgring at full blast.

Rocky Mountain High Road

Here's the demon elevation chart that one of my colleagues wants me to ride.  10,000 feet of elevation change, starting at over 7,000 feet.  
So, I've ridden a few bicycle rides.  This one is more than a ride.  It's the Triple Bypass road race in Colorado, on July 11.  Ride 120 miles.  If you're so inclined, you can ride back on the next day, another 120 miles.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another New Beginning

Today I mark another passage as I prepare students in our Foundations of English for New Media class for their blogging experience.

We'll work today to set up a blog, make a posting, and get RSS feeds from the other blogs rolling in on each of the blogs.

So, I hope it goes well and there are no glitches!  Good luck, folks, in setting up your blogs!