A Reflection on the Classes I Taught in Fall 2018

Many faculty I know who maintain a public digital identity reflect frequently and thoughtfully on their teaching with regular blogging. I don’t tend to do that, unless there’s some specific technology or unique pedagogy that I’ve been tried out in a semester, like when I wrote about using Slack instead of Canvas, or when I described […]


How I set up a frictionless writing workflow

Writing is hard, and the many, many different platforms for doing writing and sharing that writing are, more often than not, just adding steps to the process of getting started that just make things take longer. For example, Google Docs is great for some things, but there are several steps standing between me and my […]


The Domestic Spaces of Digital Media

On May 27, 2018, I joined my colleagues Brenta Blevins and Lee Skallerup Bessette in a session at the 2018 Computers and Writing Conference, held this year at George Mason University. It was my first Computers and Writing, and I had a good time learning from many interesting sessions. For my paper, which follows below, […]


A Python Script that Writes 800-page Children’s Books

You may have heard of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Mo — which is an even where aspiring authors attempt to start and finish a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. NaNoGenMo is a similar event that simply challenges aspiring authors to write code that will generate a 50,000 word novel. This blog post […]


Teaching with Bots (A DPL Workshop)

I first came to bots for one of my classes back in 2013, and in that time since, I’ve developed a small stable of botspawn that I’m relatively proud of. I’ve also developed a tool that helps people make bots in Google Spreadsheets without having to do write any code. Many people have used that […]


Imj: A web-based tool for visual culture macroanalytics

So-called “movie barcodes” are both elegant to look at and useful ways to explore how color schemes and designs shift throughout a film. Image montages can also demonstrate how a visual corpus changes over time, and plotting an image set into a graph based on values like hue and saturation could provide a stylistic fingerprint for […]


Visualizing Intertextuality with Kumu.io

Kumu (Kumu.io) is a web-based tool for exploring systems and relationships between actors in a network. It can be used to map related concepts, related people, or really anything that can be understood as “elements” and “connections between those elements.” In one of my classes last year, I created an assignment where my students used […]


Notes on Teaching with Slack

Slack is communication software popular for handling workplace information flow, project management, customer support, and all kinds of other things. It’s useful for professional teams, but it’s also convenient for just about any other community that needs a quick place for synchronous and asynchronous conversation and collaboration. Last semester, I started using Slack with one […]


An Arthrogram, Part 1

I “wrote” and “published” a “graphic novel.” Like most people, I generally dislike scare quotes, but I want to underscore those in that declaration, because I want to be clear from the outset of this post and the two that will follow that my use of those three words in these ways is highly contingent. A reasonable […]


GIFfing the Media Wall

I’m a fan of animated GIFs, and one of my favorite features of UMW’s Convergence Center is it’s “Media Wall,” a large, multi-screen display in the main area of the second floor. It’s a cool place for looping, ambient visual art, so it’s perfect for animated GIFs. Last year, my rendition of Cory Arcangel’s Super […]