4
Aug

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 […]

28
Apr

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 […]

1
Mar

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 […]

24
Feb

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 […]

26
Oct

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 […]

24
Sep

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 […]

22
Sep

The Media Anachronism Project: A Proposal

This past Spring, Jim Groom and I started up a project we’ve been calling the “Console Living Room” or just “#umwconsole.” Jim has already written frequently and passionately about this project, but now that Jim is moving on, it falls to me to steer this project into something more permanent and long term. To that […]

8
Sep

Under Construction

The picture at the top of this page is my kitchen floor, where the pine board half of my floor meets the oak board half of my floor in front of where the old dishwasher used to be. If you know me or have seen me in person during the last several weeks, you know […]

23
Feb

Help Spuddy the Snow Woman Take a Trip around the World

The recent snow was plentiful but too cold to do much building. On Saturday, though, some light snow turned into sleet and rain which melted the top layer enough to make it finally start sticking together. My 4-year-old, ever the snow trooper, wanted to make sure we took advantage of this small window, and the […]