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Four times four

CARLI goes to a four-week term for book borrowing. Yuck. Continue reading

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TCQ 19.1: Posthuman rhetorics & TC

My copy of TCQ 19.1 arrived the other day, and I got a chance to read it last night. It’s a special issue on “Posthuman Rhetorics and Technical Communication”, edited by Byron Hawk and Andrew Mara. Good stuff: the articles … Continue reading

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Platform studies, antidefined

Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort on what “platform studies” is not–and is. We need to balance thinking about hardware, and we need to learn some code. But that doesn’t mean getting away from software, culture, or the traditional concerns of the humanities. Continue reading

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Kopelson’s “Sp(l)itting Images”

Time to join the fun. Since others have already written some interesting things, I’ll keep this short. First, on context, to pick up on Alex’s comments about Cortland, what if we shift the ground from research universities to institutions where … Continue reading

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Catching up on dumbing down

Everyone else on the planet has probably read it already, but I’ve finished my first read of Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You. I like Johnson’s stuff (I fancy this this comment about an update of Interface Culture … Continue reading

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Running spark

I’m getting faster; some sparklines show it Continue reading

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Tufte, Beautiful Evidence

Edward Tufte’s most recent book Beautiful Evidence follows in the tradition of his previous books, arguing for visual displays with high information density. Much of the argument is by example, annotated reproductions or redrawings of images Tufte identifies as “graphical … Continue reading

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Odds and ends Sunday

The Easterling-Dilger household is bustlin’ these days, so bloggin’ sometimes has to take a back seat. I’m very, very glad to say I’m reading a fair amount these days. I’m halfway through a second reading of Tufte’s Beautiful Evidence, which … Continue reading

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Nielsen & Loranger, Prioritizing Web Usability

Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger Prioritizing Web Usability New Riders, 2006 Jakob Nielsen is the 800lb gorilla of usability, at least where the web is concerned. Why? Academics like him because of publications like Usability Engineering (1993), which uses a … Continue reading

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Crystal, The Fight for English

Commentary on David Crystal’s The Fight for English (Oxford 2007), a history of and argument against prescriptive views of English. Continue reading

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