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Teaching History in/with/via Video Games

Prompted by Lee, I’m collating here materials that I’ve put out there regarding my teaching/thinking related to video games & history and archaeology. The list below is in no recognizable bibliographic style (mostly because I’m tapping this out and can’t be bothered this AM). 2006 The Year of the Four Emperors – CivIV scenario that […]

Book Launch: ‘Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope’ Nov 17

We’re launching our book on November 17th, at 11.30 in the History department lounge, 4th floor of Paterson Hall. Drop by if you’re around! I’m also going to undertake to stream the conversation on youtube. I’ve never set a livestream up (there seems to be an assumption round here that if you’re the digital guy, […]

The humane hack – a snippet of an argument

[this is the snippet of an argument, and all that I’ve managed to produce today for #AcWriMo. I kinda like it though and offer it up for consumption, rough edges, warts, and all.  It emerges out of something Shawn Anctil said recently about ‘the Laws of Cool‘ when we were talking about his comps which […]

If I could read your mind – Sonifying John Adams’ Diary

Maybe the question isn’t one of reading someone’s thoughts, but rather, listening to the overall pattern of topics within them. Topic modeling does some rather magical things. It imposes sense (it fits a model) onto a body of text. The topics that the model duly provide us with insight into the semantic patterns latent within […]

The Video Game and the Archaeologist – draft

[this is a draft of a short piece I am writing for a society journal, hence not peer reviewed. I would therefore welcome comments, keeping in mind that I wrote it in one sitting this AM. When it comes out formally – if – I’ll post the link here and direct folks to read the […]

Extracting Places with Python

Ok, a quick note to remind myself – I was interested in learning how to use this:  Installation was a bit complicated; lots of dependencies. The following pages helped sort me out: More Summary

An Elegant Open Notebook

I’ve been looking for an open notebook solution for some time. Tonight, I think I’ve hit a combination of tools that are sufficiently powerful and straightforward enough that I can integrate them into my undergraduate teaching. But first:...Show More Summary

Laws of #DH

From a conversation on Twitter, the Laws of DH; there are likely more: @jaheppler @electricarchaeo But remember Mullen's law®™©: "the best tool is the one you are already using." — Lincoln Mullen (@lincolnmullen) October 5, 2015 @Ted_Underwood @lincolnmullen @jaheppler @electricarchaeo I thought Mullen's Law was "80% of the work of analyzing data is cleaning data." […]


I’m reading some stuff right now on branding. When we started our family cider mill years ago, we eventually stopped …

A Digital Humanities Pre-Class Questionnaire

I’m using a questionnaire with my new DH MA students so that I get a sense of what we’re in for – our program takes students from 12 different grad programs across the campus, so there could be anything happening… I share my questions here for a) feedback on things I should’ve asked but didn’t […]

Animating Watling Street

In a previous post I shared with you the first stab at using Brian Foo’s ‘Two Trains’. That experiment was mostly so that I understood what the code was doing. In the version I’m sharing below, I’ve got better data: counts of inscriptions at points mentioned in the second antonine itinerary, ie, watling street-ish, and counts […]

Listening to Watling Street

I greatly admire the work of Brian Foo, the ‘Data Driven DJ‘. His ‘Two Trains: A Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway’ uses data on incomes around the stops on the subway as fodder for an algorithmically generated sound scape that captures (to my mind; I’ve never been to NY) the dynamics of […]

Distant Reading

The study of invisible writings was a new discipline… [the mathematics are] complex, but boil down to the fact that all books, everywhere, affect all other books. This is obvious: books inspire other books written in the future, and cite books written in the past. But the General Theory of L-Space suggests that, in that […]

Heritage Jam 2015

So it’s Heritage Jam time again. This year’s theme is ‘museums & collections’. I was just going to repurpose my ‘diary in the attic‘ but I turned that into a tutorial for #msudai, and, well, with one thing and another, I’m not sure I’ll actually get anything made. That’s not to say I don’t have […]

Working out the kinks in a VisualSFM via Docker workflow

VSFM, for those who’ve tried it, is a right huge pain in the arse to install. Ryan Bauman has done us all a huge favour by dockerizing it. His explanation of this is here – and once you’ve figured out some of the kinks, this is much easier way of working with it. Ah yes, the […]

The diary in the attic

Shawn dusted off the old diary. ‘Smells of mould’, he thought, as he flipped through the pages. Hmmph. Somebody was pretty careless with their coffee. I think it’s coffee. Hmm. Doesn’t smell like coffee.  What the hell…. damn, this isn’t coffee. Shawn cast about him, looking for the android digital spectralscope he kept handy for […]

A short note on mapping text

Kristina had a question. Hey, digital humanities folks. How easy is it to auto-generate and update a map that has location pins attached to URLs? — Kristina Killgrove (@DrKillgrove) July 5, 2015 So I started puttering. We came up with this. 1. Grab the text of a blog post (but not too much, or do […]

Zettelkasten in Sublime (a note on Dan Sheffler’s script)

I’ve rapidly become a huge fan of Dan Sheffler’s workflow. One thing that I’m really looking forward to trying out is is ‘Zettelkasten‘(also here), a kind of flat wiki-like approach to note taking. I have always struggled with effective notetaking, but combining his markdown export from pdfs (via Skim) with the zettelkasten (which I could […]

Exporting your PDF Annotations from Skim

I’ve got to write this down now, while I still remember what I did. Dan Sheffler has a great blog. Lots of really neat & useful stuff. One of the things he has is a script for exporting your notes and annotations of pdfs in nicely formatted markdown. (All OS, I’m afraid Windows folks). First […]

historical maps into Unity3d

This should work. Say there’s a historical map that you want to digitize.  It may or may not have contour lines on it, but there is some indication of the topography (hatching or shading or what not). Say you wanted to digitize it such that a person could explore its conception of geography from a first […]

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