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Archived Since:July 9, 2011

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In Support of Doug’s Archaeology

Dear Doug Rocks-MacQueen is an archaeologist who performs a vital service to our community. I write as an academic archaeologist,  and I find that ‘Doug’s Archaeology’ is an important...Show More Summary

Can we fix it? Yes we can! #DHAnnotates Feb 8-12

With apologies to Bob the Builder, and perhaps also Obama. Preamble In my graduate seminar on digital/public history, I framed the course as ‘Digital History Methods as Public History Performance’. I did this deliberately to riff on my colleague David Dean’s amazing seminar and research on perfoming history; students in that class were making videos, […]

The Minimal Viable Digital History Virtual Machine

I have three classes on the go, all of which are heavily digitally inflected. In the past, I’ve always figured it was better to teach students how to use the machines they have to hand, rather than trying to get them all on a single virtual machine; after all, most of the students come to […]

A quick exploration of

My quest to find a good open notebook approach for my tech-hesitant students continues. Today, we’re playing with : another note taking app; lives in browser or on desktop or as app within chrome. Stores your notes in a database in browser storage documents also copied onto classeur servers; can get a URL […]

Reactions to Battlefield Recovery episode 1

Battlefield Recovery, an execrable show that turns the looting of war dead into ‘entertainment’, was shown on Saturday on Channel 5 in the UK. I won’t dignify it by linking to it; instead see this article in the Guardian. I wondered however what the tweeting public thought about the show – keeping in mind that […]

Crafting Digital History…. engage!

The term has started. Students are filing into HIST3907o and HIST3970-open-access. Conversations are starting to happen in our respective Slack spaces! (Reminder, if you’d like to lurk or follow along or participate, you can get yourself going here). We’ve already encountered, discussed,and solved some problems with Git-it! And it’s just the second day. I’m trying […]

A Map of Archaeogaming

Andrew posted a mindmap of the kinds of things that fall under the ‘archaeogaming’ rubric. He mentioned that it’d be nice to have it with that xkcd aesthetic. The different kinds of archaeogaming were laid out like a ‘Reingold-Tilford’ tree As it happens, there’s a package for R that will take the standard plot() commands and […]

gn?thi seauton, or, mine your own tweets

Sometimes, one of the best ways to understand a method is to run it on data that you know very well indeed. In which case, the ability to request one’s twitter archive and to feed it into R is quite handy. You make the request, download the csv, then paste the ‘text’ column into its […]

Marky Markov Moodie

I’m playing with this ruby gem which generates Markov chain texts. I’m feeding it that well known gem of Canadian literature, Susanna Moodie’s Roughing it in the Bush. Here’s my script, once marky_markov...Show More Summary

The IUDHies – an international undergraduate digital humanities prize

I think there ought to be an international undergraduate digital humanities prize. Undergraduate students do amazing work. Look at these students in Miriam Posner’s #dh101 class: 'Scuse me while I brag on my #dh101 students for a minute. So pleased w their final projects. They all started w a dataset & made … (1/9) — Miriam […]

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 […]

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