Know-vember: Dana Gravesen

The days are just packed, to steal a phrase from Calvin and Hobbes! No sooner does Dana compliment me on the fun to be had in Know-vember than I strong-arm him into answering my devious questions. And now they’re up — BAM. Serves him right! I first knew Dana as a snot-nosed thirteen-year-old on the…

London with Four Essex Lads, Alan Moore, and Ruth

Because no one would want to travel ruthlessly, surely: I zipped off to London this weekend because I could. Is there any better reason? Well, I suppose fun and a couple of Alan Moore performances were also a good reason. I got in rather late, so Friday also got a late start but my pal…

BitchBuzz: Facebook’s New Timeline

Prepare yourself for more bitching and moaning on Facebook as there’s another change on the way. Looks like they’re rolling it out more slowly and still tweaking it as they go along. Here you go: Facebook’s Timeline: What it’s All About By K. A. Laity Not long after it introduced the friend ticker on the…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Saint Patrick’s Confessio

People ask me what this “digital humanities” business is that I’m supposed to be engaged in for the coming academic year; the answer is long and complicated (but if you bring me a cuppa, I’ll tell it to you). Among the kinds of activities that very big umbrella covers is one of the projects developed…

BitchBuzz: Your Tweets are Under Surveillance

In the midst of news that Rupert “I outsourced Satan” Murdoch, who has done his best to undermine democracy here and human decency everywhere else, has been using drones to covertly spy upon Americans, I find that our own Department of Defence has decided to join the social media revolution. Does that officially make Twitter…

News & The Ongoing Madness

I don’t know what I fundamentally do not understand about the process but the yardsale, as many already heard on Facebook and Twitter, was pretty much a bust. I sold a few things but I ended up abandoning the cause and leaving folks to loot as much as they wanted for free. Not all of…

BitchBuzz: The Minuses of Google+

My column this week takes on the latest major player in the social media sweepstakes. If I get ‘disappeared’ you’ll know where to find me (buried in some AltaVista search results with Ask Jeeves). The Minuses of Google+ By K. A. Laity The world’s biggest search engine attempts to be social… It’s the greatest things…

The Galway Project

Yes, I’ve dug out my Learning Irish book and tapes (yes, tapes O_o) and will endeavour to master what I can. I probably should have thought of it before, but thanks to Karen Hayes for asking on Facebook if I would share a description of the project I’ll be working on in Galway (assuming all…

Converting Monks into Friars in Iowa

So, the trip to Iowa included an unscheduled night in Chicago. A bit irritating to spend all those hours in O’Hare, but the truth is the seasoned traveler needs to be prepared for this kind of inconvenience. I had books to read, things to write and social media at my fingertips where I could complain…

Powerpoint is Evil

I used Tufte’s piece in my own PPT presentation, which as folks on Twitter know, has almost 80 slides. I’ve described it as being sort of like “The Word” on The Colbert Report. Will this work? Who knows. Still tweaking. But I printed my boarding passes. If you’re on Facebook, I’m now having a contest…