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February 27, 2009

TimeMap Lab Followup


I'll post all of the documents from today's lab, including the powerpoint, to the Blackboard course. I am following up on the Google Maps Key issue and suspect it has something to do with the courses server so don't stress over that issue at this point in the project. If you uploaded a TimeMap_Lab.html page to your webserver folder and you don't see ANYTHING then your problem is NOT the maps key. I looked at everyone's folder's this afternoon and noticed the following problem:

The following link to the TimeMap folder you uploaded today was corrupted by Dreamweaver (Dreamweaver thinks it is really smart and tries to add information sometimes that you don't want- like the path to the folder on the desktop instead of just the folder name- that happped to a number of you) The code should look like this:

<script src="timemap/timemap_full.pack.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

and NOT:

<script src="TimeMap Lab CD/timemap/timemap_full.pack.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
Posted by      Nora D. at 3:19 PM EST
  Natasha aiken  says:
? Navigating TimeMap

? Getting Started

? Working with Timelines

? Importing Data

? Customizing Timelines

? Arranging Timeline Elements

? Editing Timelines

? Creating Presentations

? Printing Timelines

? Exporting Data

? Managing File Viewers

? Managing TimeMap Options

? Using Keyboard Shortcuts

https://www.assignmentglobe.com/do-my-assignment
Posted on Sat, 29 Dec 2018 1:33 AM EST by Natasha a.

February 26, 2009

More conceptions of digital comic books


On the Fazed.net message-board, where I found Balak01?s Future of Comic Books? a discussion began about how this approach had already been attempted in various fashions.

Someone posted an interesting video by Scott McCloud, author of Photobucket
(which I believe we?ve already mentioned in class) discussing these different conceptions and the various attempts to transfer the form from one medium to the next. The video is a bit long, but the discussion of the digital starts around 11 minutes.


Someone else mentioned a ?digital graphic novel? based on the game ?Metal Gear Solid? available for Playstation?s Psp:
Photobucket
A review from IGN.com:
?Unlike the previous two installments, the Digital Graphic Novel really isn't a game; it's more like a visual interactive experience that depicts the incidents of Shadow Moses in a graphic novel format. The entire disc is broken down into three modes: the VR Simulation mode, the Mental Search mode and the Memory Building Simulation mode. The VR Simulation mode is the primary thrust of the title, and starts up almost immediately once the disc has been loaded. Running about two hours long, The VR Simulation mode is comprised solely from images by Ashley Wood, an Australian artist who is rather familiar with the Metal Gear Solid universe (he's drawn the official comic book for years).?

The trailer for the ?digital graphic novel? gave me the impression that it might be criticized by McCloud as digital animation, merely borrowing aesthetic elements of comic book art and transition without maintaining the spatial integrity of comic form. but I have not played the "game," so I cannot make this judgment.

Here are two of the comics McCloud discusses in his video:

Impulse Freak, a hypertext comic. A format which McCloud criticizes for being "profoundly non-spatial."

And Drew Weing and his infinite canvas
Posted by      Luke O. at 1:36 PM EST
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  Luke Oleksa  says:
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2009 1:43 PM EST by Luke O.
  Peter Zogas  says:
My first reaction to "Impulse Freak" was to think back to those old Choos Your Own Adventure books from when I was a kid. I found those things really frustrating--I always chose the shortest ending, and it wasn't any fun to try rereading them. But the pages on Impulse Freak really are circular, whereas Choose Your Own Adventures were just multiple (and not at all parallel) linear narratives. McCloud mentioned the ability to present parallel narratives simultaneously, which is something that we're completely locked out of with printed material. We can do the meanwhile with print, but the meanwhile is always presented temporally 'before' or 'after' simultaneous events. Doing this visually and presenting parallel events that way makes it seem more possible to weave together simultaneous events and actually experience them simultaneously.
Posted on Fri, 27 Feb 2009 10:33 AM EST by Peter Z.
  Michael Vettori  says:
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You can read with one hand!


http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=218392&title=jeff-bezos

Some of you may have seen this on the Daily Show the other day. Jon Stewart talks to the founder of Amazon about the new Kindle 2. I thought it was interesting and relevant to the class...and funny, of course.

Here's a link to the actual product.

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wireless-Reading-Generation/dp/B00154JDAI
Posted by      Joe V. at 11:30 AM EST
  Peter Zogas  says:
That's a great clip, Joe, thanks. It's interesting how silly all of the Kindle's features sound when Jeff Bezos tries to describe them (read with one hand...ok, I guess. "electronic paper display"--what?!). I haven't seen a Kindle yet, but it makes me think that it's so different from a book that it becomes difficult to describe in terms and concepts that we associate with books.

Anybody have one?
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:45 AM EST by Peter Z.
  Rachel Lee  says:
Morris and I have been trying to track one down - without much luck just yet! Apparently the library *used* to have some early e-books, but alas no longer do.
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2009 1:16 PM EST by Rachel L.

February 24, 2009

The Future of Comic Books?


I found this on Fazed.net

http://balak01.deviantart.com/art/about-DIGITAL-COMICS-111966969

"this is just me, thinking about digital comic book.

to make this work, you just have to click on the arrow on the screen. you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard too, and it's more convenient, but you have to click on the screen first.

i've done this in a few hours so it's really badly drawn, i was just thinking about the new ways of making comics with all the new tools we have.

sorry about my terrible, terrible english."
Posted by      Luke O. at 4:31 PM EST
  Ryan Donnelly  says:
That was amazing! And educational! What you said about slides is true: slide order and appearance are much less limited. I especially liked the way you layered slide upon slide, which presents a variety of possibilities for juxtaposition.
What occurred to me during the first part (black background) was the way the eye follows the text as it appears in various locations around the slide. Traditional comics force the eye to move to the next slide so text placement is not as dramatic. The slides appear in more or less the same location on the screen (of course that doesn't have to be), allowing the artist to manipulate the space within a single slide rather than having to create a new slide each time. This also prevents spoilers by removing the proceeding slides. I know when I get nervous I tend to look ahead a few paragraphs (or slides). The reader can?t anticipate the next slide peripherally.
Nice work! Impressed!
Posted on Tue, 24 Feb 2009 5:20 PM EST by Ryan D.
  Rachel Lee  says:
This is really cool! I only wish that it was possible to know the length of the story line in some way, whether it's something I can read in 5 minutes...or an hour. This tendency to want to know the length is probably related in some way to the kind of skimming ahead Ryan mentions above - wanting to know where I am in the story. Anyway, fantastic!
Posted on Tue, 24 Feb 2009 5:58 PM EST by Rachel L.
  Luke Oleksa  says:
I appreciate the comments, thought I can't take credit for the work, I should have clarified it was made by a member of Fazed with the sn Balak.
I thought it was pretty interesting
Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:08 AM EST by Luke O.

February 23, 2009

timeline, GIS, and Rome


Here's a timeline I think you'll be interested to see. It's from a project at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. The problem being addressed is to show changes to the water systems in ancient Rome over a period of years. Link below.

---------
ATH Community,
Hello. Please, note the following announcement for a newly added, on-line, refereed article available via
The Waters of Rome project.
If you have not looked at the resources there in the last several months, I'd encourage you to see the relatively new version of the Timeline (with Typology as well as time period selection options) available via the primary URL:
, after you check out the article.
Cheers,
Worthy


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: "Rome's Uncertain Tiberscape", from The Waters of Rome
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 10:45:00 -0800 (PST)
From: katherine rinne
Reply-To: kwrinne@yahoo.com
To: frischer@virginia.edu, Worthy Martin , doug ross



21 February 2009

Kay Bea Jones, "Rome's Uncertain Tiberscape: Tevereterno and the Urban Commons"

THE WATERS OF ROME, an occasional on-line publication of refereed articles that investigate the history of water and its infrastructure in the city of Rome, is pleased to announce publication of "Rome's Uncertain Tiberscape: Tevereterno and the Urban Commons", by Kay Bea Jones, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. In this article, Prof. Jones examines the potential significance of a multi-disciplary art project, "Tevereterno" on the Tiber River in Rome to expand environmental awareness in the urban context.

This article is available as a free pdf file that you can download at:

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/waters/article.html

THE WATERS OF ROME is published by ?Aquae Urbis Romae: the Waters of the City of Rome? - an interactive cartographic history of the relationship between hydrological and hydraulic systems and their impact on the urban development of Rome, Italy, from 753 BC to the present day. Aquae Urbis Romae examines the intersection between natural hydrological elements including springs, rain, streams, marshes, and the Tiber River, and hydraulic elements including aqueducts, fountains, sewers, bridges, conduits, etc., that together create a single integrated water infrastructure system for Rome. http://www.iath.virginia.edu/waters.

Scholars are invited to submit articles in English (or Italian with a publishable English translation provided by the author) on any aspect of the hydrological or hydraulic history of Rome, from the prehistoric to the present day. Articles that investigate water and water infrastructure within a social, cultural, technological, or administrative context are particularly welcome. All articles under consideration will be read by the editor and at least two outside reviewers who are experts in Roman topography, archaeology, history of technology, geography, urban or architectural history. Authors shall be responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for all maps and images included with their article, and each author retains copyright for any work published at ?Aquae Urbis Romae: the Waters of the City of Rome?.
For further information, please contact us at http://www.iath.virginia.edu/waters/comments.html.

Katherine W. Rinne
Project Director, Aquae Urbis Romae
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia
rinne@jefferson.village.virginia.edu
Posted by      Morris E. at 12:00 PM EST
Tags: timeline

February 21, 2009

Gutenberg 2.0


The "Espresso Book Machine" prints and binds public domain books in minutes.

An analysis of its cost effectiveness vs. digital books here.

And more on this "funny looking revolution" here.
Posted by      Rachel L. at 10:41 AM EST

February 20, 2009

McLuhan: speech as the content of phonetic writing?


Do you think McL would deny that there's a necessary loss in the translation from speech to writing? Since his fundamental argument is that the medium shapes (ok, is) the message, doesn't it follow that a translation from medium to medium is going to involve subtractions (or let's say losses--though sometimes the losses can feel like gains, as when we lose the distracting bad breath and tics of a speaking person) and additions (which we can call gains, though they may not be felt or valued as gains, etc.)?
Posted by      Morris E. at 3:08 PM EST
  Wesley Mills  says:
Oh, I have no doubt that he knows this. I was only commenting on the interesting equation that he sets up. (I love to mix math and reading.) I think that, perhaps what happened in this case was that McLuhan might have taken for granted that we all would understand that things get lost in travel from one medium to another. And I think that we all do know that. I was just using this "word equation" to bring attention to this fact.
Posted on Fri, 20 Feb 2009 3:59 PM EST by Wesley M.

The


I always find it particularly enlightening when a writer uses the word ?is? in a series of interconnected thoughts and comments. This is because, while I am not a mathematician (nor do I ever pretend to be one), I remember well the trials and tribulations associated with solving ?word problems? in math. We were told, as I am sure every math student has been told, that the word, ?is? in a math problem can be substituted with an ?equals? (=) sign. This bit of mathematical knowledge crosses disciplines and can be directly applied to what we read, particularly if what we read is of a technical nature. Enter McLuhan?s "The Gutenberg Galaxy". While reading it, I was struck with the number of ?is? statements he made in relation to writing. Here are just a few and a few comments or observations of my own:

?Alphabetic writing? = unique & late: This point is interesting for a relative newcomer to the kind of investigation and research that McLuhan is undertaking. I never thought of an Alphabet as being a unique form of communication, nor have I ever pondered what an alphabet does that is distinctly different from what all other forms of writing do. If, as we have been told, ?All writing is information storage,? than, apparently, alphabetically storing information brings with it a whole new set of problems and solutions when compared to other forms of information storage such as pictographs or simple memory devices. Not only that, but McLuhan is careful to point out as well that Alphabetic writing arrived quite late on the scene, which is also interesting to think about because, as a 21st Century person, I take alphabetic writing for granted and I view it as elementary.

People settling down and seeking sedentary work = readiness to invent writing. I have some issue with this point because McLuhan is not clear as whether this writing is alphabetic or not. I think that it must be because even a nomadic peoples would or could need to somehow store information concerning agriculture, livestock, and perhaps cartography or even family lineage. These, I think would be important things of which to keep track. So, I think that McLuhan is suggesting that once the nomad stops moving, once he or she finds a place to settle, then more and more pieces of information become important as does the storage of that information. Hence, an alphabet would be important because it would allow for the storage of much more information in a smaller space than would, say, a series of stacked up shells, or even a series of pictures.

Writing = Visual enclosure of non-visual spaces and senses. We see writing and it presents to us or represents for us thoughts and ideas that are not tangible or concrete, but can instead be abstract. And this is, I think, the most important point about writing. It allows for the communication of much more than just concrete notions of, say, the number of men in an army, or the amount of fish bought or sold. Writing instead can communicate ideas and details that can be felt and understood by the reader. Whether or not that information is correctly decoded by the reader is another story altogether, but the act of writing such abstract concepts can store those concepts for an indefinite period of time and can be returned to time and again.

Phonetic writing = A visual code for speech. And how important a point this is. In essence, what makes phonetic writing so unique is the fact that, if it can be said, it can be written and vice versa. Not so, McLuhan points out, with pictographic writing. Phonetic writing allows us to record a person?s speech. It allows us, some time later to see what they said, to analyze and examine it. This year, for example, is the 300th anniversary of Samuel Johnson?s birth. Because of a phonetic alphabet, we can read the words that he said at various times to various people. Boswell, his biographer, made a point of recording for his readers the various utterances of his biographical subject. Yet, these words are only written. While they may be read aloud, they cannot be truly reconstructed and uttered in a fashion as they once were. And here is where I disagree with McLuhan?s point that, Speech = The content of phonetic writing. While it is true that we can turn writing into speech, we cannot turn writing into the original voice in which it was uttered. Even a note left on a kitchen table telling the reader that the writer had, ?Gone out for milk,? cannot be translated into its original speaker?s voice with all of the emotion and sentiment with which it was originally written. So, to McLuhan?s point, speech may be the content of phonetic writing, but there will always be something lost in translation.
Posted by      Wesley M. at 12:41 PM EST

February 19, 2009

laundry board to typewriter to computer


This blog post is a short meditation on the writing systems of journalists. One (aged 77) first takes notes on "laundry board" & then transfers to a typewriter & then to a computer. Clive Thompson points out that taking notes in longhand forces him to make choices *as* he writes, while taking notes on a computer allows him to note everything, and then make those kinds of filtering choices later.

http://www.collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/2009/02/_this_morning_i.php
Posted by      Rachel L. at 12:17 PM EST

Joe's timeline


My apologies for the late post. The conversion from PC to Mac and a couple other kinks have prevented me from revealing this masterpiece...until now.

Enjoy.

http://courses.ats.rochester.edu/eaves/timeline/vogel/joevogel.html
Posted by      Joe V. at 10:04 AM EST
Tags: timeline
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Wow, I'd love to see the book, _Reaching_ that you designed. Very cool!
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February 16, 2009

Website Management


A comp-sci friend directed me to something called Joomla. It's an open source content management system (CMS) you can use to manage your website material. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to at least try the demo.

I got distracted from reading Saturday and spent about eight hours playing around with my class web space. No, I haven't finished my timeline yet, but it's taking shape. There's a link to it on my brand new website! if you want to see the work in progress

It's fun playing in code! Burn your life away, but it's cool!

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February 13, 2009

timeline SOS


If you are having trouble with your timeline, Nora Dimmock will be available this afternoon to help! Stop in to see her in the Multimedia library, or email her: ndimmock@library.rochester.edu
Posted by      Rachel L. at 9:29 AM EST

February 12, 2009

Paleography Links


These are some links that John Chandler, our paleography guest expert, thought we might find interesting:

Newly found Syriac manuscript leads to some disputes over its age:
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5152HR20090206

DNA testing to help identify manuscript production:
http://www.sciam.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=judging-a-book-by-its-genomes-09-01-12

Also of interest is the National Library of Scotland?s digitization project.
Here are two of their treasures:

The Auchinleck Manuscript, a wide-ranging collection of Middle English texts:
http://www.nls.uk/auchinleck/index.html

And the Murthly book of hours:
http://www.nls.uk/murthlyhours/index.html

NLS is also digitizing their early printed books, which you can find pretty
easily from their site (www.nls.uk). I?ve looked at a couple of them on the
site, and thought it was an effective way to present the texts.
Posted by      Rachel L. at 9:38 PM EST

Peter's Timeline


Hi, everyone. You can find my timeline here: http://courses.ats.rochester.edu/eaves/timeline/zogas/ZogasTimeline.html

I wasn't able to get the links working properly, but I'll keep trying.
Posted by      Peter Z. at 9:35 PM EST
Tags: timeline
  Rachel Lee  says:
I'm so glad you mentioned learning to use a card catalog! I remember the feeling of POWER that came with learning this esoteric system that gave me all the information I could ever imagine needing. I still feel nostalgic for card catalogs, and usually pocket a few cards that Rush-Rhees puts out as scrap paper.
Posted on Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:26 AM EST by Rachel L.
  Hilarie C Lloyd, J.D.  says:
I agree, that pdf files seem more official and appear to be more like "books" on your computer than text documents. It's interesting that you included pdf files in your timeline! Pdf files are harder to edit and are usually more than one page, which gives them a really "published" feel. Now, even just with reader programs, we can mess with pdf files more than before. (Is that true, or have I just learned how to mess with them???)

Pdf files and their associations might tell us what we think books are. Books are bound more permanently, and are presented in a way that you aren't usually supposed to edit. Is this true?
Posted on Mon, 9 Mar 2009 1:13 AM EDT by Hilarie L.

February 11, 2009

My Timeline


You can find my timeline here: http://www.courses.rochester.edu/eaves/timeline/wasmoen/HelloWorld.html

Hope you enjoy, it goes from 1984-2008.
Posted by      nikolaus w. at 1:38 AM EST
Tags: timeline
  Hilarie C Lloyd, J.D.  says:
While you were listening to The Doors on your first discman, I was listening to Tom Petty on mine. Hehehe.
Posted on Mon, 9 Mar 2009 1:20 AM EDT by Hilarie L.

February 8, 2009

Andrea's Timeline


Hi everyone! Here?s the link to my timeline, which begins in 1981 and goes through 2008:

http://www.courses.rochester.edu/eaves/timeline/everett/andrea.html

I?ve noticed that if you click on the data points in the top bar of the timeline, the size of the bubbles will adjust automatically in order to fit the picture and/or description?as opposed to the bottom, where you may have to use a scrollbar within the bubble to see all of the content.
Posted by      Andrea E. at 9:13 PM EST
Tags: timeline
  Rachel Lee  says:
I am so jealous of your She-ra magazines. My brother had Castle Grayskull and we were a bit obsessed with He-man. My magazines were dorky: Hightlights and Ranger Rick.
Posted on Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:31 AM EST by Rachel L.
  Hilarie C Lloyd, J.D.  says:
I think it's interesting that "ebay" has its own event bullet. One website really can change SO MUCH in our world, and ebay is definitely one of those kinds of sites. I know it totally changed my concept of shopping, and then when I became a seller, of what it means to have a business. Ebay is now like its own planet.
Posted on Mon, 9 Mar 2009 1:18 AM EDT by Hilarie L.

February 5, 2009

make your handwriting a font!


Posted by      Rachel L. at 1:36 PM EST

speaking of passive reading...


Introducing video books!

This is a post (and scathing critique of "video books") is from Chad Post's blog Three Percent. He'll (hopefully) be visiting us later in the semester.

http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php?id=1650
Posted by      Rachel L. at 1:35 PM EST

Really great blog article about the timeline


I found this searching the web for additions to the timeline project- it's the best article I've found on the project yet! http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9301
Posted by      Nora D. at 8:31 AM EST
Tags: timeline

February 4, 2009

All events added to your timeline go into the SAME xml file


I thought I'd post on this because I don't think I had time to go into the details very well in lab on Friday... ALL of your events should be in the SAME datafile one on top of eachother like this:









Posted by      Nora D. at 11:45 AM EST
Tags: timeline

Scientist to Share Ideas on 'Technological Democracy'


Event Announcement from @Rochester:
Scientist to Share Ideas on 'Technological Democracy' and Unleashing Innovation

William Wulf, a renowned computer scientist and former president of the National Academy of Engineering, will visit the River Campus later this week to give two talks, both of which are free and open to the public. His Thursday, Feb. 5, discussion at 3:15 p.m. will focus on the importance of technological literacy to citizenship and U.S. democracy. Friday, Feb. 6, at 12:15 p.m., Wulf will look at factors stifling innovation in the United States and offer possible solutions. Undergraduates and graduate students will also have a chance to meet with Wulf during two breakout sessions on Friday. The public talks are part of the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Visiting Scholars Program. For details, contact the Department of Computer Science at 275-5671.

The Thursday talk, which looks more interesting, conflicts with our grad class, but some undergrads might want to go.
Posted by      nikolaus w. at 7:15 AM EST

February 3, 2009

pptx file


On the timeline disc the powerpoint file is a pptx. I believe this requires the newer microsoft office to open. I can't get it to open on my mac. Does anyone know away around this?

I guess you could open it on one of the school's computers, save as ppt and then email it to yourself.

I guess I'll try that.
Posted by      Luke O. at 7:03 PM EST
  Rachel Lee  says:
I think you can access the powerpoint as a ppt on Blackboard - under the "Humanities Research Lab" class.
Posted on Tue, 3 Feb 2009 9:30 PM EST by Rachel L.

Nora Dimmock's Office Hours


If you need any assistance with timelines, here are Nora's office hours:

W,TH,F from 9-11

Th and F from 2-4

She's in the Multimedia Library.
Posted by      Rachel L. at 7:02 PM EST

The Timeline Project Event-XML-O-Matic link is bad


The URL should end .html instead of .ht. You can just right click and copy link location then add in "ml" in the address bar of your browser. In case anyone else was having trouble.
Posted by      nikolaus w. at 1:35 PM EST
  Nora Dimmock  says:
thanks for the heads up- I fixed the link in Blackboard.
Posted on Tue, 3 Feb 2009 2:11 PM EST by Nora D.

February 2, 2009

When oral and written communication meet...It can be complicated


Take a look at this scene of a clash between oral and written communication:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J6OEEbZ9Ko

See everyone Thursday!
Posted by      Wesley M. at 5:15 PM EST




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