E.LIT/NET.ART, A J-Term Course in Pictures

Last month, I taught a week-long course on electronic literature and Internet art called (imaginatively, I know) E.LIT/NET.ART: An Extraordinarily Brief Survey of Digital Literature, 1975 – 2015. The course was a self-consciously brief introduction to major themes, forms, and genres of electronic literature: eight students and I trawled through hypertext, Flash animation, interactive fiction, and then some, paying attention to how electronic literature reconfigures not only our understanding of what “literature” means, but how an expanded view of textuality … Read More

Highlights from Digital Labor / #DL14

Sweatshops, Picket Lines, &Barricades This past week, I went to the New School in New York City to attend #DL14—the fifth conference on digital labor spurred by Trebor Scholz’s The Internet As Playground and Factory. Each year, the conference invites artists and activists, technologists and scholars to interrogate both the digitization of labor and the labor of digitization. This year’s participants were asked to focus on questions of contemporary worker solidarity online and off, including What does it mean to … Read More

In Beatdown City, Treachery Destroys You!

So, I have this thing. This thing being that I lie to myself about…well, things—like how much I really don’t want a scone, or how much I really want to go jogging, or how I’m going to bed right now. Case and point: the conversation I had with myself two nights ago. 9pm: I’m going to bed. 10pm: I’m going to bed 12am: Okay, I’m really going to go to bed. 3am: I’m really going to bed. 6am: I’ll just stay awake. My reason for unintentionally-intenionally lying to myself? Tumblr (fellow DH-comrade Marii posted on Tumblr API +Markup for all … Read More

On Walls, Dirt, and Being Wrong:
An Interview with Eric Poehler

  Eric Poehler is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is co-director of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, which is funded by Five College Digital Humanities, UMass-Amherst, the UMass-Amherst Department of Classics, the University of Cincinnati Department of Classics, and Cardinal Intellectual Property. He sat down with 5CollDH Post-Bac Jeffrey Moro, who assisted the project in the field this past summer, to talk about the work, technology, and bringing DH into the classroom. JEFFREY MORO: … Read More

Meet Rebelmouse, or DIY Digital Curation

Occasionally, my fellow post-bacs and I will write blog posts highlighting different tools that we use in our work with Five College Digital Humanities. There’s no want for sites all over the Internet that offer similar information, many of which are able to go far more in depth than we have space for here in the Sandbox. Rather than offering yet another full-throated defense (or condemnation, as the preferences may be) of Zotero, Omeka, or any of the more common … Read More

A PQP Retrospective

One year ago this month, I accompanied Eric Poehler’s (Assistant Prof. of Classics, UMass-Amherst) Pompeii Quadriporticus Project to—appropriately—Pompeii for three weeks of field study. It was my third week as post-bac for Five College Digital Humanities. On my first day in Pompeii, I was kicked out of a Burger King under accusations of passing off counterfeit Euros. I also had the pleasure of getting sunstroke on a chartered boat off the coast of Positano, near Sorrento. I tried, unsuccessfuly, to … Read More

Meet the Tumblr API + Markup!

This quick sandbox post is primarily for people who:   – are familiar with using Tumblr as a casual blogging platform, – have some basic sense of HTML, and  – want to combine these skill sets to make a custom process blog for DH project(s). What is the Tumblr API?   An Application Programming Interface (API) is a just an overly technical term for how a set of software works—i.e. what information it has access to (variables) and the ways … Read More

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