Against Aca-Fandom bogost.com
Against Aca-Fandom bogost.com
On Disliking Mad Men justtv.wordpress.com
Frank Oz, on Miss Piggy:
She has a lot of vulnerability, which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar.
Quoted in Of Muppets and Men by Christopher Finch 💬📚📺🐸
Kermit, while he is no saint, has achieved a wonderful equilibrium in which a common sense and a hunger for the absurd are nicely balanced. Were he to represent common sense only, he would be a prig; if he represented only hunger for the absurd, he would just be another of the show’s eccentrics. It is the fact that he has managed to embrace both extremes that enables him to function as he does.
Christopher Finch, Of Muppets and Men 💬📚📺🐸
Want to read: Digital Black Feminism by Catherine Knight Steele 📚
Played Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? via the Internet Archive with M. this morning & explained that Moscow is no longer the capital of the USSR bc the USSR is not a thing. Get the World Almanac from the Internet Archive if you’re going to play. 🎮
What we do is chatacter comedy.
Jerry Juhl, head writer of The Muppet Show, quoted in Of Muppets and Men: The Making of the Muppet Show by Christopher Finch 💬📚📺🐸
I’m auditing Stanford’s CS101 on EdX because while I love Harvard’s CS50x I think I need some back to basics stuff. (All of this recommended by the great FreeCodeCamp article, How to Hack Together Your Own CS Degree Online for Free.)
I’ll be jotting down some notes and reminders to myself here, adding future posts for this course as replies to this one.
If you’re a developer you’re going to be like “Wow, I know that already.” Yeah. It’s a 101 class, y’all.
Woohoo, I think I wrote the introduction of this article, yay me. Back to chipping away at the lit review…
Here’s me in 2018 unknowingly arguing the key finding of my dissertation: information literacy models should include creation.
🔖 Read No One Makes a Living on Patreon.
Oh hey I got so excited about becoming Dr. Hirsh that I forgot to share photos of my Data make-up test on my non-cosplay accounts. Here you go! 🖖🏻#Trekkie #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG
Y’all is Kevin Feige okay? Has he ever, you know, been outside? Somebody should probably take him to a park.
I’m playing with CSS to get spoiler-text hidden unless selected on my website. Let’s see if it works! I’m putting double pipes around it so people browsing in dark mode know where to highlight.
|| This is a spoiler. ||
Could I create a more elaborate solution to this problem? YES! But I’m not really interested in doing so.
Adam Grant’s article There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing has been floating around different places I spend time online and Austin Kleon wrote a great response, I’m not languishing, I’m dormant.
On Kleon’s Instagram post about this, a commenter quoted Aaron Burr’s line in the Hamilton song “Wait for It”: “I am not standing still, I am lying in wait.” This was my first thought on seeing Kleon’s post about this, as well.
The definition Kleon shares of “languish” and the more clinical/sociological definition Grant cites focus on ill-feeling. Kleon says that because languishing is antithetical to flourishing and he’s not attempting to flourish, he’s not languishing.
I’m definitely in a downtime stage of life, having just pushed through what I call a “Chariot moment,” based on the Tarot card The Chariot, which is my fave and also all about the hustle. I’m in more of a Hermit place right now. I even just had a conversation with W. about possibly spending most of the month of May in PhD recovery, only applying for jobs that are AWESOME, waiting to pursue freelance gigs until I start to feel a bit better.
To me, languishing implies unused potential. I have a bunch of art supplies languishing in a closet in my house. Grant sort of hints at this meaning, but the dictionary definition and Kleon’s response certainly don’t consider it.
So I’m not languishing.
Another commenter on Kleon’s Instagram post suggested that the book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times is a good read for thinking through this. I just borrowed the eBook from my local library and if I enjoy it, I’ll probably buy a hardcover copy. (One of the biggest changes in my life since the start of the pandemic is that I buy way more new hardcover books and I almost always buy them from one of my local bookstores.)
I’m lying in wait. If a great opportunity comes along, I’ll pounce on it. But like a cat, I’m conserving my energy.
And like a plant, I’m not ready to come up yet.
Feel free to apply other metaphors to the same ideas.
I’ve read Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s The Freelance Academic twice now. It’s a great book. I’ve taken notes on it and highlighted all over the place but I feel like I haven’t internalized the notes. So I thought I’d blog some notes, highlights, and marginalia. This blog post is no substitute for reading the book, so if this information seems useful, be sure to check it out!
Am I always tired because I’m:
A) a newly minted PhD recovering from dissertating
B) the parent of a young child
C) a person living with chronic illness
D) about to turn 40
E) all of the above
(Pretty sure the answer is E.)
It’s probably going to be a little while before I get my full dissertation up online, so I thought I’d go ahead and post my acknowledgments here.
Immediately after the graduation ceremony at which I received my MSLS in 2011, I told my advisor that I would probably be back for the PhD sometime. Six years ago, I made good on that promise. Since I started the Master’s program in 2009, Sandra has been a constant mentor, colleague, and friend. Thank you so much, for more than I have the words to say.
I would like to thank my committee for their guidance and reflections from our first meeting to discuss the topics for my comprehensive examination package until today. Your support, especially as I navigated completing a dissertation during a global pandemic, has been invaluable. Casey, your advice and friendship has made this road so much easier than it would have been otherwise. Crystle, your work quite literally inspired this work and I’m grateful to have had you on my committee offering the unique insights from your own research. Heather and Brian, your ideas and questions have strengthened this work significantly. Thank you all. Thank you to my participants for sharing your experiences and insight with me. I can’t wait to see what you’re wearing when we can all go to cons again! Thank you also to the cosplayers who attended the November 2018 Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert at the DPAC. You sparked the idea that led to this dissertation.
I am grateful to the UNC Graduate School, SILS, IMLS, and the NSF for supporting me financially for six years and enabling me to work on incredible research with amazing colleagues like Dr. Maggie Melo and Laura March.
I’m thankful for my improv friends, who made sure I had fun during the first year and a half of this thing and served as guinea pigs for some of my earliest research.
I am so grateful for the families and teachers I met at Nido Coworking + Childcare. You are still my village. I want to thank my parents for instilling a love of learning in me and my siblings for enduring my pedanticism. I am grateful to all of them, as well as to my in-laws, for staying with Michael so I could attend class and write. Thank you extra to Laurie, who cared for Michael during the writing stage. Without your help, I would not be graduating in 2021.
Thank you to Michael, my big kid miraculous earth angel, for making me smile, filling my heart with so much joy I often think it will explode, and for being a living reason and reminder to do things besides school. And thank you to Will, who not only made sure I had shelter and food during this whole process, but also introduced me to the world of Final Fantasy and the beautiful music of Nobuo Uematsu, without which we never would have attended the concert that inspired me to choose this dissertation topic. I was able to do this whole PhD thing because I had you to catch all the balls I dropped, to remind me that we would get through it together when I was sure I couldn’t do it, and to make me laugh.
Biggest takeaway from the first 5 episodes of SHADOW & BONE is that I want to get really good at embroidery & goldwork and make all the keftas. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. 📺
Rebuilding the Web We Lost anildash.com
The Web We Lost anildash.com
the early blogosphere was full of people who obsessed over “correctly” labeling and organizing content.
Anil Dash, The Lost Infrastructure of Social Media
Finished reading: Come Back, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Wallace Tripp 📚
Finished reading: Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower by Peggy Parish and Barbara Siegel Thomas 📚