Experiments with Punch Cards

September 12, 2016
Experiments with Punch Cards

In our ongoing efforts to explore and replicate historical humanities computing (where we take replicate to be about interpreting rather than reproducing), Geoffrey Rockwell and I have been experimenting with punch cards; how they worked and how they were used. We’ve created a very simple emulator below. Punch cards were used for data storage...

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Confessions of a Traitor: A couple of months with a Surface Pro

August 31, 2016
Confessions of a Traitor: A couple of months with a Surface Pro

In early June I decided that I would break with some 15 years of tradition and get a Windows machine. Most people who know my computing preferences were rather shocked by this turn (or betrayal as some called it), and a few were intrigued....

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Book Launch: Hermeneutica, Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

April 25, 2016
Book Launch: Hermeneutica, Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

It’s a pleasure to announce the availability of our new book Hermeneutica, Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (co-authored with Geoffrey Rockwell), available from MIT Press and elsewhere. We’re especially proud of the nature of this collaboration, writing a monograph in parallel with the development of Voyant...

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Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century

January 9, 2015
Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century

Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century is a recent publication of the McGill University Library and Archives that emerged from a 2013 conference focused on Raymond Klibansky’s...

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Novel™

August 28, 2014
Novel™

I’m very pleased to be a part of a new project called Novel™ (text mining the novel – I love the project name), a SSHRC-funded initiative led by Andrew...

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Day of Digital Humanities 2014

April 9, 2014
Day of Digital Humanities 2014

Given that I haven’t been the most prolific blogger in recent months, I thought I’d mirror my contributions to this year’s instance of DayOfDH. I find it fascinating that...

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