Analyzing Cablegate

November 30, 2010
Analyzing Cablegate

This may be a bit warped given the greater political and philosophical implications, but one of the things I find most fascinating (and exciting) about Cablegate is how quickly several news providers scrambled to provide text analysis and visualization interfaces for readers to explore the corpus themselves (so far only about 300 documents have...

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Some Thoughts on the Digital Humanities Conference

February 24, 2010
Some Thoughts on the Digital Humanities Conference

The Digital Humanities 2010 programme committee sent out messages yesterday about acceptances and rejections. My motivation for this post has mostly to do with the impact of this process on newer members of the digital humanities community, but more on that a bit later. I had some success, but more failures, which more or...

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Pair Text Analysis

May 18, 2008
Pair Text Analysis

Geoffrey Rockwell and I have just completed our first full experiment in pair text analysis: Now Analyze That. Using text analysis, we wanted to try to say something interesting about a corpus of texts, and I think we succeeded; the point wasn’t to do a thorough and theoretically meticulous reading of the corpus (as...

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TADA Redesign

April 8, 2008
TADA Redesign

The Text Analysis Developers’ Alliance is a very loose kludge of coders (to coin a collective noun) – actually, it’s not just coders, but designers and users of text analysis tools as well. The group, founded in 2005, has as a mission to encourage collaboration among researchers and to provide useful resources to developers and...

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Back trom the Dead

March 31, 2008
Back trom the Dead

I ordered my MacBook Air soon after they were announced in January 2008 – I needed to upgrade, and I was intrigued by the ultra-thin and light form factor, as well as the idea of having an SSD, flash-based drive (similar to memory cards in digital cameras), which I’m convinced will be the norm...

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Don’t Mess with the Designer

March 26, 2008
Don’t Mess with the Designer

So I asked my trusty (design, etc.) collaborator Johnny Rodgers to mock up some business cards. As usual, he did some great work, but I mentioned that maybe the logo could be a bit bigger. He promptly responded with a link to Make My Logo Bigger Cream. Don’t mess with the designer.

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