A December volunteer
A December volunteer
Very surprised that my new newsletter has picked up 500 subscribers in its first 48 hours. I was expecing maybe 25. I guess I’d better make it good, huh?
I don’t get this. If in order to create a “macPad” you have to have a Mac running nearby, why not just put away the iPad and use the Mac?
A remarkable essay about a remarkable experience, by Patricia Snow.
Now that there’s a three-woman group called Mountain Man and another three-woman group called Boygenius, I think we officially have a crisis of masculinity.
Re: Ezra Pound’s famous dictum “Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something,” i’ve always wondered whether the superfluity in that sentence of the word “superfluous” is intentional.
Hey L.A. area friends:
My first newsletter subscriber was @robinsloan, which is encouraging, given that his love for the genre is one of the chief reasons I finally jumped in.
I’ve finally decided to start a newsletter, which I think will appear more-or-less weekly. If you’re interested you may subscribe here.
If micro.blog is going to be successful as a platform, I think all of us who participate need to unlearn habits we learned over a decade or more of using Twitter and Facebook. Habits such as:
Remember when we were all confused about how to manage online conversations with strangers? We should get confused again, I think. We should forget the habits we learned on other social media platforms, but remember that those habits made those platforms so unpleasant that we’ve decamped here. If we can do that then maybe we can generate some legitimate conversation.
This is a fascinating and harrowing essay, though there are elements of it that I would question.
Honored to be on John Wilson’s end-of-year book list, and alongside Adam Roberts to boot.
Final grades turned in! — which means that complaints about final grades will be incoming in 3 … 2 … 1 …
Sometimes you can have what seems like a good idea for a class and you can put a lot into it and it just doesn’t really work out.
‘The future is already here - it’s just not very evenly distributed,’ science fiction writer William Gibson famously declared. But this is even more true about the past.
This essay by Ted Underwood is one of the most constructive and clear things I’ve seen on the relation between traditional humanistic scholarship and the use of machine learning.
UPDATE (cause you can do that on micro.blog): People like Underwood and Andrew Piper and my buddy Chad Wellmon are doing such interesting work, and I really wish I could join them in it … but it’s too late. Too much of a learning curve for me, and not enough time left to write the books I already know I want to write. Sigh. I really feel that I’m missing out on something cool.
I have been teaching American undergrads since 1982. My experience is that millennials don’t read any more or less than their predecessors, and don’t think either better or worse.
Here’s the thing about voice recognition on iOS: sometimes it transcribes what you say with perfect accuracy, and then at other times it makes so many errors that you spend three times as long correcting the errors as you would have spent typing your thoughts out with your thumbs. But you never know in advance which it’s going to be.
Well, I have deactivated my Twitter account. Let’s see if my resolve holds this time. (On two or three occasions in the past it did not.)
People born within a certain three-month period:
Like, why should I ever been seen in public NOT in a baseball cap?
I’m thinking that from here on out I’m gonna imitate Steve Reich’s commitment to the baseball cap.
Two things to be learned from this story: