WordPress taxonomy unions

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

How do I get Wordpress to display everything in my website tagged “publications” AND “employability”? After looking for “WordPress multiple tags” allover the place I realized my novice self was not even searching for the right terms. What I should have been looking for is “Wordpress taxonomy intersections unions” (e.e.: always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question).

Create an open access repository

Posted by on Oct 8, 2010 in Blog | 2 Comments

Joe and I are overhauling the Technology & Social Change Group website. I took a step back this week to think about what’s most important for this first version, and how we’re going to transfer over our existing content. I’ve dubbed TASCHA website 1.0 the “does-not-suck version” in order to keep us focused on the basics, pull together all of our content, and push discussions about feature requests to the point in time where we have something up that works and something concrete to react to.

Collaborative consumption

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Blog | 2 Comments

I was telling a friend this weekend that bike-sharing — a la bixi — is one of the fastest-growing forms of transportation in the world. But then I faltered: Really? I forgot where I got this little factoid. Good thing for me the lovely peeps at Station C posted the video up on their blog — pointing out that coworking is also part of this trend. So… I still don’t know if it’s true for real. (I want it to be!) but at least I know where my factoid came from.

Microhistory, margins, methods

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

All historical narratives are hypothetical to greater or lesser degrees, but what makes them plausible? By reducing the scale of observation, microhistorians argued that they are more likely to reveal the complicated function of individual relationships within each and every social setting and they stressed its difference from larger norms. Nearly all cases which microhistorians deal with have one thing in common; they all caught the attention of the authorities, thus establishing their archival existence. They illustrate the function of the formal institutions in power and how they handle people’s affairs.

Open research, open data, open development

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Blog | 5 Comments

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, gathering resources, printing out stuff to read. Waiting for the right time to pull it all together into a tidy package. Well forget it. Instead I’m going to dribble it out bit by bit.

Nathan Englander reads Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Disguised”

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Nathan Englander reads Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Disguised” for The New Yorker’s monthly reading and conversation with Deborah Treisman. Englander’s voice couldn’t be more perfect.

One-dollar books and why reading history matters

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Blog | 2 Comments

I’m loving Orlando Figues’s A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891–1924. This summer, I read it to Liam at night before bed. How do I get my teenager to listen, you ask? Trust me: plenty of blood and guts in here to keep any 13-year-old happy. Then along comes an Economist story about Chinese workers — full of the same themes. Uncanny.

The Mortician’s Daughter

Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

This was the song of the day a while ago, but I think I cheated and only posted it via Twitter. It’s by Freedy Johnston. It’s sad in a perfect way. It came to me via the hippest theologian — ever.

Delicious audio

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Quick note to let you know that today in my travels I came across two lovely audio collections: NPR’s books that changed the world and James Bridle’s new podcast, Mattins.

Make music in the kitchen, the back seat of the car, wherever

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Blog | One Comment

Think about it: Wouldn’t it be so nice if making music was something mostpeople did? Like writing and reading. Not something you consume. Not something veryspecial verytalented people make for you. Instead an everyday creative, collective act. A joyous togethering, washing away for a moment pain and discord. I would like that so much.