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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

October 30, 2005

Time Change

For most of the United States time "fell" back last night as everyone hunkers down for the winter. Of course in Indiana, Arizona, and Hawaii nothing happened because those three states don't observe daylight savings time. For Indiana, because we are on the line between Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Central Standard Time (CST) every time the nation switches into and out of Daylight Savings Time (DST) it looks like Indiana changes time zones.

For Indiana last night could well be the last time that we stay on its own and let's the states around us change times. Monroe County Schools (the county where Indiana University main campus is located) have an interesting page that describes the changes and the history of the issue. Yes it sounds like a trivial thing but there is a long and sometimes bizarre history. Personally I have to say that the current proposals for how time change will occur next spring are still more than a little bizarre. Under the new proposal five, of Indiana's 92, counties will be on CST, 17 countries had sought to be on CST some for no reason that is at all apparent to me. So the upshot of all of this is if we do change to DST in April that we will now know which other states we are aligned with in our one-and-only-one time zone but I can guarantee that we will not get a easy handle on which counties inside Indiana that are on the other time zone.

The Indianapolis Star has several articles on the topic, though none have the excellent graphic they put on their front page on October 22, that showed which counties had requested to be on CST and which were approved. Check out Time-zone battle is on again, Time zone plan to be hard sell, and There's no time for clock confusion.

Previous prolurker post on the topic = Indiana time

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October 29, 2005

The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Well the NCA paper is finally done. It's been an interesting journey to this completion. I now have as many, in truth more questions than I did when I started. I will be interested to hear your comments.

The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor (pdf) is available through this link or under Links to my conference papers online on the left sidebar.

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Photos of the NOLA’s 9th Ward

The Survival of New Orleans Weblog has photos of the devastation of the 9th Ward. Note that the picture on the left is of a refrigerator that has floated on to the house's roof. That means that water for about 20 feet deep at this location. Think about that if you will, refrigerators floating 20 feet above the solid earth.

There are some amazing pictures in the series, you can access them by either clicking on the picture or on the weblog link above. More than a few of the pictures are of places I that is an weird feeling. Oh check out the series of pictures that show the barge sitting on a house on the second page. Plus the picture of the St. Bernard Parish barricade, on the third page, is very frightening.

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October 28, 2005

Why I’m staying away from buses for the next 6 months or so

How will you DIE?
Name / Username
You will die by being hit by a bus
At age 46
This cool quiz by Confused_Pete - Taken 754831 Times.
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*splat* It’s sticking!

The folks in the Whitehouse lie! They lie to the American people. Hell they probably even lie to themselves.

Cheney adviser indicted in CIA investigation. The indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

With Miers out, who may be next?

In Bush's speech this morning (10/28/2005) he again tied 9/11 and Iraq together. "I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001 -- and al Qaeda attacked us anyway."

'Indispensible' Rove not yet off the hook

Let's review...the V.P.'S Chief of Staff, oh ex-Chief of Staff, and top advisor has been indicted, and Deputy Chief of Staff and presidential political adviser Karl Rove is still under investigation, so assuming they are guilty - yes I know but just for this argument - are we supposed to buy that neither of them ever mentioned what they were up to to the people the advise? Or is it most likely that the instructions came from above them? I know where my vote lies on that.

President Bush's overall job rating.


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Job searching is basically job searching no matter what the industry

The Chronical of Higher Education has, in today's feeds, an article - Common Job-Hunting Blunders - I Can't let slide by without comment. You see after 16 years in Human Resources I can hire anyone from a groundskeeper to a Ph.D. level Optical Scientist, or a CEO and I have done all of them, many many times. And I have always been amused by the commentary I hear on how "academia is different" than going through the hiring process for a public or private employer, because from my perspective it isn't enough different to even talk about.

Below are paragraphs from the article interspersed with my commentary.

Do not send a CV when an employer requests a résumé. Do not refer to your résumé as a CV. Turning a CV into a résumé is a painful but inescapable process for anyone who wants to work in a nonacademic job. Seek advice from your university career center and from people already working outside academe to make sure that your résumé is not a thinly disguised CV. Keep your résumé to two pages at most. Do not attach letters of reference, writing samples, or other supporting material unless the ad requests such documents.

Writing a resume is always painful. In truth lots of resumes received in response to announcements of job openings don't conform to the "rules for resumes." That said it is imperative that resumes come close to the mark. I've applied with companies that were ridiculously strict on this, to the point that one headhunter made me redo the document from the bottom up dictating font styles and paragraph lengths along the way. In truth by the time I was done with the rewrite I knew I didn't want to work for that company...Anyone that restrictive would definitely not like my style. My personal pre-grad school resume is three-pages long partially because some of the organization I have worked for have rediculously long names and addresses, and partly because I have lengthy experience.

Do create different versions of your résumé for different kinds of jobs. Your résumé should read as an argument for why you are right for this particular job. If a job requires strong writing skills, for example, you'll want to highlight your writing experience and leave out less relevant information. Try creating a master résumé listing every possible way of describing your experience and then mercilessly delete items one by one to create a teaching-focused version, a research-focused version, a management-focused, and so on.

I used to have a master resume that had skills statements for everything I could think anyone might want to know about me, that way I could simply cut-and-paste them into the new documents. This worked very well. Every once in a while I would have to write a new one targeted at a requirement that I hadn't thought of, and it was dutifully inserted into the master document as well.

Do not call or e-mail to ask if the employer has received your application. Even if an employer had time to respond to such queries, talking to a candidate that the employer has no intention of interviewing would be awkward and possibly misleading.

DO NOT CALL OR E-MAIL the employer, I know every book on the market say to do so but they are wrong. There are three reasons why they are wrong -

  1. Most hiring processes are people neutral. Nowhere I ever worked did we track resumes by name, we tracked them by number...that way we were in compliance with federal discrimination laws. Guess what I simply don't want to know YOU applied for the job, I want to know if your skill set matches my requirements that is all I want to know at the early stages of recruitment.
  2. These folks are busy...Far busier then you might imagine. I worked far more hours a week in HR than I do as a academic. I can usually, when I don't have to many deadlines, keep academics to between 50 and 60 hours per week. As an HR manager I routinely worked 70 hours per week and was on-call 24/7, it happened more than once that after working a very long day meeting my neverending set of deadlines I would be called out of my bed because there had been an accident at the plant. Then I would be off to spend the rest of the night at the hospital making sure the employee was ok.
  3. Plus do the math, there is one opening, they get hundreds of applications - sometimes - and each one of those people calls weekly to find out the status of the job. Oh my god and people wonder why HR folks get nasty.

Do feel free to send a hard copy of your résumé. Send it by overnight mail as well as by e-mail. Delivery confirmation through an express-mail service is the best way to ensure that your application materials were received. In addition, an employer is unlikely to throw away an express-mail envelope unopened, thus giving your résumé a second chance to be seen.

Absolutely, you'd be crazy not to do this.

Do not send a generic cover letter. One-size-fits-all cover letters that speak broadly about skills that everyone claims to have (multitasking, analytical ability, teamwork) and could be applied to any job are a waste of an opportunity. Don't just say you have those skills, use your background experience to prove it. Conversely, do not be excessively personal in your letter: Employers do not need to hear about your frustration with the academic job market.

Do address the particulars of the ad in your cover letter. Instead of saying that you have "many of the skills requested in the ad," repeat the qualities mentioned and supply specific examples from your experience. For instance, you might say, "Your ad requested project-management experience: I have three years of experience in developing quarterly special reports from conception to final publication on the topic of children's health."

I often used a two column section on my resume that matched up the job announcements requirements with my own experience. Column one would repeat their request, and column two gave my experience that met or exceeded their requirement. My part was always in full sentences, though theirs often was not. This section was the customized part of my resume. Most of the rest of it was boiler plated, though I made editorial changes as necessary. One biggy on this is make sure you change the address block and salutation, you would not believe how often I got cover letters addressed to someone else inside...Even sent one out once when I had the flu. I won't say I never interviewed any of the people who did this but they definitely were at a disadvantage.

The most important advice I can offer about job hunting outside of academe is that you focus on how your experience is relevant to the employer's needs. Be as specific and concise as possible. That approach is a dramatic change from the perspective of the academic job seeker, who must produce a lifelong teaching philosophy and a research plan that will define at least his or her next seven years. But since the academic job search is (ideally) focused on filling a tenure-track position, it makes sense that a hiring committee would consider those long-term questions.

Ultimately, it's a question of emphasis: Companies still care about whether you have long-term potential. And academic-hiring committees are still interested in finding someone who fills their immediate needs. The balance is simply different, and therefore the job-hunting process is different. Taking time to show that you understand the small differences between academe and the outside world can go far in showing that you understand the big differences as well.

The essence of most of these comments in the article boil down to "know the rules of the industry in which you are seeking employment." Oh and "fit" is an important part of every job search. Yes there are laws to say no one should discriminate, and those are very important. But if one of the candidates shows up wearing a suit with the dry cleaning tags attached so that everyone knows he "is clean." (Yes this really happened.) Then it's a good bet he's probably not going to "fit" into the organization.

I ran into the "fit" issue often as a management job-seeker. I have pretty high ethical standards, you probably know that already, and headhunters would tell me that there were companies where they knew they couldn't send me even if I was the best qualified candidate in their pool. The company wouldn't like me and I sure wouldn't have liked them. So remember that fit cuts both ways. You really don't want to be somewhere where you can't fit in...It's no fun at all - been there, done that, got a t-shirt.

So no matter where you are looking for a job put your best foot forward. Job hunting is a process so understand how it works and what you part is in it. Breaking a few rules is ok, but don't break the important ones because that can be the end of your employment chances with that company.

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A Friday morning meme

Taken from to many places to credit. To play you enter your name and "needs" into Google and see what comes up. Here is the list of comments that were on the first page of my search.

  1. Lois needs a new hair style! (the exclamation point was in the original) - LOL No I do not...haven't had this one for all that long.
  2. Lois needs quality - Personally? Gezzz what a diss.
  3. Lois needs facility - Somedays that is so so true.
  4. Lois needs a date - Ahhhh Not. Dating was hard enough when I was single I can't imagine doing it when I am married.
  5. Lois needs help - So so true.
  6. Lois needs rescuing - Oh now here is one that fits. LOL Me as Janette MacDonald. Save me, Save me. LMAO
  7. Lois needs to do something - Lois needs to do A LOT of things
  8. Lois needs a two-piece business suit (skirt and jacket, blouse) - Ahhh A two-piece suit, assuming that you want to be covered, would have to include a jumper and a blouse. LOL A "skirt and jacket, blouse" combination is a THREE-piece suit, ok a three-piece ensemble. And no I don't need one of those either. I've gotten rid of almost all of mine from my management days...Never was a good pantyhose and suit kinda girl.
  9. Lois needs the help of Superman - You just knew he would have to be in there somewhere. I'm just gratified that he didn't appear until #9. See #6 above...which probably refers to Superman too now that I look at it.
  10. Lois needs to be contacted - Aliens, oh aliens.
  11. Lois needs to stop going nuts - Well and then there is that. *Sigh*

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October 27, 2005

A better mousetrap...ok at least a cheaper one

That's How It Happened caught my curiosity with their link "How to catch a mouse with loo rolls," that's TP tubes to us Yanks.  Ok so I had to click through to figure out how one would ever "catch" a mouse with a toilet paper tube...very nicely I bet after reading the post.  Though the tube isn't so much the trap as the conduit to the trap.  *S*

p.s.  Some of the comments on the post are a scream.

You know, I think with a little reworking, that could work with houseguests who've worn out their welcome too.

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A new blog from the Speaker of the House

A somewhat amazing thing has happened Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, has a new blog - no RSS feed thought - and it looks like he actually might have written it himself.  Absolutely amazing.

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One of those books you just keep going back to again and again

Today while working on my NCA paper I had one of those DAAAAA moments that everyone dreads.  As I have previously written I have been working through a personal tipping point as I have been writing this paper.  Well it hit me today that I have not gone back to my touchstone performance studies book to see what it might have to tell me, and as usual the answer is it has a lot to tell me that I can use in this paper.

My favorite performance studies book is:

Dailey, Sheron J. (ed.)  (1998). The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions. Annandale VA: National Communication Association.

This amazing volume never ceases to provide me thought provoking material.  I spent much of 2003-2004 academic year thinking about and presenting work that utilized just one of the chapters:

Langellier, Kristin M. (1998). Voiceless bodies, bodiless voices: The future of personal narrative performance. In Sheron J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 207-213). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.

I need to reread the chapters I have tackled previously and finish the ones I have not yet abstracted.  If you are interested in performance studies I strongly recommend this edited volume as an entry point to the field.  I am no expert but with Dailey, Langellier, Bail, and Schechner I will improve my disciplinary vocabulary so that I can effectively use these theories to continue disciplinary boundary spanning as I look at adolescent populations online.


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Countdown timers

I've added two countdown timers to the left side bar of the blog.  One tracks the days until my next scheduled conference submission and the second tracks the days until my next publication submission.  I added the new block to the bottom of the sidebar mostly as a test to see if I like these features.  The block probably should be higher in the series but if I do that I would have to reset each of the blocks so that the color alternation is consistent.  I'm not up to that much editing right now.

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Write daily

D*I*Y Planner has a timely post on breaking through writers block that asks us to Do It Everyday.

The more you write, the better you get. It's a common koan, found in just about every book on writing out on the bookshelves these days. Not sure if it's true because I still think I write a lot more junk than I do "the good stuff." But I try and meet the page or screen at least once a day and hope that whatever comes out comes close to matching the image or thought inside my mind. Last week, after I got off my butt and resolved to take charge of my writing and artistic life, I decided it was also time it take up a new habit or two.

So I wandered over to my artistic bookshelf and revisited an old friend. The book's paper smelled musty, worn with age from having sat on the shelves for awhile now. The front cover said it all, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. My best friend gave me this copy a few years ago, during a particularly stressful bout of writer's block. While I don't feel blocked now, I figured it was time to revisit the discipline and practices therein. More specifically, I've decided to start up the morning pages habit.

In this book, Cameron describes a wonderful practice where writing becomes meditation. She refers to this practice as "morning pages". The practice is deceptively simple: write 3 pages of long-hand every day, in the morning. Whatever is in your head, or not, goes onto these three pages. It sounds easy to do, but many people (myself included), make up many excuses not to write. No more excuses for me. Every morning, before my workouts, before the housework, before the reading and the naps, I crawl downstairs, grab my journal and pen and snuggle into my comfy chair. And I stay there until my handwriting covers three pages in the book. Everything and anything inside my head goes onto the page. No matter how good or bad it is. I write. And when I am done, I do not look back or reread it.

Writing like this, without looking back, is my meditation. I write like this every day to free my creativity and center myself. It gives me permission to write lots and lots of awkward phrases, horrible thoughts and criticism in private. It teaches my inner artist to dance and play while my inner critic isn't telling it to stop being so silly. It gets me ready for whatever the universe and life can throw at me. It's good practice for NaNoWriMo, which starts one week from now. And finally, it gets me writing daily. Because this is what writers do: they write.

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October 26, 2005

Is there a formal format for email responses?

Today must be my day to run across interesting CMC related blog posts.  Posts that will probably wind their way into my CMC class next semester.  The Paperless Student has an interesting post on the social consequences of technology.  Since I spent some time this evening after class explaining what Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is to one of my undergrads, this post jumped out at me.  Here's a snip for you to ponder:

Here's something they haven't taught me in school, but should: How to properly reply to an email message.

After switching to from Outlook to Thunderbird for email, I noticed a difference in how the programs handle replies to email messages. Outlook puts the original message at the bottom and lets you type at the top. Thunderbird puts the cursor below the original message and lets you type after it. Which one is right?

Of course, in regular Internet style, I got massively distracted while searching for the answer to this. I found an entire page dedicated to Mail Format. Check out Dan's Mail Format Site.

Reply at the top? Reply at the bottom? What's the difference? For that, we can turn to a Wikipedia article on Top-posting. It suggests that quoted text always belongs at the top.

So which is it?  Does it matter?  Why of course it does since human animals tend to distrust things that appear out of the ordinary.  To much frame-shift and we are uncomfortable.  But don't you love it, I mean who set these rules?  LOL  And where is this kind of history catalogued?

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Are you attending to what I say?

Josh at Sociolinguistics and CMC posted today about attending to IM conversation. His question revolves around how much expectation is there that when you are talking to someone on an IM they are paying close attention to what you are saying and are not involved with multiple other conversations. My experience tells me that there is one primary factor with two subfactors that will control the expectation of exclusivity in an IM conversation. The primary factor is experience, the subfactors are developmental level and experience with synchronous online communication. First I see young teens who expect that their IM conversational partner is talking only to them. This is mostly a developmental issue just like younger children want to sit close to the TV so that the picture fills their visual field, young teens don't have the ability to multi-task yet so replicate that expectation on to their communication partner. Second once users develop experience with synchronous communication environments they actually begin to expect that their communication partners are talking to multiple people at the same time, however early in their experience they may not have grasped this reality.

Here is a snip from the post (misspelling in original):

Does it bother you if you're having a conversation with someone else and they're not attentive to the conversation becasue you think they're having a conversation with someone else. This can often be signaled explicitly by mis-aimed interlocutions (i.e. you're having a conversation with someone about your bad day and they respond by mistake in your window to a conversation they're having with someone else in another window). Do we see this as acceptable, or do we think that our interlocutor isn't engagaed and focused on our conversation? Do we ignore these things?

To what extent do we expect to be the sole focus of attention during IM interactions (in diadic conversations)? In FTF settings, this lack of focus would normally be construed as "rude", where one person would in essence be having a conversation with 2 people at one time. Does this "rudeness" transfer to IM? Do people feel guilty about talking to 2 people at once, when one of the conversations is "important" (dealing with personal problems, exposing some weakness, etc.) Do we demand the attention of our interlocutors, or do we realize that IM is in fact different than FTF in this regard?

So does it bug you when you realize your IM partner is talking to five other people, listening to music, and writing War and Peace while they are "talking" to you?

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October 25, 2005

Five though provoking tiles

On a peg next to my computer monitor hangs a group of five little tiles strung together on a narrow green ribbon.  The tiles are numbered 1 through 5 with sayings on each.  On the reverse of each are stampings including a plus sign and a capital "M."  They are in graduated sizes with 1 being the tallest and 5 the shortest.  Each tile has two holes one at the top and another at the bottom.  They are currently strung together through the bottom holes.  I picked the set up in a little hole-in-the-wall store on Canal Street in New Orleans last summer, they were in the markdown bin.  I think I paid a dollar or so for the set. 

The sayings on the tiles are as follows:

  1. Free your heart from hatred
  2. Free your mind from worries
  3. Live simply
  4. Give more
  5. Expect less

I have absolutely no idea what the original purpose of this set of tiles was to have been, and I do wonder what it might have been.  But for me flipping through them is a nice soothing meditative act.  All of the sayings are values I hold dear, though have clearly not mastered.  Being reminded of these core values by rubbing your fingers over the raised lettering somehow makes the thoughts more tangible.  A dollar well spent.

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Thoughts on performance and internet intersection of personal crisis

The paper I've been working on has been near torturous to write, and that has been bothering me.  It's not a long paper, in fact it's rather short.  It's not for submission, rather it is for presentation and has already been accepted via abstract as part of a panel.  And it is on a topic I find very interesting that alone should make it easy to pull together.  So why has it been so hard to write?

It hit me this morning as I was weeding my way through chapters in Bial's The Performance Studies Reader, exactly what is tripping me up.  You see a few weeks ago Terri Senft posted on performance studies and internet research, in it she made the following observations:

It's interesting to me that performance studies is now entering its third decade as a discipline and most performance-based questions posed by Internet researchers turn on performance of identity. Sometimes someone brings up presence, but only as something to be managed. Also: Erving Goffman is great, but the field really has moved on from Performance of Self in Everyday Life. Performance theorists need to step up and start educating people outside our field about how to think about issues of presence, absence, liveness, words that do, images that speak, ethics of engagement beyond informed consent. I think I'm going to talk to some friends about proposing a new sort of performance panel at AoIR next year.

I read her comments and they immediately resonated with me.  You know it was one of those moments that your mental cheerleaders are doing their thing "That's / the work / you want / to be doing" they are chanting complete with pompoms and a lunge at the end.  So I copied the syllabus of reading she recommended and thought about when I would get time to read all of it...not this year for sure.  And then I went on with what I was doing.

But then, of course, it didn't take long for what I was doing to collide with what I was percolating in the back of my brain.  How do I take my Goffmanian based view of personal performance and transcend it into something deeper something more meaningful that sheds new light on the people and the spaces within my research.  That's my crisis of faith at the moment...crisis because I don't know as much about the topic(s), as though none of this is contested, of performance studies...crisis because I have a paper to finish and I'm realizing that no matter what, I am simply not going to like it...crisis because I need to find a way to immerse myself in reading before I do my diss proposal...crisis because life goes on while everything else is happening and kinda mucks up the best laid academic plans.

I decided to exorcise the demons by writing a blog post and admitting, as my grandmother would say "to god and everybody" that I am struggling with this one.  Though you know I do think struggle is good...very good in fact.  Struggle to me is the sign that I am working outside my comfort-zone, that I am trying something new and slightly dangerous, and that I can fail or I can win but in either case the result will be complete and it will be a definite growth experience.

So if you are coming to NCA drop by my panel on Sunday can watch me struggle with this in 3D and maybe give me a idea that will help solidify where this path is beginning to take me.

Reference List

Bial, Henry (ed.) (2004). The Performance Studies Reader. London: Routledge.

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October 24, 2005

Living by the clock...time me please

Today I have been working to the clock...well the timer actually.  One hour on writing and one hour on grading and one hour on writing and one hour on grading...with some short breaks in there to rest or answer important email.  The process is a bit stilted but you know I've gotten so much more done this way. 

Silly though it may be I have timers next to my computers both at home and at the office but I have never used them so strictly before.  Me thinks this is a good way to work as long as you know in your heart that the plan can be disrupted by other things that take importance, like email from the students who are currently working on a test. 

Looks like I will be a timer girl for the foreseeable future, at least until I get everything mostly caught up and am past the due dates on the submission list.

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Walking from London to Cape Town

I have never been a huge fan of travel films, not sure why but they just don't do it for me. I think part of it is the perspective...the journey is done and the speaker knows the outcome. Or maybe it's the retrospective editing that takes place before and during the presentation. Oh well for whatever reason I don't love travel films, I do love travel blogs. The story is unfolding for me in installments and the writer doesn't know much more than I do about what tidbit will become significant over time...sorta like daily life. *w*

Well this afternoon The World Is Not Flat (TwinF), which will be a cool travel blog once the trip is underway, pointed me to constantly. Constanttrek is a blog by a couple who are waling from London to Cape Town South Africa, hence their subtitle "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." Think about that for a bit...walking from London to Cape Town. I may be a country girl but I sure don't have that kind of trip in me, never did.

So I have added the blog to my Bloglines list, as you can see in the sidebar. I shall be keeping up with their progress and may even go back and read some of the my copious free time. LOL

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The Professor as Personal Trainer

Inside Higher Ed has a very thought provoking point of view article, The Professor as Personal Trainer.  Give it a read yourself and put some thought into how you view what you provide your students...I am doing the same, but there will probably be more on that at a later date.

I like the image of the personal trainer because it provides a positive account of what people are getting for their money without modeling my job on retail or fast food. I provide students an opportunity to undergo a personal transformation -- an opportunity which they may or may not take advantage of. If you want to loose 20 pounds of intellectual flab, you can spend three hours a week in classes with me and I will show you how to do it. But I can't make you do anything, and if you never exercise at home by doing your home work and reading, you are never going to acquire the lean, rock-hard intellect that so many employers swoon over.

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Another reason I like the idea of the personal trainer is that it helps underline another, very un-PC aspect of the teacher-student relationship that I believe in quite strongly despite the prevailing egalitarianism of our times: I don't think students necessarily know what they want or need out of an education -- like Odysseus or Cinderella, they need patrons willing to use their awesome magical powers so that they can fulfill their destiny. I'm often struck by pedagogies that oppose the commodification of education with a notion that instead of producing customers who are satisfied they should be turning out students who feel "empowered." My hunch is that this sort of talk is already infected by a commodification which these teachers consider to be so tainting. I'm reminded of a line I heard recently from (of all people!) a Unitarian pastor who remarked to me that he didn't want his congregants to have a better self-image -- he wanted them to have better selves.

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CFP - Girls' Studies Interest Group

The newly-formed Girls' Studies Interest Group of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) seeks panelists for our proposed sessions on Girls' Studies.

We invite proposals for 15-minute presentations on research with girls. We welcome diverse theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives.

Please email your proposals to both [email protected] and [email protected] by October 28, 2005. Please include the following information:

- Name
- Affiliation
- Contact information (telephone, email, mailing address)
- A brief biography or c.v.
- A short abstract (300-500 words)

The 2006 conference will take place in Oakland, California from June 15-18. Conference details are available at .

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CFP - The Human in Posthuman Technology

American Contemporary Literature Association Annual Meeting: The Human and Its Other
Seminar Title: The Human in Posthuman Technology
Princeton, NJ, March 23-26, 2006
Seminar Organizer(s): Steven A. Benko, Meredith College
([email protected])

Answers to questions of how technology impacts definitions of what it means to be human, what is other than human, what constitutes the good, natural and normal for human life and society, and how subjects can constitute, experience and communicate their own otherness through technology vary widely along the spectrum from humanism to posthumanism. At one end are bioconservative responses that suggest a shared and unchanging conception of human nature threatened by scientific and technological advances that alter or enhance human capabilities and functioning. At the other end are posthuman responses that use science and technology as an occasion for the kind of individuation that relativizes and resists humanism's essentializing ethnocentrism.

This seminar will explore literary, philosophical and religious depictions of science and technology in terms of how what is human, other than human, and the relationship between the two is defined. Possible topics include:  defining the posthuman through literature; the use of technology to define the human and its other in a specific author or genre; the possibility of developing a critical theory of technology or an ethics of technology vis-à-vis the human, its other, and obligations to preserve what it means to be human or an obligation to the other; the use of religious rituals, tropes or imagery to restrain, encourage, and determine the morality of scientific and technological development and the depiction of what it means to be human/posthuman.

The list of accepted seminars for the 2006 Annual Meeting has been posted (go to the paper proposal form; go to the Seminars) and individual paper proposals are now being accepted.

The conference is organized primarily into seminars (or "streams"), which consist either of twelve papers, if they meet on all three days of the conference, or eight to nine papers, if they meet on two days. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long-no longer-to allow time for discussion. To propose a paper, first consult the list of accepted seminar proposals. If you find a topic there that fits your paper, select that seminar when you fill out the paper proposal submission form. If you do not find a seminar topic that fits your paper, you may propose your paper for the general pool, out of which additional seminars are likely to be formed. Paper proposals are 250 words, max. Proposals are due no later than November 30th. Paper proposals can be submitted through the ACLA 2006 website ( If you have any questions about this particular seminar, contact the seminar organizer at [email protected].

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October 23, 2005

Compressed Air Fueled Cars

I have been waiting for years now for a compressed air fueled car to be available in the U.S.A.  Well I'm still waiting but today TreeHugger has a post talking about compressed air cars in general and linking to some of their previous posts on the subject.  So this is for all those people who have given me trouble about the topic.  *manical laugh* 

Oh and for those new to the concept, yes you are riding around on a bomb when you have compressed air in the tank.  Do you honestly think you aren't riding on a bomb now if you drive a gasoline powered car?  *raising one eyebrow* 

The cool thing about compressed air as a fuel is that, while it does take electricity to do the compression of the primary fuel, the air can be of any quality going into the tank where it is filtered and it comes out clean.  None of this breaking down water, a scarce resource as it is, into its components to put hydrogen in the tank.  Explotation of water resources is another example of the rich countries taking more from the poorer ones.  *sigh*

If I had the money, and I don't since I didn't win the PowerBall last week, I would invest in MiniC.A.T.s - the prototype of which is pictured with this post.  I would invest just for the fun of it and hope to have a model to drive one day soon.  The prototype looks way cool doesn't it.

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Broken Flowers (2005)

Hubby is a big Jim Jarmusch fan, and both he and Jarmusch are huge Neil Young fans...synchronicity at it's best.  Hubby uses his favorite lines, with their associated gestures, from Mystery Train pretty regularly.  Most of the lines are from the Screamin' Jay Hawkins section of the film, don't ask me why "Jiffy Squid" is so funny...must be a guy thing.  Though in truth it's pretty funny to watch him do the imitation. So because he is a huge Jarmusch fan we have been waiting for Broken Flowers to hit any of our local theatres.  Yesterday I checked the Yahoo listings and found that the movie had opened at our local art house, Yes Cinema.  So last night we were off to the movies.

I'm not going to really do a review of the movie, let's just say it was enjoyable and an hour and forty-five minutes well spent.  Jarmusch is just not my kind of director, I don't mean it's bad in anyway...just not tight enough for me, not focused, lord I just never know from whose perspective the story is being told.  I do have to comment that it was nice to see a Jarmusch file that had a primary character that was both human and alive.  LOL 

The loosely-connected-stories form that Jarmusch favors can be interesting but it's tough to hold it all together and keep it flowing.  Sometimes it works, see Night on Earth, and sometimes it doesn't, see Coffee and Cigarettes, on second thought don't see Coffee and Cigarettes the couple of good scenes are simply not worth forcing yourself to sit through the rest of the film.  In Broken Flowers the premise of loosely-connected-stories and Jarmusch's usual theme of  "a journey" both work well.  Though the philosophy of the piece doesn't resonate with me.  Someday I have to get the two most philosophical people I know- Hubby and Charles Ess - together and just sit back and watch the there is a film.

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A Tag Cloud of Prolurker

Kind of interesting to see what tags are pulled from the main page of the site.  Yes I know, I'm still ambiguous on the whole tagging concept.  And I don't buy that tagging gets us away from categorization...looks to me like it creates more categorization of just less usable categories at this point.  Oh well, so here is the Tag Cloud for prolurker for your viewing enjoyment, click on the picture to access a larger - more easy to read - version with the same tag count limit, or click here to see the real time version of Professional-Lurker's TagCloud with a 100 tag limit.

I find two of the entries really interesting.  They are "ing" and "LOL".  I am not at all sure where "ing" comes from since it's not a term I use independently.  Kind of odd to see that as one of my most used terms.  And I am glad to see that "LOL" is among the top terms used...what can I say I love to laugh.  *Breaking into the chorus of "I Love to Laugh"*

We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So ev'rybody can hear
The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we're a merrier we!

I'll keep an eye on the TagCloud for the site and I am actually tagging while I play with RocketPost.

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October 21, 2005

Tim Grimm in concert

Tonight hubby and I broke out and spent the evening at the Americana Music Series presentation of Tim Grimm with special guest Jason WilberTim is the local boy who made good in Hollywood and then moved his family back to the midwest.  Everytime I hear him play his music I know he gets "it." It is why we stay, why we can't picture moving to the city - at least not forever - it is home.  The lyrics to his new album are not on the official website yet so I'll point you to an old song called 80 Acres that grabs part of it.

It's been five hundred seasons since the feet of Bailey Needham
walked this ground and deemed it a place to settle down
and in his eyes was purpose and in his hands was fire
and in his heart he knew somehow that this was hallowed ground

So with some determination and a one-man crosscut saw
Bailey cleared a cabin site early in the call
He felt a peace within him as he came to work and toil
with care and understanding growing values in the soil

And everyday at sunrise, he'd walk the boundary line
and on little bits of paper, he'd make notes from time to time
and he came to know the seasons and he came to know the land
and he swore no place that he would rather be
than walkin' through the tall grass
nearer my God to thee

If you like folk music than I strongly recommend you check out Tim's new album, it's called The Back Fields and should be available on CD Baby sometime soon.  His past three albums are already there, the click through on CD Baby takes you to Tim's name search and you can find his cd's there easily.

As with most things there is a totally funny backstory, you see though we both graduated from local high schools, of which there are two - his and mine, in the same year I don't remember ever having met Tim when we were teens.  When he started getting local press I remember asking friends from those days, who he was because I had no memory of him what so ever. LOL  I was told that he didn't discover the theatre until he was in college so he didn't move in the cross-town theatre circle that I hung out in.  However I have no doubt that we have about one degree of separation as I'm sure we both know many of the same people.  Sadly as with most names and my memory I'd have to have pictures to even begin to think of names of people we might share in common. 

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Do you want a cellphone inside YOUR pants?

Gizmodo offers this post Cellphone Party In The Pants making me wonder what woman would want to increase her pants size one or two sizes to accommodate her cellphone INSIDE her waistband.  LOL  No one I know for sure.  Now make me a cool belt that I can wear stylishly outside and I might take you up on it.

Oh and what is the ring thing on the nude models left side...Sorta looks like a grenade pin.  Oh dear.

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Blog valuation figures

My blog is worth $21,452.52.
How much is your blog worth?

I think these valuation formats that are based on links are rather interesting...and of somewhat questionable utility.  But what the heck it's amuzing.  BlogShares lists the valuation for prolurker at $18,008.95.  I have no explanation for the difference...I have no real explanation for the original valuations either.  LOL  Oh well the blog is not for sale so a valuation is mostly a vanity thing.

If they had a version of the above block that was continuously updated I would stick the whole thing in my "badges" section on the right side bar...but since they don't it seems silly to put it there with a static number as I would undoubtedly rarely update it.  LOL

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My 1000th post

Well it seems approprate that for my 1000th published post I am elaborating on my 999th post.  LOL  This post is being written using RocketPost as the designer sent me a fix that got the program working on my system.  Life is cool.

So far so good and at the moment I have to say I really think I like this program...let me use it for a few days and I will let you know my final decision on it.  At the moment it looks like it will satisfy the following requirements:

Oh well I will play with it more and keep you posted.  It is a pricey software product but since I do qualify as a serious blogger it might make sense if I do really like it after a longer test drive and if I can save the pennies to pay for it.  LOL

Now on the 1000th post issue.  Kinda cool for a blog I never thought would last through the first month.  I remember thinking how amazing it was when I rolled over my first 100 posts, never even considered that I would make it to 1000 let alone keep going beyond that number.  LOL 

Well I should note there is a mismatch, of course, between the permalink post numbers and the available post count.  In truth I have deleted a considerable number of mostly duplicate 36.  This comes from errors I received in my blogging client, whichever one I was using at the time, that made it look like the post had not been uploaded properly when in fact everything was fine.  So of course I resubmitted the post, sometimes repeatedly, and then had to remove the duplicates.  LOL  So while this will be permalink 1036 it is actually the 1000th available post. 


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Why I'm sticking with WB Editor as a blog client

Over the last 22 months, the life of this blog, I have used or tested a fairly broad group of desktop publishing clients.  But with things about to change as I will shortly have two blogs to maintain since is moving to blogging software next month.  Because of the change I've been keeping my eyes open for reviews on clients that would allow posting to two blogs so I can update here and there with information like new publications.  So it was with significant interest that I read jkOnTheRun review- RocketPost blog editor software review.

RocketPost says it is a one-stop-shop for blog maintenance with FTP, text formatting, and multiple blog maintenance features.  But it's massively expensive software at $149.00 and even with the current $50.00 discount $99.00 for a blog client is pretty hefty.  But I decided to go ahead and give the program a 30-day test maybe if I really liked it it would be worth the price. 

Well two days into the test I have uninstalled the program and here is why.  1) Installation is supposed to be intuitive but isn't.  The program doesn't specify which file it needs to be linked to on the blog so those of us with non-standard installations better know what file it needs if the default subdirectory isn't in place.  2) support questions go unanswered.  The company has a category for questions from non-purchasers and those must be pretty low priority as my simple question asked two days ago has gone unanswered as of this writing.  Guess they don't realize that current non-purchasers can be come tomorrow's loyal customers.  3) the program continually crashes.  After completing the installation I have not been able to consistently make the program run or have it upload a single entry.  And because of item 2 above I needn't bother asking a question of the support folk.  Oh and I have uninstalled and reinstalled the software twice before doing the final uninstall.  So I would still like to see this program in action but it probably won't happen until after my next reformat, which is long in the future assuming that it will run on my set-up which is currently in doubt.

Well while I was testing I decided to go ahead and download Qumana, a free blogging client I have seen used on some sites.  All in all the program is good.  It has a pleasant interface which allowed me to do most of my usual HTML coding via clicks on icons.  Plus it allows for technorati tag insertion, which I wanted to play with as well.  Though I have uninstalled Qumana as well because of two points: 1) the program adds a "produced with Qumana" statement at the end of every post.  You can delete it on the screen but who what's to mess with that every time you post.  2) I couldn't figure out how to get to the HTML codes to add stuff not available in their icon set.  You probably can't get there from here but I want that power when I need it.

So I'm sticking with WB Editor for the time being.  I hope that they will add some new features, especially allowing posting to more than one blog.  But until I find something better this is my bird of choice.

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In the Classroom Easy Doesn't Do It

Today's email brought me a thought provoking contribution from the Tomorrow's Professor mailing list.  I thought I would share it with you.  If you aren't already on this mailing list I strongly recommend it, check out the sign-up info at the bottom of the post
Teaching is serious business. We have wonderfully bright and talented students here at Richmond. They have almost unlimited potential. For most, this is their one shot at college; they deserve nothing less than an excellent education, an academic experience that challenges them to excel from their first day to their last.  Faculty members have a responsibility to the world to coax the very best from their students because they will certainly become the next generation of leaders. Where they go from here, what they accomplish, how they impact the world, depends in large part on how much we are able to push and nurture their development. I want every student to leave my class at the end of the semester saying, "I didn't know that I could work so hard, and I didn't realize that I could learn so much." Anything less is unacceptable.

If a teacher challenges students to think and do their best, word gets around campus quickly, but having a tough reputation is both good and bad.  When students walk into my class on the first day, they tend to be very quiet and pay attention right away. On the other hand, I am always so disappointed when a student says to me "I hear you are a good teacher, but I didn't take your class because I know you are very demanding."  Isn't that just incredibly sad? I think Richmond will be a better school when students sign up only for classes where teachers push them each day to do their best.

Many times during each semester, I point out to my students that the grade of A, according to the University catalogue, reflects "outstanding" work. A student does not earn the grade of A for a good effort, only for consistently outstanding work. Grade inflation has hurt college education across this country and could be fixed simply by faculty members saying, "You earn an A when the work that I see is truly outstanding." Don't fool yourself; students are well aware of the difference between "good" and "outstanding."

I use the Socratic method. I call on every student every day in class. I don't ask them to regurgitate material; I ask them questions that I believe will cause them to think and reason-on the spot. That is what adult life is like, especially in the business world. I then follow my initial question with others based on their answers. If I don't get good replies from a student, I don't just nod and smile; I demand better of them. A student once compared my class to a contact sport. Richmond students should be ready, willing and able to discuss and debate issues. This is college, not high school.

I want a reasonable effort from my students because students get back based on what they put in. I expect them to study four to six hours each week outside of class so they'll be ready to participate in class discussions. I use carrots and sticks. I say, "Good job!" when a student gives me a thoughtful, well-conceived answer, and I say, "Listen, you can do better than that!" when a student gives me a bad answer. I don't view that as being disagreeable, although I do realize that it injects a bit of tension into the class. But this is not Sesame Street; a bad answer is a bad answer. There is only one primary goal in my class: to improve each student's ability to think, reason and understand. Our students realize how capable they are, but human nature loves to take the easy path.

A good basketball coach adapts to the talents of his or her players. A good teacher does the same. You cannot take an identical approach with every student. Some love to be pushed and pushed hard. They enjoy "in-your-face" challenges. Others are more fragile. You have to coax and nurture them. So toughness comes into my class where toughness is necessary. You teach each student, not each group. However, every student needs to be willing to prepare and to think. That is not negotiable.

One of the keys to becoming a good teacher is learning to walk into a room of students and "see" what is happening to the individual members: Billy needs a few extra seconds to formulate an answer, Susan loves to be called on, Andy doesn't know what is happening right now, Ellen is not prepared. You have to be able to adapt to your students on the spot every day.

Our students can do amazing things, but if we don't challenge them fully, they will never realize what marvelous talents they truly possess. Signing up for demanding classes might hurt a student's GPA, but which is more important: developing a good mind or a good GPA?

Joe Ben Hoyle is an associate professor of accounting in the Robins School of Business. He has been teaching at the University since 1979. He is a five-time recipient of the University's Distinguished Educator Award, and he was named "Most Feared Professor" in April 2005 by seniors at the business school.

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October 20, 2005

New books that have been added to my personal library

Several books have arrived in the last week or so and I took a writing break this morning to do all of the data entry. If you are particularly interested in what I am reading you can subscribe to My Book2 page RSS feed. I update that page regularly with new books that I add to the library but I do not update the "reading" status information, there really is no time for that at all.

New, usually used actually, books are:

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October 18, 2005

Upcoming quietness on prolurker

I wanted to warn you that I will be posting less frequently for the next several weeks. During that time I will also be reading RSS feeds on an irregular basis. This is all part of my master plan to focus on a finite set of things that must be accomplished by the middle of November. These include - in no particular order - catching up with my grading, writing the remaining labs for my class, finishing my NCA paper (I got an extension on the due date), and writing an extended abstract for submission.

To accomplish all of these things without killing myself in the process, I am paring away anything that seems to be excess at the moment...sadly that means I need to minimize the time I spend on the blog.  But just for the next few weeks, then hopefully I will have a new leveling point to see me through the winter.

I will keep you posted on how it all is going.  And I expect there will be a few "what Lois is thinking about" posts along the way.

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Worn out from test writing

Oh my goodness am I tired, I spent the day writing test questions for my introductory class a very draining activity to be sure. Well the output is not so much a test as an advanced worksheet.  In truth my goal is to have them assimilate more information not to evaluate their previous assimilation...fine point I know but a telling one.  So the "test" is 112 questions, none terribly difficult and most are fill-in-the-blank straight out of the book.  We shall see if this works.  *crossing my fingers*  I'll keep you posted.

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October 17, 2005

October 2005 Technorati stats

David Sifry at Technorati has a undate to his periodic look at blogosphere stats, State of the Blogosphere.

To summarize:
  • As of October 2005, Technorati is now tracking 19.6 Million weblogs
  • The total number of weblogs tracked continues to double about every 5 months
  • The blogosphere is now over 30 times as big as it was 3 years ago, with no signs of letup in growth
  • About 70,000 new weblogs are created every day
  • About a new weblog is created each second
  • 2% - 8% of new weblogs per day are fake or spam weblogs
  • Between 700,000 and 1.3 Million posts are made each day
  • About 33,000 posts are created per hour, or 9.2 posts per second
  • An additional 5.8% of posts (or about 50,000 posts/day) seen each day are from spam or fake blogs, on average

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Teaching Hurricane Katrina

I think I forgot to link my AoIR pedagogy presentation, Teaching Hurricane Katrina, to the blog.  Here is the PowerPoint Presentation I used for handouts during the panel. 

Previous posts on this topic include:

Teaching Hurricane Katrina - What can an Informaticist do? (includes the link to the actual teaching presentation)

Hurricane Katrina...a teaching moment

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October 16, 2005

A peaceful afternoon at flute circle

I took this afternoon off and spent the time hanging out with my friends at the Indiana Flute Circle. It feels like I haven't had any time off in ages, which is partially true since I've been pushing hard since the early September.  It was great to sit around and talk about flutes, and flute makers, and musicians with not a hint of academics stuff. 

I find listening to Native American Flutes so very restful, and we have some outstanding players in the group so it was like being washed in a wonderful bath of sound.  I didn't go to Circle last month since I was pushing so hard to get things done before AoIR, and I missed my time I know there are two things I simply must keep on my schedule if there is any way to do so.  First would be exercise classes and second is flute (both practice and Circle).  I need my non-academic pursuits too.

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Cleaning out more potential submission dates from the to-do list

Taking more things off the to-do list for submissions.  Now marked off are SWTexas Popular Culture Assoc./American Culture Assoc 2006 for both the Computer Culture and the Biography tracks; The Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (though I do plan on attending anyway); and Console-ing Passions, the international conference on television, video, audio, and new media.  I am now down to two upcoming submissions, well one have to because I submitted an abstract and now the paper is due, and one want to.  That takes me through the end of the year.  I'm trying to focus...trying to...

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Mary Poppins on the big screen

Last night hubby and I took a break and went to our local art theatre, Yes Cinema, to see Mary Poppins on the big screen.  Hubby sort of remembers having seen the movie in a theatre as a child.  I know I did not...movies were viewed as fairly frivolous things by my grandmother, mostly because her father went every Saturday and left the women with the work at home.  The first theatrical presentation I ever saw was The Ten Commandments at the drive-in.  Imagine six kids and two adults in a 1958 Ford.  *shivers*  Oh and the facts that 1) none of the kids are over nine, and 2) there is nothing "kid-friendly" in The Ten Commandments.  Oh the joy of it.

We so enjoyed last night's movie.  So often when Mary Poppins plays on tv they cut whole scenes, scenes that are pivotal to the story.  I can't remember the last time I saw the "Feed the Birds" scene played in it's entirety on the tube.  Or Mr. Bank's long walk from Cherry Lane back into the city for his 9:00 p.m. meeting with the banks board of directors.  Without those scenes the movie loses it's brilliance.

There is just something magical about watching a movie on a big screen...something more entrancing that you just don't get with dvds at home on the tv.  Oh and the popcorn is better too.

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October 15, 2005

Thoughts on metaphor - thinking while I type

After spending much of the day with dictonarys and thesauri - both paper and electronic, Google, and a variety of wiki's I'm beginning to think I can't talk about metaphor without, at least, touching on intertextuality.  Are metaphors by definition often intertextual?  It would seem that they would almost have to be, otherwise their hidden meaning would be opaque to the reader.  Actually as I think about it there would have to be multiple layers of available intertextuality as the metaphor becomes a text related to itself across sites of usage.  Hummm more thinking is required.

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Alone online

When you have as many instant messaging clients as I do, six at last count, there is something very odd about finding no one else online.  Saturday evenings do that...around the world.

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CFP - Journal of e-Media Studies

The Journal of e-Media Studies announces that we are accepting submissions for publication.

The deadline for our inaugural issue is November 15, 2005. Special topic sections of the journal, to include more than one related essay, may be proposed. We intend our inaugural issue to premiere in Spring, 2006.

We are committed to the rapid turnaround of subsequent journal submissions in as practical a means as possible.

Manuscripts can be e-mailed to the editors at [email protected], or a CD/DVD version may be mailed to:

Journal of e-Media Studies
Dept. of Film and Television Studies
6194 Wilson Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

JOE-MS is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the scholarly study of the history and theory of electronic media, especially Television and New Media.  It is an inter-disciplinary journal, and we welcome submissions across the fields and methodologies that study media and media history.

Our goal is to promote the academic study of electronic media, especially in light of the rise of digital media and the changes in formal and expressive capacities resulting from new configurations of electronic media
forms.  We solicit the best new scholarly work on current and historical e-media issues and topics, including work on inter-medial relations to traditionally non-electronic media (such as cinema, theater, and print media).

We welcome essays in traditional textual formats.  We strongly encourage submissions that utilize and develop the features that an on-line journal can afford, in order to realize new analytical and pedagogical practices and strategies.

Please see our website [] for more details about our Submissions Guidelines, list of Editorial Board members, and Mission Statement.

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October 14, 2005

Facing IRB Challenges Together Workshop

Today is the biennial Indiana University Institutional Review Board Workshop.  Present are several of the Bloomington IRB members and representatives from all of the regional campuses. 

Among the sessions we have had are a review of the nuts and bolts of the regulations, moving beyond the regulations - particularly looking at vulnerable populations and consent issues, and we have also had a demonstration of the IU Electronic Research Administration System that is currently under development. 

One of the most interesting sessions for me was the Case Study discussion.  We were divided into small groups and each group was asked to focus on a different case study.  My group's study was an internet research related scenario.  The case raises many interesting issues that we face in doing internet research.  For example - what is public and private online, how can confidentiality be maintained when the research's audience can search online to match participants with online data, at what point in the research should participants be reconsented to allow the researcher to use online data alongside face-to-face data, and should the specific website used to gather data be listed in the publication of the research?  It's a very good case that I will be using in my teaching.  I'm told that the cases will be available online in the near future at the Association of Practical and Research Ethics site.

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October 13, 2005

Silly stuff

Adopt your own useless blob!

Isn't it cute? This is the disco blob. I found the site while doing research. Get your own useless blob they come in lots of colors. *S*

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Working references for The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Ok this is probably a killing time post but as I sit here up to my pits in books working on my National Communication Association Conference paper The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor, I decided to share the very cool set of books I am wondering through for this work.  So if I am just killing time while I think about ontological metaphors than at least someone might find it helpful for something.  LOL

Reference List:

Aronson, A. (1991). Studies in Twentieth-Century Diaries: The Concealed Self. New York: E. Mellen Press.

Bial, Henry (2004). The Performance Studies Reader. London: Routledge.

Hausman, Carl R. (1989). Metaphor & Art: Interactionism and Reference in the Verbal and Nonverbal Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hutchby, Ian (2001). Conversation and Technology: From the Telephone to the Internet. Cambridge UK: Polity.

Innis, Robert E. (1985). Semiotics: An Introductory Anthology. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.

Kövecses, Zoltán (2002). Metaphor: A Practical Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lakoff, George & Johnson, Mark (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Lakoff, George & Turner, Mark (Feb. 15, 1989). More Than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ricoeur, Paul (1975). The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning in Language. Toronto: University of Toronto.

Schechner, Richard (2002). Performance Studies: An Introduction. London & New York: Routledge.

Searle, John R. (1969). Speech acts: An essay in the philosophy of language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Searle, John R. (1979). Expression and meaning: Studies in the theory of speech acts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

I reserve the right to add to or delete from this list at anytime up to the point the dang thing is submitted. LOL

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A hierarchy of authorship

Gentleman C's post, Sometimes Tenure is Nice dovetailed a bit with a conversation I had last week at AoIR about the assumptions one makes when seeing coauthored papers. 

The conversation revolved around the assumption that authorship is most always listed in order of contribution and that when this is not so, as with BROG papers where the order after the first-author is usually in alphabetical order, then there should be a note to alert reader the reasons behind placement in the authorship list. 

Gentleman C's post makes me wonder if there should always be a detailed paragraph attached to multi-authored papers outlining each persons contribution, as I have seen in some papers.  Well worth thinking about for post-dissertation papers, where authorship will matter for tenure.  At this point I think most any authorship is good, thought it's not a bad idea for papers in the works as well.

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AoIR Trip Report

I pulled together a trip report to send around to my colleagues in the School of Informatics.  I thought I would link it here if anyone is interested.  The document is an overview at best, not a detailed discussion of any of the papers I saw.

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October 11, 2005

The story of my name

New Kid in the Hallway posted a meme today that points to the JobPredictor website.  Plug in your name and the site runs its numerological voodoo magic and tells you what your profession should be.  Well the site got me thinking about names and naming, not like I writing a paper on the topic or anything like that.  LOL  So here goes.

I am named after my mothers first real doll, the Lois Ann doll.  She lives in a buffet drawer now, the doll not my mother or me for that matter, laid out nicely in her cami, socks, and shoes.  She is wrapped lightly in plastic waiting for the day when I can afford to have her refurbished - the doll equivalent of a face lift.  She is roughly 68.

As a child I hated that I had this stupid old-fashioned name because of some silly old doll.  I mean come on who really names their kid after the doll they got when they were five, even if they have spent years telling people that is what they would do.  Of course those words were written by a women who, at nine, started telling people she would be college professor someday...might make sense if I was a legacy but I'm not so who knows where these things come from.  Besides there was another girl in my class with the same two names and I always hated that there were two of us, nothing against her to be sure.

You see most of the women in my mothers family went by two names...Mary Helen, Mary Margaret, or Anna Mae for example.  And well they were all at least my mothers age...they were OLD.  LOL  I wasn't old, a smart arse but not old.  So at 13 I announced I was no longer answering to Lois Ann, I would be Lois or nothing at all.  And so I did it, slowly I retrained most of my family to just call me by my first name.

Then somewhere around 21 I realized that parents may name kids but it's up to the kids to make those names their own.  And of course since I was always supposed to use both names, and my parents were gone, I thought a lot about how I could honor them and still not have to live with the double moniker.  So I began using Lois Ann as my professional name.  Yes I know that 21 year olds don't have much of a professional life, at least I didn't but that is how I decided to use the name any way.

So I have two monikers no matter what.  I have Lois Ann for academic articles and other professional obligations but I prefer the first name only for conversation.  Either works to tell the truth.  I answer to almost anything just don't call me Louise...long story.

Oh and my grandmother gave me the doll a number of years before she died.  Now I guess I think it's kinda cool being named after my Mom's doll it shows my mother was a lady who made up her mind and stuck with it...especially with things and people she loved.

There have been, of course, a string of nicknames over the years, very few of which are still in common use.  At least very few of them that I actually hear used to refer to me in the flesh.  And then almost two years ago I added to the list myself when I took on prolurker as a nickname.  Of course I don't refer to myself with that one, and in truth I mostly use it to refer to the weblog, though each post is signed with it "posted by prolurkr."

And the JobPredictor definitely sees some striking differences between these names.  According to it Lois Ann should be a Heavy Weight Boxer, Lois is a future Prime Minister, and prolurker will excel at "anything where you can kiss ass."  Oh dear me.  Not sure how to align all three of those...a Prime Minister with a weight problem and just a touch of schizophrenia so she modulates between beating the crap out of people and kissing their bottoms?  Or maybe she is sadomasochistic and enjoys both beating and kissing at the same time.  *shivers*  I think I may have take that analysis too far especially for a pacifist. 

When I entered my old chatroom moderator nickname it says I should be Head that one is right on the money.  Besides I just can't picture a Heavy Weight Boxer being named after their mother's first doll.

The Lois Ann doll is a redhead but so was my mother, though her's was much darker than mine. I should note that the picture is not of a Lois Ann doll, just a pretty redheaded doll I found online.

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Flyer for my CMC class

Elizabeth Lykins designed a great flier for my Computer-Mediated Communication class for Spring 2006.  I believe the class will make with both undergrad and grad students.  Should be fun, I'm looking forward to it.

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Sirius drops Folk Music channel

Sirius Channel 38 was the location for FolkTown but in the company's recent channel shift 38 is gone.  Folk Alley listeners, may of whom like me used both services, are not happy.  Now in truth I wasn't listening to FolkTown all that much anymore, reason being that I can only hear so many Bob Dylan songs in an hour before I want to blow myself and my radio to pieces.  I mean Dylan is important to folk music but he is not the only folk out there.  Folk Alley has a much broader selection as does WNKU, also available online.

So if you are missing FolkTown, turn left at the Alley.

p.s. The Sirius site is a Flash-fest...if you love it then you love it but personally I hate it.  Bandwidth hogginess warning.

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October 10, 2005

Two-thirds of American adults go online and one-third do not

New PEW Report, Digital Divisions.

Washington, October 5, 2005 – Sixty-eight percent of American adults, or about 137 million people, use the internet, up from 63% one year ago. Thirty-two percent of American adults, or about 65 million people, do not go online, and it is not always by choice. Certain groups continue to lag in their internet adoption. For example:

  • 26% of Americans age 65 and older go online, compared with 67% of those age 50-64, 80% of those age 30-49, and 84% of those age 18-29.
  • 57% of African-Americans go online, compared with 70% of whites.
  • 29% of those who have not graduated from high school have access, compared with 61% of high school graduates and 89% of college graduates.
  • 60% of American adults who do not have a child living at home go online, compared with 83% of parents of minor children.

    Those who are currently offline have had varying levels of exposure to the online world. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s May-June 2005 survey, one in five American adults (22%) say they have never used the internet or email and do not live in an internet-connected household. These truly disconnected adults occupy essentially the same percentage of the population as in 2002, when 23% of American adults said they have never used the internet and do not live with anyone who has access.

    “Americans who are over the age of 65 or who have less education are the most likely to be completely disconnected from the internet,” said Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Internet Project. “If they needed to get information from a Web site or other online source, they probably could not easily do so.”

    Fifty-three percent of internet users now have a high-speed connection at home, up from 21% of internet users in 2002. Not surprisingly, the groups who were initially most likely to lag in adopting the internet now lag in access speeds. Those with less education, those with lower household incomes, and Americans age 65 and older are less likely to have embraced broadband than those who are younger and have higher socio-economic status.

    Previously, Pew Internet & American Life Project surveys showed that internet experience – the number of years a person had been online – was a major predictor of both the frequency of internet use and the activities pursued online. Now that a majority of the internet’s heaviest users have upgraded from dial-up to high-speed access at home, broadband access is becoming a stronger predictor of online behavior than a user’s level of experience.

    “There are three degrees of internet access – cold, tepid, and hot,” said Fox. “There is a group of Americans for whom the internet remains a mystery. They live lives far removed from the online world. Then there is the larger group of dial-up and intermittent users who are connected, but are not necessarily daily users. Finally, there is the broadband elite who are likely to go online every day and be devoted to their online pursuits.”

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    Redhead by design...a meme

    Something fun in the middle of all this work.  A meme that shows what I've said for years.  "I was made this way."  LOL Redhead by birth and by design, and happy as hell about it.

    Your Hair Should Be Red
    Passionate, fiery, and sassy.
    You're a total smart aleck who's got the biggest personality around.
    What's Your Funky Inner Hair Color?

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    As usual Duncan has the best blog stats

    Like the title says, Duncan has the best running stats at The Blog Herald,  The Blog Herald Blog Count October 2005: over 100 million blogs created. Check out the full text post below:

    Its been three months since the last Blog Herald Blog Count due to the richness of the figures I’ve been collecting and the time its takes, but the Blog Count returns for October, and will now be published quarterly.

    Now for the good stuff: the number of blogs in existence: over 100 million blogs

    There are two sets of figures: based on major blog using countries the figure would be around 75 million, which is a patchy figure because its difficult to count blogs based on the country of origin due to the worldwide phenomenon of people using US companies. Based on blogs created at major hosts (a more accurate measure) the figure is actually 134-144 million. So I’m taking a round 100 million + blogs figure.

    As always I’ll qualify that the Blog Count is about counting blogs, not active blogs, legitimate blogs (vs spam blogs) or bloggers. Are there a lot of inactive blogs? yes. Are there a lot of spam blogs? yes as well, indeed I’d suggest maybe 40-50% of every blog on Googles Blogspot domain is a spam blog, but the vast majority of blogs out there aren’t.

    The history of this count: it started because I was tired of reading press reports that there were 4 or 5 million blogs out there when some countries had more than this alone. The figures still aren’t good in the press. In this last week I’ve read that there were 14 million blogs out there. Technorati is now nearly upto 20 million, but its still no where near the true number of blogs out there based on reported numbers. If SixApart alone counts 11 million users, then surely there are a lot more than the nearly 20 million Technorati and others track!

    So here we go: October 2005.

    By country:

    Australia: approx 450,000
    Still not a lot of hard figures here, but based on report in the Australian Newspaper 19 May 05 and allowing for growth since. Like other members of the Anglosphere though its hard to quantify blog numbers due to the dominance of US blogging firms and .com domains

    Austria: approx 20,000
    Ref: Loic Le Meur

    Belgium: approx 100,000
    Skynet: 68,000. There are problems with a definite Belgium count because of the split between French and Dutch speakers. It’s likely that some Belgium bloggers use services in the Netherlands and France, + naturally the Anglosphere offerings.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: less than 3,000
    LJ: 1300. Rest unknown

    Brunei: less than 3,000
    LJ, Blogshares and others.

    Canada: approx 700,000
    approximation, difficult to ascertain due to the Anglosphere problem, LJ shows 285,000

    China: 6 million and growing
    ref: South IHT, South China Morning Post. Note the IHT article incorrectly reports 14.2 million which is a Technorati overall figure, however the earlier SCMP piece reported 5 million so we’d think 6 million, possibly more at this stage.

    Croatia: approx 50,000 which now has just short of 40,000 blogs + a little more for other sites.

    Czech Republic: approx 10,000
    Ref: Loic

    Denmark: approx 15,000 has nearly 6,000, Smartlog 2,200, Loic has some earlier figures here.

    Finland: approx 100,000
    Same as last quater, unable to ascertain any new figures.

    France: approx 3.5 million
    Businessweek called it 3 million back in July, and yet Skyblog alone now has 3 million. Ublog 65,000, Canalblog 64,200, Loic for other older figures.

    Germany: 300,000
    Hugo Martin from June + a little growth on this figure. Unlike France which is dominated by Skyblogs, German bloggers appear to be all over the place.

    Greece: less than 5,000
    ref: Loic

    India: approx 100,000
    Financial Express, same figure as last quarter as I couldn’t find anything more up to date but I suspect the number may be a lot more. Certainly India has its own blog awards now as well, and are mentioned in the press.

    Iran: 700,000
    Yes, this is a remarkable number, but I have it on research from Koorosh Eslamzade, but would note like all the figures here these are total blog numbers and not active blog numbers (which are between 40,000 and 110,000).
    Persian Blog: 520,000 , Blogfa : 55,000, Blogsky: 20,000, Mihanblog: 25,000, Parsiblog: 7,000 , Perianlog: 9,500

    Ireland: approx 75,000
    Loic says 9,000, I don’t believe the figure could be low considering the “Irish economic miracle” of the 1990’s and Irelands continued status of growth and IT friendliness, although the population of just over 4 million people is always going to produce a fairly low figure. Problem again that most Irish bloggers would use Anglosphere blogging sites.

    Israel: approx 100,000
    thanks Jariv

    Italy: approx 250,000
    Splinder: 144,000, Excite: 17,500, 13,500, Timblog: 12,000, 12,000, Aruba: 6,000, LJ: 7,500 + others per Loic.

    Japan: at least 5.5 million
    Ask Jeeves Japan is currently tracking 5.2 million blogs, suspect the number is much higher again.

    Malaysia: approx 20,000
    The Star + LJ. Difficult to ascertain as many would blog on anglosphere services such as Blogger.

    The Netherlands: approx 600,000
    ref: Loic

    Philippines: approx 75,000
    LJ + Pinoy. Could be significantly larger as writers are using Anglosphere services.

    Poland: approx 1.5 million 825,000, Tenbit 228,000 , 134,500, 90,00, 70,000, 37,500, 44,000 and 13,500 = 1,442,500 + minor services= 1.5 million

    Russia: approx 400,000
    LJ: 218,000 users. Loic claims 800,000 but I’m putting the figure at 400,000 without any hard evidence, although likely more

    South Korea: approx 20 million
    See posts here and here + notes from previous blog counts.

    Spain: approx 1.5 million reports 1 million MSN Spaces + others.

    Ukraine: 50,000
    Loic, not updates from last quarter

    United Kingdom: 2.5 million
    1.5 million UK residents using Spaces as of the end of June ( ). 227,000+ UK users on Live Journal. Anglosphere problem in estimating figure as many UK bloggers using US services, see notes from July blog count.

    United States: approx 30-50 million
    Impossible to calculate although there are 4 million on LiveJournal and 3 million on Spaces. Reports that Myspaces hosts 20 million and I’d be guessing that most of these are US based. The US figure would also represent the highest number of abandoned blogs as well.

    By host (over 500,000)
    Note: these are based on known and rough figures based on media reports and other sources. If you are a blog hosting company and are not included here please send me your user data and I’m happy to add it.

    Xanga: 40 million
    re: WPXI

    MySpace: 20-30 million
    most recent number here. Not sure how many are blogging though, have read the figure was 20 million hence 20-30 million, these are also “private blogs” and are not indexed on sites such as Technorati.

    MSN Spaces: 18 million + growth over the quarter

    Blogger: 15 million +

    Cyworld: 13 million

    SixApart (Live Journal/ TypePad, MT): 11 million
    SixApart figure in recent media releases

    Planet Weblog Service: 6 million
    Leading South Korean blogging provider (same as last qaurter as no new figure available)

    Yahoo Blogs Korea: 3 million

    Skyblog: 3 million

    Bokee: 2 million

    Greatest Journal: 1.16 million

    Other US Live Journal clones: 1 million
    ref: Perseus 825,000,

    Persian Blog: 520,000

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    Young blog their way to a publishing revolution

    The Guardian brings us Young blog their way to a publishing revolution.  Following is an excerpt, read the entire article for information including figures on advertising that is designed for younger users.

    The extent of the personal publishing revolution has been revealed by a Guardian/ICM poll showing that a third of all young people online have launched their own blog or website.

    Millions of young people who have grown up with the internet and mobile phones are no longer content with the one-way traffic of traditional media and are publishing and aggregating their own content, according to the exclusive survey of those aged between 14 and 21.

    A generation has grown up using the internet as its primary means of communication, thanks to an early grasp of online communities and messaging services as well as simple technology allowing web users to launch a personal weblog, or blog, without any specialist technical knowledge. On average, people between 14 and 21 spend almost eight hours a week online, but it is far from a solitary activity. There are signs of a significant generation gap, and rather than using the internet as their parents do - as an information source, to shop or to read newspapers online - most young people are using it to communicate with one another.

    About half of that time is spent chatting to friends in online communities or using messaging services, while another hour is spent emailing. The internet may be a window into their personal realm, but it is not a window on the world for young people: only one in 10 say they use it to keep up with news and current affairs.

    This trend towards online communication has already manifested itself among music fans, with enthusiastic new communities forming around the latest bands often before they have even released a single or been heard on the radio. According to the survey, those aged between 14 and 21 download an average of 34 tracks a month from the internet and buy an average of two CDs. Of those with internet access at home, almost eight in 10 have a broadband connection. The explosion in cheaper high-speed internet access, which allows quicker access to music and video files and is typically charged at a flat monthly rate, has led to an upsurge in the time web users spend online.

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    Conversation and Connectivity in the Blogosphere PowerPoint Presentation

    If you are interested in checking out the PowerPoint presentation from the BROG presentation, Conversation and Connectivity in the Blogosphere, at AoIR.

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    Three-Year Research Fellowships in Social Sciences


    Three-Year Research Fellowships in Social Sciences

    Nuffield College intends to appoint, with effect from 1st September 2006, a number of Research Fellows (known as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellows, or PPRFs).

    Applications are invited from graduates of any country wishing to undertake research in any area of the social sciences except Economics, for which there is a separate competition. (Those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary research which includes Economics may apply for either or both competitions.) The main interests of the College are in Economics, Politics and Sociology, but these are broadly construed to include, for example, social science approaches to history, social and medical statistics, international relations, social psychology and social policy.

    PPRFs' main responsibility is to engage in independent scholarly research. They have no teaching or administrative obligations but are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the College. They will be expected to organize a seminar or workshop in their subject area during the three-year term of their appointment and the College can help finance and organize these activities.

    1.      Postdoctorate salary starts at £18,601 p.a. (Pre-doctorate grant of £10,219 p.a.)

    2.      Research budget £2,173 p.a.

    3.      Free single College accommodation or £4,550 p.a. housing allowance

    4.      Free lunch and dinner in College

    5.      Child support funds available

    The Fellowships are intended for scholars from any country, who at the time of taking up the Fellowships will have completed, or be very close to the completion of, a doctoral thesis, or be at a comparable point in a research career. To be eligible, candidates should not, by that date, have spent more than a total of eight years in postgraduate study, teaching or research in the social sciences, and should not have previously held a research fellowship similar to that advertised. The Fellowships are equivalent to an Assistant Professorship in terms of academic standing, but they carry no teaching obligations.

    The Fellowships are normally to be taken up on 1st September 2006. The appointment will be for up to 3 years.

    Further particulars and the application form can be obtained from the College web page: or from the Administrative Officer, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF. Email: [email protected] Applications must be received by Friday 4 November 2005.

    The College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer.

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    CFP - Communication Yearbook 31

    Communication Yearbook 31 will feature state-of-the-discipline literature reviews of communication research. In particular, the volume will highlight reviews of research exploring communication concepts that span traditional “division” divides, issues of central importance to the accomplishment of communication in a variety of contexts and for diverse communicators throughout the world. The volume will also feature literature reviews that examine intersections of concepts and/or theories of central importance to the discipline of communication--reviews that detail how bodies of research can and should inform and enhance other scholarly areas as well as possible applications beyond the academy.

    Potential contributors may submit a narrative analysis or a meta-analysis; however, they should carefully integrate comprehensive and thoughtful synthesis and critique of core research findings as well as reflections on future directions for this area of scholarship in terms of theory and application. Potential contributors may certainly review relevant literature published in any language, but submissions must be written in English. Submissions must adhere to APA, 5th edition.

    Potential contributors must submit extended abstracts (e.g., 10-15 pages) or complete manuscripts (maximum of 70 pages) by November 15, 2005; however, early submissions are highly encouraged. If authors opt to submit an extended abstract, they should be sure to include (a) a compelling rationale for the value of the particular literature review for a global community of diverse communication scholars and practitioners, (b) a persuasive description of (and argument for) the bodies of scholarship that will be reviewed, and (c) a specific outline for the more developed chapter. Notably, the extended abstract does not need to reference all of the particular articles and/or books that may be reviewed, but it should provide clear explanation of how the literature review will be conducted and how relevant bodies of work will be selected.

    Please submit documents electronically via Word attachment to Dr. Christina S. Beck, Editor, Communication Yearbook 31, at [email protected] All documents must be prepared in advance for blind review, with all identifying aspects removed. Authors must mask references to their own works within the text. The title page must be submitted as a separate word document, and it should include all contact information (i.e., mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number) for all authors as well as a list of keywords for the submission.

    For more information about Communication Yearbook 31 or this call for submissions, please contact Dr. Beck at (740) 593-9167 or via e-mail at [email protected] Although electronic submissions are required, other correspondence may be sent, if desired, to: Dr. Christina S. Beck, Editor, Communication Yearbook 31, Ohio University, School of Communication Studies, 210 Lasher Hall, Athens, OH 45701.

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    CFP - Visual Communication: Rhetorics and Technology

    William A. Kern Conference Visual Communication: Rhetorics and Technology April 20-23, 2006 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York

    The 3rd bi-annual conference on Visual Communication: Rhetorics and Technology will be held in Rochester NY, April 20-23, 2006. This year's plenary sessions focus on resources for research and future directions for visual communication and rhetoric. Papers covering wider related topics are welcome. This conference seeks especially to illuminate connections between theory and practice of visual communication with theory and criticism of visual rhetoric, and both with the technologies used to create, reproduce, circulate and interact with visual messages. Practitioners of various modes of visual communication are especially welcome to submit presentations centered on their work and practice.

    As in the past, the conference will hold sessions at the George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, the Visual Studies Workshop, and various venues in Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Individual proposals for papers, panels and seminars will be considered. Please submit 3 copies of individual papers; abstracts of panel proposals including a description of the panel, an abstract of each presentation and contact information for all participants; and 1 page proposals for special seminars by January 15, 2006 to Diane S. Hope, Kern Professor in Communication, College of Liberal Arts, 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY. 14623. Direct inquires to Diane Hope ( [email protected]) or 585-475-6053. Or fax: 585-475-7732.

    Contact: Diane S. Hope ( [email protected]) website under construction

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    Catching up after time at AoIR

    Well today I am back in the office wondering how many days it will take to recover from the crazy intellectual fun of AoIR.  I'm basically worn out, I had a totally full dance card this year and I while I feel like I talked to many people I wish I had more time for in depth discussions with some of them and more than a passing hello with many more.  Oh well I learn by doing and next time I will be doing it differently.

    Over the next few days I will be posting notes from the conference and a large group of CFP's that arrived while I was out of touch.  It may take bit to get it all done because I have a completely packed calendar this week, along with the NCA paper to finish and a test to write.

    I think next week I will need some of the elixir that must behind the graphic...lord knows I always vote for health, strength, and vitality.

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    October 06, 2005

    CFP - Console-ing Passions, the international conference on television, video, audio, and new media

    Console-ing Passions, the international conference on television, video, audio, and new media, invites submissions for the 2006 conference to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    Dates:          May 25-27th, 2006
    Conference Location:    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists, Console-ing Passions works to create collegial spaces for new work and scholarship on culture and identity in television and related media, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.

    Since 1992, Console-ing Passions conferences have featured new research on feminist perspectives, including race and ethnicity, post-colonialism, queer studies, globalization, national identity, fusion genres, the social and cultural insertion of new  media, the historical development of media, and an ongoing feminist concern with gender dynamics in the production and consumption of electronic media (excluding cinema).

    Console-ing Passions¹ emphasis on electronic media reflects its mission to provide an alternative scholarly space to those centered on film; papers or projects that include film as part of a larger perspective are welcome but non-film media are the primary focus.

    Proposal Submissions:

    Individual Papers: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words along with a short bio.

    Panels: Please submit a rationale for the panel (3-4 papers) of no more than 150 words, as well as abstracts of 500 words for each paper and a short bio and contact information for each contributor.

    Workshops: Please submit a rationale for the workshop (a series of short, informal presentations on a related topic, meant to encourage discussion), along with individual abstracts of no more than 200 words and a short bio and contact information for each participant.

    Screenings of video, audio, or new media work: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short bio of the producer/director.

    All submissions must include an email message with the following information:
    name, affiliation, email address, and telephone number for the author, panel or workshop organizer, or producer/director for screenings.  Email message should also specify the audio/visual materials needed for the presentation.  Please be as specific about a/v needs as possible.

    All proposals must be saved as PDF files and attached to the email message.  All identifying information should be omitted from the PDF files for the purpose of blind review.  All must have a title.  Email message and PDF files should be labelled as follows:  your last name and the type of proposal (i.e. Smithpaper
    or Smithpanel or Smithworkshop or Smithscreening).

    Please submit all proposals to [email protected]

    Deadline for receipt of proposals is December 15, 2005.

    Please direct all questions about the conference and the submission process to [email protected].

    See the Console-ing Passions website: for more information about Console-ing Passions and the 2006 conference.

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    CFP - The Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

    The Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
    "Ethics, Politics and Human Subject Research In the New Millennium²
    The Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from May 3-6, 2006.
    The theme of the Second International Congress, "Ethics, Politics and Human Subject Research" builds on and extends the theme of the First International Congress which focused on ³Qualitative Inquiry in a Time of Global
    Uncertainty.² The 2006 Congress will explore experiences with and criticisms of Institutional Review Boards. It will question the over-reliance of audit cultures on evidence-based, neo-experimental models of inquiry. The 2006
    Congress will investigate new ways of decolonizing traditional methodologies. It will take up performative, feminist, indigenous, democratic and participatory forms of critical inquiry. The 2006 Congress
    will examine how these new forms of inquiry can advance the goals of social justice and progressive politics in this new century.
    Session Themes will include, but not be confined to these topics:
    alternative IRB models, interpretive inquiry and IRBs, disciplines and their ethical codes, active interviews, auto- and performance ethnography, arts-based inquiry, coloring and engendering epistemology, colonial and
    post-colonial epistemologies, critical performance narratives, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, cultural studies and critical pedagogy, democratic methodologies, discourse, ethnodrama, story, poetry, epistemology, oral history, queer, feminist and gender studies, focus groups, funding qualitative research, globablization, health care, grounded theory and social justice, human rights, indigenous studies, models of evidence, mixed-methodologies, participatory action research, policy studies, portraiture, post-human subjects, qualitative evaluation inquiry, qualitative health research, technology, mobility, memory, representation, working with multicultural populations.
    Half-day (morning and afternoon) pre-conference workshops (May 4) will precede the three-day Congress (May 4-6), which will consist of keynote, plenary, spotlight, featured, and regular sessions. There will also be opening and closing receptions and banquets, and a town hall meeting for the newly formed International Association of Qualitative Inquiry.
    We invite your submission of paper and session proposals. Session and paper submissions will be accepted online only from October 1 until December 1, 2005. Conference and workshop registration will begin December 1, 2005.To learn more about the Second International Congress and submit your paper or panel, please visit our website <>.

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    October 05, 2005

    The Blogosphere as a Carnival of Ideas

    A pro-blogging article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed?  Somebody get me a chair.  LOL

    But to dismiss blogging as a bad idea altogether is to make an enormous mistake. Academic bloggers differ in their goals. Some are blogging to get personal or professional grievances off their chests or ... to pursue nonacademic interests. Others, perhaps the majority, see blogging as an extension of their academic personas. Their blogs allow them not only to express personal views but also to debate ideas, swap views about their disciplines, and connect to a wider public. For these academics, blogging isn't a hobby; it's an integral part of their scholarly identity. They may very well be the wave of the future.
    < snip >
    Why are so many academics beginning to blog? Academic blogs offer the kind of intellectual excitement and engagement that attracted many scholars to the academic life in the first place, but which often get lost in the hustle to secure positions, grants, and disciplinary recognition. Properly considered, the blogosphere represents the closest equivalent to the Republic of Letters that we have today. Academic blogs, like their 18th-century equivalent, are rife with feuds, displays of spleen, crotchets, fads, and nonsenses. As in the blogosphere more generally, there is a lot of dross. However, academic blogs also provide a carnival of ideas, a lively and exciting interchange of argument and debate that makes many scholarly conversations seem drab and desiccated in comparison. Over the next 10 years, blogs and bloglike forms of exchange are likely to transform how we think of ourselves as scholars. While blogging won't replace academic publishing, it builds a space for serious conversation around and between the more considered articles and monographs that we write.

    Check out The Blogosphere as a Carnival of Ideas by Henry Farell for putting an appropriate spin on the future of academic blogging.

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    Visualization of the Katrina Diaspora

    A very cool information visualization of the where Katrina survivors are around the U.S. Data is taken from "more than 40,000 postings on Internet 'safe lists' by Katrina survivors. ePodunk analyzed messages containing both the person's hometown and the location after fleeing the storm."  The original graphic has mouseover capabilities, click on the image to check out the page.

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    A Wednesday morning meme

    You are Rerun!

    Which Peanuts Character are You?
    brought to you by Quizilla

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    October 04, 2005

    Introduce yourself at AoIR

    This is probably my last post before I leave for Chicago later today to attend the Association of Internet Researchers Conference.  If you are at AoIR look me up, I expect I will be the only 6'1'' redhead around the joint.  You will definitely know me because of my height but look in the back of the room, I'm usually the lurker sitting behind my laptop, blogging the session. My topics of special interest will be adolescents, blogging, and pedagogy so we should cross trails somewhere. 

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    Psychological pressure on child research subjects, would it happen now?

    Well here is another story I can use in my "Ethics and the IRB" presentations to Research Methods classes.  Apparently a study began in 1939 at the University of Iowa where the researcher, the late Wendell Johnson, taught orphaned kids to stutter so he could unravel the mystery of disorder by inducing it in his participants. 

    The study came to be known to his graduate research assistants as the "Monster Study."  Which while the press has banged on the idea of creating monsters, the nickname may also have come from the size of the study.  None of the reading I have done this morning gives me quotes from any of the grad students to contextualize the nickname.

    When I teach research ethics and IRB's we talk a lot about specific studies and I try to make students understand that many of the projects were considered ethical at the time they were done.  Now of course I am not saying they were right by any means, rather I think it is very easy for us to look at the studies like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and say to our selves, "I would never do anything like that."  We overlook that hundred and possibly thousands of people know about the study both within the university, and the federal government, as well as in the research community that read the published material from the study, and until the whistle was blown in 1972, few of those people raised a red flag that anything was wrong with the ethics of the study.  It was culturally accepted that the lowered status, both racial and social, of the participants made them appropriate sacrifices to use in the research.  In other words, I want my students to think long and hard about the ethics of each project they undertake not to cop-out with a blanket thought that they are better then the historical researchers we discuss.  In truth none of us is better nor were most of the historical researchers I use as examples evil monsters in any shape or form.  Most of them were good people trying to do good research.  Think on that for awhile.

    This hit my radar, admittedly somewhat belatedly, because of an Inside Higher Ed article about the lawsuits that have emerged after the nature of the "Monster Study" was made known.  Apparently the university has issued an apology but has also tried to argue that no financial redress is appropriate, in the case, since a 1939 state law foreclosed the participants from suing the state.  Well on Friday the Iowa Supreme Court, in the majority opinion,  ruled that "the research subjects had the right to sue because they sought legal relief promptly after learning what had happened, and that no Iowa statutes barred the suit."  This is not a finding on the merits of the case, just on the legal mechanism that will allow the case to progress through the courts.  It should be interesting to watch if the State of Iowa negotiates a settlement with the participants or if the legal system has to step in.

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    October 03, 2005

    Writeboard collaboration tool

    Writeboard makes it easy to...

    Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
    Compare different versions of a document
    Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
    Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
    Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration

    Writeboard is perfect for...

    Authors, journalists, PR folks, editors, and publishers
    Bloggers or freelance/independent writers
    Letter writers, songwriters, poets, comedians, creatives
    Students, professors, and groups collaborating on a paper

    Looks interesting for collaboration or maybe whitepaper dissemination. I will have to play with this more but it also looks like it might have pedagogical uses as well.

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    Restrained self promotion, is there such a beast

    It's one of those weird signs of self promotion.  LOL  Now when I go to conferences I sorta wish I had a spiffy embroidered shirt with ProLurker stitched on it.  Would defeat so many lurkers shouldn't advertise to much...and academic self promotion runs a really thin line between good and over the top.  But what can I say, how about a nice teal or dark pink with the new logo and title on it.  To bad Lands End doesn't seem to do custom embroidery anymore...another post Sears abandonment I assume.  Just like they stopped making great sweats or having amazing outlet stores.  *sigh*  Oh well it would cost an arm and a leg to have a couple made I'm sure but who really wanted that pair of Jimmy Choo's after all?

    p.s.  I'm not even close to a Jimmy Choo girl...hence the Birkenstock picture.  *w* 

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    Scary and amazing trackback spam texts

    I sure hope someone out there is doing a study on the text of trackback spam.  I've read them compared to poetry of sorts, which I can buy...especially those random words things which are pretty cool, if you completely overlook the fact that they are still spam.

    Well I get my share, as though any of us want a share, of "You may find it interesting to check out..." and "You are invited to visit some helpful info about..." trackback spam but today my junk folder contained the following two somewhat frightening texts.

    Unless you become as little Children, you can't see online casinos. All you need is faith and trust... and a little bit of < hyperlink removed >online casinos.

    Christian gambling spam? I knew it, I knew it all along. Replacing "god" with "online casinos" hummm usually it works in the reverse doesn't it?

    We encourage you to have your son come to spend a day at blackjack game. These visitation days are set up during the < hyperlink removed >blackjack game to give your son a view of a regular school day.

    Ok so you shouldn't actually send your sons to school, rather send them to an online blackjack game that somehow resembles school enough that it will give him a "view of a regular school day." Man school must have changed a lot since I was a teen if it now can be simulated during a blackjack game.

    I gather that the point of both of these messages is to bypass some filtering.  It clearly looks as though proper texts have been augmented with the spam hyperlink.  The first is a corruption of the a verse from the New Testament of the Christian Bible.  The second looks like part of a letter or email inviting perspective students to visit a school.  Those wily spammers....

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    October 02, 2005

    September Advisory Committee Update

    Another month under our belts.  Here is my completed September 2005 Advisory Committee Update for your personal enjoyment.

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    Genealogy tools

    I have an old connection to and resonance with genealogy.  First it is at it's core a research science, and often one of the only one's that was available to women.  Second I have previously mentioned that my great-aunt was a genealogist who traced the family all the way back to Troy.  Her life's work was to construct a complete and accurate picture of the family genealogy, to assist and be assisted by her colleagues in her work, and to produce written documentation of her results...sound a little familiar? 

    This great-aunt was on my mother's side of the family, sadly there is no one like her on my fathers side.  I have all of the information I could find about my paternal ancestors from family members in a database awaiting a time when it would be fun to work with it.  I originally thought it might be a useful project during dissertation...something different but still using some of the same mental muscles.  Maybe it will still be, though I have a tough time picturing that I will have the time.

    Either way, this mornings reading brought me a good source for searching information when the day comes that I work on this project.  ResearchBuzz pointed me to  Castle Garden was the NYC immigrant center before Ellis Island.  On either site you can do full or last name searches to find out information about the immigrant at their time of arrival including, date of arrival, name of the ship, age on arrival, and residence.  In doing a quick search on my last name I was pleased, and a bit surprised, to find that my family has a long history of naming girls Amelia, and it's variants.  One of my favorite aunts was named Amelia...I always liked the name.

    I wonder if there are similar tools for records from New Orleans?  The reason I wonder is that pre-1850's and post-Independence many, maybe even most, of the immigrants that ended up in the mid-west entered the country through the Port of New Orleans.  Similarly many entered through Charleston SC, though most of those folks ended up in the southeast.

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    Dilbert on blogging about your employer

    If you enjoy a good CMC related comic I strongly recommend today's (10.02.05) Dilbert.  It is a good overview on blogging and employment.

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    October 01, 2005

    Removing one more from the to-do list

    Well I said CAAW was "the last thing on the to-do list for the next 5 days [posted on Sept.29, 2005]. It just may not get done."  As of today I am officially removing CAAW from my to-do list.  No time to do good work, no need to keep worrying about it, there will be other such things in the future. 

    I still have the NCA paper to finish, though it is well on it's way conceptually.  I also have work to do for our BROG presentation at AoIR.  I still have to finalize my pedagogy presentation for AoIR.  And finally I have one last old lab to grade before I get me labs to grade.  I think I have enough to do so that I won't be sitting around twiddling my fingers.  LOL

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    Swimming to the Other Side

    I've been listening to Folk Alley, while I work on my NCA paper, and they just finished playing one of my favorite folk songs. I thought I would share it with you. One could go a long way toward an ethical life by following these words as guidepost. I often think through the lyrics and am working to integrate them into my being.  I haven't won the battle yet but I'm trying.

    Swimming to the Other Side
    Copyright Pat Humphries

    We are living 'neath the great Big Dipper
    We are washed by the very same rain
    We are swimming in the stream together
    Some in power and some in pain
    We can worship this ground we walk on
    Cherishing the beings that we live beside
    Loving spirits will live forever 
    We're all Swimming to the Other Side

    I am alone and I am searching
    Hungering for answers in my time
    I am balanced at the brink of wisdom
    I'm impatient to receive a sign
    I move forward with my senses open
    Imperfection it be my crime
    In humility I will listen, 
    We're all Swimming to the Other Side


    On this journey through thoughts and feelings 
    Binding intuition my head, my heart
    I am gathering the tools together
    I'm preparing to do my part
    All of those who have come before me
    Band together to be my guide
    Loving lessons that I will follow
    We're all Swimming to the Other Side


    When we get there we'll discover
    All of the gifts we've been given to share
    Have been with us since life's beginning and
    We never noticed they were there
    We can balance at the brink of wisdom
    Never recognizing that we've arrived
    Loving spirits will live forever
    We're all Swimming to the Other Side


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