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Links to my published articles online
List of Publications with Full Citations

(in press)
A Longitudinal Analysis of Weblogs: 2003-2004

Language Networks on LiveJournal

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

Time until my next publication submission deadline
8 December 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Links to my conference papers online
The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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

Time until my next conference submission deadline
1 December 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

My CiteULike Page

My Book2
New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

July 31, 2006

Class assignments for the Fall

Got the word today that my Social Informatics class was canceled due to low enrollment.  It's probably a good thing as it gives me more time to work on finishing my quals paper.  Though I'm really sort of bummed, I was looking forward to teaching a class in my general research area.  Oh will come around again.

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July 30, 2006

CFP - MiT5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age

MiT5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age 
an international conference
April 27-29, 2007
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CALL FOR PAPERS (submission deadline: Jan. 5, 2007)

Our understanding of the technical and social processes by which culture is made and reproduced is being challenged and enlarged by digital technologies. An emerging generation of media producers is sampling and remixing existing materials as core ingredients in their own work. Networked culture is enabling both small and large collaborations among artists who may never encounter each other face to face. Readers are
actively reshaping media content as they personalize it for their own use or customize it for the needs of grassroots and online communities.  Bloggers are appropriating and recontextualizing news stories; fans are
rewriting stories from popular culture; and rappers and techno artists are sampling and remixing sounds.

These and related cultural practices have generated heated contention and debate. What constitutes fair use of another's intellectual property?  What ethical issues are posed when sounds, images, and stories move from one culture or subculture to another? Or when materials created by a community or religious or ethnic tradition are appropriated by technologically powerful outsiders? What constitutes creativity and originality in expressive formats based on sampling and remixing? What obligations do artists owe to those who have inspired and informed their work and how much creative freedom should they exercise over their borrowed or shared materials?

One source of answers to such questions lies in the past -- in the ways in which traditional printed texts -- and films and TV shows as well -- invoke, allude to and define themselves against their rivals and
ancestors; and -- perhaps even more saliently -- in the ways in which folk and popular cultures may nourish and reward not originality in our modern sense, but familiarity, repetition, borrowing, collaboration.

This fifth Media in Transition conference, then, aims to generate a conversation that compares historical forms of cultural expression with contemporary media practices. We hope this event will appeal widely 
across disciplines and scholarly and professional boundaries. For example, we hope this conference will bring together such figures as:

Among topics the conference might explore:

Short abstracts of no more than 200 words for papers or panels should be sent via email to Brad Seawell at [email protected] no later than January 5, 2006. Brad can be reached by phone at 617-253-3521. Email submissions are preferred, but abstracts can be mailed to:

Brad Seawell
Cambridge , MA 02139

This will be our fifth media in transition conference. The previous conferences were the inaugural Media in Transition conference, MiT2: globalization and convergence, MiT3: television and MiT4: the work of

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July 27, 2006

CFP - The one I lost

CFP - The one I lostI was asked to post a CFP for a conference to be held later this year or maybe next Portugal, I think.  *sigh*  And through an annoying set of technological problems I lost the post...and the email...and the response email I sent.  SO if the person who asked me to post the CFP would resend the text I will get it online as soon as possible.  Ain't technology grand....Call for Papers I am tracking

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July 26, 2006

Link to Trust and Risk in the Workplace survey

Monica Whitty, Queen's University Belfast, asked me to post a link to her online survey. Take the time to check it out if you meet the criteria listed below.

Trust and Risk in the Workplace

If you are 18 years or over and currently live and work (full time/part time or casually) in Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, the UK, or USA, you are invited to fill out this survey. Only people who use a computer and/or laptop at work are invited to complete this survey.

A number of surveys have been run on internet usage, yet researchers still know little about how individuals use their work computers. The purpose of this study is to ascertain how individuals in different countries use their work computers and/or laptop computers. It also asks how they protect their work computers and/or laptops from security risks.

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FILLERS IN GRAMMAR AND DISCOURSE                                     
Panel Proposed at the 10th International Pragmatics Conference
8-13 July 2007, Goeteborg, Sweden

We would like to invite researchers interested in the role of fillers in grammar and discourse to submit abstracts for participation in a panel proposed for the 10th International Pragmatics Conference.  Contributions studying various types of fillers, their morphophonology, morphosyntax, pragmatics and/or diachronic development in a particular language or across a sample of languages are welcome. We would also be interested to have contributions from psycholinguists working on fillers in language acquisition and from neurolinguists who are interested in the use of repair strategies in lexical access failure.

If you are interested, please send one page abstract (with an optional additional page for data and references) by September 4, 2006 to  [email protected]

You will be informed on acceptance/rejection in the beginning of October, 2006.

Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
Hiroaki Kitano, Aichi University of Education (Japan)

If after the meeting there will be interest in publishing either a proceedings or a special journal issue, then the organizers will take responsibility of finding a suitable forum and will act as editors.

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July 24, 2006

CFP - Complexity Theory and Cultural Artifacts

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
March 8-11, 2007
Chicago, IL

Complexity Theory and Cultural Artifacts

Papers are sought which apply scholarship from the growing field of Complexity Studies (dealing with emergence, cultural complexity, protocol, control, information, technology, network theory) in their
analysis of mediated texts.  Of particular interest are papers which address the role of complexity and cultural artifacts in relation to multiculturalism, nationalism, transnationalism, postcolonialism, or
identity politics, as manifest withinin (or in relation to) the public sphere.

Proposals covering any media are welcome.  Please send a 150-250 word abstract plus a vita and bio statement to Dr. Mike S. DuBose at [email protected] by August 20, 2006.

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July 22, 2006

CFP - 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies

3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies
hosted by
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan U.S.A.
June 28-30, 2007

Conference Website:

Following the success of two prior conferences, we cordially invite submissions to the 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2007), hosted by Michigan State University. This biennial meeting serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities - both physical and virtual - and information and communication technologies.

C&T 2007 welcomes contributions from researchers in many fields, given the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of inquiries into the interaction between community and technology. Past meetings have involved researchers working in such areas as computer supported cooperative work, computer supported collaborative learning, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, human computer interaction, information systems, community informatics, knowledge management, and Internet studies; across such fields as anthropology, communication, computer science, economics, geography, information studies, information systems, management science, political science, psychology, sociology, and telecommunication. The conference program includes competitively selected, peer-reviewed papers, as well as workshops, tutorials, and a small number of invited speakers.

Important Dates:

November 13, 2006: Paper submission deadline

December 4, 2006: Deadline for submission of workshop proposals

Conference Themes:

There are many definitions of community. We focus on the notion of communities as social entities comprised of actors who share something in common: this common element may be geography, needs, interests, practices, organizations, or other bases for social connection. Communities are considered to be a basic unit of social experience. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can interact with communities in many complex ways. For example, ICTs can support community formation and development by facilitating communication and coordination among members. Conversely, the lack of attention to the surrounding community context may inhibit the design and effective use of ICT innovations. Hence, new research into the creation, use, and evaluation of ICTs aimed at community support is appearing at an increasing rate. New phenomena such as blogs, podcasting, smart mobs, and the popularity of social network software illustrate some of the new areas for research into the powerful and changing connections between community and technology. Empirical, conceptual, and design contributions are invited, involving a range of methodologies and approaches. These might include application designs, innovative frameworks, case studies, ethnographies, experiments, survey research, network analyses or economic studies.

Topics appropriate for submission to this conference are manifold. Examples of some of the vibrant areas of communities and technology research include, but are not limited to:

Submitting Papers and Workshop Proposals

Completed and original research papers of not more 20 pages must be submitted electronically to the conference website, and will undergo a peer review process. More information is available at the conference web site.

We also invite the submission of proposals for workshops, which will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2007, the first day of the conference. Workshops can be either half or full day in length and built around specific themes relevant to the conference. Workshop proposals should be 4 pages in length, and should define the theme(s) of the workshop, the main activities and goals, the background and contact information of the organizer(s), the maximum number of participants in the workshop, the means of soliciting participants, and the method of selecting participants. Proposals should also include a brief summary of no more than 150 words suitable for describing the workshop in the conference program.


The Communities and Technologies 2007 Proceedings will be published by Springer, and will be available both as a bound volume and online for global digital access.

Conference Organizers and Contact Information

The 2007 meeting is being co-organized by Charles Steinfield and Brian Pentland of Michigan State University, Mark Ackerman of the University of Michigan, and Noshir Contractor of the University of Illinois. Questions regarding C&T 2007 should be sent to the conference email address, which is [email protected]

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July 21, 2006

CFP - 9th International General Online Research 2007

 9th International GOR Conference
         GOR 07
March, 26-28,2007
at University of Leipzig, Germany


Organized by:

German Society for Online Research - DGOF e.V.

local organizers:

Prof. Dr. M. Haller
Prof. Dr. G.Heyer
Dr. M. Welker


Conference topics include theories, methods, and findings concerning social and business aspects of
the Internet and mobile communication.

The aim of the conference is to document the progress of Internet science, innovative developments, and practical experience.

Traditionally, GOR conferences have been excellent opportunities for dialogue between:

- researchers and users of Internet science
- universities and companies
- customers and suppliers.

Conference Languages: English, German

Paper presentations, roundtable presentations, posters, and sessions can be proposed on the following topics:

A: The Internet as a Research Tool

Online Market Research and Social Research
- Methods' Effects of Online Data Collection
- Mobile Data Collection
- Statistical Biases in Online Sampling
- Best Practice Examples
- Innovative Data Collection Tools
- Online Access Panels
- Quality Standards
- Data Mining
- Online Experiments
- Mixed Mode Studies

B: The Internet Measured

- Indices of the Digital Divide(s) and Digital Inequality
- Use of Logfiles and Databases
- Indices of the Information Society
- Measurement of Range of Coverage
- Measurement of Online Social Networks
- Diffusion of Visual Online & Mobile Communication

C: The Internet in its Context

Internet, Mobile Communication, and Civil Society
- Online Groups & Online Communities
- Social Networks and Relationships Online & Offline
- Digital Inequality
- E-Democracy
- Internet, Social Movements, and Collective Action
- Internet & Science

Electronic & Mobile Business
- E-Business
- Evaluation of Web-Sites and E-Commerce
- Mobile Commerce
- Electronic Customer Relationship Management

Internet & Mobile Communication in Everyday Life
- Mobile & Online Entertainment
- Social and Psychological Effects of Internet Use
- E-Health
- E- & M-Learning
- New Forms and Formats: Internet-TV, Blogs, Podcasts, RSS etc.

Internet & Mobile Communication in Organizations
- Online Employee Surveys
- Virtual Teams & Online Communities of Practice
- Online Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Management
  in Organizations

Internet and Journalism
- Search Engines, Search Strategies, and Social Outcomes
- Computer Assisted Reporting
- Analytical Reporting and Data-Mining
- Automats, Robots, and Journalism
- Text Mining and Journalism
- Semantic Webs and Topic Maps
- Digital Censorship


We ask for 4 types of submissions.

1.) Paper Presentations
Paper presentations of research results include an oral presentation of max. 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion time.

Selected contributions will be invited to submit their paper for publication in an international English
language conference proceedings' volume or in an international English language journal.

2.) Posters
Posters will be discussed at fixed times.  The best poster(s) will be awarded by an independent jury. Prize total: EUR 500,-.

3.) Complete Session Proposals
There is the opportunity to propose a group of (3-5) interrelated paper presentations within one session.

4.) Roundtable presentations
These short oral presentations of 10 minutes include work in progress reports. 3-5 related reports will be discussed at one Roundtable.

There will be tutorial workshops covering key methods of Internet Science. The workshops will take place March 26, 2007.

Participation in workshops is not free of charge and the number of participants will be limited.  Registered visitors of the conference have priority.  More information is available at

Exhibition Stand Space:
Companies will have the opportunity to book exhibition stand space for presentations of products or services. More information is available [email protected]

Social Events and Membership Meeting:
The traditional early-bird-meeting will take place in the evening of March 26, 2007. During this meeting visitors and participants will have the opportunity to socialize with colleagues and meet with other researchers.

On Tuesday 27th March 2007, there will be a social event in the evening which will include dinner and dancing.

During the conference there will be a meeting of the members of the German Society for Online Research. The members will receive additional information about the meeting at a later date.

                   Submission Guidelines

If you would like to contribute to the conference by presenting a paper, roundtable report, a poster, or a
complete session please submit (an) abstract(s) electronically no later than:

                    September 30th 2006


Abstracts should contain no more than 350 words. The abstract has to be written in English language. An additional German language version is appreciated, if possible.

Authors may present in English or German. In any case the transparencies of the paper presentaions have to be in English language.

Abstracts can be only submitted via the Web-based online tool located at the GOR-Website. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international board.

Authors will receive notification of acceptance by:

                    November 30, 2006.

The preliminary program will be posted by January 1st, 2007 at the following URL:


Accepted oral presentation transparencies or Power-Point files in English are to be sent
by February 17th 2007.

Conference Fees:

Conference fees include tax, conference materials, two lunches, conference dinner, drinks and snacks during breaks.

Researchers: 180 Euros
Students: 90 Euros
Presenting participants: 145 Euros (first authors only)
Commerical participants (e.g. company representatives, free-
consultants): 465 Euros

Participants living in the EU will have to pay full conference fees in advance. Other participants may pay their fees on the conference date at the venue. Day tickets are not available.

DGOF members are subject to a 20% conference fee reduction (membership application forms can be found at:

Early registrants (excluding DGOF members), who register before January 20, 2007 receive a fee reduction of 15%.

For first authors there are special deadlines for registration:

After notification of acceptance (Nov. 30, 2006) first authors can register immediately. First authors who register no later than December 15, 2006 receive a fee reduction of 15% (not valid for DGOF members). First authors have to register no later than December 31, 2006.

Registration for all other participants will begin on January 1st 2007. Further detailed information will be
posted continually at the following URL:

Important deadlines:

09/30/06                         Deadline for abstract submission

11/30/06                         Feedback on acceptance /
                                     Registration of authors begins

01/01/07                         Preliminary program will be published /
                                     General registration begins

03/26/06-03/28/06           Conference + workshops

Summary of contacts:

Conference Website,
Abstract submission, Workshops:
Business activities &
any further questions:                      [email protected]

Uwe Matzat
Sociology Section
Department of Technology Management
Eindhoven University of Technology
P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
email: [email protected]

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July 20, 2006

From The Age - Ten signs you're tech obsessed

Are you tech obsessed?  Lord knows I am...a which came first issue, i.e. am I tech obsessed because I'm an IT pro?  Or am I an IT pro because I'm tech obsessed?  LOL

Here are The Age newspaper's ten signs to tell if you too are tech obsessed, check out the full article for a detailed discussion of each point...they are pretty funny:

  1. You forget basic bodily functions
  2. You collect ridiculous accessories
  3. You check your email on Sunday... at 3 am
  4. You know your mates by their online handles rather than their real names
  5. Your favorite song goes "beep"
  6. Instead of laughing, you say "LOL"
  7. You answer your mobile phone when you're on a date
  8. You change their outfits depending on their mood
  9. You own a BlackBerry
  10. You speak in a secret language

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July 19, 2006

New publications to check out

First, if you are interested in blogs and blogging you HAVE to check out:

Lenhart, Amanda & Fox, Susannah (2006, July 19). Bloggers: A portrait of the internet's new storytellers. PEW Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved from

It has some very usable stats that will undoubtedly turn up in lots of academic work during the upcoming year.  In particular I love the following chart:

And on other news.  I have in my hands an actual hardcover copy of Digital Generations:  Children, Young People, and New Media.  It's great fun to see my byline in print on a solo piece.  Oh and David Buckingham's introductory article "Is there a digital generation?" is a must read for any youth researcher.

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July 18, 2006

CFP - International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

I am pleased to send you the attached formal announcement for the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to be held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney from July 2 - 5, 2007.  The theme of the conference is: "Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning."

The conference will bring together academics from all disciplines in higher education, senior administrators, professional staff and postgraduate students to explore research findings in the scholarship of teaching and learning and the impact of this research in higher education.

The keynote speakers for 2007 are: 

We expect an attendance of 600+ delegates from Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Asia, China, India, South America and South Africa.  This is the first time the conference will be held in this part of the world. 

The call for abstracts and registration information will be available in October.  Please feel free to contact me should you require any further information.

I hope you will be able to join us at this event and look forward to welcoming you.

With best wishes,
Kathy Takayama [email protected]

ISSOTL Regional Vice President (Australasia)
Chair, 2007 ISSOTL Conference

Senior Lecturer
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
The University of New South Wales
Sydney  NSW  2052

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July 13, 2006

Adolescents in MySpace: Identity Formation, Friendship and Sexual Predators - Report

apophenia has an interesting link to a report on some MySpace research.  If you are interested in MySpace or adolescents online or online predidation check out:

Rosen, L. D. (2006, June). Adolescents in MySpace: Identity Formation, Friendship and Sexual Predators. California State University, Dominguez Hills, Psychology Department. Retrieved July 13, 2006 from

The findings raise many additional questions and don't answer one of my personal burning questions - what percentage of online solicitation of teens is by non-teens?  My experience in chats tells me that most solicitaiton is from other teens, which is not what the watch-dog groups what us to believe.

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Movable Type 3.3

Apparently it is upgrade time again.  *sigh*  I know, I know it's a good thing but gezzz the chance of messing something up is to high.  Oh well, I will probably work on this in a week or so...and then I too can be using the latest and greatest, Movable Type 3.3.

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Another one bites the dust...and joins academia

My friend and colleague Andy Kurtz has accepted a tenure-track position with the School of Informatics at Indiana University Kokomo beginning this fall.  IUK is a regional campus of Indiana University. Way to go Andy!  Have fun in Kokomo!


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Back in the quals saddle

After three-weeks at home, three-weeks with lots of running to catchup for being gone for six-weeks, I am finally back to work on the quals paper.  Today I updated page numbers for citations that have been published since I received the pre-press version I cited in the draft.  Tedious work but it has to be done.  I have one more edited volume that I need to associate with the pre-press version , and which I don't have in hardcopy, but it's one my work is in so I hope a hardcopy is forthcoming.

I hope to actually do some original writing tomorrow...well as much as one can ever call original in a lit review.  LOL  Then it's back to reading next week so I can tackle the next section.  In between I need to do syllabi for the fall...there is always something isn't there.

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July 12, 2006

CFP - Digital Feminisms: Gender and New Technologies

The complexity of new technologies has altered the way we think about time, space and ourselves in the digital age. Whether it is business, media, entertainment, advocacy, art, education, social action, politics, paid and unpaid work, or a myriad of other sites of contention, the ability of new technology to converge with and transform past, present and future ways of interacting with the world in which we live has immense and wide-ranging implications.

Given this context, we are seeking contributions to a special issue of Atlantis focused on Gender and New Technologies. We invite submissions that contribute to an inquiry on how new technologies have informed gender's self expression and histories; affected gender, race and culture; influenced the representation of gender; and changed the way in which gender issues are viewed or pursued. In pursuit of a diverse and wide-ranging debate, the issue seeks contributions from a broad range of areas, including Women's Studies, Gender Studies, New Media, Cultural, Film and Communications Studies, History, Visual Arts, Computer Science and any other area relevant to the discussion. Given the complexities of new technologies, we wish to encourage submissions that think across geographical divides, histories and media, including (but not limited to) the Internet, digital arts, locative media, WiFi, aesthetic and narrative analysis, film, video, television, educational software/delivery, medical technologies, and visual and digital art.

Interdisciplinary approaches combining target areas are also welcomed. 
Possible topics for this issue include, but are not limited to:

All contributions should be accessible to an audience from many different backgrounds interested in participating in the creation and sharing of feminist knowledge. Atlantis articles are peer reviewed. They contribute to a publication that strives to meet the most significant academic and feminist expectations of our colleagues. Articles submitted for consideration must be no longer than 6000 words (including notes, references, appendices, etc.) and must be typed double-spaced. Please send submissions, in sextuplicate, addressed to Cecily Barrie at the Atlantis address below.

Information regarding the contributors' guidelines may be found at the web site (, or by contacting the Atlantis office.

Please note: When an article is accepted for publication in Atlantis, we ask that the contributor subscribe to the journal for one year. Like many other journals, our fiscal base is vulnerable. Subscribers to Atlantis create the possibility for the dissemination of feminist knowledge in the form of peer reviewed articles, community voices, curriculum reflections and book reviews. As contributors of peer reviewed articles, their subscriptions will assist in keeping the journal in print and available to the larger community of feminist thinkers and doers. In exchange, they will receive both the spring and fall editions plus an extra copy of the edition carrying their article.

GUEST EDITORS:      Sheila Petty and Barbara Crow
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  February 1, 2007

Institute for the Study of Women / Mount Saint Vincent University  Halifax NS Canada B3M 2J6 / tel: 902-457-6319 fax: 902-443-1352

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July 09, 2006

Pagosa Springs to Lake City CO

I have about a 100 pictures from the drive back from Colorado to Indiana.  I'm going to break them up into each day's drive so I don't swamp slower connections. The first day I drove from Pagosa Springs CO to Lake City CO. Day two was from Lake City CO to Pueblo CO. On day three I left the mountains behind and spent the night in Wichita KS. Day four took me to Pinebluffs MO and the next day brought me home. I said it was a fairly circuitous route.
The route from South Fork to Lake City is listed as one of the prettiest scenic drives in Colorado, and I agree. I had wanted to do this drive because Lake County, of which Lake City is the only population center, is the least populated county in the United that appeals to me. LOL I started taking pictures after I cleared South Folk and was heading north. This route had very little a few motorcycles and an occasional passenger vehicle. Sweet...
I stopped to grab this pic on a causeway that lead between the highway and a camp ground. Great view.
I pulled into the campground to use the facilities and take a walk around to stretch my legs. I was a nice place but totally uninhabited at that time. After a nice walk I pulled back on the highway which wound down the mountains and around the campground, below the campground I came around the curve to find a large Black Bear lumbering across the road heading up to where I had just been. I saw it and it saw did an evaluation and decide that my Blue Insight was a threat. Once that decision was made it hit high speed and ran up the mountain. Of course it flashed across my brain that I should turn around and go back to the camp ground for pictures...of course I realized that would be completely insane and kept going.
Further down the mountain I stopped at an overlook for more pictures.
This marker is located on Slumgullion Pass at 11,000. Two thousand feet below is Lake City...named for Lake San Cristobal.
I stopped at Windy Pass Overlook and took more pictures.
There is a trail that heads up into the mountains for a better "overlook" view. At this point I was getting very tired so I passed on even a short hick. As I headed down into town I started rethinking my plan to press on to Pueblo for the night.
Lake San Cristobal was created about 700 years ago when an earthflow blocked the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The earthflow is still moving but apparently no longer leads to the lake.
 Another scenic overlook at a lower elevation.
This historical marker is located where in February 1874, Alfred Packer killed five men as he lead them from Salt Lake City to Los Pinos Indiana Agency, South of Gunnison CO. Welcome to the WILD West.
This is the official marker with the names of the victims.
Lake City is a small town with fewer than 400 residents. I was told that the town mostly empties out in the winter since temps routinely hit -20.  Not surprising at this elevation, 8000+.
I stopped at the Tic Toc Diner for lunch. The food was very good and the decor was interesting.
I took this shot of the Tic Toc's menu with their story on the front.
My next leg of the drive was around Lake San Cristobal itself. This is a highly photogenic lake and estuary.
I loved the harmony of this shot...the curves of moss against the curves of the rock.
I was really tired by this point so I decided to stay over in Lake City. It took a couple of stops but I found a cabin at the Wagon Wheel Resort.
A shot from the front door of the cabin looking at the mountains.
The Cottonwood seeds were falling so thick they were like snow on the ground. I was really cool to watch.
A couple of shots inside the two bedroom cabin.  Now for a good nights sleep in a beautiful locale with cool nights.

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CFP - Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media - Traversing Narrative Media


The online journal REFRACTORY is seeking contributions regarding narrative in cinema, television and new media. We invite a variety of approaches and topics, but are particularly interested in essays that explore new areas and objects of narrative study, or offer new perspectives on existing debates.

For example, certain theorists have suggested that narrative is increasingly displaced in the age of digital media, or that narrative’s claim on early cinema has been overstated. These debates intertwine with arguments regarding the depletion of narrative’s influence within postmodern image culture. How do these arguments relate to what may appear to be, from some perspectives, the strange perseverence of narrative in contemporary culture? How is narrative reframed within that culture, and how do shifts in our conception of narrative alter our understanding of existing debates and texts?

The potential scope of analysis is very broad: published essays may offer close analysis of individual works, for example, or address wider theoretical or historical questions.

Possible areas for consideration:

Please submit completed articles of 3,000-7,000 words to the guest editor Allan Cameron ([email protected]) electronically as a rich text format document by July 31 2006. Articles should be formatted using the Chicago Author-Date System (see Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed). Refractory is a fully refereed journal. All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed before acceptance.

Allan Cameron
Cinema Studies Department
The School of Art History, Cinema, Classics and Archaeology
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Refractory website:

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July 06, 2006

Watching the docked Space Shuttle & International Space Station pass over

Hubby and I just came back inside from watching the docked Space Shuttle & International Space Station combo pass over. It's very cool to watch the bright light moving across the sky. Check out the Heavens Above site (registration required) to find out when it is visible where you are located.

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Pictures around Pagosa Springs

During my stay I snapped a variety of pictu around Pagosa Springs. These are not necessarily sequential nor do they tell a coherent least they don't tell me one at the moment.
Every other morning I started out my day with a nice soak at the hot springs. There were two routes between the house and The Springs, you could stay on the highways or go out Hotsprings Road. I usually choice the latter. This picture is going in from the house toward town. I actually snapped the picture to get a clear shot of the mountains, the layers of mountains actually. Sadly that part didn't come out very well.
On the same road this view looks up toward Reservoir Hill.
On the east side of town there are still some working ranches. This one had several old buildings. I'm not totally sure they were really old but they were pretty...I love the old abandoned building look.
Still on Hotsprings Road coming up on I-84, the ranch in the distance is known as The Blue Ranch. All of the buildings are painted the same shade of blue. I bet it gorgeous when there is snow.
The view outside the living room windows of the house were amazing at sunset. I have never seen colors like this outside an old master painting. I had thought Hawaii sunsets were the best but I think these beat them.
The Columbine's were beginning to bloom in the yard right as I left.
These shots are looking down at Pagosa Springs from Reservoir Hill.
When I first moved into the house I amuzed a friend of mine in PA. I kept saying that there were critters at my feeder that I couldn't identify. They had the body of a chipmunk and the head of a squirrel and were about half the size of our squirrels. Turns out they are Gold Mantled Squirrels. I snapped this picture from my workspace looking out the dining room doors. The frame you see around the squirrel is actual the back of a ladder-back dining chair.

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Elwood Pass - Post 2

Ok as I said, I consider the trip to have been a success ane I can't wait to go back though next time I'm driving a different route.  There is a route that would le tme go from New Mexico to Summitville then down via Elwood Pass.  I almost took it this time but I was worried about total drive time as it covers over 100 miles and you don't drive these roads quickly.  Might have to be a two-day trip.

It got really interesting, intellectually, when I got back to town after the drive.  I was talking about my trip and several people were appalled that I would have gone up alone.  I was somewhat amazed given my earlier discussions, see Elwood Pass - Post 1.  I asked why but never got sound logic.

Let me say first that I totally understand why one should never go hiking alone.  Having a buddy makes perfect sense to me, you get injured and there will be someone there to hike out and get least you hope that only one of you in incapacitated.  But on a driving tour, two people in one vehicle is equivalent to one hiker.  If something happens with the vehicle either both will be hiking or neither...there isn't a lot of gray area here. 

I admit I would do it again alone...though with some further preparedness.  Including making sure I can change a tire.  Though on these drives the roads are not so isolated that it would be days before someone came along...more like hours at the most.  In truth I saw far more traffic on the East Fork Road than I did on the Plumtaw Piedra Loop.  Kinda funny that.

Oh well, I have every intention of being back in the high mountains again on the next trip.

And on a note of nearly full disclosure, I have no doubt that had I searched on "Elwood Pass" rather then "scenic drives" "Pagosa Springs," I might have throught more before I started out on the drive.  Sites that discuss Elwood Pass make a point of talking about how difficult the road can be.  The Durango Herald did a story on an excursion to Elwood Pass, interestingly they turned around very close to the spot where I did the same.

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Elwood Pass - Post 1

Ok before I went to Colorado I had said I wasn't going to head up into the high mountains by myself. Well once I was there I realized how comfortable I feel in the mountains so I decided I was going to do some research to see if it was do-able. In my research I read several sites that discussed scenic drives around Pagosa Springs and found that they recommended having a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance (as though there are lots of low-clearance 4-wheel drives), no problem there they can easily be rented. I talked to some of the folks I met in town who said they didn't see why it you be a problem to drive to Summitville via Elwood Pass, just have a 4x4. I also spent some time talking to the folks at the Forest Service Office who agreed that it was a workable solo drive in a 4x4. Hubby said go for it so I did.
This first set of pictures were taken near the beginning of the route. The route basically parallels the East Fork of the San Juan River so there is almost always water on the right of the drive up the mountain. At this point the road is a nice 1.5 to 2 lane dirt most non-highway roads in Colorado...this does change though as you go up the mountain. You will see as we ascend.
The weather had been damp but not stormy as I started out. It was cool driving up the canyon as I listened to KSUT's 30th Anniversary Celebration on the radio, until I lost the radio reception. The program opened with a Native American Drum group and I loved the combination of driving with the windows down listening to the sounds of the mountains while the drums played.
As you head further up the mountain you pass through a privately held ranch called Piano Creek. The pictures don't do this property justice it is devastatingly gorgeous. Recently the owners gave up their plan to make it a golf club...I'm really glad they did so. Though it looks like shares are available in the property. The Durango Herald did a story on the history of the Piano Creek Ranch's name which is well worth a read particularly in light of the rest of my story.  *w*
This shot looks back toward the western entrance to the property and the old homestead site.
Still on the ranch and gaining altitude.
This sign marks the history of Elwood Pass, this site gives you the same info with better detail. It also says that a trip from Summitville to Pagosa Springs over Elwood Pass once took 3 weeks to make the 30 mile trip...the road can be that difficult for a wagon.
I took a side trip up Quartz Meadow Road.
I came around a bend and there they were...peaks with snow. I love the Rockies, I think I might have said that once or twice. LOL
The Quartz Meadow Trailhead is located in a beautiful meadow...hence the name I'm sure.
I actually had to ford this stream to get to the meadow and to get out. Of course I only took a pic going out. It was a bit scary going through the first time...the water splashed on to the hood of the truck though it was splash not underwater. Much of this drive could be a metaphor for life - more on that one later - but in this case the chant...just "floor it and go," worked nicely.
Back on East Fork Road, heading to the Pass.
I took this pic so you could see the road...which was really more of a stream bed at this point than anything I would have called a road.
Gotta love Aspens.
Another ford, faster but much shallower than the Quartz Creek ford. After this the road started going up steeply. Ahead of me I saw a Bronco-like truck stopped in the road with people walking up the road ahead of the truck. I stopped and got out so we could confab. In the truck was a couple who were deciding if they could make it up the mountain with a front-wheel drive vehicle...the answer was no. As we were talking I realized they had kids in the car, it looked like three kids under seven as I saw their heads sticking out of the windows. Why you would decide this was a good outing for really young kids is totally beyond me. We decided I would backup to the ford and let them come back and turnaround. Then I could go on forward up the canyon.
I decided to grab a shot of the truck, while I was waiting for them to backup and turnaround. LOL
Looking up the "road" where the truck had been stopped. After this the road got much dicier. It was very narrow with sheer drops on the right as I headed up the mountain. At several points I was repeating to myself that there was no place to turnaround so the only alternative was to press-on...not a bad metaphor for much of life. Oh have I mentioned that I'm afraid of heights? LOL

Well I keep pressing on up the canyon and I hit a rock shelf that I could not get the truck to go over. I did a couple of unsuccessful runs when I got out to study the shelf and find the best way over it.

At that point a Bronco met me coming down from the pass. I walked up and met one of the gentlemen from the truck as he walked down to meet me. We discussed how to negotiate the road so that we could pass and each be on our way. He suggested that I pull way over on the right edge of the road so they could go by on the left. I explained to him that I couldn't do that...I would let them pull it up and one of them could pull it off on the edge of the canyon but I couldn't do it. Of course he was staring at me at that point asking what I was doing in the mountains if I was scared of fear should stop me flat. I know my limits...on the road I can do it...on the grass next to the lip we have problems. So we settled that they would pull by me on the right so I didn't have to go off on that edge.

He was watching me as I made three runs on the shelf before I got over it and when I did his eyes got really see I was driving on a blown tire. The road is so rough I had not noticed that the tire had blown probably 0.25 miles before we met. At that earlier point I had hit something in the road that had bounced the truck a bit to the right and then we had gone forward with no noticeable problems...that is probably when the tire blew.

Lucky for me the Bronco held four guys who were in the mountains camping with 40 of their friends...most were firefighters from Fort Worth TX. They volunteered to change the tire for me, which I accepted. I realized as I watched them that I haven't changed a tire on a car, never on a truck, in many years. I have no idea how to use a scissors jack, a point which I will be remedying shortly, nor do I think I have enough upper-body strength to loosen the lugs on a 4x4.

I grabbed this shot while they were working on the truck. As you can see there are pipeline warning signs along this part of the route. Not sure where the pipeline is exactly, or how one would dig a trench for the pipe, OR why would would take pipe along this route.
After the tire blew and was changed out, it seemed wise to turnaround and head back down the canyon and home to Pagosa Springs. I could call this trip a failure because I didn't achieve my goal of reaching Summitville but I consider it a huge win. I had a great time driving and I learned a few things about my self.
  1. I am not afraid of heights rather I am afraid of falling. I can stand on the edge of a sheer drop if I feel secure against falling.
  2. I have very limited vision in my right eye and that seems to play into my discomfort. I think my brain is in a constant state of "Oh shit" when the sheer drop is on my right.
  3. I am far more uncomfortable going up than I am coming down.
  4. All of these points proved true whether I on this road or on a four-lane highway going over a pass.

I grabbed this shot because it was a nice picture leading into Piano Creek Ranch.

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Why I love Falcon Northwest Computers (fan letter)

In 2003, after a history of melting (literally in a couple of cases) desktop computers I finally figured out that

  1. I'm a power user, and
  2. I have way more in common with gamers, as computer users, than I do with most standard desktop users. SO
  3. I did my research and I bought a Falcon Northwest computer.  A decision I have never regretted. 

I've been so happy with this computer and with the company's support, that I had decided my next computer will be a Falcon Northwest as well.  Well my decision has been underlined in the last couple of months.  Before I left for Colorado my desktop died.  I took it to my local repair guy who told me that I had dead transistors on my MOBO AND let me know that I might still be under warranty.  The "might" was because while my computer was still under warranty when the desktop died it was not under warranty when he called me...what a difference a week can make. 

I called and the company agreed that it would be warranty work.  BUT that wasn't nearly as simple an answer as it may have seemed.  You see to replace the MOBO they also had to replace the system's memory, it had had RAMBUS ram, and with the new MOBO a new video card was required.  So once the fixes were in I got the guts for a new machine, which rolls my new purchase back a bit possibly to post-dissertation.  Life is good.

If you are a power user or a gamer I highly recommend Falcon Northwest computers.  They aren't cheap but if you live and die by your computer they are worth ever penny.  Oh and they have a really fun "build your own computer" site which I play with just for the fun of it.

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July 05, 2006

Blanco Basin Road

Later in the day after completing the Plumtaw Piedra Loop I took a spin up the Blanco Basin Road. I didn't take lots of pictures. What can I say I was tired and even though I love the mountains after awhile the views become pretty similar...when you do a picture marathon.
I had seen this freeloading plant in several spots throughout the day. However this was the first time I could get a good picture. Not sure what it is but it was growing in a Lodgepole Pine.
You can see that it was getting really hazy as the day wore on. This pic has been Photoshopped to clean it up, but only on run through the automatic cleaner...anything else would be too much processing for me.
This shot was snapped as I came back down the road and got below the haze.
Last shot of the day and then home to get some sleep before the big day, tomorrow.

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July 03, 2006

CFP - Writing Research Across Borders

Writing Research Across Borders
February 22-24, 2008
University of California Santa Barbara

Conference website;

Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2007
Email: [email protected]

Recent decades have seen the growth of writing studies in many nations, focused on all levels of education, and all uses of writing in society, using the resources of many different disciplines. This increased research attention to writing reflects an increased recognition of the importance of writing in modern societies. Yet to a large extent the many emerging traditions of writing research have neither connected fully nor shared their work.

This conference brings together the many writing researchers from around the world, drawing on all disciplines, and focused on all aspects ofwriting at all levels of development and in all segments of society. This will be an opportunity to learn from different research traditions, share our findings, seek common agendas, and lay the groundwork for future communication and alliances.

As a first step to building this important conversation we have invited some of the leading writing researchers, and those listed at the bottom of this call have already committed to participating.

We are now issuing an open call for proposals for panels, roundtables, individual presentations, and poster presentations addressing

We anticipate a program of up to two hundred and fifty presentations.

Proposals to present current research should specify research questions, methods, data corpus, and findings, as well as the scope and duration of the research project. Proposals to provide overviews of and reflections on research traditions and agendas should identify clearly the relevant literatures to be considered.

Proposals for individual and poster presentations should be from 250 to 500 words in length and panel and roundtable proposals, 500 to 1000 words. Please indicate your preferred format.

Proposals should be sent by May 1, 2007 via email to [email protected] .Please include complete contact information.

For further information please visit our conference website:
If you have any questions contact us at [email protected]

INVITED SPEAKERS already committed to participating:

Paula Carlino, Argentina, University of Buenos Aires
Caroline Channock, Australia, Latrobe
Rosemary Clerehan, Australia, Monash University
Luuk van Waes, Belgium, University of Antwerp
Angela Dionisio, Brazil, UFP, Recife
Angela Kleiman, Brazil, Unicamp-Sao Paulo
Marilyn Chapman, Canada, University of British Columbia
Graham Smart,Canada, Carleton University
Denis Alamargot, France, University of Poitiers
Michel Fayol, France, University Blaise Pascal
Frederic Francoise, France, Université de Paris V
Annie Piolat, France, University de Provence
Sylvie Plane, France, IUF de Paris
Yves Reuter, France, Université Lille
Joachim Grabowski, Germany, University of
Education, Heidelberg, GermanyPietro
Boscolo, Italy, University of Padua
Emilia Ferreiro, Mexico, National Polytechnic Institute
Gert Rijlarsdam, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam
Lisa Emerson,New Zealand, Massey University
Olga Dysthe, Norway, University of Bergen
Rochelle Kapp, South Africa, University of Cape Town
Liliana Tolchinsky, Spain, University of Barcelona
Linda Allal, Switzerland, Universite de Geneve
Otto Kruse, Switzerland, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Switzerland
David Galbraith, UK, University of Staffordshire
Ken Hyland, UK, University of London
Roz Ivanic, UK, Lancaster University
Theresa Lillis, UK, Open University
Brian Street, UK, Kings College- London
Mark Torrance, UK, University of Staffordshire
Arnetha Ball, USA, Stanford University
Charles Bazerman, USA, University of California Santa Barbara
Anne Beaufort,USA, SUNY Stony Brook
Carol Berkenkotter, USA, University of Minnesota
Virginia Berninger, USA, University of Washington
Sheridan Blau,USA, University of California Santa Barbara
Ulla Connor, USA, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Christiane Donahue, USA, University of Maine, Farmington
Ann Dyson, USA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jill Fitzgerald, USA, University North Carolina Chapel Hill
Steve Graham, USA, Vanderbilt
Kris Gutierrez,USA, University of California Los Angeles
Christina Haas, USA, Kent State University
Richard Haswell, USA, TAMU Corpus Christi
John R. Hayes, USA, Carnegie Mellon University
George Hillocks, USA, University of Chicago
Tom Huckin, USA, University of Utah
Susan Jarratt, USA, University of California Irvine
Ilona Leki, USA, University of Tennessee
Paul LeMahieu, USA, University of California Berkeley
Andrea Lunsford, USA, Stanford University
Karen Lunsford, USA, University of California Santa Barbara
Charles MacArthur, USA, University of Delaware
Paul Matsuda, USA, University of New Hampshire
Debra McCutcheon, USA, University of Washington
Heidi McKee, USA, Miami University
Sandy Murphy, USA, UC Davis
Bill Nagy, USA, Seattle Pacific University
Sondra Perl, USA, CUNY Graduate Center
Jim Porter, USA, Michigan State University
Paul Prior, USA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
David Russell, USA, State University
Rebecca Rickly, USA, Texas Technological University
Tony Silva, USA, Purdue University
Peter Smagorinsky, USA, University of Georgia
Melanie Sperling, USA, University of California Riverside
Clay Spinuzzi, USA, University of Texas Austin
John Swales, USA, University of Michigan
Chris Thaiss, USA, University of California Davis
Gary Troia, USA, Michigan State University
Kathleen Blake Yancey, USA, Florida State University

Professor Charles Bazerman
Department of Education
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
phone: 805-893-7543
[email protected]

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CFP - Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication (edited collection)

Call for Chapters for the Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication
Editor: Sigrid Kelsey, MLIS
Louisiana State University

Introduction: Technology has changed communication drastically in recent years. Podcasts, Email, the World Wide Web, Blackberries, cell phones, text messaging, wireless connections, and other forms of computer mediated communication (CMC) have transformed communication in numerous ways, not only facilitating the speed and sometimes ease of communicating, but redefining and shaping today's communication norms. The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication will provide comprehensive coverage of the most important current issues, trends, and technologies related to professional computer mediated communication.

Coverage: The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication will feature chapters (50007000 words) of a scholarly nature, written by experts offering indepth descriptions of concepts, issues, and trends in various areas of CMC. The purpose of this handbook is to provide academic articles written in a more nonacademic style, in the sense that each article should focus on a specific topic rather than a general treatment of CMC keeping in mind a readership with a varied background. This will allow scholarly ideas to be accessibleof a wide range of readers. This book will explore various forms of CMC chapter by chapter and discuss the broad implications that each medium is having on communication.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:

Submission Procedure: Individuals interested in submitting chapters should submit a chapter proposal of one singlespaced page on or before September 30, 2006 to Sigrid Kelsey at [email protected] (Rich Text Format or Microsoft Word is acceptable). The proposal should include the purpose and content of the proposed chapter and how the proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book. Upon acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until December 31, 2006, to prepare their chapters of 50007000 words. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent upon acceptance of proposals. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Idea Group Reference (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.), , in 2008.

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July 01, 2006

Plumtaw-Piedra Loop

The Plumtaw Road is a Forest Service access road that begins in town as Four Mile Road at the corner of Lewis and Pagosa Street near Subway. It is substantially higher in elevation than most other back roads in the county and affords spectacular vistas and autumn colors; it is also the summer home for many deer and elk. Keep an eye peeled for grouse also. Where the Plumtaw Road descends to the Upper Piedra Road, turn right toward Williams Creek Lake, a scenic high mountain reservoir with a reputation for good fishing. Where Piedra Road crosses the Piedra River, take a hike (half-hour or longer) down the Piedra Gorge past caverns of maidenhair ferns and mini-waterfalls. Stay on Piedra Road when you return to Pagosa Springs, noting the “Big Pasture” and “Ant Hill” on your right. You will be following the route of an early narrow-gauge railway the last 10 miles. This route is suitable for all vehicles and is a great route for viewing fall foliage.

Taken from Scenic driving and 4x4 trails around Pagosa Springs Colorado
This ranch caught my eye.
There are no bad views on this drive. Though the "suitable for all vehicles" is probably an overstatement. I know my car's little tires wouldn't have liked it at all. Plus I had the truck in low on more than a few occasions.
Multiflora roses were just beginning to bloom. I love these natural single roses but back home they are considered a weed because the cattle won't eat them and they grow into huge brambles.
I love Aspen trees, their bark has an interesting texture and they wind makes the most amazing sound through the leaves.
The wild iris were in bloom in some of the more open meadows, often in singles or small groups. This large drift was just perfect for a picture.
or two....
Ahhh Aspens and iris together.
I took a side route into a forest test area.
The area had been logged before a test burn to work through fire protection planning. Then the area was replanted, the first time less then successfully when critters eat most everything. The second planting is growing nicely though it is entirely pines.
...and valleys.
I grabbed a couple of shots in the William's Creek Reservoir area.
On the way back to town on Piedra Road I found a great overlook down to the Piedra River.

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Scenic driving in Colorado

I rented a 4-wheel drive truck and spent two days doing some serious scenic driving in the San Juan Mountains.  The truck I ended up with was a full size F150 extended cab, if I had it to do over again I would have held out for the smaller 4-wheel drive truck I had reserved.  You know how rental car reservations work, you reserve it and they give you whatever they want to give you for the rate of whatever you reserved.  In essence the smaller truck would have been better but more on that in a future post.

Here is a graphic taken from my GPS system that gives you a picture of the driving I did over the two days. Look for the dashed lines on the map. The longer dashed line is the Plumtaw-Piedra Loop and the shorter one is my route up to Elwood Pass.  Sadly the clip couldn't get my route up the Blanco Basin Road on the same screen. I have pictures and stories to come.

Related posts:

Plumtaw-Piedra Loop
Blanco Basin Road
Elwood Pass - Post 1
Elwood Pass - Post 2

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CFP - Save as...: Digital Memories (edited collection)

Edited Collection

Edited by Anna Reading (London South Bank University), Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Gloucestershire and Andrew Hoskins (Swansea University)

This co-edited book aims to address how digital media are changing the languages, forms and practices of memory. The book explores how digital media technologies such as the World Wide Web, mobile video phone, personal computer, digital archives and video games may be rearticulating discourses of memory, memory prosthetics and the practices associated with commemorating, recalling and memorialising the past. Articles in the book will include original,  trans-cultural and international research and may critically synthesize and seek to extend theoretical material from the disciplines of anthropology, cultural studies, geography, history, holocaust studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology, media studies, museum studies, and psychoanalysis. The book seeks to be an accessible but scholarly critique aimed at level 2 & 3 undergraduates and MA level postgraduate students on a growing number of courses/modules in memory studies from within a variety of disciplines.

We require abstracts for chapters of 200 words plus a biography for one of the following sections. We strongly encourage submissions from non-UK scholars or on non-UK themes. DEADLINE AUGUST 31st 2006 to Anna Reading, [email protected]

Part One: Digital Memory Discourses (section editor Andrew Hoskins)

This section traces the growing public, academic, and mediated discursive contestations of a past that seems increasingly interdependent upon digital media, for its survival in the present Contributions will map the shifting modes and media of documentation and later representation of the past, against discourses on that past Abstract proposals for this section can include (but are not restricted to) the following topics/themes:

Digital media as memory 'schema', Digital media ecologies, Personal vs. public memory discourses, Virtual spaces, biographies, Institutional memory, News narratives, Journalistic testimonies, Visual media 'templates', Photojournalism

Part Two: Digital Memory Forms (section editor Anna Reading)

This section addresses how digital, mobile and interactive media environments are providing new media forms and prosthetics for personal and public memories in different cultural contexts. The contributions will address the extent to which the impact of digital media on forms of memory is important to a reworking of the theoretical understandings of time and space in relation to mediated commemorating, remembering, witnessing and forgetting in post-industrial 21st century societies Abstract proposals for this section could include new research on the past in relation to digital media forms and environments such as history in video games, the digital mobile family album; sound and music sampling; digital diaries and blogs.

Part Three: Digital Memory Practices (section editor Joanne Garde-Hansen)

History from below is now mediated through digital storytelling, weblogs, personal journalism, online reunion sites, personal digital collections, digital memory mapping, as well as peer to peer networks. A number of theoretical implications now arise as personal memories intersect with 'memory institutions'; concerning editing, organization, interpretation, visibility, accessibility, archivability, permanency, corruptibility, obsolescence, and future use. This section addresses such implications for our understanding of mediated memory, history and forgetting.

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CFP - Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition (edited collection)

Proposals are sought for essays to be published in an edited collection titled Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition. Please see the description of the proposed collection below. Cambridge Scholars Press has expressed interest in publishing this collection; negotiations for publication will be completed later this year, and completed essays will be due in late 2006.


The history of reading is a relatively new field of study that brings together scholars from literature, history, sociology, philosophy, and law. Growing out of early works like Richard Altick's The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 (© 1957), and coalescing in a dedicated professional organization (SHARP, or The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) in 1991, the study of reading has been largely defined by two distinct (and divergent) methodologies. On the one hand, scholars have approached the subject empirically, focusing on a specific historical moment and gathering detailed statistics about such issues as literacy rates (and how literacy was measured), library subscriptions, publication and sales figures, and print runs to answer questions about what was being read and by whom in a particular place and time. On the other, scholars have approached the subject theoretically, focusing on how meaning is created and conditioned by a theoretical (and often largely ahistorical) "reader." 

Both methodologies have much to offer. The theoretical approach generates insights into the locus of meaning-making, the nature of textual authority, and the intellectual, social, and political potentialities of reading, while the empirical approach reconstructs specific scenes of reading with a wealth of details and historically-specific data. But too often we have pursued either one approach or the other, rather than looking for ways to synthesize the philosophical issues of reading with the empirical information that would enrich their claims and validate them for particular historical moments. In recent years, some excellent work has begun to suggest ways to integrate the two approaches. But this work, while valuable, has focused on particular moments and texts in literary history and therefore has not taken as its central concern the advancement methodologies for studying and writing about the history of reading.

This proposed essay collection thus fills a gap in the study of the history of reading. Because its primary aims are (1) to synthesize empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of reading and (2) to foreground issues of methodology rather than literary history, it will be a first-of-its-kind volume that will be of interest to scholars in a range of disciplines connected to the study of the history of reading, publishing, and the book.

Please send inquiries, full articles (3000-4500 words), or 1000-word article abstracts to Bonnie Gunzenhauser ([email protected]) by August 15, 2006. 

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CFP - Technoculture Computers and Writing Online 2007

Computers and Writing Online 2007
February 5 through February 9, 2007

Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Keith Dorwick,
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Kevin Moberly,
St. Cloud State University

Conference Co-Chairs Keith Dorwick and Kevin Moberly are seeking synchronous and asynchronous presentations that address a wide conception of scholarship that focuses on a range of issues that could be briefly summed up as “technology and society,” or, perhaps, “technologies and societies.” Successful papers for this online conference should focus on the ways humanists read technology as a special case of cultural studies.

In particular, the conference co-chairs are interested in a conception of “technology” and the “humanist impulse” that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and its fascination with computers; we seek papers that deal with any technology or technologies in any number of historical periods from any relevant theoretical perspective.

Presentations from scholars in all disciplines who are working on the intersection of culture and technology (see our now lapsed call for "Technoculture," a special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities archived on this site for a further description of our interests) are welcome. Papers need not focus on writing instruction, in spite of the name of the conference, to be considered. Papers about how to do or work with technology that do not look beyond the use of technology to its cultural meaning will NOT be accepted.

NOTE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: For years, the research of scholars involved with the connections between computers and writing (CW) has focused largely on, well, “computers” and “writing.” With the continued maturation of that sub-discipline, CW scholars have begun to think about a wider conception of our own work, with research and teaching that focuses on a range of issues that could be briefly summed as “technology and society.”

Successful presentations for Computers and Writing Online 2007 should focus on the ways compositionists and other scholars currently studying the use of technology might rethink our work and move beyond composition to a larger focus on cultural studies that could include but not be as dependent on writing instruction.

The keynote events will consist of panels comprising first, second and third generation scholars (those who founded the subdiscipline without specific training in CW but in other areas of English studies; those trained by those first wave scholars specifically in CW; and those new voices trained by specialists by training and research now graduating and entering their careers) and other online events that focus on where we’ve been and where we need to go.

For both asynchronous and synchronous events, eight page papers will be due in .doc, .rtf, .pdf (or the hypertext equivalent) and placed on the website for pre-conference reading by Jan. 31, 2007; discussions will follow during the conference period. The conference will be held February 5 through February 9, 2007. Synchronous events will be held in AcadianaMOO at; asynchronous events will be held on the Computers and Writing website.

One page conference proposals due to [email protected] by midnight, Friday November 17, 2006.

Dr. Keith Dorwick
Assistant Professor of English and Rhetoric
Department of English
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 44691
Lafayette, LA 70504-4691
Internet (VoIP) Number: 1 (773) 362 4707

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