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

Language Networks on LiveJournal (pdf)

Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience (pdf)

A Longitudinal Analysis of Weblogs: 2003-2004 2005
Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up" (pdf). Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre (pdf)

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
I do not plan on submitting articles for publication until I have defended my qualifying paper - expected to happen during Spring Semester 2008.

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 2007 23:59:59 UTC-0500

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

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

A weblog to gather quotations from my academic reading.

My CiteULike Page

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

March 26, 2006

My weblog owns a part of me...only a small part though

18.75 %

My weblog owns 18.75 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

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February 15, 2006

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II - A Wednesday Meme

You scored as Babylon 5. The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesn't matter, because no matter what you have your friends and you'll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Moya (Farscape)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Serenity (Firefly)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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February 03, 2006

I am cream pie...nummmy

From 1B*

You Are Cream Pie
You're the perfect combo of simplicity and divinity
Those who like you live for understated pleasures
What Kind of Pie Are You?

p.s. Cream pies are my absolute favorites.

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Because I like angels

You are the Angel of Wisdom

What Angel are you? (with pics)
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January 30, 2006

Here it is, the four things meme

Via Anya here is the 4 things meme or at least my take on it, part of the reason I usually don't do these is I either can't think of 4 or can't limit the list to 4. LOL

4 Places I Have Lived (and actually liked more or less)
Florence Alabama (great little city)
Columbus Indiana (home town)
Lafayette Indiana (college well part of it at least)
Indianapolis Indiana (work)

4 Jobs I've Had in My Life
Waitress (at a Pizza Joint)
Bank Teller (way more times than I can remember)
House Cleaner (which is probably why I'm so terrible at it in my own home)
Human Resource Manager (the work would have been great if you just didn't have to deal with so many people. LOL Actually I usually loved the job just did far to many layoffs and firings for my soul.)

4 Favourite Movies
(Well I have so many, so I'm going with ones I own and can watch repeatedly.)
Anything Audrey Hepburn, especially Breakfast at Tiffany's
Ever After (Cinderella for real women)
You've Got Mail (CMC goes to the movies)
French Kiss (Kevin Kline, need I say more?)

4 Favourite TV Shows
Gilmore Girls (though I teach on Tuesday's this semester)
Lost (If purgatory = Hawaii, send me now please)
Grey's Anatomy
West Wing (Martin Sheen is my president! Hey a girl can wish can't she?)
(Yes I tend to trend more with the teens I study than with my age group on my TV viewing habits. Also did you notice that I like one hour formats with ensemble casts?)

4 Favourite CDs
(I have most everything in MP3 now so I don't actually listen to individual CD's but rather to artists or genres of music.
Dan Fogelberg (it's nice to have a soundtrack to your life and Fogelberg has certainly written mine.)
Mary-Chapin Carpenter (a woman who writes for and about women.)
Nanci Griffith (if she weren't a songwriter she would have had to have been a novelist as her songs tell such great stories.)
Anything folk
Anything Broadway (yes that's five but it's my site so deal. LOL)

4 Favourite Artists
Dale Chihuly
Diane Arbus
Wearable art makers
Glass bead makers

4 Places I Have Been on Vacation
(In a dairying family you don't vacation much so I'm pretty new at this concept.)
London UK, particularly Notting Hill
Durango Colorado (love the four-corners area in general)
Asheville North Carolina (went with friends to the Bluegrass Festival, great place and venue.)
Gatlinburg Tennessee (broke out one year and spent three days in a hot tub in the mountains in late May. Ahhh I should do that again soon.)
Big Island Hawaii (paradise)
(I have a thing for mountains, green mountains.)

4 Things I Love to Do know non-academic books, particularly historical fiction and sci-fi.
Play one of my Native American flutes (never get enough time for this, probably not possible to ever get enough time)
Do next to nothing (I have two speeds, full-ahead and complete stop.)
Spend time with friends. (Also something it is probably not possible to overdue.)

4 Favourite Books
Number one all-time favorite book = To Kill a Mockingbird. Having written such an incredible book I can understand why Harper Lee hasn't done another.
Number two all time favorite book = Jane Eyre (ok she's not the strongest female lead in the world but she comes dang close without being a "super hero."
My favorite author is Diana Gabaldon, if she write it I will probably read it. p.s. She's an academic who went "straight" in popular fiction.
Anything by Parke Godwin, I recommend Waiting for the Galactic Bus and The Snake Oil Wars along with the King Arthur series.

4 Websites I Visit Daily
Bloglines (I do all my daily reading in RSS)

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December 16, 2005

A Friday Night meme

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularly when it comes to your moods.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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December 10, 2005

Masculine or feminine or both

From Sarah. As though any of this makes a huge amount of sense. I mean come on we are what we are after all.

You scored 76 masculinity and 63 femininity!
You scored high on both masculinity and femininity. You have a strong personality exhibiting characteristics of both traditional sex roles.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 84% on masculinity
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You scored higher than 57% on femininity
Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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December 06, 2005

My temperament...a meme

You Have a Melancholic Temperament
Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything. You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life. You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you. You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others. You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.
What Temperment Are You?

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November 23, 2005

Lois “is thankful for”...a meme

Well back in October I jumped on the "needs" meme...other wise known as "Lois needs." So just for thanksgiving I decided to take a new twist on an old meme. My search is for the following "Lois 'is thankful for.'" To have been selected, "Lois" must appear somewhere on the page and "is thankful for" must appear together on the same page. I skipped the ones that end up being thankful for people, using specific names, because those are highly personal. This is a theme analysis of sorts so I aggregated, or skipped according to how you want to look at it, like themes.

Just a note so some of the original material makes more sense...Lois' tend to be over 70 and avid (possibly even rabid) church goers, I - of course - am neither.

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November 21, 2005

A Monday night meme

Shamelessly stolen from Elijah. The top 20 geek novels, ones I've read are in bold.

  1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (One of my favorite books/series of all time. Do you have your towel?)
  2. 1984 -- George Orwell
  3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
  5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
  6. Dune -- Frank Herbert
  7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
  8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
  9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
  10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
  11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
  12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
  14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
  16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
  17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
  18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
  19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham

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November 10, 2005

Thinker quiz, a balanced result

Thinker quiz, apparently I test out as Renaissancely balanced.

Some people have a strong preference for one style of thinking, and find some skills come more naturally than others. Other people tend to adopt different thinking styles in different situations.

This test gives you an idea of what your current thinking style or styles are. But remember - the brain is a very adaptive organ. You should be able to improve your performance in any one of these categories with practice.

The Renaissance ideal

The leading thinkers of the Renaissance were not just experts in their own field. The renaissance scholar was expected to master all branches of knowledge.

With his insatiable desire to know everything, Leonardo da Vinci is often held up as the ideal Renaissance man.

You are an Interpersonal Thinker

Like interpersonal thinkers, Leonardo had lots of friends and contacts, and was a popular figure at the Italian court.

Interpersonal thinkers:

* Like to think about other people, and try to understand them

* Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives

* Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues

Other Interpersonal thinkers include

Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, William Shakespeare

Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers include

Politician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher

You are an Intrapersonal thinker

Like intrapersonal thinkers, Leonardo worked hard to improve all aspects of himself.

Intrapersonal thinkers:

* Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves

* Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them

* You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others

Other Intrapersonal thinkers include

Sigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene

Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers include

Psychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child care worker, Explorer, Drama therapist

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November 04, 2005

Friday afternoon meme, life ain’t so bad

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.5
Mind: 6.9
Body: 5
Spirit: 6.8
Friends/Family: 4.7
Love: 7.3
Finance: 6.5
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Boringly average on most things, my family is a bit less than average but no shocker there. LOL Hubby, of course, breaks the bank. Oh and I should exercise more...jockying a computer all day ain't the best for the ole bod.

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November 01, 2005

What kind of postmoderist am I?

theory slut
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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Related post: A Friday morning meme

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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.
New - Kwiz.Biz Astrology and Horoscopes

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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 21, 2005

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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October 10, 2005

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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October 05, 2005

A Wednesday morning meme

You are Rerun!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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September 29, 2005

Prolurker as an "evil" site

I picked up this meme from One Bright Star (1B*), make of it what you will.  In truth the site's discussion - see belows - is kind of interesting though the whole thing is pretty scary. Very weird that 1B* is much less evil than I am.  Humm does goodness come along with the tenure-track position?

This site is certified 39% EVIL by the Gematriculator This site is certified 61% GOOD by the Gematriculator
The Gematriculator is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is.

Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 ... I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel.

Experts consider the mathematical patterns in the text of the Holy Bible as God's watermark of authenticity. Thus, the Gematriculator provides only results that are absolutely correct.

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September 26, 2005

Welcome to UBC students

Welcome to students in Mary Bryson's Graduate Seminar Diversity, Difference, and the “Digital Divide”: Media and the Possibilities for Democratic Public Pedagogies at the University of British Columbia. 

Prolurker is listed as a site to visit on their class calendar.

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September 18, 2005

Cramping my style

I have a gigantic cramp in my blogging style, can’t make any of my desktop clients work. *Sigh* So that means I have to blog the old-fashioned way, by entering the admin pages to create and code a post by hand. Oh well. This to shall be fixed at some point, until then expect posts but may not as many as usual.

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September 16, 2005

A visionary soul

One Bright Star pointed me to this meme, and I like it it's a pretty good fit.  *S

You Are a Visionary Soul
You are a curious person, always in a state of awareness. Connected to all things spiritual, you are very connect[ed] to your soul. You are wise and bright: able to reason and be reasonable. Occasionally, you get quite depressed and have dark feelings. You have great vision and can be very insightful. In fact, you are often profound in a way that surprises yourself. Visionary souls like you can be the best type of friend. You are intuitive, understanding, sympathetic, and a good healer. Souls you are most compatible with: Old Soul and Peacemaker Soul
What Kind of Soul Are You?

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September 14, 2005

No more touchee the blog

I just need to stop trying to block more spam because everytime I do something to the blog I muck it up.  *sigh*  Tonight I tried to install a new plugin that everyone is raving apparently kills spam dead.  Which would be a good thing.  But of course me being me I messed up the index somehow and now I've lost my spiffy design on the main page and my sidebars.  It's still there on the others but not on the main.

Oh how I want a blog manager.  *double sigh*

Well I fixed it...found a old copy of the index and copied it in.  Which sounds WAY easier then it was.  Stress released.

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August 26, 2005

Apparently I'm a Nerdy gal. LOL News to me

Via One Bright Star:

Pure Nerd
78 % Nerd, 34% Geek, 21% Dork
For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions. You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 91% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 43% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 22% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating

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July 28, 2005

New posting categories

I've created three new categories for posts now that I have more capacity for such things.  They are called:  Memes...rolling along, Native American Flutes (NAF)...and the people who love them, and Software & Hardware...Oh my.  I'll be adding more categories shortly to better describe the content of the site.  Of course I'm still debating on the use of tags...we shall see on that one.  Links are also available on the left sidebar under "Categories".


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