Minimalism and Computing

A few weeks late on the hot take treadmill to this piece, although I was on writing hiatus so I get temporary immunity. From Kyle Chayka’s “The Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism,” back in the New York Times Magazine at the end of July:

Quick Notes on Resource Extractions

One of my first assigned readings in graduate school is Bruce Holsinger’s “Of Pigs and Parchment: Medieval Studies and the Coming of the Animal,” (2009) a short cri de cœur exhorting Medieval studies and the study of the history of the book to grapple concertedly with the simple fact that parchment culture depended on the mass slaughter of non-human animals.

On Putting Words on the Internet

Enough pixels have already been spilled on 2016, The Worst Year Ever. These pixels have also been thoroughly rejoined by an ostensibly different but ontologically similar set of pixels declaring that “no, the Black Death was so much worse, y’all”, which is a point but perhaps not the point.

On Post-Baccalaureate Residencies

Today is my last day as Five College Post-Baccalaureate Resident in Digital Humanities.

Plastic, Logic, and Time — A Lightning Talk

This is the blog version of a lightning talk that I’ve given a few times at Five College Digital Humanities and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

A semi-comprehensive list of my obsessions circa April 11th, 2016

In a brief moment of calm that is the onslaught of April in academia (although I hope this week to finally finish up some of the posts that have been sitting in my drafts folder for months now), a few things I can’t stop thinking about:

On the Virtues of Knockoffs, or, How to Make an Encrypted Journal on Your Computer

I used to use a journal app called Day One. It was a good enough app, given how infrequently I used it. It synced across my devices, it was a pleasing shade of start-up blue, and it was featured often enough in the App Store that I felt reasonably confident that it wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I put around four hundred entries in it over the course of three or so years.

A semi-comprehensive list of my obsessions circa January 17th, 2016

In the lacuna between the Smith and Amherst iterations of my Interterm course on media archaeology and climate change, a few things that have lodged themselves in my brainspace:

On electronic literature, Internet art, and digital galleries

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on and off on, the digital home and instantiation of my E.LIT / NET.ART project. And now, after doubling down on the work over the past month, I’m excited to launch it as a useable resource.

“The end of the world has already occurred...”

“The end of the world has already occurred,” writes philosopher Timothy Morton in Hyperobjects, his investigation of media theory and climate change. In this claim, Morton synthesizes contemporary anxieties around the ongoing tenability of industrial capitalism and the fractured relationships between technology, climate, and humankind. This week-long course takes Morton’s ideas as a starting point for exploring the media history, materiality, and infrastructures of digital and network technologies, and interrogates how the digital humanities and media studies might theorize and respond practically to climate upheaval.


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