25 years of blogging

John Naughton has a good piece on the 25th anniversary of blogging. It set of undeveloped trains of thought where I need to re-read some history.


The tacit problem of reproducibility

I was giving a talk at the Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School on reproducibility this year and had an intriguing question. A review of a recent conference paper reminds me of this. At the end of the lecture, I pose two questions: Can someone on your group reproduce one of your results using available information […]


Thoughts on Carpentry Connect

Having left ICAD at some ungodly hour in the morning on Wednesday, I arrived in Manchester for Carpentry Connect Manchester, organised by the Carpentries and the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI). The opening talk, Learning from the Carpentries, was given by Lex Nederbragt. It focused on building skills with practice, finding the cognitive load, and the […]


Thoughts on ICAD 2019 Day 2

Day 2 of ICAD 2019 was sadly my last as I was due to speak somewhere else. It developed Day 1 quite nicely. The opening talk on using sonification in graphs was a well thought out consideration of the role of sound to learn how a network graph might be considered aurally. Whilst it reminds […]


Thoughts on ICAD 2019 Day 1

As International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) was, metaphorically, up the rail line in Newcastle, I thought that it was a must attend conference. The Monday kicked off with the session on Assisting with Every Day Life. Christoph Urbanietz presented on continuing work to aid navigation for the people with visual impairments. The approach, using […]


Working with Web Workers

On a recent scroll through unread emails, I came across Surma’s post, “When You Should be using Web Workers“. This is a thought that I have been coming back to in recent projects. We used workers in the Compage framework to offset the work done with a data object in the browser. The framework loaded […]


Murals and patronage

JR’s stitched mural, covered in The Guardian, of San Francisco is a great piece of art and social history, covering various strata of a fast changing city. Using a mobile studio, he took hundreds of photos and stitched them into one image. Lynne and Marc Benioff of Salesforce are one of the financial backers raising […]


Oblique Strategies

I came across Brandon Walsh’s Thirteen Oblique Strategies for Digital Humanities. This needs some further details but an initial thought is that it offers a way to think about DH and how it can be considered for students. One to come back and reflect on.


Quiet reflections on lab cultures

I have been following the feministlabs hashtag on Twitter to watch the What is a Feminist Lab? symposium. Rich would be an understatement so far from what I have seen and it is still going… The Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) lab linked to their publication on author order, Equity in Author Order, […]


New models in the news feed algorithm?

Facebook announced changes to the News Feed yesterday, Remove, Reduce, Inform: New Steps to Manage Problematic Content, to enhance their “Remove, Reduce, Inform” strategy. The Facebook strategy appears to be adding more buttons with information to posts and images and tackling groups. I find the former part interesting as the platform appears to be struggling […]