“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
--Audre Lorde

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June 16, 2013

  • Going to try to finish The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright before the end of the day.
  • Read a few bits of fiction lately in the New Yorker--that Cormac McCarthy with the rolling head and a short Sherman Alexie piece too.
  • Almost 500 words today (493 so far, might be all I've got for today).

June 12, 2013

  • In two parts, between a walk and a commute, I listened to Tina McElroy Ansa's story from the Moth, which I really enjoyed.

June 6, 2013

June 4, 2013

  • It's almost my birthday too. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been appreciating Jill Bliss' blog and photos as a vicarious antidote to city living. Sometimes getting out, or at least bike trips on the wide(r) quiet streets of southern Brooklyn make it all manageable too.

June 3, 2013

June 2, 2013

  • Thinking, collating and refining my thesis project. Read a bit of Reclaiming Fair Use by Aufderheide and Jaszi on a jaunt out of the house today, and skimmed and prioritized the to-read piles, notes.

May 31, 2013

  • Skimmed Anarcho-Syndicalism by Rocker on the train, or tried to, as a dude tried to talk to me about my feet.
  • More of Moonwalking with Einstein at lunch.

May 29, 2013

  • I brought my ebook reader on the train today and skimmed Siva Vaidhyanathan's Copyrights and Copywrongs. I'm only realizing as I write this that I fully intended to skim The Anarchist in the Library. I blame an especially early morning commute.

May 28, 2013

  • At the reference desk: "Resistance in the Materials" by Bethany Nowviske. Could not agree more:
    "Art objects, little mechanisms and technical experiments, cultural artifacts reproduced for teaching or research—cheap 3d-printing is one affirmation that words (those lines of computer code that speak each shape) always readily become things. That they kind of… want to. It’s like when I learned to set filthy lead type and push the heavy, rolling arm of a Vandercook press, when I should have been writing my dissertation."
  • On the train: "Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore", and this article, catching up.

May 27, 2013

"Books break the shackles of time."

  • A little of The Interface Effect, a little of Visual Vitriol and this while I should have been reading other things.
  • A lot of reading about Scrivener, and massaging of sharing files in between computers.

Meta / BrokenJaws

This post is probably just for me, or perhaps more a record, but I wanted to note that I spent some time today (my first official holiday weekend I've had off in some time) working on this site. A real let's-sit-down-and-do-this afternoon, which hasn't happened in some time. Really it's hard to say that I worked as much as my partner-in-Drupal (I tend to imagine what I'd like to happen and then he figures out HOW), but together we did some theme altering that I'd wanted to change for some time, and some cleaning up of a lot of lingering weirdnesses.*

I've been having a lot of problems with bots and spam, also, and since really the folks who comment here tend to be people I know anyhow, and since I've opened up anonymous comments I've gotten so much spam that I would never have been able to find the legitimate needle in that haystack), I've turned all the commenting/account-creating features off. If anyone has anything they'd like to comment on or would like an account, there's a link to the contact page that should show up on the left hand side of each page now. I'm pretty accessible via this page and various emails that I'm sure are on the web too, so I hope that this change on the site doesn't stifle any conversations that could happen or make it less inviting.

I wanted to write about this here to keep a small record of all of the pruning and thinking that goes into maintaining even just a small site that takes up just a small corner on the web, like this one. Ideally it would get more affection and content/updates than it does, but whenever I tweak it to be closer to what I want it to be, it's pretty exciting.

Oh and thanks mjg for all of your help today!

May 24, 2013

  • This morning I was reading and enjoying: Barbara Tomlinson and George Lipsitz. "American Studies as Accompaniment." American Quarterly 65.1 (2013): 1-30. Project MUSE. Web. 24 May. 2013.
  • And I'm also back to reading See Now Then in bits and pieces on the train and in coffee shops. It's pleasant but has an underlying rage, which gives it a unique feel.

May 23, 2013

  • 11 years. RIP.

May 22, 2013

May 12, 2013

  • Lots of reading, amidst the cracks of life as it goes, changes. Halfway through E. Biella Coleman's Coding Freedom, started David Graeber's Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and wanted to start, but probably have to wait until after the thesis, bell hooks' Where We Stand: Class Matters.