The last week found me teasing out techniques for working with sidenotes as alternative to footnotes or endnotes. In a contentually brilliant PhD Dissertation on timelines as a digital collection visualisation tool – I was concurrently impressed by the quality of the layout of the entire dissertation to enhance readability. Florian Kräutli’s dissertation 1 is a great example of having some latitude to take the reader into account and make the content of a PhD dissertation usable beyond merely submitting it to check a box. Continue reading
by hanya yanagihara
As always the spirit of discussion rises above the apparent literary quality of the book discussed. In this case the literary quality is actually not in question and seemed to be generally respected and admired.
However, there was rather a divided house around A Little Life. Continue reading
Thanks all for thoughtful discussion and was very pleased to see the great engagement with Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. I think all expressed pleasure at having read the dialogues – in varying measures. All seemed to have engaged in different ways: attempting to fill gap in allusions from other reading or to take learning from the process and methodology of the discursive method demonstrated. Continue reading
[Cross Posted from QUBDH]
So what about those hexagons? They were all the rage during the UK General Election last year – the BBC actually constructed a physical jigsaw in their atrium out of them. At the time I mused on there usefulness for providing a pseudo-spatial representation of return data. At the time I was largely positive and have subsequently experimented with their usage in place of heat maps – as in the example below looking at healthcare coverage. On a popular basis they appear to have been a passing fancy with the major media organisations abandoning them just a year later during the UK local and regional elections. I haven’t abandoned them yet myself and found that for the NI election this week they offered a useful sense on the allocation of seats by constituency.
A decade or so ago, I found myself live blogging academic talks and events (and being some weird exceptionalist on the fringe) – ’tis admittedly where I like to live. Over the years this has transmogrified itself into live tweeting from such events – snapping furtive pics and capturing pithy prose. This has become my primary form of note taking and more profoundly of knowledge sharing. Ironically, oddly and seemingly incongruously more recently I have been undertaking a digital detox. Continue reading
Slack is a collaborative commercial messaging platform. It seamlessly organises communications and encourages informal discussions beyond the use of email or rigid discussion forums. Slack’s approach is characterised by the use of themed discussion channels that group users and subjects by content and encourage free interaction.
In an educational context, I have deployed slack to extend seminar discussions, permit easy sharing of ideas, provide course announcement messaging and to capture the broader course discussion being carried on throughout social media.
by Steve Martin
Thank you very much to those absent for sending in their comments and recommendations – your company was missed at the book club last night. Thanks to Mr Maye and Mr Hensey for a quite thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion. Despite (maybe as a result of) the small numbers we pushed on for quite a stretch and time flew and I for one thoroughly enjoyed. To those not present: your contributions enlivened the discussion asynchronously. Continue reading
by Andrea Wulf
Striking while the iron is still hot and giving you a quick report back on Alexander von Humbolt ‘The Invention of Nature’ or ‘The Lost Hero of Science’ (depending on version read). Great to see you all and be back in the country for the club.
This month’s read inspired a bit of divergence in appreciation. Thanks to the two absent members for their reviews in advance. Much appreciated and not too far from the feelings shared by most. Continue reading
by Robert Harris
Doing this now before I get into Lustrum.
Imperium is a wonderfully riveting read and remain most impressed by Harris’ particularly unique ability lend life to classical historical tales as with Dreyfus. The characterisation in Imperium is superb – the choice of telling the story from the perspective of Tiro the secretary is particularly useful and inspired. Continue reading