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no more linear blogs

I am getting tired of linear blogs. This does not seem to be a good option for my research blog when linear thinking is not something I am adept at. I want to begin creating a blog which visually portrays my thoughts in a more circular fashion. When mulling over ideas, I do not address them linearly. I think around them narrowing and expanding my train(s) of thought in order to realize them in all of their potential (glory?)?or potential failure?not all ideas are great ;-)

Over the summer I will take a basic web design class. It is a distance class and all projects will be created individually. I think that I will use that time to create this vision. No more linear thinking?research is about being able to go back and forth through ideas, cross referencing and evaluating?

April 29, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

my own little portal

i have been looking at different aggregators for a short seminar/class i will lead today in the <a href="http://www.humlab.umu.se">lab</a> on RSS. there are some really great programs out there…and some really bad ones! i have been using <a href="http://www.bradsoft.com/">feeddemon</a> and really like it. it is very user friendly and seemed like a good quality program. while researching this class, however, i stumbled (no reference to the toolbar) on a program called <a href="http://www.pluck.com">pluck</a> which i really like so far. it offers the same affordances as feeddemon, it is free, and it sits in your web browser. i think i will begin to use this program instead of feeddemon.

i like the way some of my surfing tools have begun to integrate themselves into my daily surfing habits. both the <a href="http://www.stumbleupon.com/">stumble toolbar</a> and the pluck application have changed the way that i surf. combined with a constant undercurrent of blogging need/desire, i feel like i am equipped with the tools i need to stay current in an ever increasing stream of information flooding my little laptop; my gateway into the rest of the world.

April 29, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

feeling connected

when i was finishing my senior year as an undergraduate i had an hour commute to school (hour there/hour back). at times it was nice to relax and unwind after a hard day, but i also felt very disconnected from my college peers. i had already been married for 3 years, was living in the suburbs with my husband and our two dogs, and newly pregnant. i experienced a bit of the same reconnection as <a href="http://www.purselipsquarejaw.org/2004_04_01_blogger_archives.php#108318786899149823">anne</a> did. i used my cell phone and those long hour drives to reconnect with family and friends in a way that i never seemed to have time for otherwise (had very good cell phone plan). reading <a href="http://francisstrand.blogspot.com/2004_04_01_francisstrand_archive.html#108308394496019751">francis'</a> comment on how swede's must force party games on themselves to overcome their silent nature made me connect the extreme rate of cell phone usage with this natural tendency. do people here use their cell phone to connect in ways that are otherwise culturally uncomfortable?

April 29, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

in search of resources...

i am working on an eu project with umeå university and am looking for information in the following blog related areas…

*difference to forums (target groups, ways of using blogs, content to be exchanged)
*the motivation of users (to write own blogs and to read other blogs)
*good blogging practices…

i have a lot of resources for the last item, as i have taught so many blogging courses now. i would like to find, however resources (scholarly) for the first two points) any suggestions? i think i will post findings to my <a href="http://www.sumofmyparts.com/melange">research blog</a>, as it seems more research related.

April 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Interesting find

While looking for information for the media networks EU project, I found this interesting paper at mathemagenic, An argumentation analysis of weblog conversations. This sounds similar to what I did in my master?s thesis and could be useful in application to what I am planning to do in my doctorate.

April 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

a charmed life

sometimes i stop, look around and realize that i have a slightly weird life… kids watching finnish cartoons (they do not speak finnish), guinea pig running around the living room, bunny doing laps in the kitchen (literally), enya playing on the cd player, and a sink full of dishes. i would not change this moment for anything…

April 24, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

to meme or not to meme...

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.


<small>I turned my back on the sister of my heart, and rushed away from her striken face.</small>

from alice walker's, <i>possessing the secret of joy</i>

it is interesting to think about where you are when you do this meme. are you in your office surrounded by textbooks, or home surrounded by secret, guilty reading pleasures...do you consciously choose where in order to dictate what???

via <a href="http://www.klastrup.dk/archive/2004_04_01_archive.html#108262993050653806">lisbeth</a>

April 22, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

research and projects

actually starting to use my <a href="http://www.sumofmyparts.com/melange">research blog</a>! great! also, just found out that i will be working on a european union project called “media [net] works”. i have a big packet of information on my lap, waiting to be read…very excited! it feels like things are really beginning to happen!

April 22, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

interesting comparisons

The linguist of my latter post, Geoff Nunberg, blogs at Languagelog, a really interesting site for linguists. I wonder if his frustration for blogging style comes from the fact that he is blogging at a group blog. Group blogs are inherently more journalistic in style than personal, even personal/professional, blogs. In my dissertation proposal, I suggested comparing the language in group blogs to look for differences in style (i.e. conversational patterns embedded in mental space/cognitive blending theories). It would be interesting to compare the girls at misbehaving.net and the guys at languagelog (yes I know that there are two women listed as contributors, but a scroll down the main page has shown that only one woman has contributed?and only two times. This is a site overwhelmingly contributed to by men.)

disclaimer: I have nothing against either the linguist Nunberg or LanguageLog (a very good site, in fact). I just disagree with his comments on Fresh Air (see post below).

April 22, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A breath of frustrated air

I have been listening to Geoff Nunberg?s thoughts on blogging linguistics and agree with those who commented on Kaironews that his Fresh Air commentary was a little elitist. Nunberg begins by comparing blogging to journalism, which is a fatal mistake in the understanding/embracing of the genre. Blogs are not journalism. Period. One of the most special things about blogging is the passionate partiality readily observable. Partial opinion combined with cold, hard facts (the linking) creates something more akin to public oration than journalism.

Nunberg goes on to call blogspeak (and here I thought that I had coined that term in my paper), an exclusionary language, a genuinely new language of public discourse and a paradoxical one. He calls blogspeak exclusionary in that it is an adaptation of the American Middle Class which not everyone is adept at speaking. While I disagree with this (could be a post in itself about widespread popularity of blogging), he goes on to mention that everyone reads newspapers because it is a language that everyone is readily able to understand?.whoa. Wait a minute? Since when is everyone adept at reading newspapers, and which ones? Would someone from the Deep South being as adept at reading the Wall Street Journal as a stockbroker? Would a stockbroker want to read a college newspaper from a part of the country he or she has no interest in? Not hardily. I think that Nunberg has made sweeping generalities at a genre that he (self-proclaimed) has had trouble adapting to. Blogs are not readily adaptable to everyone?no such thing exists in language, least of all in journalism.

April 22, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack