There are days where I feel like I have a lot to say, but at the same time nothing to say – that is, there’s a lot going on, but it’s not necessarily all blog-worthy.
But what I can offer are some insights from others around the interwebs that have got me thinking about bigger and better things than the extraneous situations you inevitably deal with while working on your PhD.
I’m really digging Dave Parry’s (from UT-D) web project, Profound Heterogeneity. He researches text beyond the print age, and if you read the description of the site, he includes some fascinating references to those who say we need to “burn the boat/book” and quit defending a dead industry (print books) and focus on make digital endeavors better than ever.
Miriam Posner’s post for Prof Hacker on the Chronicle online, “Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics,” is a must-read if you are a young academic looking to establish your online presence or want to better control your online image. Her tips are introductory, and you may have heard of some of them before, but I’m betting there’s a least one suggestion that will help you anew.
It’s actually her post that led me to find the site Amplicate – which I will not link to because I do not want to support the site – that I think everyone needs to know about. It’s a beta site that takes information you post publicly – ie. on a blog or Twitter – and amalgamates the information into product reviews. It all has to do with posts that include some kind of sentiment that could be construed into an endorsement or complaint, ie. if you use the word “love” or “hate” in your Tweet, and happen to also mention Overstock, the site will take your Tweet and put it on their site under “Overstock love” or “Overstock hate.” My Twitter name had its own page on the site (!) with several Tweets I’d posted about various products/situations. I’ve since deleted those Tweets on my profile and will be much more careful about what I say in the future – I want to control my image and not have my words misconstrued on a site by some dude who wants to make a million bucks in the social media/tech bubble. (Case in point: I originally titled this post “Link l*ve,” but have since changed it so I can tweet the title of my post without it being appropriated inappropriately.)
And for a frivolous link, I’ve just discovered Honey and Fitz, a home decor blog written by a local woman in Raleigh. She has great taste and super organization skills. Her creative and smart posts are just what I need in the morning to gear up for another long day of reading, ‘riting, and running to class.