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What? The semester is closing? Woah woah woah.  My last post, huh? Weeeeird.

Well, it’s been real guys. I had done blogging before for other classes- but this has been, hands down, the most lively, resourceful, and amusing blog yet.  I think that’s what I enjoyed most about good ol’ ENGL 335 – DIGITAL HUMANITIES.  There is always plenty of conversation going on to spark interest, and new posts trickling in every couple hours. That’s what a blog should be at it’s best anyways, right? Cool.

I clicked my name on the side links to pull up all of what I had written this past semester, and couldn’t help but smirk and nod to myself. Niiiice. Look. At. that. I done wrote that all myself.

Speaking of bad grammar, everyone has been really good at not doing it. (Except for me just now.) Really guys, I’m pretty impressed. Everyone has been formulating some really good contributions and it has helped my writing and ways of thinking quite a bit. I can definitely say I feel more comfortable forming an educated opinion on things that to me seem irrelevant to an actual field of education.

Twitter, for example, has been to me, before this class, just another form of “hanging out” online and talking to friends. Yet, as we have discussed, it is so much more than that now, to the extent of people creating entire classes around it. It is a medium to communicate, a method of research, and an overall incredibly successful tool to share news and social changes happening in the world.  I took a look at my personal twitter feed, and around the time this class started I had about 45 tweets for the past 8 months. After this class I now have 109 semi-useful but always thoughtful tweets, and adding! Yay for Twitter!

After reviewing my posts on this blog, I’ve noticed a ‘digital v. printed’ theme happening. My posts initially started out oozing over how much better books were than digital resources (smells, feels, awesome overall “book-ness”). I’ve also drawn a lot of attention to coffee (sorry follks) And also coffee and printing… (BUT ITS JUST SO COOL!)

It absolutely made my day when I found something that I have liked for a long time on the internet, and then it magically relates to a the ‘friday post’ assignment. The little things guys, the little things.

That turned into other Internet memes of how people are getting wrapped up in the Kindle and not really reading physical books anymore. Turtle. 

I hope people continue to post for the fun of it, I’d really enjoy re-visiting every so often…

Well, it’s been a grand time down memory lane, but onward to these annotated bib’s! I wish you all the best and that you all get A’s in everything and have an awesome Christmas.


I really enjoyed exploring my chosen data source ‘Envisaging the West’. I was intrigued by the historical focus of the data initially, but I also gained a greater appreciation for the time and energy that went into collecting and saving so much data. I had no idea such a large amount of information could actually be contained on a website so effectively. With so many high quality interactive maps and letters, one would expect the site to be slower and less easy to understand, but it was organized very well. I think one of the most effective parts of this data site was the ‘browse by name’ tab. This would be very useful if you have only the name of the person you want to research and need documents of primary source. It was great to see the other project presentations, and I really enjoyed the different ways in which people handled their presentations – audio narration, script, powerpoint, and prezi.  The range of ways to present will be a reminder to me for future presentations in other classes as well. 



I saw this and laughed for awhile, but then I knew I was just as guilty as anybody in becoming a little addicted to the internet with it’s distracting liking, pinning, tweeting, emailing, and everything else that desperately tries to hold your attention.


Let’s not forget to take a break once in awhile  😉

This has got to be one of the most ridiculous election in terms of marketing, social media, memes, and now this: Iphone App  Seriously? I totally understand the humor in it, and it’s ok to have a good laugh about radical viewpoints or script mess-ups caught on TV or whatever..but the other day I took a step back and wondered if people have just lost it. Sometimes the whole thing just comes across as a big joke blown up through the media and we get so wrapped up in our funny memes and political jargin..(Myself included..) Some days I feel like everything is just becoming a clever meme, funny status, and popular tweet. Have we lost all sense of decency with these presidential elections? I’m a little worried what the next generation will be doing…

GUYS! This is so great.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a traditionalist in all things written. Real books. Real paper. Pencils. Crayons. You get it. So.. after finding this website my heart melted.

It speaks for itself, and the web design is so beautiful it makes me cry.

Enough of my mush, click the image to watch the video 🙂

I chose  Horton Hears a Tweet, an article about using twitter in an educational environment. The name caught my attention right away, and I smiled as they referenced that fantastic book of Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who.

“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

— From Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

Twitter has certainly created some noise. It is being used by young adults, businesses, social movements, musicians, and now has started to make a more prominent place in the role of education and specifically online learning. This article mentions how there can be a loss of activate and engagement in online learning platforms, but Twitter is way to keep the energy alive and buzzing for learning through the web.

The article quotes:

Without a high level of social presence, students can feel isolated and disengaged because of a lack of communication intimacy and immediacy.

It then follows with the comment that “2.0” tools have really been a saving factor to keep students engaged and immersed in the course content.

I would also agree with this, and seeing as how the next few generations will be using all forms of social media and who knows what else, Twitter would definitely be a useful aid in education.

Also, Horton Hears a Who is a fantastic movie, well worth an hour and a half of your time. WATCH ME  🙂



I dont know if anyone has heard of this site before, but it’s a fantastic search engine for, well, exactly what it says – design inspiration. I know most of you here are PCEM majors, but it might be a useful tool to use at some point for any kind of visual research. It has a clean, beautiful layout with a simple search bar in the lovely Helvetica. You can search textures, colors, designers, and other key words,  and it will link to the work by the artist. It’s a sophisticated Pinterest if you will 🙂