Submitted by Matthew on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 01:07
Last summer, one of my advisors suggested I read Michael D. C. Drout's How Tradition Works. In it, Drout suggests a possible application of meme theory to cultural tradition with the larger goal of helping to develop a theory of "cultural poetics" (8) that uses "the specifics to refine the theory and the theory to explain the specifics" (9). The particular specfiics he deals with are the ideas of the tenth-century Benedictine Reform in England.
Submitted by Matthew on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 03:01
I'm about to say something that is a little bit blasphemous: I'm not all that big a fan of XML.
It has its place, don't get me wrong. I think in terms of delivery of content the XML/XSLT model is really really clean. It took what had been a fairly complicated library database that I built to keep track of my home library and made it neat and easy to parse. But that's the thing -- that library content, delivered to that single page in the format it was delivered in is something that really could be described in a spreadsheet. In other words, it's a flat file.
Submitted by Matthew on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 00:55
One of the things I am trying to do with my dissertation is to chart the ways in which physical objects, individuals, and organizations served to disseminate ideas in fifteenth-century East Anglia. In this way, it's a similar idea to Franco Moretti's distant reading, but my main issue with distant reading is the notion that you can gain useful insights through data mining without really understanding what it is you're reading.
Submitted by Matthew on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 14:01
I have an Omeka installation that I am slowly populating with images from my research trips (very slowly -- there are only four or five there as of this post) that I wanted to include in this log in such a way that the navigation and such still worked for the Drupal site. I'm not particularly interested in integrating the two fully, as the database structures in terms of stored content are different, but I wanted to make sure that to a user they looked like they belonged together. I'm not quite all the way there, but I am further along than I was.