Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
If I could just get my hands on you,
Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O’Brien,
they seem to say,
I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.
Other comments are more offhand, dismissive -
“Nonsense.” “Please!” “HA!!” -
that kind of thing.
I remember once looking up from my reading,
my thumb as a bookmark,
trying to imagine what the person must look like
why wrote “Don’t be a ninny”
alongside a paragraph in The Life of Emily Dickinson.
Students are more modest
needing to leave only their splayed footprints
along the shore of the page.
One scrawls “Metaphor” next to a stanza of Eliot’s.
Another notes the presence of “Irony”
fifty times outside the paragraphs of A Modest Proposal.
Or they are fans who cheer from the empty bleachers,
Hands cupped around their mouths.
“Absolutely,” they shout
to Duns Scotus and James Baldwin.
“Yes.” “Bull’s-eye.” “My man!”
Check marks, asterisks, and exclamation points
rain down along the sidelines.
And if you have managed to graduate from college
without ever having written “Man vs. Nature”
in a margin, perhaps now
is the time to take one step forward.
We have all seized the white perimeter as our own
and reached for a pen if only to show
we did not just laze in an armchair turning pages;
we pressed a thought into the wayside,
planted an impression along the verge.
Even Irish monks in their cold scriptoria
jotted along the borders of the Gospels
brief asides about the pains of copying,
a bird signing near their window,
or the sunlight that illuminated their page-
anonymous men catching a ride into the future
on a vessel more lasting than themselves.
And you have not read Joshua Reynolds,
they say, until you have read him
enwreathed with Blake’s furious scribbling.
Yet the one I think of most often,
the one that dangles from me like a locket,
was written in the copy of Catcher in the Rye
I borrowed from the local library
one slow, hot summer.
I was just beginning high school then,
reading books on a davenport in my parents’ living room,
and I cannot tell you
how vastly my loneliness was deepened,
how poignant and amplified the world before me seemed,
when I found on one page
A few greasy looking smears
and next to them, written in soft pencil-
by a beautiful girl, I could tell,
whom I would never meet-
“Pardon the egg salad stains, but I’m in love.”
Hey kid. You’re at an age where I’m pretty sure you’re about to have sex soon, or actually, you might even already be having it and you’re just *that* good at keeping it from me. I don’t really fret over that because I trust you. And because I trust myself and the job I’ve done as your…
'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways t…
Look Up’ - A spoken word film for an online generation.
'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.
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“"Don’t cry because it’s over; Smile because it happened" - Dr. Seuss”—
From the movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
My final post and farewell to THST2450.
I chose this GIF because it resonated with me, and what better way to end than to get a GIF from a media film? As much as I am slow at adapting and change-averse, I have to admit and acknowledge that Change really is the only constant in life. I tend to live in the past because I am a sentimental person, always holding on to attachments from the past, unwilling to move on. It takes me a lot of courage to let go, because I am very stubborn and I’d always hold on till the very end, even when the situation seemed utterly hopeless I’d desperately keep finding ways to invent hope. Some people call this dogmatism, which in my opinion can be both a good and bad thing depending on how you perceive it and the situation that follows. Nicely put, it’s perseverance. Harshly put, it’s being wishy-washy.
Like I had mentioned in my farewell letter, this class has been an eye-opener. It is undoubtedly the most interesting out of the 5 courses I have taken this semester. Each Tuesday I actually look forward to going for class, discussing about every and any issue under the sky, gaining so much insights from my classmates.
It’s sad that this class has come to an end, knowing that when I go back to Singapore, I will never, ever have a similar experience again. (It’s been such a long while since I have had a class birthday party of food) But it’s also good because the fact that this class setting and atmosphere was so unique, it makes the memory that much more special and deeply etched in my mind.
Thank you to everyone who has been an irreplaceable part of THST 2450, it has been a good, crazy, fun, roller coaster ride with you guys :) And congratulations, we have survived and come out unscathed from yet another grueling semester in school! From here on, I wish all of you the best in anything and everything you do, and may you have the brightest future ahead and shine like a star in your own special way :)
Thank you Daphne for this beautiful farewell. #mystudentsareawesome
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean - the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down - who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed,
how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
My dog has died. I buried him in the garden next to a rusted old machine.
Some day I’ll join him right there, but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat, his bad manners and his cold nose, and I, the materialist, who never believed in any promised heaven in the sky for any human being, I believe in a…
My student's relationship with her computer; I love this writing!
Me:Hello computer, what kind of relationship do I have with you?
Computer:Well, considering how much time we spend together, we sure are pretty damn close!
Me:That is true, sometimes I feel like I spend too much time on you it's becoming unhealthy. Don't you think so?
Computer:As much as I enjoy basking in all the undivided attention you are giving me, I must admit it gets tiring for me sometimes. Especially when you leave me on with programs you don't even use running in the background! Don't your eyes get tired?
Me:Actually... no! Haha. I don't actually physically feel like my eyes get tired, though I know it's pretty detrimental for my eyesight to be looking at you for long hours on end. I can't help it, you see. You are just such great company and multi-functional, so useful! Just look at the array of things I can do with you: Skype and stay connected with my family, do research for my academics, Facebook and stay connected with friends, listen to the radio (which is what I'm doing now), working on assignments (which is also what I am doing now), research for places of interests to visit, booking transport and accommodation tickets, liaising with relevant personnel, the list is endless! I'm so sorry I cause you to overwork sometimes, please don't leave me :(
Computer:WOW, I didn't know I was that capable! Okay, I'll try my best to be up and running for you as long as I can. But no guarantees, I'm getting old, man. It's been a great 4 years of ups and downs with you.
Me:I know! Every time you show signs of failing or collapsing (screen freeze, sound system fizzes, hinge coming out, blue screens), I get a little mini panic and heart attack, wondering if you're leaving without saying goodbye. But then again, it kind of scares me to realize how reliant I actually am on you to get by daily life. This one-way affection is getting out-of-hand and makes me feel vulnerable to the tantrums you throw (when your screen freezes).
Computer:Ha ha ha, you can't help it when the ball is now in my court! I have the upper hand in the game and you had better treat me nicely (such as letting me rest and not leave me running on overnight or throwing me around). Then maybe, I'll consider returning your affections and operate smoothly to keep you connected to the rest of the world via the internet and social media. But then again, sometimes the internet just screws up and that's totally out of my control because the problem lies with the internet provider!
Me:Yes sir! Or ma'am. Whichever gender you like. Hahaha. I have never thrown you around! I always take great care of my belongings. And I will try not to spend too much time on you and curb my reliance so you can rest :) (And my eyes can rest too!)
Okay, I should stop this crazy monologue now.
(It's my first time experimenting with this format/style of writing! Please be nice and pardon me if it was too lame or cheesy...)
On average, our faculty participants worked 61 hours per week. That is 50 percent more than a 40-hour workweek. It’s a good thing they love what they do. They worked just over 10 hours per day during the workweek and just under 10 hours on the two weekend days combined. Work was heaviest on Monday through Thursday, trailed off on Friday, then maintained approximately a half-day load on the weekend.
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For my media studies class, THST*2450, my professor, Mark Lipton recommended we read the novel, “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers. Since it was not required and it was only recommended I chose not to read the novel. Which was the dumbest decision that I have made in my blossoming university career.
When I read an excerpt of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch I was completely disoriented as a reader, and horrified as a human. Which makes it one of the most interesting pieces of text I’ve read in my two decades of life.
But through and through, it is Fredrick Whiting’s piece Monstrosity on…
Last year I took a media studies course. Actually three years ago I took one in college too… … And I also took one high school as well. Basically, I took every single media course that was ever available for me to take. Each in my top priority selection, so you can be sure I was going to take a follow-up media course this semester as well. Which is why I’m parading in on the regular content of this blog to make a few wordy posts.
The following contains content directed for THST*2450 participants. Reader discretion is advised.
A new Pew Research Center report on higher education contains a number of findings about the rising value of a college degree (as well as the rising cost of not going to college). College-educated millennials are outperforming their less-educated peers on virtually every economic measure, and the gap between the two groups has only grown over time. Here are six key findings that provide a compelling answer to the question: Is going to college worth it?
In natural language processing, latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) is a generative model that allows sets of observations to be explained by unobserved groups that explain why some parts of the data are similar. For example, if observations are words collected into documents, it posits that each document is a mixture of a small number of topics and that each word’s creation is attributable to one of the document’s topics.
House of Leaves by Mark E. Danielewski is the progenitor of what I hope will be an entire movement: the metaphysical horror novel, where horrible ideas are explored with nauseous dread. In House of Leaves‘ case, the idea explored is that of infinite, impossible space.
In Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History (UIUC Press, 2013), IMatthew Jockers explains how he extracted 500 themes from a corpus of 19th-century novels using Latent Dirichlet Allocation. On this page you can select any one of the 500 themes to see a cloud visualization of the key words and then a series of plots showing the prevalence of the theme in relation to time, author-gender, and author-nationality. Check it out!!
When I was doing research for an English essay, I came across an online essay by Stephen Fry talking about language. What was even better was that there was a video of him speaking his essay out loud, and if you’ve ever heard Stephen Fry, you know that listening to him is like listening to a…
The secret to continued improvement, it turns out, isn’t the amount of time invested but the quality of that time. It sounds simple and obvious enough, and yet so much of both our formal education and the informal ways in which we go about pursuing success in skill-based fields is built around the premise of sheer time investment. Instead, the factor Ericsson and other psychologists have identified as the main predictor of success is deliberate practice – persistent training to which you give your full concentration rather than just your time, often guided by a skilled expert, coach, or mentor. It’s a qualitative difference in how you pay attention, not a quantitative measure of clocking in the hours.
The domain of the “net artist” is vague to say the least. Net art functions beyond binaries – where IRL begets virtual begets IRL, and so on. There’s video, performance, Twitter, poetry… It’s sometimes real and sometimes not. The following online “cewebrities” and digital agitators are feminist because of their audacity to self-mediate – to make themselves visible from the margins through the noise of Web 2.0 hegemony.
Canada Research Chair Tier I - Collaborative Digital Scholarships
The College of Arts in the University of Guelph invites applications to be the University’s nominee for a Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Collaborative Digital Scholarship. The successful candidate will be nominated by the University to the CRC Secretariat and, if approved, will be appointed as a regular faculty member to a tenure-track position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The CRC Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian Universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence in the global, knowledge-based economy. Tier I CRCs are awarded to individuals who are outstanding researchers in their fields, and acknowledged as world leaders (see htto://www.chairs.gc.ca for details).
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts is expanding in the College. The College is a co-sponsor of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (held at the University of Victoria) and as of January 1st 2014 will host the first Michael Ridley Digital Humanities Post-Doctoral position (in conjunction with the McLaughlin Library) at the University of Guelph. In addition, a number of digital-related projects are active in the College: the Orlando Project and Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (both in conjunction with the University of Alberta); the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project; the CFI-funded 1871 Census Project; the Media Education Project Portal; and the MCRI-funded Improvisation, Communities and Social Practice Project (publisher of an online, open access academic journal, Critical Studies in Improvisation).
The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area of the Humanities or Fine and Performing Arts, and will have a distinguished record of achievement in digital applications, teaching, and research. The candidate must be recognized as a world leader in his/her chosen research field. The ability to lead teams of colleagues and students working on digital projects in different areas is essential, as is a successful record in having received relevant external research grants. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track-record of theorizing digital scholarship and knowledge mobilization. The successful candidate will teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels, supervise graduate students, and lead research initiatives. S/he will be resident in an academic unit, but will engage in activities that benefit a wide range of disciplines within the College of Arts and beyond.
This Chair is a transformative position that will ignite future research, moving digital studies forward at the University of Guelph. Among the areas which the CRC will develop, we put particular emphasis on: born-digital scholarship and changing methods for liberal arts research; interfaces and tools for cultural collections and research; social and community-supported collaboration and knowledge production; cyber-infrastructure, sustainability, and interoperability; new technologies and their cultural impact.
Although candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). The University of Guelph is committed to the principles of employment equity.
The search committee will begin considering applications on February 15, 2014. Applicants should submit a current C.V. along with a statement of research interests, a research proposal (maximum of five pages) for the purpose of the CRC nomination, a teaching dossier, and the names and addresses of four referees to:
Dr. Donald Bruce Dean, College of Arts 0005 MacKinnon Bldg. University of Guelph 50 Stone Rd. Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.
Flow is a popular concept. Introduced to the world by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the 1990s, it as a state of mindless grace where one acts at optimal performance without having to think about it. Or in Csikszentmihalyi’s words: “Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” This isn’t about a flash of solo talent or genius. Reaching flow states is not an accident: it happens after a lot of hard work, over a long period of time. To reach flow more often, there are six qualities your practice must have: 1. High skill – which means practice, practice, practice 2. High challenge, but achievable – don’t overreach 3. A supportive and knowledgeable network 4. Clear goals and means to measure progress, with immediate feedback 5. Intrinsic value 6. Systems that remove distractions, and for building habits and rituals