Google Analytics?

Two things:

1. Are people using Google Analytics? I've used another stat counter for a few years, but popping over to Google's surveillance gear, the display is pretty appealing.

2. The New York Times has this article about how blogging can help your business. I guess academic bloggers work from this model a bit, but my own stock has been falling fer sure as this blog hangs out on chill mode.


Bird Year / Big Year Birding

As part of some writing I'm doing about big year birding, I just came across this blog detailing a family out on bikes birding around North America. The deal with typical big-year birding is that it's incredibly wasteful, or can be, involving a lot of driving and flying and all of that. These guys are out doing it on bikes.

How cool is that!?

I want to be out birding on my bike tooooooo!


Found Friday Goes Dialogic

CF, one of the faculty members working hard on the Found Initiative (NEH grant #45959-P-13), sends in this doozy of a dialogic note. It was found locally and will soon be indexed in the archive.

click to enlarge,
if you're into that
kind of thing


10 Years Online at UIUC

I recently had my students talking about how they'd redo the current UIUC homepage. Now I learn that the last ten years of UIUC home pages are still archived and online:


You can see, clicking through the archive, that a new design pretty much sustains about two revisions, with only minor changes going down every other time. You can also see what has pretty much been a maxim of page design over the past decade: revise annually or bi-annually.

This amped-up revision schedule is tough for folks to comprehend, I think, given the more lasting nature of designs in print. At the same time, I wonder sometimes if the every-year-or-so revision schedule common online will at some time slow down, possibly as conventions get codified.

Anyway. It's fun using the Wayback Machine to cruise old academic websites. Harvard in 1997 is funnnny, while UCLA is kinda funky.



A few weeks ago, before presenting at SLSA, I posted a short video version of my conference paper. I don't know where I got this idea, but it was kind of fun to do.

Related to this use of video, GH tells me about scivee.tv, a site dedicated to pubcasts: video presentations of current research. Perusing the videos on the site (which focuses on science), I see that some of the videos are pretty polished with others being like way diy.

I think this use of online video is pretty interesting and cool: a leveraging of online video for the distribution of academic knowledge in a way that's very personal and low-key. Many of the videos come bundled with pdfs of related articles, and the video format makes it easy to present many more images than we typically see in print.

So yeah: consider cutting a video of your next conference presentation or article.


Found Friday: Test Time

Music Citations: Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line" and Max Brooks' The Zombie Survival Guide



Though I found a tad bit of time to work on the website for the journal, I've pretty much been doing teaching and administrative stuff lately. That's what happens this time of year: the random craziness gets cranked up a bit and things like, um, writing get tough to find time for. At least for me.

I was notified, however, that the research team at Found Friday, Inc. received a foundling via inter-departmental snailage, and I'm looking forward to seeing it processed and put online. Prolly Friday.