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Text Processing Techniques & Traditions

This coming June, at the DHSI, I'm renewing my course: *Text Processing Techniques and Traditions* -- or, Why the History of Computing Matters to DH. In which we zoom in on the continuities between print culture and modern computing, rather than seeing these as distinct lineages separated by a conceptual break. While re-writing the course, I wrote a short reflection on what it's about.

Playing with Typst

I have been playing with Typst, a new, open-source typesetting tool that replaces LaTeX and also plays very nicely with modern digital publishing pipelines. In this post I offer some potted history and some reflections on why it might matter.

Visualizing the Weather

To satisfy my obsession with the weather, I made a little Javascript visualization of Environment Canada's weather data: it creates a nice chart summarizing temperatures and precipitation over a year. Here's the write-up.

Forgotten Albums: Keep Your Silver Shined

I thought I'd have a go at some music criticism after listening to this album for the first time in about a decade. *Keep Your Silver Shined* is Virginia-based folksinger Devon Sproule's third studio album, from 2007. I was very much enamoured of it when it was new, and listening to it again now I find it's not only held up, but has even improved with changing contexts.

Revisiting Mellon's Public Knowledge

The Mellon Foundation invited me to their "all-projects" meeting in New York this fall, bringing together the Public Knowledge program’s grantees to report out briefly on their work on scholarly communications and digital monographs.

The Trip

An old friend and I did a road trip around the Olympic Peninsula and talked of many things.

Writing and Thinking

Why write? A long and winding rant exploring the idea of writing in our day and age, with views on LLMs, the humanities, the fediverse, and various other things.

About Aldus@SFU

This fall I'm on sabbatical and it's time for me to talk about one of my major projects this coming year: the digital remediation of SFU's world-class collection of 15th- and 16th-century editions from the press of Aldus Manutius, the foremost publisher of the Italian renaissance.

Gluten-free Bread 2023

For Labour Day, I offer my well-evolved gluten-free bread recipe. I've been making (and tweaking) this weekly since 2020, and it's pretty damn good now: a blend of oats, buckwheat, tapioca, and sorghum, held together with psyllium husk. All good ingredients, good for you, and entirely yummy.

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