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Pumping the Heat

I want to sing a bit of praise for our heatpump. It's two years since we've had it, and I was reflecting today on how much I appreciate its quiet, stable service to our home. People wonder whether these things will do the trick, so here I offer up my experience.

Carol Twombly: A Review

In honour of International Women's Day, a review of Nancy Stock-Allen's excellent biography of type designer Carol Twombly, whose career spanned the whole first period of digital typography.

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.

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