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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.

La Belle Époque

On the occasion of---well, on the occasion of a bunch of things, but for starters---learning of Penguin's publication (in 2002) of a new translation of Marcel Proust's *In Search of Lost Time*, I began reading Proust, for real, this year.

Ailanthus Rising

Tree of Heaven. Ghetto Palm. *Ailanthus altissima*. It turns out I've been living under, and around, these notorious and beautiful trees for years. Recently I learned to see them, and to appreciate their incredible determination to survive, no matter how hostile the ground.

All I Need to Know about DH I Learned in a MOO

I was recently asked about what led me to the Digital Humanities in the first place? I realized the serious answer to that question is MOOing, back in the 90s. It's not something I've thought much about in recent years, but I thought it was worth writing about now. Part one of at least two...

Bicycle Infrastructure and the Culture Wars

Mekka Okerke asked, "*Do bicycles create empathy? Or do people that care about other people, tend to care about bikes?*" An interesting question, but to answer it, we need to address the depth of car culture today.

Deploying to Reclaim via Git

It took some brain-numbing trial and error trying to get the remote git repo on my Reclaim server to become the deployment site folder on my website build locally, so that then I could build this site directly into it and have that be the actual site for deployment.

Static Site Trials

Welcome to my new blog. This is built using Eleventy, using as simple and low-tech an approach I could muster: markdown content, a handful of templates, and a simple git push direct to my webserver (at Reclaim Hosting, natch).

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