Monthly Archives: December 2010

An Interview with Tarn Adams

This is a repost of my interview with Tarn Adams, creator of Dwarf Fortress, a quirky and absurdly complex game that inspires enormous devotion among its fans–one of the most interesting examples of which is Matul Remrit, a collaboration between … Continue reading

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Testing out Flash on an iPad

Stanford is closed for the end of the year, and so during that time I’m going to repost some (slightly amended) material that I posted elsewhere (such as at HASTAC during my time as a HASTAC scholar).  Here is a … Continue reading

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The Digital Humanities as the Upgrade Path

It’s the end of the year, and it’s time to cycle out the old, staid DHS background for a new, hip background image.  Old 2010 was represented by this image: New and improved 2011 (at least the first part of … Continue reading

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Mapping Critical Infrastructure Detailed in Wikileaks Cable

Again, the ease of use of Google Maps has allowed for a quick and dirty spatial visualization, in this case the folks at have mapped and done some analysis of the Wikileaks cable detailing global infrastructure vital to US … Continue reading

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Chinese Civilization in Time and Space

Fan I Chun was here at Stanford yesterday, visiting from Academica Sinica where he’s busy developing GIS datasets for China based on aerial photos, historical maps, gazetteers and atlases.  Stanford has had authorized access to the Chinese Civilization in Time … Continue reading

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Protesters Using Digital Mapping Tools

The protests against tuition hikes in London today are leveraging Google Maps to track official response (and Godzilla, apparently).  I’m not a fan of Google Maps or the entire Google Geo Ecosystem, but the ability to quickly create and update … Continue reading

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The Wikileaks Graph

The Wikileaks Saga continues, and now the Internet group Anonymous–which originated as a self-organized campaign against The Church of Scientology and matured (some say splintered) into a rights-oriented hacktivist group with the rise of Why We Protest (notable for running … Continue reading

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Cathy Davidson Nominated to sit on the National Council of the Humanities

In a press release yesterday, the White House announced the nomination of Cathy Davidson as member of the National Council of the Humanities, which advises the NEH Chair.  At Duke, Cathy has long been a proponent of integrating digital methods, … Continue reading

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Spatiality and Slavery

On Friday I had the opportunity to sit in on Zephyr Frank’s presentation for the Virtual Cities/Digital Histories symposium.  His work, Terrain of History: Spatial History of Rio de Janeiro, 1840s-1930s, continues to produce beautiful visualizations and analyses.

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Interview with Andrew Hussie, Creator of Homestuck

I recently interviewed Andrew Hussie, the creator of Problem Sleuth and Homestuck at MS Paint Adventures. In my continuing belief that digital humanities scholars can learn practical and theoretical lessons from avant garde digital artists, I’m posting that interview here. … Continue reading

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