Celebrating a Labiversary

April 24th 2023

I woke up this morning to the news that it's Amanda Visconti and Brandon Walsh's 6-year anniversary at the Scholars' Lab. Were I closer to UVA, I'd have spent lunchtime hunting down whatever local variety of celebratory snack is the custom... read more

A Month of Mastodon: What Are We Doing Here, Actually?

November 30th 2022

It's been about a month since the deal closed on Twitter, and a sizable portion of the DH community that I count on for collaboration and community began trying out Mastodon. Between travel and a holiday week... read more

Of Mastodons and Musicals (a third week with Mastodon)

November 19th 2022

*CW: Doubts, cancer, grief, community, Twitter.* I've been on Mastodon for 3 weeks now, and this week I was starting to feel at loose ends with it all. I have the [list of close to 400 DH folks](https://tinyurl.com/dhmastodon) (please add yourself using the link at the top if you haven't!) I'm following nearly 900 people across a range of fields and hobbies that interest me... read more

A Second Week with Mastodon: Lessons from University IT

November 14th 2022

I've been on Mastodon for two weeks (here's last week's musings), and the list of digital humanities people on Mastodon that I created a week ago has over 330 people. This week, Mastodon has been my primary social place online... read more

A Week With Mastodon

November 6th 2022

I joined Mastodon in late April 2022, when talk of a Musk acquisition of Twitter got serious and people started talking about finding other platforms. This news was emphatically not what I needed at that moment -- I was two months into SUCHO and had my hands full... read more

Missing Person

October 3rd 2022

Today is my mother's birthday. The internet told me; I haven't kept track for decades. I went looking for the date after reading a beautiful post by Ruth Kitchin Tillman about calculating when she'd reached half her mother's total years... read more

Hosting Eleventy on GitHub Pages

May 7th 2022

I've really been enjoying building sites with Eleventy instead of Jekyll. I'm still learning my way around some of the cool data capabilities, but NodeJS has been much more agreeable to wrangle than Ruby... read more


February 23rd 2022

"17 years..." the veteranarian murmured in the room with dim lights. "Did you have him the whole time?" I nod. "It looks like he had a good mom... and a good brother too," she says, tilting her head towards Sam... read more

Eleventy and Me

February 10th 2022

Like most folks roughly my age who spent their youth and adolescence as "computer people", my personal website has gone through multiple generations of technology, starting with hand-coded HTML, moving to WordPress... read more


April 20th 2021

I was halfway through making the fourth peanut butter and jelly sandwich for today's kid lunch bags when my phone chirped at me. I saw the email subject "Maurice Manning". I'm not even sure what I assumed in the split-second before I read it... read more