Why I've walked away from Apple

July 1st 2010

Yesterday, a friend made the mistake of asking me why I switched from iPhone to Android, on an afternoon when I had some time to kill at the airport. His response to my long e-mail was that I should publish it on a blog somewhere... read more

New birchbark XML: names in context (NIC)

June 27th 2010

To enable a more interesting proof-of-concept for the birchbark letter XML project, I've spent the last week making a new, limited data set (all documents from 1100-1120, plus some documents with the same names from the 12th century... read more

Early results from a birchbark letter proof-of-concept

June 27th 2010

The frustrating thing about attempting a proof-of-concept for the birchbark letters is that many of the calculations I find most interesting need to be run over the entire corpus-- which means a lot more data preparation than I currently have finished... read more

The state of the birchbark letters XML project

June 19th 2010

I was hoping to delay this until I had the Subversion repository ready to distribute the first versions of the XML, but setting it up is taking a bit longer than I anticipated. I'm working on a proof-of-concept for the kinds of analysis that can be done using the name and date indices together... read more

Modernizing Research through Collaborative Reference Tools: The Medieval Slavic Linguistics Wiki

June 18th 2010

As a way of setting an actual deadline for myself to make some progress on the Medieval Slavic wiki, I submitted an abstract to the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society, which follows... read more

NITLE 2010: Medieval Slavic wiki meets Project Bamboo

April 18th 2010

For the NITLE Summit 2010 poster session, I combined my Medieval Slavic wiki with the work I've been doing as part of Project Bamboo. The abstract is below: Even in a time when digital information can be accessed... read more

Balkan & South Slavic Conference: presentation materials

April 16th 2010

On April 17, 2010, we gave a talk on the Bulgarian Dialect Atlas at the Balkan and South Slavic Conference at the Ohio State University. You can download the slides here.NaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaN... read more

Installing Cocoon on Ubuntu

April 14th 2010

10/11/10 -- This guide was written for Intrepid, and doesn't work on the latest Ubuntu releases. An updated and working version of the guide is available here. This guide was prepared with help from a guide written on the GSLIS wiki by Wendell Piez... read more

Bulgarian Dialect Atlas at the 17th Meeting of the Balkan and South Slavic

April 13th 2010

Andy and I will be demoing the Bulgarian Dialect Atlas on April 17th at the 17th Balkan and South Slavic Conference at the Ohio State University. The slides and handout will be posted after the talk. While there hasn't been much additional development on the project since its presentation at Balisage last summer... read more

Do It With Drupal: Drupal Under Pressure: Performance and Scalability

December 10th 2009

* Browser | Apache | PHP | -SQL Queries | MySQL * Common pattern for optimization: inspect each layer, add little buckets of caches everywhere * "Fast track" through the different layers to get out requests more efficiently * On browser side... read more