Saturday, January 11, 2003

I suppose we can consider the gauntlet thrown down. I added my comments onto Greg's blog. I had to create a new sign-in because I couldn't remember my old one, of course. It was probably Nathalie Dressed or something.

I don't recommend my own blog right now, because it's merely a series of snippets of itself assembled as a step towards creating the first draft of a new poetics. I must find out how to post or link to jpeg files of my hand-corrected drafts. I don't suppose Blogger has any such functionality, and if I put it on Blackboard it will only be available for my students. Once such a draft exists, I vow to master the necessary technology.

Friday, January 10, 2003

No doubt about it, Pepysdiary.com is required reading for all parties here. I am eager to hear your opinion especially, Al. I'm trying to get caught up with it tonight. But I'm already sold on the form. Here is my blog on Pepys Diary as a blog. Says I: "I am awed, and awed in the same manner I was in 1995 when I showed a colleague Wells Fargo's online banking site in Mosiac and explained (both to her and myself) that, no, this was not a demo, this was real. PepysDiary.com is not a demo. It is not even a prototype. It is the real thing. This is the revolution we were promised...Look at example being set here, dammit, and shut-up about whether networked computers are useful educational tools."

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

This quote from Paul de Man's "Literary History and Literary Modernity" seemed particularly apropos for the act of blogging: "The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide" (Blindness and Insight 152).

Monday, January 06, 2003

Have you got a URL for that? I Googled around a little and couldn't find it -- it doesn't seem to be attached to the MLA site, which you'd think would be logical (though perhaps unwieldly, since they do have 800 sessions to worry about).
I received an email from Patty Keefe Durso regarding the night-time MLA presentation, "Literary Studies in Cyberspace: Transforming Texts, Contexts, and Criticism".

Wrote she, "The session went really well, and despite the late hour we did draw a large crowd--as always, though, the time was too short and there just wasn't enough time for discussion, although many folks stayed well after the panel ended to continue the discussion. Basic information (and abstracts) are still up on the session website if you're interested ( posted by Greg at

Peter, on a lark I signed on to the list that you mentioned, and you weren't kidding about either the volume or its very tightly knit nature. I feel like I've walked into a large family reunion where everyone's discussing people I've never met. It is nice to get 59 messages every time I sign on, but that's a little mitigated by the fact that none of them are really for me.

But back to blogging. I've now completed my first blog experiment. On Revolt and Resignation I've posted a series of daily comments on a short article by T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Originally I'd just intended to write marginalia; as you can see, it's spun way, way out of control, and nearly constitutes a full-blown article distinguishing my poetics from Eliot's (a riveting subject, I know). I intend to finish the draft of my poetics, then begin posting drafts of poems, both jpeg files of the hand-written originals (with typed versions, since I write in shorthand) and successive computer drafts with corrections. This may be delayed for a few days while I locate a scanner and come up with a theme that's not too salacious to be associated with my good name. After that, I think I may try working on a documented log of my classes, including their always-wacky multimedia presentations (for which I will need a digital camera). We'll see. I'm discovering a lot of uses for the technology.

I'll also keep you-all posted on Embry-Riddle's technology initiative in the humanities (I'm part of the initial cell, which meets for the first time this morning). I'm curious to see: 1. What they want us to do; and 2. What we'll do instead. In this context, "they" are ERAU's IT staff, the administration, and the department chair.

Sunday, January 05, 2003

Peter: I had actually tried clicking the "publish" button -- more than once, in fact. Naturally, when Greg came over and did the same thing, it obediently posted. Sometimes computers just need to feel the firm hand of the master. They're very childlike in that way.