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* I've been very productively rounding up bibliographical material to track down on Monday. The odds of me being productive tomorrow are upped by the fact I'm nearly done preparing for Latin as well. The saint's head has been successfully chopped off.

* It's gorgeously sunny and mild out today. For the second day in a row, the snow is slowly, slowly melting.

* We had more of the world's best muffins for breakfast today. Those would be the ones from the Drake Hotel coffee shop, much as it would be nice to claim they were the ones I baked myself. Mine aren't bad. Theirs are amazing. Queen of Tarts makes better brownies though, but it would be hard to compete with the Queen of Tarts on that particular front.

* We're going to see Heather Dale in concert tonight.

* The really awful smell which came out of the heating system for several days earlier this week turned out to be burnt teflon from a forgotten frying of eggs downstairs.


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Feb. 23rd, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
do you subscribe to MEDTEXT-L?
(if so, pardon this clutter)


The third biennial conference on the topic of "Ancient
Studies -- New Technology: The World Wide Web and
Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in
Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies" will be held
December 3-5, 2004, at James Madison University,
Harrisonburg, VA. Topics of particular interest include 1)
the digital museum; 2) the digital classroom; 3) the digital
scholar; and 4) theoretical issues such as "knowledge
representation". 300-word electronic abstracts dealing with
these issues and with other ways in which the WEB can
help to promote classical, ancient, Byzantine, and medieval
studies may be directed to Ralph Mathisen, Program Chair,
at ralphwm@uiuc.edu and ruricius@msn.com (snail-mail:
Department of History, 309 Gregory Hall, University of
Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801). Deadline for receipt of
abstracts is July 15, 2004. Programs for previous
conferences may be consulted at http://www.roman-
emperors.org/program.htm (2000 Conference) and
conf_program.html (2002 Conference).
Ralph W. Mathisen
Department of History, University of Illinois
309 Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright ST, MC-466, Urbana IL 61801 USA
Phone: 217-244-2075, FAX: 217-333-2297
Director, Biographical Database for Late Antiquity
EMAIL: ralphwm@uiuc.edu or ruricius@msn.com
Society for Late Antiquity Web Site: http://www.sc.edu/ltantsoc
Geography of Roman Gaul Site: http://www.sc.edu/ltantsoc/geogmain.htm
Field Site: http://www.history.uiuc.edu/areas/lateantiquity.html
Feb. 24th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: do you subscribe to MEDTEXT-L?
I don't subscribe to MEDTEXT-L, nor had I received this CFP from any other source, so thank you for sending it my way.

I'm entirely willing to believe that there are grippingly good discussions out there on applying electronic methods to Medieval Studies. Certainly, it's a field which has made admirable use of such methods. Alas, the handful of K'zoo sessions I've been to on the subject have been exceedingly dull. They spend 20 minutes clicking around their CD-ROM/website/etc. to show various pages or examples, and rarely talk about any wider issues. The wider issues, you see, are not unique to our corner of the universe, but in many ways, are dealt with in more interesting ways in more technical forums, the forums which talk about the technologies themselves.

I would love to experience an example to the contrary. There's no reason why scholars of the Middle Ages can't provide useful feedback to those dveloping infrastructure, and in many cases they have. I just haven't experienced that kind of useful or inspiring dialogue in a conferences setting.

Have you been to a Medieval tech. application conference yourself? Clearly enough people enjoy it that this one in particular is up to its third iteration! I'd like to be interested in attending a conference like this, but based on my limited past experience with cognate events, my hopes are low.

I should mention for the purposes of relevant disclosure that I've worked in computer tech support roles, tutored people and taught classes on aspects of it, and worked as a webmaster for a while. My boyfriend is a techie and enthuses about the latest software versioning databases and the advantages of various scripting languages. Hearing a group of people talk about putting together a form or putting links on every page for some purpose just isn't that exciting for me. It has to be more interesting than that to pique my interest.
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