DH Positions

I’ve seen a number of digital humanities positions of late, some running centers, and a lot based in libraries. I’m interested, but I think I need more credentials, the old-fashioned kind that come with publishing in established venues, before I apply to them. I really like the look of the Penn State position, and the Purdue job is equally compelling. Both are good universities with track records for thinking about the long-term.

Film Scanners

Having recently embarked upon the task of transferring all my MiniDV footage to iMovie and the MP4 format, before the tapes themselves go bad or the little Sony camera no longer functions — more on the lost nature of my Sony MiniDisks some other time, I find myself wondering about the boxes of slides and film negatives also in my possession, some of which holds either memories quite dear to me or material that could serve my own research and teaching or that of others.

To address this issue, I started looking around for what is the current state of film scanners and what the pricing looks like. B&H has a nice survey, which runs the gamut in price and quality of scan — and the two are closely tied, of course. I wish it were otherwise, but it looks like the lower-end Plusteks, which run about $300 or so, are about where I am headed. Does anyone have any advice? Some of my university’s units used to have film scanners, but I don’t know how well they’ve been maintained over the years, and in at least one case, it was a SCSI device. (Good luck finding a connector for that these days — I tried recently, out of curiosity, to revive the first external hard drive I ever owned, a LaCie with, I think a whopping 10MB inside something the size of a cigar box.)

USB-ifying an Apple Keyboard II

Thank you, internet, for almost always having an answer to a question. In this case, I had come across an old Apple Keyboard II while rummaging for something else. The AK2 is an ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) device, and so no longer compatible with contemporary Mac hardware. However, according to Scott the Robot, a $16 microcontroller, properly flashed and soldered, corrects that one inadequacy. Next step, USB-ifying an Apple Keyboard II.

European Summer University in Digital Humanities

The European Summer University in Digital Humanities takes place across 11 days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion. The workshop programme is composed of the following thematic strands:

  • XML-TEI encoding, structuring and rendering
  • Methods and Tools for the Corpus Annotation of Historical and Contemporary Written Texts
  • Comparing Corpora
  • Spoken Language and Multimodal Corpora
  • Python
  • Basic Statistics and Visualization with R
  • Stylometry
  • Open Greek and Latin
  • Digital Editions and Editorial Theory: Historical Texts and Documents
  • Spatial Analysis in the Humanities
  • Building Thematic Research Collections with Drupal
  • Introduction to Project Management

Each workshop consists of a total of 16 sessions or 32 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 10. Workshops are structured in such a way that participants can either take the two blocks of one workshop or two blocks from different workshops.

The description of all workshops can be found here in at least two languages. Short bios in at least two languages are available of most workshop leaders.

Installing, and Setting, PIP with MacPorts

There’s a Python library, textblob, that I want to explore, but there is no current port of it for MacPorts. I like to keep as much stuff like this “in the family” as possible, and so I am going to see if a PIP selected by MacPorts will make this easy:

% port search pip

py27-pip @6.1.1 (python, www)
A tool for installing and managing Python packages.

% sudo port instal py27-pip

A lot of stuff scrolls by, then:

% port select --list pip
Available versions for pip:
none (active)

% port select --set pip pip27
Selecting 'pip27' for 'pip' failed: could not create new link 
"/opt/local/bin/pip" pointing to "/opt/local/Library/
Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/pip": permission

So, sudo that:

% sudo port select --set pip pip27
Selecting 'pip27' for 'pip' succeeded. 'pip27' is now active.

Check my work:

 % which pip