The Links Behind the Day

The links/URLs flew fast and furious yesterday, more often in conversation than in the presentations, and it felt so completely natural that I didn’t think about it until this morning when I decided to capture all the tabs I had open in my browser:

* There is, of course, the foundational site for all of this the [Speaking in Code][] page, which, to my mind is a model for how these things should be done: everything organized on one page, in a graphically very clear way and with links to maps and destinations right on the page itself
* Bill Turkel mentioned a graphical programming language, _Max_, that piqued my curiosity, and reminded me of the [Lego Mindstorms][] interface, and then I remembered that *that* was built on top of [Logo][].
* Our discussions about *tacit knowledge* (and what it implied) and what to call *mastery* — something Hugh Cayless asked — reminded me of the [Dreyfus model of skill acquisition][]. (To be honest, while I had heard of the Dreyfus brothers work over the years, I didn’t really encounter it until I read Andy Hunt’s _Pragmatic Thinking and Learning_ a few years ago.)
* Someone, I think Jean Bauer (but, boy, I could be wrong) tweeted about [Software Carpentry][]. With a slogan like “Scientific computing doesn’t have to hurt,” you know it’s going to be good.
* Bethany Nowviskie, following up on a bunch of comments about getting signal from noise (as Micki Kaufman put it — or maybe someone else rephrased her point that way — this thing is collaborative, people, everyone is building on top of everyone else here in a way that makes attribution really hard) linked to a post on _Snow Theory_ entitled [“Can Digital Humanities Visualize Absence?”][].
* Finally, at some point, someone said something about the arbitrary nature of museum collections — I think it was Mia Ridge, now that I think about it — and it made me remember that weird historical moment when Jean-Paul Sartre, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Andre Breton were in New York together and rummaging through junk shops together. For those who don’t know it, it produced Sartre’s terrific essay, “New York, the Colonial City” in which he concludes about the city’s grid of streets that in it one is *jamais égaré, toujours perdu* (never led astray, but always lost). Levi-Strauss references it in the opening pages of _The Way of the Masks_. (I have always wanted to write a bit of fiction in which you had Levi-Strauss popping up from behind a mound of dust-covered antiques and knick-knacks, wearing a Kwakiutl mask and cry out “Jean-Paul! Jean-Paul! I am Xwexwe! Throw me pennies for luck!”) I googled a historical reference and found [this][]:

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[Speaking in Code]: http://codespeak.scholarslab.org/
[Lego Mindstorms]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Mindstorms
[Logo]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logo_(programming_language)
[Dreyfus model of skill acquisition]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_model_of_skill_acquisition
[Software Carpentry]: http://software-carpentry.org
[“Can Digital Humanities Visualize Absence?”]: http://snowtheory.blogspot.com/2013/11/can-digital-humanities-visualize-absence.html
[this]: http://books.google.com/books?id=yuL98MtZ5poC&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63&dq=breton+sartre+levi-strauss&source=bl&ots=dT0IMTH9BY&sig=CYKnkWe_ZGxfvh3K0FYH5PWjzU8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GA14UpbnDYalsATFxYCwCA&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

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