Test Post with JP Markdown and Syntax Highlighting Activated

Okay, here’s some regular prose, which isn’t explanatory at all, and then here comes a block of code:

from stop_words import get_stop_words
from nltk.corpus import stopwords

mod_stop = get_stop_words('en')
nltk_stop = stopwords.words("english")

print("mod_stop is {} words, and nltk_stop is {} words".format(len(mod_stop), len(nltk_stop)))


mod_stop is 174 words, and nltk_stop is 153 words


Creating good-looking tables in Markdown/HTML is harder than it should be.

Here’s one resource to try.

Dear Searcher: I’m Here

Here’s one of those weird moments: every once in a while the little bar chart in the upper-lefthand corner of WordPress that appears when you’re logged in begs me to click on it and see what those tiny lines represent. The entire chart represents, it claims, the last 48 hours of activity on a given WP site. So, when you see one bar taller than others, you wonder: what happened there?

So I clicked the chart. Since it’s still morning here, today’s stats aren’t terribly interesting yet, so I clicked the table for yesterday, and I saw the usual suspects: the posts that get the most traffic are for installing Python, using the NLTK, using stop words, and setting up iPython. But I also saw a bunch of hits for a post about making illustrations of the Louisiana landscape for _The Makers of Things_. How’d that happen? So, I checked out search traffic and this turned up:

Searches that led to jl.o on the first Sunday of 2015

Searches that led to jl.o on the first Sunday of 2015

*Ay?* Who are these people looking up my name and the proposed name of a book not yet in existence? Whoever you are, I’ll give you a copy of the book if you’re *that* interested. Email me, and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

JLO in 2014

WordPress’s JetPack functionality is pretty amazing. Here’s the [2014 report for JL.o][].

[2014 report for JL.o]: http://jetpack.me/annual-report/33779968/2014/

Me and the Louisiana Digital Humanities Lab

It would seem that someone, or some people, last week was interested in some confluence of me, the Louisiana Digital Humanities Lab, and the grant I helped to write to get it set up:

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I have no idea who it was, or is: no one has written or called. The grant narrative itself is available [here][], because, despite my recent experience of having my research program copied, that’s how I think we should proceed. (The copier is a local scoundrel, otherwise, apparently, devoid of creativity. Nothing can be done for/about him.)

As for the Lab, it is still there. We put it together in a kind of “there’s a few of us interested, and maybe we can build some momentum” moment, but a change of administration later, and a new dean, and a lot of the good will, and the tee tiny bit of support, on which such early efforts depend, dried up. *Sigh.* It takes so much energy to nurture a seed, and so little effort to let a sprout wither. It’s amazing really.

What the Lab needs is a refresh: new versions of both the Mac and Windows operating systems as well as an update of the Adobe Creative Suite. (What’s installed works — heck, I still make all my illustrations with AI 5 — but it would be nice to put latest tools in the hands of students.) We could also use an update of the hardware: grab a 3D printer, maybe some micro controller boards like the Arduino or the powerful Raspberry Pi and a variety of electronic components to get students hacking on things.

Could I write that grant? Yup. But not right now. I got books lining up right now, and the American academy still prefers books to anything else.

[here]: http://johnlaudun.org/20081017-louisiana-digital-humanities-lab/

Yesterday’s Stats

I have no idea what to make of the international readership of this blog, but it’s cool that WordPress gives you such information, and so colorfully:

JLO's stats for 20 July 2014.

JLO’s stats for 20 July 2014.

Academic Blogging

[Rohan Maitzen has both a nice response][rm] to the usual criticism of academic blogs (or blogs written by people who also happen to be academics), which is the misperception by many that they are intended to substitute for more traditional/conventional forms of writing/publishing. It’s not an *either/or* but *both/and*.

I also confess that I have always hated the verb form of blog. I don’t blog; I’m not a blogger. I have kept a collection of notes in reverse chronological order since 2005 ([see for yourself][see]). Mid-decade, that’s what a number of people were doing. As some people cultivated audiences, and thus ad revenue streams, it became blogging and they became bloggers.

At one point, I was on the verge of becoming one of those — I was up to several hundred readers a day — when I realized that was not what I wanted. I went silent for several months, changed what I was doing, lost those readers, and re-situated myself in a more firmly academic context. Now that I’ve done that, and I find myself more firmly in the intellectual/ideational context for which I think there is a better fit for myself as both a person and a creator, I’m ready to re-think the nature of the readership of this blog thing that is almost a decade old.

I think I’m ready to try to engage some kind of general audience on the nature of narrative, cognition, and computation.

[rm]: http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/novelreadings/blogging-accept-no-substitutes/
[see]: http://johnlaudun.org/archives/