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And away we go! October 18, 2010

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I’m off to IR11 tomorrow evening; I’ll be arriving in Gothenburg Wednesday evening.  I present Friday morning!

Conference postmortem October 19, 2009

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I intended to blog my notes from the sessions, I really did. But… I have been too busy. I also think the backchannel had an impact. Previously I’ve blogged sessions as a way to process them… this year I processed more via Twitter, and, I’ll be honest, being more social in between sessions.

I had a great time, though. And now I’m being bitten by the fact that I assigned a 3-essay midterm to my 30-person class right before I left. Only 45(ish) more essays to grade!

IR10 in Milwaukee October 8, 2009

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I’m here, I’ll blog session notes and twitter @sarah_m_ford.  If anybody’s looking for a banquet ticket for Saturday night, let me know because I’m trying to sell mine!

Other Privacy-related studies July 20, 2009

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In the past week or so, two surveys related to privacy online have come through my Inbox.

From the University of Bath:

We are running a study to understand how everyday situations (both offline and online) that may pose privacy concerns are appraised. We hope to discover the types of judgments most prevalent in privacy infringements. This survey takes at most 20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. I would be grateful if you would consider participating and forwarding to others who could assist us.

http://luminainteractive.com/questionnaire.htm

There was another one about facebook and privacy but I’ve deleted the e-mail and my bookmark is not working.  Perhaps it’s closed already.

October needs to come, and fast! April 17, 2009

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I will be presenting a paper entitled “LiveJournal:Critical.  Learning from the Layoffs” at Internet Research 10.0 in Milwaukee in October; in it, I am looking at LJ users’ reactions to the layoff news and specifically examining why many of them stated that they would not consider Facebook as an alternative to LiveJournal.

And at the same time, I’m noticing LJ use declining.  My own, to be sure… my personal blogging took a hit when I started my observational data collection.  It was like the “blogging” part of my brain was completely taken up by having to track 27 blogs every day.  But I’m also twittering more, and doing more, yes, on Facebook.  I’m not the only one to have noticed this, though – a non-academic friend commented to me that her LJ friends have been posting less, too.  I’m not sure what’s going on there… but let’s let October come before my paper is obsolete before its time!

Workflow… December 2, 2008

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I’ve been collecting my ethnographic data for about 10 weeks now.  I have to admit that I’m a bit behind… I have not looked at and analyzed every post on every blog I’m observing since the date I started observations.  Conveniently for me, those posts generally don’t disappear.

Part of the delay has been developing a workflow.  Because posts sometimes DO disappear, and so that I can do work if I happen to be offline (rare, but it has been known to happen), I am archiving the text of each blog post.  Straight up copy/paste doesn’t work – it doesn’t capture images or links.  Just viewing the source of the page doesn’t work – because it just gives you the framework of the page, not the post html itself.

My first tactic was to use the source viewer tab extension for Firefox and copy & paste from there into a local html file, which worked but I generally lost some formatting and getting it from there into my info management system – Journler* – was a multi-step process.  

And then, about two weeks ago, a very smart person on the Journler support boards reminded me that I could drag a URL straight from my browser onto the Journler icon on the dock to create a shortcut to the post (which will open in Journler’s built-in browser) from which I can also easily create a reasonable local text copy.

Obviously this is a MUCH better workflow, but it means I need to go back and re-do a bunch of stuff.

Could I have figured this out sooner?  Probably… but it’s not the end of the world and everything looks oh-so pretty and is oh-so easy to find & code now.

*It should be noted that I ADORE Journler.  I use it for EVERYTHING – task management, receipts, webpages I need to read, anytime I need to dump any kind of text that I need to find again later.  Highly recommended – but you have to be a person of superior intellect Mac user.

“How do you define the term blog?” July 11, 2008

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I’m in the middle of coding these data from my survey, and this is simply the best answer I have seen yet (2/3 of the way through the coding):

Web Log: Sort of a cross between a diary and Martin Luther’s nailing his list of complaints to the door of the local church.
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“Weak” communities, ha! May 23, 2008

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I have a lot of other stuff I want to post about, but I have a great story to illustrate the strength of online communities.

I’m a moderator of a support-related listserv; last night one of our members found herself in all alone and in a very tough situation.  And within a couple of hours of her posting, one of the other members of our list, who happens to live in the same area, was with her so she didn’t have to be all alone.

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You’d think they would know better… November 12, 2007

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As I was working on a fellowship application, it occurred to me that an agency offering dissertation fellowships ought to know that a graduate student’s work history I don’t think that I’m alone in this… If we go CHRONOLOGICALLY, my work history since starting grad school goes like this:

  • AY1999-2000: TA
  • Summer 2000: Departmental Lackey / Con Ed Instructor
  • AY 2000-2001: TA
    • (Winter 2001: Con Ed Instructor)
  • Summer 2001: Con Ed Instructor
  • Fall 2001: TA
  • Spring 2002: Teaching Associate
  • Summer 2002: Con Ed Instructor
  • AY 2002-2003: TA
  • Summer 2003 & AY 2003-2004: Rose Fellow
  • Summer 2004: Temp (I don’t even put this in my employment history)
  • Fall 2004: Medical Leave/Departmental Lackey
  • Spring 2005: Teaching Associate
  • Fall 2005: Unemployed
  • Spring & Summer 2006; Summer & Fall 2007:  Adjunct Prof.

I’m not alone in this, am I? I can’t be… And so ordering my employment by position and then wanting simple dates is just a major pain in the rear.

And let’s not get into applications that break out employment and teaching, and whose applications don’t make any sense for those of us who are in adjunct hell.  Ah well… the application is done & there ain’t anything that can be done about it now.

Survey link: Updated July 1, 2007

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There has been some craziness with my survey link, so we’re going ultra low-tech here.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=YWpihoh7RtF_2fL0QyOU8IjQ_3d_3d
That will get you there.