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March 2010

[24 March is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Find out more at This post is less polished than I would like it to be, as I am dashing it off at the end of the work day.]

The known parameters:

I have classes to finish and papers to write up until about 28 May.

I am attending the centenary of the World Missionary Conference (which is another blog post in its own right) in Edinburgh from 2 to 6 June.

I need to get to Hobart (maybe with a quick laundry stop in Melbourne) by 14 or 15 June.

A travel agent suggests either Qantas+BA to Edinburgh or Emirates to Glasgow.

The Day in the Life of Digital Humanities 2010 is 18 March. This is a study day for me (when I'm not working on digital humanities projects) so I'm not participating. I'll watch this event with interest though, and maybe participate next year.

The obligatory Twitter hashtag is dayofdh.

In my most recent talk on humanities computing, one of the issues that I raised, and that others asked about, was how humanities computing projects are evaluated in a way that can contribute to career advancement, especially for those of us who do not hold traditional research positions but are some kind of hybrid developer/research assistant. The time that I spend developing a database and website (what our end-users see) is time that I don't spend writing scholarly articles (which would be better for my career).

I seem to re-evaluate my online presence every few months, especially in terms of my home page and/or blog. I've been learning and using Drupal a lot at work over the last year, so it's about time I managed my personal site with Drupal as well.

One fewer car ... because I don't drive, and because 'one less car' upsets my grammatically conservative self.