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Gwen for History 697: Reflections on my site

Posted 3 months ago

Now that my site is nearly finished I can say that I have been looking forward to being completed very much…This has been a tough class for me on many levels – not the least because I have never done of any of this before including scanning, photoshop, let alone CSS or HTML – other [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Accessibility

Posted 3 months ago

This week’s readings covered a topic that hadn’t occurred to me with regards to web design, but of course it makes total sense. Making web content available to people who use screen readers and therefore include a greater part of the population is an important consideration. It also creates another level of [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Design rationale draft

Posted 4 months ago

Here is a draft logo link and also the design rationale file The most difficult part of this was working with the colors – I was working in both Open Office’s equivalent to Powerpoint and Photoshop Elements and each works a little differently. I spent a lot of time going in circles until seemingly magically [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Readings for 3/23

Posted 4 months ago

This week’s readings cover some of the fine points of web design. Luke Wroblewski discusses the importance of the both the technical and the visual in web design. Technical aspects are importance to the way the site works, but the visual is what will draw in the viewer and keep them interested in [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Site map

Posted 4 months ago

I have a site map – I used a program called Lovely Charts found at this link . I can’t remember now how I found it – I think through the readings the week we did site maps and wireframes. It was fairly easy to use – has a good intro [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Modifying CMS

Posted 4 months ago

This has been by far the toughest assignment for me. I finally decided to use Omeka and got that installed. I selected the dark theme. I have the most trouble with the FTP and am still having problems moving things back and forth – I think I need some remedial help. [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: For Edward Tufte fans

Posted 4 months ago

For unknown reasons I received a mailing announcing a one-day course being taught by Edward Tufte in Arlington. It will be presented three different days in early April. It is pricey – $380 for regular folks and offered at the low, low price of just $200 if you are a full time student [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Scope for my project

Posted 4 months ago

1787 Mount Vernon Store Book website Abstract: The 1787 Mount Vernon Store Book website is an exercise in taking an eighteenth-century text that on the surface appears to be a dry list of items and contextualizing the document to relate a larger story of life on a large Virginia plantation. The book details goods that went [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Web design

Posted 5 months ago

After reading Garrett’s book I decided to take a look at his website – jjg.net (don’t go to jgg.net first as I did – I think it’s an online dating site – took me a minute to figure out I was in the wrong place!) It was definitely worth a look as his “diagram [...] [Link]

Gwen for History 697: Getting on with the project

Posted 5 months ago

I am eager to get started on the site and I think (fervently hope!) that all that we have been learning will begin to make a lot more sense once I am actually putting it to use. Like Trevor, I am most excited about the design aspect and know how I would like it [...] [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Gathering the work together,

Posted 9 months ago

We are now down to the wire and I am trying to get all the parts together. Nervous old me. So here is a list of my digital skills, final projects, and where to find them. If all else fails, please email me your home street address, and I will present this entire thing with hand puppets! Yes, I will! Digital Skill #1: This blog. Please note I have been very good at keeping up with the readings, yada, yada, yada. To which you answer "who do I look like, Santa?" Digital Skill #2: WebPage ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: A little about my Blog

Posted 9 months ago

Mainly kept to record my weekly readings for Clio Wired, I hope to expand it into a catch basin for my ranting ideas about history and myth. Because I truely think the two are very related. Because people understand narratives best, and history and myth are just two styles of narratives. It's just that we normally reserve history for those events for which we have evidence, while myth captures those qualities which cannot be measured, like aspirations and beliefs. They are two sides of the ... [Link]

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Posted 9 months ago

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Propaganda Redux: Oh yes... marketing

Posted 9 months ago

"Product without marketing is scrap, but marketing without product is fraud." That was the mantra my husband and I repeated every day when we worked for a manufacturer who created woodworking machines. Marketing is the engine that gets the train going--just because the rest of the train is up to speed doesn't mean it's time to unhook the engine. Marketing is the smart and clever part of business. The rest is just bean counting. And there is no reason for marketing on the Web ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Thank God for Bridgeman!

Posted 9 months ago

One great source of up to date information on copyrights is organizations that cater to documentary producers. My husband and I belong to one out of the San Francisco area, and they have some very good pro-bono lawyers who will give decent information. That is where we learned about Bridgeman. They also help provide "errors and omissions" insurance policies to cover those little "oops, I forgot to get Harold to sign the release and now he is suing us for ..." This has been ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: A few hours of sleep and a pot of coffee later...

Posted 9 months ago

Gotta love a historian who can put his point across in vigorous and simple language--I grant both Carl Becker and James Gardner that critique. And thanks to Tom for putting them together--I had read the Becker piece before, but after the Gardner piece, I found new sentiments take precident. For example, "Berate him as we will for not reading our books, Mr. Everyman is stronger than we are, and sooner or later we must adapt our knowledge to his necessities (Becker, 234) as opposed to ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: A nice mixture of sweet and sour

Posted 9 months ago

Who could not feel a bit misty eyed while reading Rosenzweg and Thelen's The Past as Presence? I couldn't help but think of my grandfather and his stories, and wonder if we all had some relative that got us interested , even a little, in history. However, in trying to become a "professional historian," I have frequently found the need to downplay those personal involvements. So we attempt to study other facets of the past, but we secretly have a box or two of letters, ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Gutenberg-e and the direction of monographs

Posted 9 months ago

Elizabeth Eisenstein, in her seminal book "The Printing Press as an Agent of Change," observed that Johann Gutenberg went bankrupt publishing the exact same type of book the scribes were already creating. The printed book did not catch a wide audience until after printers and authors started experimenting with size, format, ephemera, etc. And all this took time. For example, it wasn't until 1560 that someone thought to number both the chapters and the verses in the Bible. I keep ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Photoshopped, and I'm out of cash...The REAL entry

Posted 9 months ago

Here is my assignment for the Image Skills. The picture is from a 1907 commentary on the 16th century incanabula titled "The Jena Codex." The original is locked up in the Czech National Museum in Prague, and if you can pay for a ticket, I'll be happy to give you a tour. We had gotten several high quality large format slides of other images from the original, but we needed this one, and so we have to try to match this copy of a copy with those high quality photographs. But we also ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Thoughts on Final Project

Posted 9 months ago

So after a couple of weeks kicking this idea around, I think I'm ready to put it into narrative form. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I have given my project the title "History's Prism." This website will be a wiki for historians. Just as a prism divides visible light into its component colors, "History's Prism" can be used to break the narrative of history into separate versions, reflecting particular dogmas or different sets of sources. Where Wikipedia ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Changing into our pedagogical hats.

Posted 9 months ago

Our Images--to the left, historical figure before Mills Kelly's lecture. To the right, after lecture. Actually, that is fifteenth century priest/reformer Jan Hus, and his hat-the birretta was the preferred headgear of the sartorially salient medieval scholar. Our four-pointed "mortarboards" are based on this design. Clearly, some people (yours truely) should not be allowed anywhere near Photoshop. Frantishek Palacky, the great Czech historian, must be rolling in his grave. We get ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Maps, I love maps!

Posted 9 months ago

I must admit, I find maps sexy. I can look at them all day. Given the opportunity to go into the military, I'd immediately sign up as a navigator in the Navy. Except I get violently sea sick, so that is not really an option. So I thought this assignment would be just ducks-until Schwartz's article on Railroads and Population in England. Now I know why I want to become a cultural historian, not a social historian. I realize this sentiment is anathema at GMU, but no one seems to read this ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Mash-up or fender bender?

Posted 9 months ago

Sorry, I was not terribly impressed with this weeks' readings. I guess the concept of Remix comes naturally to me-I used to make properties for plays and films, and we always had to find unusual ways of building something very normal. Yee's page I found almost incipherable-so I watched part of his presentation. Actually, it was his Power point with his talk in voice over. Couldn't even make it into the meat of his talk-did anyone else try to sit through it? What was his big point? ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: So what is at the Bottom?

Posted 9 months ago

The readings this week on databases was indeed deep and wide. Remeniscent of swimming in a lake, realizing you cannot touch the bottom, and wondering what really is down there in the dark green? Scum, sunken ships, debtors in cement overshoes? Exabites indeed give me a cold chill. But I couldn't help wondering-yes it is a lot of information, but how much of it is worth saving? Sure, the IRS needs some of that info and court cases hinge on scraps of evidence. But what about that text message ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Treading on toes

Posted 9 months ago

So when you get to visualizing history, you are treading on my toes--because that is something I like to think I know a few things about. Please forgive the lateness of this post, but I am still struggling with a broken computer and no web access at home, so all my posting time has to be taken from my lunch hour at Research 1. I found this week's readings to be both satisfying and maddening. At last, a few names I'm familiar with-Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault- inserted exactly ... [Link]

Propaganda Redux: Propaganda Redux

Posted 9 months ago

So I started this project-deconstructing a web site-after trying to troubleshoot two computers that a bored eleven year old has played with. Goodness knows what kind of junk has been seen on my computer-it makes a mother shutter. Now that I have one of the computers somewhat running, let us give this HTML stuff a try. I wanted to deconstruct the BBC international page, but all it gave me was one line of jibberish. Figuring that must be html for "back slowly away from the code," I ... [Link]

Josie's Hot Dog Stand: Eshet Chayil

Posted 17 months ago

Recently I had the unhappy duty of attending my brother-in-law Sean’s funeral. His wasn’t an easy death, as he had been sick for much of the year. His passing was widely noted in his hometown, where he had been a fixture – a hero to some – for many years. He was a remarkable person, [...] [Link]

Fire when ready!: Creating a virtual candlelight tour of the Washington Navy Yard

Posted 20 months ago

Architectural Reconstruction Project-Our assignment for this week was a recreate a historic neighborhood using a historic map overlaid on a Google Earth map. We were then to recreate some of the buildings in this neighborhood using Google Sketch-Up. I’ve spent the better part of a decade in one particular neighborhood, the Washington Navy [...] [Link]

Fire when ready!: No Sanborn love for military installations?

Posted 20 months ago

I’m a little frustrated with the historical reconstruction project due new week. I’d love to recreate the Washington Navy Yard, circa 1890 or 1925. Why those two time periods? The Naval Historical Center has some great photographs and paintings from both of those time periods and I’ve never had a chance to work with them. [...] [Link]

Fire when ready!: Building my dream house in Google Sketch-Up

Posted 21 months ago

Lots of fun in Google Sketch-Up this week. I started out trying to recreate some of the buildings at Chatham Historic Dockyard in England . I was there last fall and fell in love with the place. I quickly became sidetracked though with all the fun tools that Sketch-Up has to offer and ended up [...] [Link]