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Failure Blog

Failure Blog

I feel like my greatest failure during this project is not making enough time for my team. I missed the most research times at special collections. I had a lot on my plate, include a job and the first part of the senior seminar, and I should have managed my time better. The stress of the semester got me.

Also I contacted the synagogue about a month after the research started, but our correspondence fell out and I did not contact them again until we made plans to go to the synagogue.


Update: revisions

Update: revisions

Looking  through the Hypothesis comments and the comments made in class, I need to polish my section and expand the page. The glossary that was discussed is now up and I would like some feedback (am I explaining the terms well enough, more terms, etc.).

The meeting with the games people is going well. They have some sprites and we have typed up a few quests, so everything seems to be moving smoothly. Not much else to report.


Hypothesis and going to the synagogue

Hypothesis and going to the synagogue

The hypothesis website is intuitive and easy to use. the only problem I had was that when I was annotating, I would highlight something, click annotate and it would show me an annotation I already made for a different part. I had to scroll up to the new annotation to write my comment.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival seemed incomplete. Two pages had nothing on them, and the ones that did were too short. The timeline they had up was good, but time-slots had nothing in them. You can read all the comments in Hypothesis

Mikayla and I finally went to the synagogue Sunday. We met with one of the former rabbis and his wife as well as Sharon, the synagogue historian and person we were in contact with, and her husband. They gave us a tour of the new synagogue, the Jewish cemetery, and the old synagogue, which is now a Salvation Army store. Half of the tour sounded like an introduction to Judaism. We did see some great pictures, some might end up on the sight.


group meeting

group meeting

The meeting went well. The game design people have an idea ( a top-down fetch quest game) and need us to fill in the blanks. Hopefully, with a more complete site, they will have enough information to get a bare bones version of the game working. there was also discussion about a stat recorder for the game, but I am skeptical about that. Also we further discussed when to go to the synagogue.


Digital Archiving

Digital Archiving

Digital Archiving is one of the greatest advances for historians since writing. the ability to access a lot of documents from one place is amazing. I have done most of my research for other class using sources found online. Not that these experiences and digital archives are not without problems.

Pros: quick, easily searchable, not subject to decay, don’t need to travel, can search for archives outside of local area

Cons: requires internet (and associated technology), possible bad design, sometimes behind paywall, server costs

I looked at Famous Trials and Hull House. The famous trial site worked fine enough, except that a pop-up for the site itself kept pooping up every time I went to a new page. the Hull House site had a weird ratio, but worked fine.

We do not have many documents on our site now, but we should.


This was supposed to be before spring break

This was supposed to be before spring break

How was your spring break?

The first article struck me as trying to deconstruct the archetypal youth that is glued to their phones and cannot do anything without them. The 13 year old in the article clearly has interests outside of the internet and is more well-rounded than the stereotype people assign. The gist of the article is how the internet is not so different from other forms of media in respect to adolescent use.

The second article is about boxes. It is true that being on social media is complicated and different from interacting in real life. However, I feel like these “selves” are attempting to add something that is not there. Don’t get me wrong, they are useful in a framework sort of way, but should not be taken as gospel. After all, a lot of these online selves can be applied to in-person interactions.


Post 3 or 4 (I’m losing count)

Post 3 or 4 (I’m losing count)

I missed a blog post early on, so numbering will be difficult.

Most of the Wikipedia edits I saw fell into two categories. either they were code and embedding edits or changes in spelling on foreign words that are from non-Latin alphabet languages. The discussions fell in under similar distinctions, either talking about semantics or asking about code. the behind the scenes seemed esoteric and difficult to me, but to a computer science person it might make more sense.


Blog post #2

Blog post #2

Yes, this is late, sorry

https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1WCxK7UzGW66sPmBSY6sQjaUxuNqVWmEprY4s6vLxHkw&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650

The timeline seems to embed well enough. Some of the more non-conventional sites have a hard time appearing. The whole spreadsheet was finicky, there seems to be a bit of a delay, but useful. at first I accidentally closed the tab with the work on it. with no way to recover, this mess you see before was the result. Like many things, the finished product is clean and stylish, but behind the scenes is anything but.


Blog post #2

Blog post #2

Yes, this is late, sorry

https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1WCxK7UzGW66sPmBSY6sQjaUxuNqVWmEprY4s6vLxHkw&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650

The timeline seems to embed well enough. Some of the more non-conventional sites have a hard time appearing. The whole spreadsheet was finicky, there seems to be a bit of a delay, but useful. at first I accidentally closed the tab with the work on it. with no way to recover, this mess you see before was the result. Like many things, the finished product is clean and stylish, but behind the scenes is anything but.


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