All posts by Ryan Cordell

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Save Money Bit-by-Bit with Digit

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Saving money is tough, perhaps especially s…

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Analog Distractions: Cooperative Board Games Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert

If you’ve ever read one of our ProfHacker holiday gift guides, you’ll know that lots of us are big fans of board games, and in particular of the new breed of smart board games that have appeared in increasing numbers in the past decade or so. Board games are oddly hip, and for good reason—there’s more variety and complexity in the genre than ever before.

Board games are a big part of my family life; my wife, kids, and I love to play in the evenings and especially on the weekends. We’re always lo…

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Finding the Best Thing with Wirecutter and Sweethome

Blue ribbon prize.

If you’re like me, when shopping for…well for almost anything…you can be paralyzed by choice. If you need a new set of headphones, there are just so many options out there, and so many blogs or forums in which experts and consumers will discuss in detail the pros and cons of any given choice. We do a bit of that here at ProfHacker, of course, and we hope our recommendations are good ones.

But choosing can still be exhausting. Barry Schwartz calls this problem The Paradox of Choice in his book o…

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Weekend Reading: Frazzled New Semester Edition

10600430_10203382112931120_4665268041150610272_nWith the new semester comes inevitable busyness and exhaustion, so I’m going to keep this introduction brief, saying only that there is no common thread along which this week’s selections are strung.

  • Natalia Cecire’s “Everybody’s Authority” offers a necessary and nuanced analysis of how most readers’ transition from RSS readers to social media has also shifted the dynamics of “semi-public” academic writing online.

    Cohen’s suggestion—explicitly made in the context of RSS’s then-rising prom…

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Weekend Reading: Butterflies in the Sky Edition

4017103295_7b7ee92569_bThere’s not much of a theme to today’s reading list. Perhaps this is appropriate for a summer Friday. In any case, enjoy!

  • First (and this could take your whole weekend, and that would be okay), there’s the #YesAllWomen hashtag, which began in the wake of the UCSB shootings. If you’ve not yet, spend some time with the tweets and with the many articles of essential reading to which they link.
  • This week the MLA’s Task Force on Doctoral Study in Language and Literature released its report, which ma…
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Tom Bihn’s Travel Bags for Conference Travel

TB0940_01bWhen I moved to the Boston area and began commuting two years ago, I asked ProfHacker readers to recommend a good backpack for commuting. So many recommended Tom Bihn backpacks that I got one, and I loved it. So when I was preparing for a series of work-related trips this spring, I wanted to test out Tom Bihn’s travel bags for these 2- or 3-night trips. The company provided me with an Aeronaut, a Tri-Star, and a Pilot bag so I could test them all, along with a set of packing cubes and pouches to…

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Weekend Reading: Kirschantwort Roundup Edition

1117742262_7bc9d99769_bAfter a very long winter, it’s finally feeling a bit like summer in New England—it seems we simply missed spring altogether. Most classes are finished (unless, like me, you’re teaching a summer class) and faculty are busy trying to get started on full summer to-do lists. This weekend’s reading will primarily be of interest to readers who care about the digital humanities. If that’s a topic you’d rather skip, skip away. Otherwise, I’ve tried to round up a recent set of articles discussing the sha…

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Weekend Reading: One-Star Lighthouse Edition

7864958264_9c1ebb736a_bIt’s been a busy week, and I have lots of reading for you. So here ’tis:

  • There’s been a very active conversation about Net Neutrality and higher education this week. I would recommend a few posts for those looking to learn more or join the conversation:
    1. This joint post from Adeline Koh and Siobhan Senier here at ProfHacker, “Why Net Neutrality Matters to Higher Ed,” includes several relevant links, a nice breakdown of the issues at stake in this debate, and a few concrete ways to get involved.
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Weekend Reading: School’s (Almost) Out For Summer Edition

5881423615_ca99c437e6_bIt’s hard to believe, but our spring semester is already finished. I’m likely grading students’ final projects as you read this. So here’s a (very quick) list of worthwhile weekend reading.

  • Roopika Risam writes about “Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities” for the journal Ada. While the focus is on the specific challenges of evaluating digital humanities work, Risam’s argument and recommendations apply across a range of fields.

    Rethinking peer review in the age of digital acad…

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DHCommons Journal Seeks Mid-Stage Digital Humanities Projects for Review in Inaugural Issue

Many—though far from all, I realize—ProfHacker readers are involved in the digital humanities (DH). More than two years ago I wrote about the launch of DHCommons, a resource for connecting scholars interested in collaborating on DH projects. Later that year I wrote about how DHCommons was partnering with the Association for Computers and the Humanities to connect new DH scholars with mentors. Since then DHCommons has partnered with centerNet, the international network of digital humanities cent…