File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 690


From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
To: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 05:13:53 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist]  22.706 doing as well as the codex



                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 706.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
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  [1]   From:    "dennis c.l." <cyberdennis-AT-gmail.com>                     (65)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.704 doing as well as the codex, continued

  [2]   From:    James Rovira <jamesrovira-AT-gmail.com>                      (34)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.704 doing as well as the codex, continued


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        Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2009 06:44:45 -0300
        From: "dennis c.l." <cyberdennis-AT-gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.704 doing as well as the codex, continued
        In-Reply-To: <20090419081227.4FA7045E2-AT-woodward.joyent.us>

Dear Willard,
allow me a bit of  sophomoric levity in suggesting the hanging of a
Kindle  around ones neck.
 yours
dennis cintra leite

On Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 5:12 AM, Humanist Discussion Group
<willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 704.
>         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
>                       www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                Submit to: humanist-AT-lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>        Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 11:36:25 +0100
>        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
>        >
> I have a question about how we might do better with our digital objects
> for reading than I, at least, know how to do.
>
> The situation must be familiar to everyone here: so much to read that
> every opportunity needs to be taken and device used to keep in mind the
> reading that must be done and to make sure that it does. With printed
> books I do the following: place piles of them on my desk, signifying
> immediately-to-be-read; place others strategically here and there around
> the house, including in the loo, so that I cannot avoid the reminder and
> can avail myself of them in the few moments of idleness I have; carry
> with me the current book or article under assault so that I can read it
> and make notes when in transit. Unlike Pliny I am not wealthy enough to
> be transported wherever I go, so time is lost to reading when I walk.
> And no one buys my groceries for me etc.
>
> The physicality of the codices in question thus helps enormously in the
> seemingly trivial process of being reminded. Furthermore, these physical
> objects can be positioned in space so as to signify what kind of book
> each is in my own rapidly changing categorizations of them.
>
> Now compare the digital objects. I have at the moment somewhat more than
> 4.5GB of written material. Some of it I have read but most of it merely
> collected in anticipation of wanting to read it. This personal
> collection is in fact loosely unified by my choices and alphabetized by
> the last name of the author. The material for current research is more
> elaborately categorized. My question here pertains to how I might use
> whatever tools could almost effortlessly be deployed -- otherwise,
> requiring significant effort, they won't -- to serve the same sort of
> strategy as I use with my printed books.
>
> What do you do?
>
> Yours,
> WM
> --
> Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
> King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
> Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
> Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.
>


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        Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:46:58 -0400
        From: James Rovira <jamesrovira-AT-gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 22.704 doing as well as the codex, continued
        In-Reply-To: <20090419081227.4FA7045E2-AT-woodward.joyent.us>

You've posed a great question, Willard.  The only possible solution I
can think of is to develop a schedule and stick to it.  But this is
too linear, really -- we usually don't read only one book at a time
(at least it's clear to me that you don't, and I don't either) and
usually fit article reading in while reading books.  However, suppose
the schedule were for reading for the week or month?  Then we'd have a
list of works to read simultaneously, and we could include electronic
documents on the schedule to make sure they weren't ignored.

I have a related question for those who read electronic books: do you
read in the bathtub, if you're the type of person who takes baths?
Would you feel more comfortable taking your $6.99 paperback into the
tub with you or your $350 Kindle 2?  Or on the beach?  How do you feel
about leaving your $6.99 paperback on your towel while you swim vs.
your Kindle?

An even more difficult question is how to fit in reading for fun
amidst your necessary reading.  I've tried making that my reading
before sleep, but by then I don't want to read another word.

Jim R

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