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Website development underway

December 5, 2009 by

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I’ve been busy for the past few days in Photoshop CS3, developing a graphic that will serve as the entry portal to my website. I locked onto the domain about two years ago, but found that schoolwork just never gave me a chance to really sit down and work on making something with all the […]

It’s time to build…

November 29, 2009 by

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Between looking for a job, being sick, and my laptop biting the dust, I’ve had a lot of time to think about blogging and where I want this blog (and my smaller info blogs) to go. I’m not done with blogging (especially now, with a new laptop and a new mobile broadband service), but I […]

Cenantua’s Blog reviewed in America’s Civil War

May 13, 2009 by

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As Harry pointed out a few days ago, this blog was reviewed by Kelvin Holland in the July issue of America’s Civil War (see page 66). It’s a flattering review and I thank Kelvin for taking the time to write it for ACW. I think he does a fine job hitting on my objectives. Thanks again Kelvin! […]

Back in the ring…

May 11, 2009 by

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O.k., let me take another deep breath… and exhale… I’m back. Just trying to get the wheels turning again on this particular track, but I’m definitely feeling the need to get back to some rigorous discussions on the Civil War. Once again, I appreciate all of the supportive comments on this blog as I made […]

The difference between text in print and in the environment of Web 2.0

April 13, 2009 by

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It’s tied to digital history and blogging, and I can certainly see it. Can you see the new power of texts in the digital environment? How can we use this power to improve presentation… interaction… and understanding of complex concepts? By the way, if it’s not obvious, I love this video and what it tells […]

Innovative use of video in blogging

April 7, 2009 by

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Ok, this is crazy, but I’m, more or less triple posting on this subject. 1) I dropped a comment over at Michael Aubrecht’s blog about the integration of the video into his post of April 6 (yesterday)… then I… 2) made a comment on my digital rhetoric class blog about the same. Now… 3) I’m […]

Is it not true that Clio is only partially wired?

April 1, 2009 by

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I don’t think I’m in agreement with the thoughts of some (maybe more than some) others about the progress of digital history as a practice. I think it has a lot to do with the current graduate program that I am in. I’ve spent so much time focused, especially within the last three semesters, on hypertext […]

Slavery justified… according to the Bible, or at least Joseph Ruggles Wilson’s interpretation of it

March 18, 2009 by

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I had forgotten all about this story until I came across it again last night… and that is particularly bad considering I included the story in my book about Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia in the Civil War. Nonetheless… President Woodrow Wilson’s (fyi, his full name was Thomas Woodrow Wilson) father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson (born in Steubenville, […]

Virtual battlefield “tinkering” with YouTube

February 27, 2009 by

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Just tinkering, and this is rather crude, but the potential is intriguing… As an added bonus, take a look at the terrain map for Sitlington’s Hill

Another taste of Augmented reality

February 26, 2009 by

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Once you get to frame 1:30, the potential starts to become obvious… Think in terms of standing in the middle of Camp Sumter (Andersonville, Ga.) or Point Lookout, Maryland…

Augmented reality and “experiential history”

February 24, 2009 by

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Ever in search of the optimal historical experience, I ran across the following video in YouTube. I can’t help but think of the implications augmented history will have in the years to come in both the field, among tourists, and in the classroom. The video shows that we are still in the early stages of […]

Second Life in distance learning

February 23, 2009 by

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It’s interesting to see how learning is changing, and that while you might live half way around the world, you could be “attending” any number of universities with this technology. Apart from the avatars being a little creepy at times (and quite contrary to one’s real appearance) and the environment being a bit like a […]

Think… history in Second Life

February 19, 2009 by

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While this clip is focused on the future of architecture in Second Life… while watching this, think in terms of the potential of history in Second Life and how it could be employed in instruction. Parting thoughts? I have two more clips that I will be posting in the coming days.

The “organic” nature of the blog

February 10, 2009 by

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For an introduction to doing some housekeeping around a blog, I really liked what Past in the Present said in a post just the other day. “One of the interesting things about a blog is the fact that it’s organic. It grows along with its writer, and as you feel your way through it, you’re […]

Great new addition to the blogroll

February 6, 2009 by

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I was delighted to hear from Victoria Bynum (Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War) last night via a comment made by her in my Southern Unionists Chronicles site. Not only was it great to hear from her, but it is even better knowing that she has launched her own blog, Renegade South. For those who […]

Glimpses of June 1862 in two of my micro-blogs

February 1, 2009 by

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If you’ll take a look in the column to the left (now… Spring ’09…  after I’ve changed the framework of the blog… look to the right) where I have the RSS feeds for my four (so far) micro-blogs, I’ve posted new photos in both Shenandoah’s Civil War and More than names in stone. The photo […]

A few words from the past

January 30, 2009 by

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Browsing through the Staunton Spectator today at the Valley of the Shadow site, I came across the following newspaper article (from October 15, 1867): A Few Words to the Colored People An election is at hand, and in the Providence of God, you are called on to take part in it. No one doubts your […]

Excellent discussion about Civil War memory and some issues pertaining to the “read-write” nature of blogging

January 29, 2009 by

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I know many of the readers here are actually “travelers” who frequently make their way through Kevin’s Civil War Memory blog to my blog, but for those who do not make that virtual journey, check out Kevin’s posts (with comments) from yesterday and today (and even the day before). There is some great discussion going […]

Yet another “playground”

January 28, 2009 by

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I’m never satisfied with practicing history one way and one way alone. I suppose it should be obvious considering all of my micro-blogs (see the column to the left). Perhaps I’m more than a bit all over the board. Well, I’ve recently started playing a little more in another playground as well. Look to the […]

Creative Commons and the world of the Web

January 27, 2009 by

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Anyone who knows my “other side” (not the Civil War-focused side, but the Web-obsessed side) knows that I’m a nut (“fanatic” sounds too scary… then again, maybe “nut” does too) when it comes to creative expression on the Web. I think I become more so with each passing day. I’m also quite obsessed with what […]

Another new beginning, from a few years back

January 23, 2009 by

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“Alfred Waud’s drawing captures the exuberance of the Little Rock, Arkansas, African American community as the U. S. Colored Troops returned home at the end of the Civil War. The victorious soldiers are joyously greeted by women and children.” From the Library of Congress’ “African-American Odyssey, Part 1“ Dual-posted in Southern Unionists Chronicles.

Keeping track of OUR comments elsewhere and making it part of OUR blogs

January 22, 2009 by

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Just a quick note, but this is something that drives me nuts as a blogger. Blogging is, of course, far more than just writing posts, opening posts up to comments, and commenting on comments. Blogging is also about interaction within the blogosphere. I would say that most, if not all, of us venture out beyond […]

An extension of thoughts or “virtual intelligence”

January 9, 2009 by

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The spring semester is days away and I’ve been tossing some ideas about in my head as to how I want to approach the hybrid practicum/thesis project that I will be developing. I think I’ve refined my original objective and am ready to move forward on Monday. Keep in mind, my current program is Technical Communication, […]

Affective Interaction Design

December 4, 2008 by

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Well, this is just cool… I’ve tossed some thoughts around in the last 10 months about the use of color, typography, font face, dynamic icons, animations, and even sound as they could all be used in digital history sites to help convey historical concepts. I’m even contemplating doing something with this as my overall project in […]