Browsing All Posts filed under »Digital History«

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 […]

Thinking “immersion” in user-centered Web design

November 30, 2008 by

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I picked-up my copy of Elizabeth: The Golden Age the other day and couldn’t wait to watch it. When watching DVDs, I usually have the best movie-related “immersive experiences” (that often rival the experience in a theater) when I slip the DVD into my laptop, turn out the lights, and put in my skull candy earphones. Since I don’t […]

When you turn history on… does it return the favor?

November 21, 2008 by

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Once again… all this chatter about digital history! What’s it all about? Harry has put up an interesting post focusing on a piece written by Robert Frost. He uses it to help explain his interest in the potential for digital history. I get what Harry is saying. Also, consider this… Do we really realize just […]

Using hyperlinks in digital history blogging

November 18, 2008 by

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Thinking in terms of hyperlinks in digital history blogs…  How often are they used? Should they be used more often? If they are used, do they complement the information in the post or literally “take the reader away” from the post and original line of thinking? Do we really want to distract the reader with the information in the hyperlink? […]

Just something interesting regarding geography and history

November 17, 2008 by

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… and what exactly does this map overlay represent? Excellent observation from the Strange Maps Blog! I especially find it interesting because of my interests in recommunicating historic information through maps.

What is formal and informal digital history?

November 16, 2008 by

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I find this post interesting just for the nature of the post. As some are aware, I, along with others, have been involved in developing a wiki, and some of us have been copying some of our posts to the wiki to carry over discussion to that “outlet.” However, in this post, I’m carrying over […]

Blogging history and Miller’s 7 +/-2 rule

November 10, 2008 by

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In reading some of the posts made on different blogs, I think some bloggers don’t realize just how significant their posts can really be. Just how significant an impact can a well written/laid-out post have on a reader’s view of, for example, an historical concept? I haven’t tested it, but I do think there is something […]

The ACWDev Collaboration Wiki

November 9, 2008 by

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No moss growing under foot with some of us! If you recall, yesterday I posted about a possible forthcoming wiki. Thanks to Brian at Behind Antietam on the Web, it is a reality. We now have something called the ACWDev Collaboration Wiki. As stated on the wiki intro page, it is a “place for ACW historians and other […]

Doth a Wiki Cometh?

November 8, 2008 by

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If you haven’t been following it, many of us are all over the board in three different blogs in discussion focused on, more or less, the potential for more dynamic blogging within the practice of digital history (after all, the blog… well, it’s not just for blogging anymore). On this blog, most recently, there has been comment exchange in […]

Categories in the Civil War blogosphere

November 5, 2008 by

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If you haven’t been in the middle of the chatter yet, check out what some of us have been talking about over at Harry’s Bull Runnings. We write “blogs,” but are they always blogs? Actually, in some cases they don’t meet the definition of a blog (keep in mind, this is but one definition, but generally covers the […]

Scribd… and more

November 5, 2008 by

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Hmmm, I’m intriqued. I wonder how Scribd might be employed within the practice of digital history. I’m probably behind the curve on this one and would bet that it’s already in use in some history classes. On another note, in gearing-up to write a literature review of materials relating to “interaction design” in digital history, I took a […]

On election day eve… Monday night, November 5, 1860

November 4, 2008 by

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As a follow-up to my two posts (Oct. 29 & 30) about Stephen Douglas’ visit to Staunton and Harrisonburg, Virginia, I was wondering… as Virginians stood on the eve of the election of 1860, what were their thoughts? Flipping through the “virtual stack” of digitized era newspapers, I find that we have access to copies of the Richmond Dispatch, Staunton’s […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by

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In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” […]