Why Blog?

Why Blog?

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to participate in a wonderful session at the Society for American Archaeology organized and chaired by Colleen Morgan, everyone’s favorite archaeology blogger. In addition to being one of the first times that archaeologists got together at a conference and talked about blogging as a valid medium for […]

Digital Humanities 2013 Conference: Digital Archaeology Session

Digital Humanities 2013 Conference: Digital Archaeology Session

A month ago, I attended the Digital Humanities Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. I was asked by Dr. Ethan Watrall to be a part of his session on Digital Archaeology, and to present on the development of the Walk Together Digital Exhibit at Historic St. Mary’s City. The session was loaded with a number of big […]

Automating my Dissertation Backup with Keyboard Maestro

Automating my Dissertation Backup with Keyboard Maestro

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 in Dirt, Productivity and Self Improvement | 6 Comments

One of the greatest horrors for all PhD students is the fear of losing your dissertation through some sort of computer disaster. We’ve all heard the stories, or perhaps suffered the consequences of data getting deleted accidentally or a hard drive failing. I have a number of precautions in place to make sure that if […]

Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

One of the most difficult judgements that is made during an archaeological excavation never has to do with the ground: it always has to do with the sky. Is it going to rain? When is it going to rain? Are those dark clouds headed this way? Do we have 10 minutes until they get there, […]

On Slave and Tenant Quarters and the Importance of Naming

On Slave and Tenant Quarters and the Importance of Naming

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 7 Comments

For the past seven years, I have been conducting my dissertation research on two former slave and tenant quarter at Historic St. Mary’s City. One of the buildings, a duplex quarter, still stands, although not in its original place. Over the past year, we’ve made a number of strides towards being more public about the […]

Fixing My Email Problem

Fixing My Email Problem

Posted on May 5, 2013 in Dirt, Productivity and Self Improvement | 6 Comments

About a year ago, I gave up entirely on “Inbox 0”. I found that I spent so much time trying to get my inbox to zero that I wasn’t spending my time doing things that mattered. So, I just stopped. At first, it was big relief. My new inbox zero was to make sure I […]

Day of Digital Humanities

Day of Digital Humanities

Hi all….Just wanted to alert you that today is Day of Digital Humanities, when digital humanists around the globe highlight their daily activities on the interwebs. MSU is hosting the event this year, and I’ll be contributing a few posts during the day over on the collaborative blog they have put up. You can also […]

A St. Mary’s Run

A St. Mary’s Run

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 in Dirt, Photography/Music/Hobbies | No Comments

These next two weeks I will be spending primarily in St. Mary’s City, trying to make a final push in the lab towards completing the analysis I need to do on the dissertation. This means long days in the lab, quick stops for dinner, and then back to the lab at night to look over […]

The Shaker Screen Video and FocusDesign Screens

The Shaker Screen Video and FocusDesign Screens

A few years ago, while I was still the Campus Archaeologist with the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, Chris Stawski and I were messing around with a FlipVideo camera on a tiny project located behind the MSU library. We had always wanted to get more into using video for our public engagement, but the time and […]

A Session on Digital heritage and archaeology at SHA 2013 in Leicester

A Session on Digital heritage and archaeology at SHA 2013 in Leicester

For this year’s Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, I am organizing a session called Digital Heritage and Archaeology: Applications of Web-based Technology for Community Engagement. The impetus for this session came from a number of directions. First, I was in the process of building a digital exhibit myself, and figured I’d have enough to contribute […]