Eleven Books that Helped Me Survive Grad School

Eleven Books that Helped Me Survive Grad School

So, you’re just starting graduate school and are overwhelmed. You don’t know what to do, how to prepare, what to say, or what to expect. You’re nervous about your coursework, the workload, unsure about your advisor and committee, and not entirely sure what’s expected of you. Nevermind the fact that you have to research and […]

Automating my Dissertation Backup with Keyboard Maestro

Automating my Dissertation Backup with Keyboard Maestro

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, […]

Fixing My Email Problem

Fixing My Email Problem

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 […]

TwapperKeeper is gone…Now What?

TwapperKeeper is gone…Now What?

A while ago, TwapperKeeper, everyone’s favorite Twitter Archival website, shutdown, and has now integrated with HootSuite. Although I am a big fan of HootSuite, and use it as my primary social media tool, I started archiving my tweets in a very different way a while back, when If This Then That hit the scene. Why […]

Ifttt, Evernote, and creating a wine label Notebook

Ifttt, Evernote, and creating a wine label Notebook

Last night, in celebration of actually writing a lot of words in my dissertation, I headed over to our good friends’ wine store for a celebratory wine tasting. In conversation, I had mentioned a bottle of wine Ashleigh and I had consumed that week. And by mentioned, I mean “you know, it was that red […]

Blogging…in Other Places

Blogging…in Other Places

The past few months have led to some new opportunities for me to contribute to blogs in other places, many that are brand new blogs all together. I wanted to give you all a heads up, because if you’re reading this blog, you might want to be reading these other blogs, too. Gradhacker – I […]

Five Digital Grad School Tools for Writing I Can’t Live Without

Five Digital Grad School Tools for Writing I Can’t Live Without

Writing is the most important, and most difficult, part of graduate school. The hardest part, for me, is getting my butt in the chair: unfortunately, there’s no tool that will ever force you into the chair and help you start making “tappity tap” sounds on your keyboard. After I get in the chair to start […]

The Daily, FlipBoard, and Zite: How Information Consumption is Changing

The Daily, FlipBoard, and Zite: How Information Consumption is Changing

There has been a lot of talk over the past year about how the emergence of tablets and e-readers were going to change the way print media is produced, delivered, and is consumed. One of the exciting things about getting an iPad over the holiday was being able to take the types of things I […]