The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America
technology

 

The Machine is much, but it is not everything


Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 12, 2015 - 3:47pm


“The Machine is much, but it is not everything. I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you. That is why I want you to come. Pay me a visit, so that we can meet face to face, and talk about the hopes that are in my mind.” --E.M. Forester

 

The Machine is much, but it is not everything


Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 12, 2015 - 3:47pm


“The Machine is much, but it is not everything. I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you. That is why I want you to come. Pay me a visit, so that we can meet face to face, and talk about the hopes that are in my mind.” --E.M. Forester

 

Call for Nominations for International Scholars, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), 2014


Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 11, 2014 - 11:45am


Call for Nominations for International Scholars, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), 2014
http://www.historyoftechnology.org/about_us/international_programs.html

 

The End of the Operators (via Mental Floss)


Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 31, 2013 - 9:15pm


 

Software Advice


Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 13, 2011 - 9:27am


I'm looking for the best way to get old typescript turned into editable Word documents.

I am looking for recommendations for a Free or Cheap or At Least Common Optical Character Reader
OR
I am looking for advice about using Naturally Speaking to read the text instead, and go speech-to-text.

Any thoughts on the best approach?

--db

 

Kairos and Technology in the Teaching of Writing


Submitted by John W. Pell on August 2, 2011 - 2:34pm


First, my apologies from my “blog absence.” The last three and half weeks has been a blur of packing, stacking, and loading, as my family and I made the move across the country to begin our new life in Palo Alto (of course, stops will be made to visit grandparents). This is to say, collecting my thoughts into meaningful blog posts proved impossible while trying to hunt down the various parts associated with my children’s increasingly complex toys. So, while we are still in transition, I am at least stable enough to return to writing and expect to post weekly through the rest of the summer.

 

Annoying Spam Filters


Submitted by slewfoot on December 27, 2010 - 1:20pm


I spent some time composing a response to David's post on Black Swan. Every time I attempt to post it, I get this message: "Your submission has triggered the spam filter and will not be accepted."

 

Shameless Plea for Help: iPad, Nook, or NookColor?


Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 30, 2010 - 1:45am


Shameless Plea for Help: iPad, Nook, or NookColor?

Here's how I see it:
Nook: Cheap, easy on eyes, lets me browse web as well as read.
iPad: Oversized iPod touch, which I have, why do I want a larger one?
NookColor: Cheaper, than iPad, harder on eyes, lets me browse web, but will I want an iPad in a year?

The Nook is winning in my book. But there are some technologists who may be able to tell me which are the genuine rhetor's tools.

 

SIGGRAPH 2010


Submitted by Jim Brown on August 5, 2010 - 9:19am


Last week I attended SIGGRAPH 2010, an annual conference on computer graphics and interactive technologies. This is the place to see what's coming down the pike in terms of interface design and computer animation. As most readers know, my research interests lie at the intersection of rhetoric and technology, and recently I've been trying to learn much more about the "guts" of various technologies. As someone who writes about various technologies, I don't think I have to understand all the details of software and hardware design. But I do think I have a responsibility to understand at least some of these details, and conferences like this are a good opportunity to do so.

Attending SIGGRAPH was a really interesting experience. The main focus of the conference was probably the Exhibition - this is where companies like Pixar set up booths and show of their latest and greatest. There are also panels, though my "basic" conference registration didn't give me access to those. Beyond all of this, though, the conference included an "Emerging Technologies" exhibit and an Art Gallery. These were what interested me most.

I took a good bit of video with my fancy new phone, and I wanted to share one of these.