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Creative anachronism





Peirce and Cook, briefly

I’m still working on it and expect I will be for some time.  I owe a great deal of thanks to Alan D. Manning, one of my Linguistics professors at BYU, for turning me on to this method of Peircean analysis.  You can see some of the work he has done on it here (look in the Lecture Supplements).


You know you’re an archives nerd when . . .

Sorry I’m not doing this on my usual typewriter.  But this afternoon I found myself pacing my office, talking to myself as I tried to draw a schematic diagram of the principles in Terry Cook’s “Mind Over Matter” and Richard Cox’s No Innocent Deposits according to a template modified from Charles Peirce’s semiotic categories.

And it was fun. It was a real drag having to pull myself back to writing a personnel evaluation.  But then again, when have personnel evaluations ever been fun?

I don’t know if I can resist taking the special Diplomatics issue of American Archivist home for the weekend.


Single page: including thoughts on teaching

I’m going to try doing posts where I fill up one page and then call it quits.  I hope this will help me post more often, and maybe I can carry on the same question or matter through several posts.  Here’s what I wrote for today.


Another thing from Seattle

I also presented a poster in Seattle with Linda Meyer at the Colorado Agricultural Archive in CSU’s Archives and Special Collections.  It’s in my Presentations pages.

We are working on an article about the same subject as the poster: namely, using volunteers for selected processing (and appraisal) work.  Based on some of the comments we got from conference-goers, I hope our article will provoke some thought and discussion.


Back from Seattle and in the saddle

You can see the video here; I had to split in in two to put up on youtube, and I warn you: part 2 blanks out from 7:11 to about 7:32, thanks to Windows Movie Maker.  I hope the podcast version of the first part will be available through NMSU’s itunes soon: it’ll have different music (still with Yours Truly on the drums).  As it turned out, Rick Hendricks, the New Mexico State Historian, kindly set up and played the video for me.  If I had known he would be there I could have just asked him to read my paper and saved myself a lot of trouble.  Oh well.

As for the presentation for the Society of Southwest Archivists, you can read that by going to the “Presentations” page on this blog.

I haven’t even mentioned how I’m going to start serving as president of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) in July.  I squeaked out a short little inaugural cry for help at CIMA’s business meeting in Seattle.  Although I’ll be away from my usual office this summer I expect I’ll have plenty to blog about as I serve in that office.  I’ll try to get some stuff up here over the summer, but I also intend to start putting content on CIMA’s website too.


Invasion of the sixth graders