Day 1: Getting to New York City

So today was certainly an adventure. I left the house at 6am for my 8AM flight out of DFW. 8AM turned into 8:20, which turned into 9AM, which turned back into 8:30. All lies, I came to find out, as we were plagued with issues: the plane was too heavy, so some people got bribed onto another flight; the plane was still to heavy, so we had to burn fuel while still on the ground; there was a mechanical problem, but the pilots assured us they had it fixed; American Airlines felt differently, so they recalled the plane to verify the fix themselves; then, finally, after over two hours, we were instructed to deplane and move to a different gate and plane. Basically, we got delayed 4 hours, which killed any chance of getting oriented in the archives today. My adventures, however, didn’t stop upon landing….  Continue reading “Day 1: Getting to New York City”

iPad App Review: Notability

In the midst of my newfound love affair with my iPad, I’ve been doing the app shuffle. I have, of course, loaded it up with the apps essential to my research practices (Evernote, Sente, iAnnotate, Pages, etc.), appropriate music (songs from my iTunes and Pandora), travel apps (Tripit, American Airline’s app, etc.), and other travel entertainment apps (Netflix, some movies, and more). I’ve also loaded some other note taking and productivity apps to test out in the classroom and beyond. One gem that I had the pleasure of using throughout my grad class tonight was NotabilityContinue reading “iPad App Review: Notability”

iPad: Initial Thoughts

After a 2 month saga (during which it really looked like the darned thing wasn’t going to arrive in time for my research trip to NYC), I lucked out and managed to get an iPad locally. I’m deeply indebted to the nice people (especially David) at the Southlake, TX Apple Store for hooking me up with a white 64GB AT&T iPad 2 (not the black one I’d ordered from Apple Education, but I secretly wanted the white one anyway). Why was I so eager to get an iPad? To play Angry Birds or Doodle Jump? Nope … I’m “that guy” who actually wants the thing for work.  Continue reading “iPad: Initial Thoughts”

Reflecting on Archives (with a Bib-in-Progress)

As I’m preparing to head to New York City to hit up a few archives — some for the first time, some again/”just to make sure” — I’m reflecting a little on “the archive” and its role or place in communication scholarship. I’ve been doing archival research since the eighth grade, thanks to a wonderful teacher who taught us how to use and required us to use places like the Washington State Archives and the Northwest Room and Special Collections at the Tacoma Public Library. Since then, I’ve done a lot more archival research and have crafted an archive of my own, which gathers perhaps the most comprehensive collection of materials on the Young Lords. Still, I probably don’t stop often enough to think about the status and function(s) of the archives and institutions I visit, and the archive of my own that I have constructed.  Continue reading “Reflecting on Archives (with a Bib-in-Progress)”

Grad Students: Tips on Writing

In a recent post, I mentioned speaking to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about tips and tricks for having a productive summer. One of the topics they were particularly interested in is the writing process, which exceeds an exclusive focus on the summer. At the outset, everyone needs to understand that there is no magical formula for being a productive writer. I think the biggest things good writers have in common, however, are (a) that they have a game plan/methods that work for them and (b) that they view writing as a process rather than an event. With that in mind, here are some things that I find helpful in becoming a mildly productive writer (or, at least, pretending to be one). These notes were written for my UNT audience, so there are some specific references that won’t apply to others.  Continue reading “Grad Students: Tips on Writing”

Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s

I was recently asked to speak to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about thinking ahead to the summer. Basically, there were two main issues I was asked to address: thinking about Ph.D. programs (we’re a Masters-only program at UNT) and getting work (particularly writing) done over the summer. As a result, I came up with some general notes/ideas that I’d like to share with a wider audience. Some of these notes reference some UNT-specific things, but I think a lot of what I have to say is applicable to Masters students elsewhere. So here goes. Continue reading “Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s”

Critical Ethnic Studies (Some Reflections for NCAers)

Yesterday was the first day of the Critical Ethnic Studies conference at UC-Riverside. Framed around the topic of “Settler Colonialism and the Future of Genocide,” this is a well attended, exciting, and rigorous conference that compels all in attendance to rethink not only systems of domination and power rooted in ethnoracial constructs, but also our own complicity in those systems. I’ll possibly have a couple of posts to make after it’s all over; but I wanted to post a point for reflection now, especially as so many people I know are finalizing their proposals for next year’s National Communication Association convention.  Continue reading “Critical Ethnic Studies (Some Reflections for NCAers)”

Malcolm X and Puerto Ricans

Since it’s still Black history month, I figured I’d share a little document from my archive. This is from the Young Lords’ newspaper, Palante, Volume 2, Issue 1, February 1970. The piece underscores coalitional politics and possibilities between black and brown radicals … lessons it seems like we keep having to relearn. Continue reading “Malcolm X and Puerto Ricans”

Teaching/Research Tools: Google Chrome and Reader

Those who know me know that I’m a bit of a techie and a bit more of an Apple evangelist. Part of being an Apple evangelist (or “fanboy,” in the kids’ vernacular) is using Apple software when it’s available. Sure, I’ve always used Word instead of Pages (Pages just isn’t “there” for me quite yet); but for just about everything else, I use the Apple option: Keynote instead of PowerPoint, Numbers instead of Excel (most of the time), and Safari instead of anything else. Well, I’ve seen the light.  Continue reading “Teaching/Research Tools: Google Chrome and Reader”