Quick, helpful list of instructions for combining the three writing tools.
From TidBITS: Thoughts Prompted by Google Reader’s Demise, which came through in the email digest today.
Just as email isn’t broken, RSS readers aren’t broken, and social networking services aren’t broken. We’re broken, because we’re both finite and hardwired to be interested in a wide variety of things: other people, tribes, power, sex, social position, and — of course — kittens. Our only weapon in the war against the infinite is self-control. Subscribe to too many mailing lists, read too many newsgroups, track too many blogs via RSS, follow too many people on social networking services — regardless of the specifics, if you overindulge in information, no matter how good your tools, you will eventually be crushed by the infinite.
During February my office door was covered in images of angels in popular culture. For March I’ve decided to go with warrior nuns in comic book culture. So my door now looks like this.
Suggestions for April? I’m thinking posthuman/cyborg thoughts.
See also: The return of Magdalena | Greenflame.
Indigenization, immigration, and the cultural transformation of Japanese Christianity
(Theology, School of Asian Studies)
12 March 2013
Venue: Room 501 (Pat Hanan Room), Arts 2 (Building 207)
Host: Professor Mark R. Mullins
The decline of the old ‘centres’ of Christendom and the more recent growth and vitality of Christian communities in many post-colonial contexts indicate that the established approach and orientation to Japanese Christianity are no longer adequate. This presentation will consider the cultural reshaping of Japanese Christianity in relation to several key global developments, including the emergence of post-denominational indigenous movements, the impact of new missionary movements from former colonial domains (South Korea and the Philippines, for example), and the transformation of religious institutions—particularly the Roman Catholic Church—as a result of international migration and the unanticipated influx of foreign workers over the past two decades.
Seminar followed at 5pm by a reception of welcome for Professor Mullins.
RSVP to email@example.com by March 5th for catering purposes.
This is a join seminar with the School of Asian Studies and the School of Theology.
I’ve got “Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book” and Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture (Free on Kindle) so I’ll be reading this on the train to see whether to get the book.
Writing is not my default method for communication. I used to dread the start of the school terms because of the obligatory ‘write about what you did in the holidays’ essay. Words do not go onto paper easily for me. As Hemingway said, ‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’
I’d rather diagram material, make lists, use maps, write programming code, and speak to people than write. However, over the years I’ve had to write quite a bit – various theses and dissertations, essays and articles, web pages, reports, letters and so on. Indeed, my writing is what I’m evaluated on in my occupation. It’s not easy for me, so along the years I’ve tried various tools and tricks to make it easier for me.
Word processors made it a little easier to write – I used VIEW on a borrowed BBC micro for a while, as well as a word processor on an Apple II, WordStar and WordPerfect under DOS, and then later when I got a Macintosh I used MacWrite, and for my MSc thesis I imported a copy of Nisus to use for that. I found ACTA on the Mac a helpful way to organize and plan writing, and I’ve used used MS Word in its various forms on Mac, DOS and Windows. My favourite version of Word was Mac Word 5.0 – it was quick, unencumbered by ‘features’ and was reasonably stable. It ran well on an old Powerbook 150 which was my writing tool of choice while doing my BD.
I’ve used other writing tools to assist – EndNote for bibliographic management, Inspiration for a bit, whiteboards, various bits of note-taking software, and my favourite keyboard for writing – the Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro. These have all helped with the writing process, as have various approaches to breaking up writing projects, but writing is still hard work.
In the last few months I’ve inherited an old iPad and keyboard which I’ll be doing some writing on, and I’ve been looking around for software to that will help me with that. So here’s a few of what I’ve found useful in the process:
- The 14 Best Markdown Editors and Notepads for the iPad | iPad.AppStorm
- iPad Word Processing App Comparison Chart
- Reading Academic PDFs on the iPad (Tools We Use) | Savage Minds
In the end I’ve end up installing a variety of things to try out but it looks like the core ones are going to be iaWriter for just blasting text out, Pages for the odd 1-2 pages of formatted text, Office2 HD for when I’m working on MS Word documents with comments and track-changes, and the Google Drive app (for Google Docs and HTML).
However, all of these might all disappear (or at least be used less frequently) from the iPad when the iPad version of Scrivener comes out. I’ve barely touched the surface of the Mac version of the app (or the PC version) but it’s broken my writer’s block on a number of projects, can integrate (after a fashion) with EndNote, and allows me to organize my documents and resources exactly how I like.
Writing is hard work, but the Scrivener software is the best thing I’ve found so far for how I work, and then I use Word etc. to make any minor changes etc. if required.
The Scrivener Facebook page is good for getting ideas on how to use it, and I was intrigued to see this idea there – How to Use Scrivener to Organise Your Bible Study | ChurchMag.
A link from a while back, but I was reminded about it today when talking to one of our PhD students who has the essay “Sacred Men and Sacred Goats: Mimetic Theory in Levitical and Passion Intertext” in this recent book: Bloomsbury – Violence, Desire, and the Sacred.
Okay, so the list of posts and articles about papal tweeting started to gather momentum before being derailed in the past couple of weeks. However, it appears while the current pontiff will stop twittering the @pontifex channel will remain available for future popes.
And here’s a bunch of papal twitter posts to go with that:
- Pope sweet on tweets – Eureka Street.
- Pope Follows Himself in Twitter Echo Chamber | Culture | Religion Dispatches.
- Pope Tweeted into Retirement | Culture | Religion Dispatches.
- Message for the 45th World Communications Day, Benedict XVI – Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age
- Message for the 46th World Communications Day, Benedict XVI – Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization.
It’s that time of year when a new crop of students arrive for this first semester, joining the others who are returning to continue or finish their degrees. And one of the first things that they’ll encounter in their course outlines and instructions for essays are will be guidelines about academic honesty and correct citation style for their written work.
Institutions invest a significant amount of resources (time, processes, tutoring, disciplinary actions, and print and web resources) on this – and there are some really good materials out there. For example, University of Auckland – Referencite.
That said, I have some sympathy with the sentiment expressed in this article, which argues that getting the exact form of citations right at the expense of developing critical engagement with material might be detrimental. Note that the article doesn’t say you don’t need citations or acknowledging sources, just that the quest for the perfectly formatted bibliography might take a back seat for a bit.
Related to the last two posts, here’s a short video by Denis Alexander of the Faraday Institute on two reasons Christians have underdeveloped theologies of creation.