Webarchiving: Try It

I was pawing through my morning news feeds and came across this post about Rhizome, the creator of Webrecorder. They were blogging the announcement of a national forum on ethics and webarchiving.

I took it as an ideal time to revisit Webrecorder.

Webrecorder is a way to archive any digital object on the net.

Here is a use case–archiving tweets from the CIA:

 

Here is the archive from the Rhizome post announcing the webarchiving ethics forum:

Webrecorder

My thought here for my students is that we begin to extend what it means to have a bibliography.  Webrecorder allows students to share more completely what research resources they have collected online.  We could re-imagine what a review of the literature might mean.  We could begin to take back the net by gathering and archiving.

Somehow the Internet Archive will have to be involved in this nascent project.  Just thinking out loud here. A bit inchoate, but it’s my kind of inchoate.

Poem Gif

Playing around with the unfortunately named LiceCap. I have messed about with it before, but I don’t remember it being so dead easy to use.  Thanks to Aaron Davis for the reminder.

I copied a short story I wrote for Mastodon’s #shortstories hashtag and then pasted it into iWriter, my no-frills writing space.  I captured it with Licecap as I edited live with one take. Licecap generated the gif automatically. Here it is:

Sorry that the type is so small. I can see using this as a way to demonstrate revision in poetry, how idiosyncratic it is, how shallow it often is, how much deeper it needs to be.

If you click on the gif it is much bigger  and you can see how much the cursor jinks and janks across the page.  I was not aware of how much I did this. It is not just a nervous tic, but a reflection of something going on elsewhere in my mind.  At least it seems that way.  Fruitful research here on  mouse/mind behavior? I wonder if it parallels the jittering of the eye, the saccades. 

 

 

The Rise of the Bots!

I found a really fun site that helps you create Twitter bots.
Cheap Bots, Done Quick!
Here are some of the most interesting ones:

Autofleneur:  a procedurally-generated guide to getting lost. It was inspired by the traditions of flânerie and psychogeography.

Tiny Gallery:  tiny galleries with tiny pictures. Charming defined.

Teleport Bot:  a text bot who teleports you to magical, inspiring places.

Lots of Eyes: pretty much what it says but iconic.

 

I am looking for ideas for making my own Twitter bot and I would love some ideas in the Google Form below.  Any and all are allowed.  I will choose one of the ideas and create a bot using the chosen idea (or at least try to do so).  You can make your own. Just follow the directions on the site (or this site)and Bob is your favorite uncle.

If you are looking for a useful bot for re-tweeting try this one. It, too, has dead solid directions.