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Comment on Unabashedly anthemic by Gardo

Tommy was and is always a spiritual experience for me, embodied too because rock-and-roll.

I love the idea of the “size of the experience.” How big was this course of study this semester? Or to get all cosmological, how much of a macrocosm could you see, or begin to see?

I sometimes ask students if they think about the arc of the semester, the way the course takes them through an experience. They’re puzzled by the question, almost always. I get that the lessons come in a series, but why not like chapters and less like one thing after another? Every course is also a curriculum.

Thanks for the kind words. I’ve just graded a number of free-response analyses of a clip from Citizen Kane, and I’m not feeling like anything scales at all–certainly not whatever said it was college prep but seems not to have been.

Comment on O Tempora! O Moira! by Gardo

@Tom This is great to know–thanks for the links. The main domain has dwindled and that’s how I kept going in.

Now my big question is how to preserve all this stuff outside of RamPages. I know about SiteSucker but I haven’t tried it for awhile. I imagine there are much better options out there, or perhaps it’s been improved, or perhaps I need to go to school on it. Or some combination.

Anyway, thanks a bunch. And yes, whatever is on augmenting me, please do archive that. Whether or not I ever get the chance to do stuff like this again, I think it’s fine stuff and needs to be kept for others to consider.

Comment on O Tempora! O Moira! by Gardo

Now I know your secret: inherited gems. Well, it’s good to know, at last. ????

I readily admit that I wrote the post in part to see if the message in the bottle would float in Mo[iy]ra’s direction. Those connections do happen. One of them happened within the first few months of my start as a blogger–that first big dose of one of the drugs that keeps me coming back. (Love is the other drug I’m thinking of. Or maybe it’s all one.)

Comment on O Tempora! O Moira! by Gardo

@Alan All of that was, and is, enormously helpful. So, Gardo thanks the CogDog. Again. (Liner note allusion alert.)

My idea for archiving the GVCUBRB was to use the Internet Archive’s “Archive-It” service. Something is a lot better than nothing, and I’m really happy for those PDFs in VCU’s scholarly repository. But I always wanted the web “book” to be a preserved website that could be encountered and experienced just the way it was when we called it a wrap at the end of the project. I had at least one or two conversations with a very friendly and helpful fellow named Jefferson (no, not that one) at the Archive-It offices and had actually gotten some price-and-service quotes when I was called to the Tower of London and beheaded. Like the Green Knight, I was able to pick up my head and walk away, but unlike the Green Knight, I was not enchanted–rather the opposite–in fact so downcast that I couldn’t even bear to think about the GVCUBRB in any focused way for years afterward. Even now it’s tough. But do-able.

Anyway, if Jimmy Ghaphery had not been so honorable as to say “I told you I’d do it, Gardner, so I am going to do it,” there’s just be scraps and your archive today. Jimmy told me to feel free to come in and supply anything that was missing or needed changing, but I never had the heart to do it. Still don’t, yet.

All of that said, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tried to do, and a model that could be widely emulated but, so far as I know, has not been. And as the true saying goes, I had an astonishingly talented and enthusiastic team to assign to the project. Just looking over the course we did makes me wonder how in the world we were able to pull it all off. Of course I know very well how we were able to pull it all off. I had a sympathetic and supportive Provost. I had interested and supportive collaborators among my fellow Vice Provosts. I had a budget. I knew some amazing people and was lucky to convince many of them to come along for the journey. Just the usual success story, the lightning that strikes just a few times during a lifetime.