Some work on Omeka

Yesterday in class we spent some time working on our Omeka projects and like most of the hands on projects I have been doing for HIST 612 it was both more complicated than I thought it would be and just as simple as I imagined. I had chosen my images and even pulled a couple of sections from the MSA oral history interviews to use and thought that I had filled out my spreadsheet with all the required fields. Not true, I ended up having to work on it this morning do to a combination of too many users on the system causing it to log me out when I hit add item and a confusion in metadata terms. This morning it was a smooth process and only took me about an hour and a half of work to update my spreadsheet, add the items into Omeka, and put them into my exhibit page, The Belvedere as an Anchor for Main Street, with captions. I still need to create my text panels to give it flow and meaning but now that I have sloughed through entering the items the process seems much simpler for me to do and understand.

I am really excited about the possibilities of this project and the product I will eventually produce but as with many of our efforts my lack of technological know-how has hindered me. Learning any new skill is difficult but I have found that having to learn to navigate not just a digital tool but the language behind it to be more challenging than any of my expectations. I am always excited by our projects and they all seem so interesting and the skills are things that will translate well to a resume it just seems to take me twice as long to do anything as I work through my discomfort with anything more technologically challenging than facebook.

My page for our class exhibit is something I am really excited about. I am exploring the use of the Belvedere and the redevelopment of Louisville’s waterfront as an anchor to attract other businesses and cultural attractions to Main Street. As I learned from the oral histories and my podcast people want to go were there are other people and having beautiful spaces, interesting attractions, or profitable businesses draws other development to the area. It will be an interesting continuation of something Ashley and I touched on in the podcast but were not able to explore in depth. Even though my page is only halfway done at this point seeing my items up and captioned in exhibit format is very cool.


They have started rehearsal!

So I was just on Twitter and saw a post from @RealRonHoward with this photo


Chris Hemsworth getting ready to rehearse for his role as Owen Chase in the movie In The Heart of The Sea. The movie based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book of the same name is the story behind Moby Dick and hopefully will come out sometime next year. I am so excited to see this film and to compare it’s content to that of the book and of historic record.

Podcast Finished!

The feeling of accomplishment I got when our podcast was finished was amazing! The whole project was an interesting opportunity to do something I have wanted to learn how to do for a couple years but editing process was surprisingly fiddly. I was not expecting to have so much trouble with the editing software but overall creating a podcast was fun and not as difficult as I feared it would be.

The most helpful process was learning how much or how little you can say in 10 minutes. At first I thought that would be plenty of time and then I was glad to have a limit stopping me from just rambling on about the Public-Private Partnership in Urban Renewal for an hour. Now that I have done it this is definitely a tool I was use again to share historical information and hopefully the next time I do it it will go more smoothly.

I learned a new word!

So in doing some reading to prepare for a paper due in my class on the Era of Lincoln later in the semester I have learned my new favorite word. I was reading Union Jacks: Yankee Sailors in the Civil War by Michel J. Bennett and came across an interesting term, sogering on page 114. This is the term for a kind of procrastination practiced by sailors when trying to force an officer to repeat an order several times before it is carried out. Bennett describes it as a “form of foot dragging” and lists behaviors like making busy work, needing repetition of the order, excuses for why they didn’t answer promptly. All things we do today. So next time someone calls you on your procrastination you can correct them and say that you are sogering.



I have found another fun new word within Bennett’s book. Fistanna, a kind of roughhousing or free fighting “consisting of hard slapping and hurtful punching” was very common among sailors and even practiced between friends.