Continuing the Conversation: Friday Links

Because I believe that the blogsphere is an interactive conversation, I cannot express enough how important it is to continue chatting. I now introduce you to my “Continuing the Conversation” section, which will be posted every Friday, and will include various conversations I’ve participated/eavesdropped during the past week.

Local Conversations

The University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection (UTSIC) at the Institute for the History of Science and Technology is now on Twitter. UTSIC is an initiative of students and faculty at IHPST to preserve, catalogue, investigate, and display instruments important to the scientific legacy at University of Toronto. The official website is scheduled to go live soon, so I’ll be posting more details about the collection and the group’s efforts shortly. Follow UTSIC on Twitter!

The rapid explosion and infusion of social media raises new questions about the historian’s role for interpreting histories.  Lani Russwurm‘s post for ActiveHistory, “History Variations” discusses how historical photographs and ephemera can evoke variations of information easily accessible to everyone. Speaking of ActiveHistory, there will be a lunch at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Montreal, on May 30. Drop on by, say hello!

My colleague at IHPST is finally blazing through with her new blog, “Productive (adj)”, where she tries to balance her relationship with “productivity and the mental space it occupies,” while facing everyday choices and struggles as a grad student…Oh! and sharing the lessons and wisdom of her experience with other grads. So head over there and convince her to keep on sharing her talented writing.

Overheard across the Nation

I’m one of those self-confessed social media addicts–twitter, linked-in, blogger, facebook..–you name it, I’ve probably tried it/signed up/dropped out/loved it. Facebook changed the social conversation for me, as I’m sure it changed for the millions of you across the world. Yet what started out as a small social networking site has grown such that privacy has become a serious issue (should we praise or blame the marketers?). While there are many of us expressing our irritation with the site’s continuous changes,  very few have actually questioned the privacy settings; yet there are some who are even quitting Facebook over privacy concerns…without even realizing that deleting an facebook account is no easy task…

I’m a HUGE LOST FAN. Yes, that warranted capital letters. So imagine my delight when I found out I would get an even lovelier parting gift. Oh, be still my heart. I’m not ready to say goodbye.

Phoned from Overseas

Sorry folks. Too much stress  means I’ve been enclosed within my bubble sanctuary. No time (and sadly, no care either) for international news this week. I’ll do better next Friday.

*Seriously. Bubble sanctuary. Besides my job, I’ve done nothing else expect fret about my worries and taken upon two new projects instead of crossing off the ones already on my list!

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