Think back to the last time you read a comic book. How did you do it? Did you read it straight through from the first page to the last page? Did you first skim through it to get a general idea of the content? The last comic book I read was the manga Paradise Kiss (it’s brilliant, if you haven’t read it!), and I read it in the same way that I read all other comic books: I read the text in the speech bubbles and look at the illustrations in the panels. Most people reading this blog probably read comic books in a similar way!
Hi Datascapers - I'll refrain from saying "I hope everyone is doing well!" as I feel it's a bit of cold comfort right now. It's perfectly valid to not be doing well right now, and to be feeling a host of emotions. Did you know that Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPs) at CMU has some special resources for navigating emotions around COVID-19? Click here to learn more about the ways you can find support.
Christmas Reading List: Books Reviewed by Jan Hardy
After all the movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (and all the arguments over which is best), it’s refreshing to read the original story. You can savor lines of dialogue snarled by George C. Scott and Alastair Sim, or the “God bless us every one” chirped by so many earnest child actors. Reading Dickens is not for everyone, but I enjoy Victorian novels on a dark winter day, and this one’s a gem.
Hello all! We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester, and I’m sure as all of you can empathize, I am eagerly awaiting the holidays for some much needed rest. At CMU Libraries, we’ve been working hard to support students, staff, and faculty with their end-of-semester teaching and research needs, and we are also building up a great lineup of spring 2020 workshops and engagement opportunities. Keep a close watch on our website for updated information!
Hello readers! I hope everyone had a lovely Tartan Community Day and a great Halloween. Because I currently have braces, I was able to easily dress up as Eliza Thornberry this year. Did anyone have any cool, data-themed costumes? If so, send pictures to me and I'll feature you in the next issue of Tartan Datascapes!
Can a dozen artists, technologists, and scholars collaborate with each other and with machines to produce a readable, interesting story in under 12 hours?
With the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry acting as his temporary home base, bestselling author and technologist Robin Sloan led a pop-up writing collective of students, artists, and scholars through a three-day experiment of generative fiction.
How much of our gender shows in the way we act, dress, move, speak? How much comes from others’ perceptions? How many of our life choices are constrained by sexism and racism? As I read Jackie Kay’s novel Trumpet, these questions swirled in my head.
They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
Growing older, taking care of an aging spouse, learning to live alone -- I don’t know how Cathleen Schine wrings humor from these experiences, but she does. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is filled with hilarious and very human details, and it is a novel I savored.