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    Distracted by village histories: 'a very heavy crash was heard in Lighthorne Village. It was at first thought that Mr. Robert Verney (the Rector), in one of his electrical experiments, had blown up his workshop' http://www.lighthorneonline.com/PHchurch.htm
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      This quote from Pride and Prejudice is scarily accurate about my ability to keep on top of email: 'About a month ago I received this letter; and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention.'
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        '0 weather reports on 0 pages contributed to this voyage. Your captain has contributed 29716 weather reports. Do more than them to be promoted to Captain!' Um, thanks, Old Weather. Maybe a smaller, local goal?
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          "I love the wry motto of the Paleontological Society, meant both literally and figuratively, for hammers are the main tool of our trade: Frango ut patefaciam - I break in order to reveal." - Stephen Jay Gould (apparently. I haven't checked the source).
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            'A sink-or-swim ethos was prevalent in those days, when you did a doctoral thesis. ... And so I wouldn’t say I was “trained” as an archival historian; I just got an awful lot of practice at being an archival historian.' http://t.co/V8bwiaee8F
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              No wonder this PhD has been hard going sometimes. 'We extracted all papers from the ACM Guide to Computing Literature that include either “crowdsourcing” or “citizen science” as an author keyword. This yielded a corpus of 538 papers.'
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                Out of context fun. 'a general Rule of English Scholars or Writers. Cambridge-Men commonly write Methodically but Oxford have no Method but excellent matter' http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/hartlib/view?file=main/29_02_01&term0=transtext_oxford#highlight
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                  @staticmade odd things are happening on those links?
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                    Oh yeah, and I've been blogging on #musetech and museum conferences: Collaboration, constraints and cloning and 'the open museum': notes from UKMW13 http://bit.ly/1jqvN48 Opening notes for Museums on the Web 2013: 'Power to the people' http://bit.ly/HRLcP5
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                      'Museums have, for some time, placed a significant emphasis on providing experiences and making exhibitions interactive, but the baseline is still that a museum has a predefined set of offerings and users can either take it or leave it.' Huvila, 2008. Ouch
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                        I've decided digital strategies are like puberty. We all have to go through it, but life's better once all the confusion has settled down. Digital should be incorporated into engagement, collections, venue etc strategies, it's not a thing on its own
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                          Who'd have thought emails about digitised newspapers could be so cute? 'The following article ... is now available for you to access: Your electronic friend, The Trove Scan-for-article-email-notifications-to-send program'
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                            ...old newspapers are *so* distracting.
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                              'A Dubbo man cured a biting horse by hitching a dummy figure of a man to a lamp post and chiacking the animal to bite it. The dummy was stuffed with cayenne pepper, and the horse was sorry.' http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23343006
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                                QFT! 'Museums are generally not on the forefront of change around internal practice and process. Staff turnover is low compared to the for-profit sector, and ways of working get ossified.' http://designthinkingformuseums.net/2013/08/06/six-strategies/
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                                  Contained in my sources 'Serendip-o-matic ran with these words from your text: history, digital, humanities, amateur, boston, collaborative, experience, future, historian, impact, information, manuscript, media, pathways, private' http://serendipomatic.org
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                                    A lesson for museums? 'These days most newspaper sites are geared towards encouraging interaction with the minuscule fraction of readers who bother to interact back' http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/28/too-much-talk-charlie-brooker
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                                      Didn't enter the BL Labs comp but I'd love something to help family historians contextualise their info based on birth year, location, parents' professions: newspaper articles, socio-economic data, gazetteer records around the same time, place, occupation
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                                        Final one: a museum must 'in order to perform its proper functions, contribute to the advancement of learning through the increase as well as through the diffusion of knowledge. ... A finished museum is a dead museum and a dead museum is a useless museum.'
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                                          H Cole: 'If you wish your schools of science and art to be effective, your health, the air, and your food to be wholesome, your life to be long, your manufactures to improve, your trade to increase, and your people to be civilized, you must have museums'