Archaeology as Installation: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the Davidson Center for Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction. Lecture by Lisa Snyder (UCLA). November 24.

Lisa Snyder from the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education will be in Lethbridge to speak to my Digital Humanities class on Monday November 23, 2015. She has also agreed to give a second talk, “Archaeology as Installation: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the Davidson Center for Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction.”

The talk will take place on Tuesday 24, 2015 10:50-12:05 in Room L1170a (Linc building).

At the heart of archaeology is interpretation, and one of the greatest challenges for an archaeologist is communicating the results of their excavations with both the general public and other researchers. In 1999, the Israel Antiquities Authority turned to the Urban Simulation Team at UCLA to address this challenge through a landmark installation for the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. Since the Center opened in 2001, visitors to the site have had the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the reconstruction model with an archaeologist guide in an interactive Read the rest of this entry »

Mediawiki updates break previous install (solved)

My ISP Dreamhost updated MediaWiki (the software that drives Wikipedia) last week. The result was that all Wikis on my domains broke.

There were two sets of problems as it turned out.

1054 Unknown column ‘page_links_updated’ in ‘field list’

The initial symptom was a page that read

Database error

A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software

A quick search found that I could get more information to add $wgShowSQLErrors = true; to LocalSettings. Read the rest of this entry »

Using WAV samples in ARDOUR

It took me ages to figure this out, so here’s a quick note.

There are lots of free instrument samples on the web (and commercial ones you can purchase). To use these in a recording you need a sample synthesizer or engine that can play them.

There are several file types that are used, but the most common are “SoundFonts,” WAV, and AIG.

For sound fonts, a good ARDOUR plugin is the CALF Monosynth; for WAV files (and lots of other formats), the samplv1 looks like it works really well.

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Time to say goodbye

I can’t really believe my three-month adventure in Canada is coming to an end. I found it hard to summarize everything happened to me during my stay, but I had so much fun with people here and the days I spent in Lethbridge will be in my memory forever.   Part 1 My Research Work  […]

English 4400/5400 Digital Humanities. Forms of assessment

Here are descriptions of the main forms of assessment in this course.


Most weeks you will be expected to write a blog entry on your reading and/or research for the course, interesting examples of digital technology used in the context of humanities or arts research, teaching, or practice, and the like. See also my more general page, About blogs

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A meeting with Marco about the work we’ve done so far

Last Friday, we had a meeting with Marco about the work done so far and the future work of mapping the point from one to another. Three important questions which need to be answered are: How to find the point of interest? How to duplicate the view? How to map the point from one to […]

English 3450a: Old English (Fall 2015)

Note: This is a draft syllabus and is subject to revision before the last day of the add/drop period.

Getting MIDI to work in Ardour/Jack

I’ve been struggling for a while to get MIDI to work properly in Ardour—i.e. in a way that didn’t involve hand drawing of MIDI notes. Since what was stopping me was of the “is the computer plugged into an outlet” variety of problem, I thought I’d say what I fixed here.

The problem

The basic problem was that I couldn’t get any MIDI controller to register a note in Ardour. I could (I thought) hook up the connections correctly in JACK (and I was in fact doing it correctly), but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my inputs to be reflected in Ardour when I tried to record. More annoyingly, it had worked in the beginning when I first set Ardour up. Read the rest of this entry »

A simple demo using Unreal Engine

Thanks to the people who have been working on Unreal Engine, we got the cross model and created a very basic scene using  the 3rd person template in Unreal. Users can rotate the scene by keyboard and mouse inputs, which would change the angle and the distance from which the users are looking at, in order to see other sides […]

English 4400n/5500n: Digital Humanities (Fall 2015)

About the course

English 4400n: Digital Humanities is a senior seminar on the digital revolution and the effect it is having on the way we communicate, research, and teach. Most of the course will be concerned with the mechanisms and effects of what we might describe as the second Internet revolution—the growth of cloud-based, often socially-network-oriented, services, applications, and repositories that are radically changing economic, social, and research culture and practices.

By the end of the course, students should have

  • A grounded historical knowledge of the history of personal and networked computing as it applies to the humanities.
  • Hands on experience with basic technological practices in the field
  • Extensive experience reviewing existing Digital Humanities projects
  • An understanding of what the Digital Humanities is and where it may and may not be helpful in the pursuit of their other research interests.
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English 3450a: Old English (Spring 2015)

Note: This was published to the wrong URL. See for the updated syllabus.

Fixing QJackCtl

A really brief note on how to fix a problem with qjackctl not starting jackd. If you don’t understand this, then it isn’t relevant for you.

The problem: QJackCtl can’t start the JACK server

Was having trouble with QJackctl (a daemon for running Jack, connection software required for media production software within Ubuntu):

1) D-BUS: JACK server could not be started. Read the rest of this entry »

Dual booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04

Some quick notes, from memory, about how I successfully setup Windows 10 and Ubuntu 15.04 to dual boot. The starting point was a new Windows 8.1 computer which I then updated to Windows 10.

Warning about this post

Before you do anything at all, realise that following the instructions here could completely destroy your computer’s software: you might end up bricking it (i.e. changing it so that nothing starts); you might end up wiping out your data, the original operation system, or something else. I don’t mind that kind of thing happening to me and I’ve never not been able to fix things back. But I also have support you may not: e. Read the rest of this entry »

Meshlab is a fantastic tool!

After talking to both sides working on Unreal and 3DHOP, we found out that they were not using the same model. We wanted to see if convert a model from .obj (the file format used in Unreal) to .ply (the file format used in  3DHOP) would be easy to do. With a lot of methods […]

The Visionary Cross Project announces a free beta test of its viewer for the Ruthwell Cross

You can access the test viewer at the following URL: About the test We are using this test to gain initial feedback on usability and use cases for the viewer including corrections, advice for further development, and discussion of potential uses. As a result we are particularly interested in: Suggestions for improvement and additional […]

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