How Humans and Machines Interact

How Humans and Machines Interact

A former colleague of mine at JHU, whose work and career as a curator at the Smithsonian I have been following avidly, was recently interviewed on Gridium about her research on “human factors engineering.” Dr. Karafantis explains in detail how this differs...
How to Write Historical Fiction

How to Write Historical Fiction

I get asked to beta-read a lot of historical fiction. It allows me to apply some of the many years of reading for my qualifying exams to good use and sharing scholarly articles about medieval Europe helps writers add depth and detail to their settings and storylines....
Cures for Writer’s Block: Gilbert’s Great Solace

Cures for Writer’s Block: Gilbert’s Great Solace

Because every text is different, so is every bout of writer’s block. It’s essential to have lots of curatives up your sleeve, to mix-in-match the best solution for your specific problem. Inner Criticitis Symptoms include self-doubt, delusions of incompetence and...
3 Signs You’re Talking Too Much

3 Signs You’re Talking Too Much

I talked a lot in class. Probably too much. It’s very hard to gauge, and as a lecturer even harder to approach a student whose dominance in the discussion has become a problem. These three questions can serve as a barometre to evaluate whether you’ve gone...