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edit DEVONthink records in terminal vim

I’m in the midst of planning my Fall seminar, which happens to be a course titled “Digital History in Theory and Practice.” Given the large number of online resources I’m using in the process, I’ve been drawn back to DEVONthink,

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a cross-series cluster image using ncd

I have more to say about this later, but I find this image pretty interesting. When doing a box-by-box comparison of 12 different series finding guides from the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador, you get an image like this: (Click to

Posted in Digital History, Latin American History, programming, Research and Writing

using markdown for all your writing

I’m a big fan of markdown (md), and especially of Fletcher Penney’s branch multimarkdown (mmd). John Gruber invented the project to make it easier to write pieces destined for HTML, such as blog entries. md and its variants essentially provide

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using bitbucket for a research repository

Why Version Control Choosing a VCS for research materials Setting Up A Bitbucket Repo Installing Mercurial Setting Up a BitBucket Repo You Need A Local Copy The Workflow Mercurial Resources Other version-control-like options Why Version Control In the long, long

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a new prologue

A new prologue for my book, in anticipation of its dissection in History Seminar rooms.* Idle seminarian: I don’t have to swear any oaths to persuade you that I should like this book, since it is the son of my

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jumping on the ngram bandwagon at RMCLAS

I proposed a paper for this year’s Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) on the Google Books corpora and ngram viewer for Latin American historians. The conference is readily approaching, as in a few days from now, and

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update on the ever-changing workflow

Summer is that time when I get the most grunt work done on research projects. And when I’m immersed in it, I can’t help but tweak around with my workflow. I did a bunch of tweaking last summer, and am

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