The Inner Geek is Emerging

Old photo of 2 women in front of a computer

Source: Public Record Office, London, via Wikimedia Commons.

I believe that we all have an inner geek somewhere inside.  In some this is patently obvious, geekiness is their whole life, but I reckon that everyone has a tiny bit of this even though it may not be seen often.  There are many signs of the inner geek:

  • delighting in setting microwave clocks for others;
  • knowing the ins and outs of f-numbers on cameras;
  • spending hours playing computer games;
  • tinkering with cars;
  • finding constructing do-it-yourself furniture is fun;
  • getting the most out of your mobile phone apps;
  • relishing cricket statistics (or blog statistics).

I don’t know where I sit on the geek scale but I confess to the last three on the list. Given that my first choice of career was in accounting, it is hardly surprising that I have an inner geek.

In celebration of my inner geek I have launched a new blog, Stumbling through the Future.  I have been delving into the world of digital humanities and I figured that the general reader who reads this blog may not be interested in learning about the nuts and bolts of how to exploit the digital world.  To launch my new blog I have written a post about how I extracted large numbers of articles from the Australian digitised newspaper database hosted by Trove and have launched on a quest to find great software to help me analyse the language used in these articles.  Like my previous post about analysing information held by Trove, this post explains how the tools created by Wragge can prove a boon for historians.

If you are interested in digital humanities I hope that you will enjoy reading my posts on Stumbling through the Future.  If not I hope that you will continue to enjoy reading my posts on this blog.

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