Computers and Writing was great, something I should have mentioned earlier. The Wayne State crew did an excellent job. The Orality and Literacy 2.0 and Orality and Literacy: The Next 25 Years sessions were well attended, and well worth attending. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out, and with all the Orality and Literacy sessions these past six months. My own presentation was accidentally dropped from the program, which I realized the the weekend before the conference. While the conference organziers were quick to offer to fit me back in, I decided not presenting was for the best. Being sensible for once, I decided that rather than revise my dissertation chapter for a confernece presentation and create a full-blown slide show to go with it, I should just focus on the dissertation itself. The upshot is that I have an abstract and, more or less, a presentation for Computers and Writing 2008.
At work I’m taking a break from processing and describing the “unfiled” material, material that Ong never filed away either because it was still active, because he’d run out of room in his filing cabinets, or because he’d been to ill to act on it (lots of correspondence falls into this last category). What I’m doing instead is preparing the web site for a bunch of new material. In addition to some additional lecture typescripts, we’re going to upload a number of Ong’s published essays and reviews; some published poetry; some correspondence; and a number of unfinished pieces, including some notes and fragments, and other working drafts. The latter will include a number of items from the unfinished 40,000 word manuscript “Language as Hermeneutic: A Primer on the Word and Digitization,” including the prologue and a 40-some page abstract which gives an overview of the whole project. It’ll probably be a few weeks before the material goes live, but once it does I’ll announce it here and at Notes from the Walter J. Ong Collection. It’s hard to believe, but my position here in the archives ends in two months.
You may remember that just over a year ago I blogged about Finnish metal band Lordi’s surprise win of the 2006 Eurovision contest. I’ll admit to becoming intrigued with the band, and I’ve been watching their growing popularity in Europe. While I suspected that “Hard Rock Hallelujah” was the best song on Arockaplyse (and it is), I bought the album when it became available in the States. What I’ve really be waiting for, however, was this year’s Eurovision so I could see their video remake of “Hard Rock Halleluja” that was filmed in Lapland and draws upon the Kalevala (also available is an English language broadcast with running commentary), which is much better than the original video set in a high school. Lordi’s touring with Ozzfest this summer, so expect to see more of them soon, if only because someone’s going to accuse them of Satanism.
This started off being a newsish/updatingish post, which is why I titled it Blogging the Mundane. Now that it’s written, I’m not so sure how mundane it really is.