Status report

School is back in full swing, which means my time to devote to other projects (like blogging) has received a decimating blast. I’m still planning to post my research project on page layouts sometime soon — I just need to find the time to make some edits at this point.

On the good side though is that I have multiple projects in the works. My experiment using Peanuts strips is well underway in the coding and preparation of stimuli, and should hopefully be rolling with subjects in a month or so.

I’m also working out a coding schema to analyze the various donated books I’ve got on my shelves. Hopefully that will tell us some interesting things about the ways different populations encode information in their comics. Most excitingly, I have some students interested in working on these projects with me, which means the potential to get a whole lot more done that isn’t just reliant on my time constraints. (yay!)

And, having just experienced a rather boring summer rehabbing my hip from surgery, I’m now trying to plan ahead to next year by designing a “Cognition of Comics” course. We’ll see if it gets picked up for the summer school, but if so, it should be a lot of fun.

Also in the news, I’m now slated to be a fascilitator at the VizThink Conference in San Francisco in January. There’s an interesting and diverse line-up of speakers, so it should be quite the event.

Oh, and I have a meeting with Noam Chomsky in a week. That should be interesting.


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