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On Unity

Unity? Under Bigotry. Unity? Under Hatred. Unity? Under Ingnorance.

No.

Unity doesn’t mean “Shut up and give up.” It never did.

I am united.

I am united with every person who cried out in horror Tuesday night.

I am united with every person trying to figure out how to stand, how to fight, and how to help.

We are united, not under the coming regime, but against it.

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Statements in the Dark

On Tuesday, a little part of me almost gave up. I wanted to walk away, to hide, to forget everything. Maybe I could run so far and so fast that I could forget the world that burned around me.

I wept. I mourned and more than half a nation mourned with me.

On Wednesday, I climbed from my bed. I showered, and dressed, and watched the sun rise over Lake Michigan.

Then, I went to my classroom and I sat with my students. I dismissed the day’s work and instead we sought out moments of happiness and light. We found examples of people creating amazing things, and we spent the hour talking with each other with respect and care.

I cannot save the world, but I can fight for a small section of it. I cannot stop ignorance and hate, but I can teach, and write, and speak. I cannot stop bad things from happening to innocent people, but I can offer love to those around me.

I could not stop what has happened, but I can stand, in my own way, against regimes of ingnorance and hate.

In these moments, it is easy to feel alone. It is ...

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Presentations, Git, and Open Source

I gave a presentation last week on using git in the Humanities. Only a small number of people attended, but that was more than alright by me. The presentation was really meant to be a workshop for our fledgling Critical Code Studies group. We want the work the group does to be open, though. A workshop like this was part of our attempt to do that. I wanted to use this as a beta run for the workshop to see what worked and what didn’t. To that end, the five attendees who did come were absolutely fantastic. I really appreciated their active involvement, their questions, and their engagement. I felt I was a bit rougher than I would have liked, but I think everyone left with a little better understanding than when they started. I still have a lot to edit and work on to polish up the workshop, but it felt good to be back working on something like this. I haven’t been as engaged as I should have been in pushing and advocating for open source and free software. It’s always been an interest of mine, but the more I look at digital technology and ...

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