Monthly Archive: October 2012

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Halloween Creeps: diplomatics and interdisciplinarity

While I was hoping to move on towards more peaceful times and actually be able to work, this week has proven (yet again) that it will always be a daily struggle to manage to find said peace. The edition project of  Boeckh’s Encyklopädie died a sudden death. Part of the reasons for that is the fact that we wanted to have both a diplomatic transcription and a reading version. As this is one of main features of our edition, it freaked me out to see that a complete denial of the scholarly meaning of such a work is indeed not only...

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N.N. (mouse over)(on the subway tracks)

When I come back home after an evening out, I eventually end up on the platform of the Subway Nb 9 at the Zoo. Between 10 and 11 P.M., I always expect people to be as half asleep as I am, but there usually is so much activity that you might think it is 5 P.M. So I head to the front of the platform and check the tracks for mice. In the summer, there usually are 3 or 4 dancing around. I only saw one yesterday evening, one lonely mouse carefully checking each and every bit of the track....

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Mid-Term

I will finish writing my mid-term report for the German Research Foundation this afternoon. This and the presentation of last Monday lead me to formulate more clearly our achievements and our goals. The good thing is: I was not overwhelmed and depressed by the to-do list when I saw what the already-done list of the last 2 years contains. I spent last winter and spring running from a meeting to another, trying to figure out how to organize cooperations with different institutions in order to present an edition that does not pretend to re-invent things that already do exist. I...

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Seeing the edition with new eyes

The room was full, it was dark outside, the light went down and the show began! The presentation itself really was a moment of joy for me, seeing things take shape that we had been working on so hard for a year and half. Every one of the 6 speakers (including me) had about 10 minutes to present his or her part. It was not possible to talk about everything and we focussed mainly on the literary aspects. I retrospectively regretted not talking about all the history of science-part and not mentioning such heavy problems as long time archiving. But...

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Grapes and Cheese

Monday is, if not *the* big day, at least *a* big day. We will be doing our first presentation of the digital edition as a group. Although a home game, this is pretty exciting and I have been completely absorbed by the preparation since I came back from my vacation. In fact, it looks like I will be so until Monday, 6 PM, beginning of the presentation. Of course, many things have not reached the completion I had hoped for on this big day. Not only do we have annoyingly few texts online: many of them do also not conform...