Writing, in itself, is a coding process.
Today marks the last class of my bachelor’s undergraduate degree. Four years. Naturally, I missed out on much of today’s proceedings… And to be honest, there isn’t much to be said about my day in the realm of digital humanities. But I would like to reflect on my now nearly complete four years of university by saying a few things about what I have learned about the digital humanities and in particular, coding.
A very valuable thing that I learned from my interactions with coding was the process and importance of troubleshooting. I had to search endlessly and try different things over and over again until my eyes felt like they would fall out of my head if I stared at a computer screen any longer. One of the best things is how much you learn (though you don’t use a vast majority of that gained knowledge for the project you are searching for, usually, I found) and how much of that knowledge can be stored away for use on later projects.
This past term, we were big on using XML and in particular, TEI. I must say, it wasn’t as exciting for me as coding my own story, but I did enjoy the coding process. We were annotating a digital copy of Jane Eyre (which can be found here, best viewed in Firefox). I annotated Chapter 27 and did the coding and editing for the timeline on that project. For my chapter I mostly defined words that I thought warranted defining. Ultimately I would have liked to have annotated and defined a lot more words, but we were under a time constraint, so I pumped out as many definitions as I could. I really enjoyed that researching process because, being an English student, it was fascinating to look at words that we never use today. So many words have fallen out of use, and at such a cost! Victorians were oh so dramatic. I love being dramatic (sidenote: one of the main reasons I began studying Korean a few months ago. They have such dramatic expressions and sounds. I’m having a blast), so I felt a true connection to the over-the-top quality of their word use.
This is a bit run-on and tangent-like, but I feel that adequately captures the nature of my day today. It has been a day of reflecting and realizing how quickly time flies. Only a few more assignments to finish up and turn in and then I am done with this bachelor’s degree. Holy potatoes. I also left my phone on the bus… and I’m hoping it will be in lost and found; unfortunately, the lost and found place isn’t open until Monday (leave it to me to lose my phone on a Friday evening when the office is closed). I am feeling very incomplete without my little mini-computer.
I think I will end this here, before the day ends and before my brain diverges into a mess of poetic nonsense.
너~무 피곤해요~~ 그렇지만 지금 공부해야해요. 내 친구, 잘자요.