Gephi

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I found that Gephi was not a particularly intuitive program to use. However, I did like how there were different ways to change what you are viewing, and its appearance. I think that given more time to experiment with it, I might like it more. The most interesting part of this was how it created a visual representation of the connections that the various points had. I do think that this was more usable when there weren’t as many points displayed at once. I liked seeing all of the connecting threads. I think that the information that could come from all of the data was interesting, but the initial display with all of the points shown was very overwhelming, and much less useful.

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A Letter From General Ballou

http://library.brown.edu/cds/repository2/repoman.php?verb=render&id=129294798430500&view=pageturner&pageno=10

In this letter from General Ballou, I felt that the main argument is for the validity of, and respect for, a “colored training camp.” He uses words that reinforce this notion. He talks about how, “our mission was the attain­ment of success in making colored officers,” and uses phrases like, “The men stood by me like bricks.” He is emphasizing that his men were just as worthy of respect as any other. One interesting aspect of this compared to The New Freewoman is that I did not notice made-up words and, in fact, the language in this work seemed relatively formal.

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

To me, the theme of the poem is expressed in the narrator’s inability to take any risks, or to achieve any form of greatness or accomplishment. His indecision can be seen in the line, “To wonder, “do I dare?” and, “do I dare?”” The narrator appears apprehensive about aging without having done anything extraordinary, or even out of the ordinary. There are multiple references to aging, such as the line, “[They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”]”

The narrator is also preoccupied with the mundane nature of his life. The most well known line that exemplifies this is, “I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.” Another line is “In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.” The mention of Michelangelo is interesting because, in his time, Michelangelo was seen as one of the greatest artists. One of Michelangelo’s most famous works was a display of Florentine pride. He carved his version of the biblical figure, David, from a block of marble that was previously seen as unusable. By drawing this comparison to an accomplished artist like Michelangelo, the narrator cements the idea that his life and actions are extremely mundane, and that people, women specifically, do not notice him because of this.

Intellectual Introductions

Hi, my name is Katharine. I am an art major with a photography emphasis. I have just enough of an understanding of digital technology to bumble through most everyday tasks, so I had no idea what most of the people in the room were talking about on Monday.

I am usually most interested in art, and by extension art history. Some of the photographers whose work I like are Elinor Carucci and Doug Dubois. However, I also enjoy the work of artists who are not contemporary, and not photographers, such as Manet or Goya.