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This is the blog part of my site where I sometimes put self-promoting, blog-type things — if ever I have blog-type things for putting. It’s mostly project updates and academic accomplishments. I also have a Twitter page. And another domain, where I do other things.

More Visualizations


Using the distant reading and visualization techniques outlined in Derek N. Mueller’s Network Sense, I created the below visualizations to pull out key topics and ideas as represented in the two most recent  issues of The Journal of Media Ethics and the Journal of Media Law and Ethics.

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The complete data set (which can be downloaded) has nearly 2000 entries, tracking words and phrases across multiple journal abstracts. I tracked WORD OCCURRENCE, as well as FREQUENCY PERCENTAGE in relation to other words. Although the data-set was small, it revealed pattern clustering around certain phrases and ideas, detailed below. Click on either of the images to see the full images, complete with keys

Clicking on the above or below image will maximize the data visualization. Keyword rankings reveal primary interest in the field in subjects including: journalism, legality, ethics, privacy, social media, Facebook, practical making, exposure, and more.

These distant infographics also reveal some words and phrases worth mentioning: platforms, transparency, postconventional, are ranked the 7th most popular terms. Besides single words, I also tracks two-word phrases (available here). Popular phrases include social media, public relations, postconventional reasoning, decision making, social responsibility, and more.

Data Visualization


I was asked to create temp visual maps of some/all of the Centers & Institutes at Clemson University, using distant reading practices and data visualization. The goal was to see where the centers were housed, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the university (show the connections). Hardest part was the tedious data entry. But my visualizations turned out pretty enough.

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New Publication: Teaching Computers to Lie


Rowe and Rrushi’s
Introduction to Cyberdeception

Published in Enculturation,
December 15, 2017

Excerpt: “Suppose you are a criminal investigator interrogating a suspect. If you have reason to believe that your suspect is attempting to deceive you, then you will be on the lookout for certain telltale signs of a liar: vagueness, contradiction, hyperbole. Face-to-face, these marks of deception appear like a stain on a new shirt or like broccoli caught in the teeth. To your trained eye, the clues are impossible to ignore: sweaty palms, nervous fidgeting, lack of eye contact (it’s all too easy now, Detective Briscoe). If your suspect had watched more Law & Order, if she had learned to avoid the obvious missteps, she would perhaps have some chance at getting away with her deceptions.

Now suppose you are an investigator of cybercrime, looking for clues across digital space. Online avatars don’t fidget. Operating systems don’t have eyes (at least, not yet). The limited number of clues in cyberspace make it that much easier for criminals to deceive you. Yet according to Neil C. Rowe and Julian Rrushi, in their book, Introduction to Cyberdeception (2016), many of the traditional methods used to detect face-to-face lies remain applicable in online worlds. Such methods can be used to detect online scammers, suspicious algorithms, and shady software. Consider the Nigerian spammer who sends bulk emails replete with superfluous information, unexpected complications, incoherent logics. This sort of amateurish deception is generally easy to detect.” [READ MORE]

Photo Colorization


Been practicing colorizing photos – it’s not the easiest thing in the world, and the final products look something like those old Wilson Markle movies from the 1970s and 1980s. I’m about 40 years behind in practice, but whatevs, here’s a photo of Cynthia Haynes, the Director of First-Year Composition and Associate Professor of English at Clemson University. Cynthia is my friend, and I created this with love:

Also, here’s a photo of my parents when they were teenagers. Again, created with love:


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Emblem: Frame
Explored across four discrete constituents of its state: color; mood; essence; perspective.
With accompanying haiku.

The full project at my Adobe Behance Portfolio.
Created at Clemson RCID
for Jan Holmevik & Gregory Ulmer.

what I see as green
you see as yellow
— that is a color

paint on a wall
recalling a lullaby
— that is a poem

the sun at midnight
performing a waltz
— that is a shadow

a fallen leaf
being blown upward
— that is a promise

a painting
in a blind woman’s home
— that is a dream