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Pudding Lane: Recreating Seventeenth-Century London

Introduction

In early 2013, Crytek, GameCity, and The British Library teamed up to launch a competition that challenged students to create interactive environments using maps from The British Library and Crytek’s CryENGINE 3, a suite of tools used to develop video games.

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Transforming the Object of our Study: The Early Modern Sermon and the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project

Scholars of early modern England have recently begun to pay more attention to sermons. (McCullough, Adlington, Rhatigan 2011). Scholars have recognized that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as Jeanne Shami has put it,  sermons were “the mass media of their day,” providing their listeners with reports of “breaking news,” while satisfying “appetites for  . 

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Digital Ethnography Toward Augmented Empiricism: A New Methodological Framework

How Do Digital Technologies Deepen Ethnographic Practices?

Culture takes variegated forms, including lived experiences, social interactions, memories, rituals, transactions, events, conversations, stories, gestures, and expressive disciplines like music and dance. These processes and artifacts of social life make an ethnographer’s job as analyst and cultural documentarian dynamic and challenging.

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Code Appendix for “Digital Ethnography”

require 'rubygems'
require 'mechanize'
require 'geokit'
include Geokit::Geocoders

# intitialize agent and open page
agent = Mechanize.new

# create a .txt file to save the results of the program in
filename = 'MyspaceFriendListnew.txt'
File.open filename, 'w' do |f|

f.puts "lat\tlon\ttitle\tdescription\ticonSize\ticonOffset\ticon"

friend_pagenumber = 1
# Fill in the starting page number of friend result pages
BandName = 'thekominas'
# Fill in the friendId of the band
band_url = 'http://myspace.com/' + BandName + '/friends/all/page/' + friend_pagenumber.to_s
page = agent.get(band_url)

count = 1

# loop through all the pages by clicking the 'next page' button as long as one exists
begin

next_flag = FALSE
count += 1

# find each friend
page.search('div[@class = "details"]').each do |friend|
geodone = FALSE

# print each friend's name
# make sure that each friend has an actual name
if friend.search('a[@class = "msProfileTextLink"]').first
friend_name = friend.search('a[@class = "msProfileTextLink"]').first.text
else
friend_name = ""
end

# print each friend's profile id
friend_url = friend.search('a[@class = "msProfileTextLink"]/@href').first

puts friend_name

begin # begin find friend page and geolocate

friend_page = agent.get(friend_url)

if friend_page.search('//p[@class="even Location"]//text()').text

friend_page.search('//p[@class="even Location"]//text()').each do |item|

unless(item.content.include?('Profile Views') || item.content.include?('Last Login') ||
item.content.include?('years old') || item.content.include?('Male') ||
item.content.include?('Female') || item.content.include?('jello') ||
item.content.include?('coming soon') || item.content.include?('BANG BANG!') ||
item.content.include?('MyHot') || item.content.include?('View My') ||
item.content.include?('One Foot On') || item.content.include?('new beginning') ||
item.content.include?('padia') || item.content.include?('recording') ||
item.content.include?('grave') || item.content.include?('http://') ||
item.content.include?('RIP') || item.content.include?('Haad?') ||
item.content.include?('Hello.') || item.content.include?('OPA!') ||
item.content.include?('Here and Now') || item.content.include?('i, am') ||
item.content.include?('Kveldubach') || item.content.include?('Tiger baby') ||
item.content.include?('Misanthrope') || item.content.include?('D.I.Y.') ||
item.content.include?('Thrashing') || item.content.include?('Fire mares') ||
item.content.include?('studioAKT') || item.content.include?('Aloha!') ||
item.content.include?('Lost') || item.content.include?('3rd world') ||
item.content.include?('ane amma') || item.content.include?('deux') ||
item.content.include?('Millennium') || item.content.include?('realest') ||
item.content.include?('........°L°......') || item.content.include?('original') ||
item.content.include?('760') || item.content.include?('dead') ||
item.content.include?('~~~') || item.content.include?('One people!') ||
item.content.include?('Yeah!') ||
item.content.gsub(/[\s,\n]/,'').eql?('') || geodone)
loc_info = item.content.strip
loc=GoogleGeocoder.geocode(loc_info)

if loc.success?

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Vol. 3 No. 1 Features Featured Excerpts

Screen shot from Pudding Lane

Screen shot from “Pudding Lane.”

“All of these various traces of the [public performance] have been integrated into a single experiential research environment through digital modeling.”

John N. Wall

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