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    Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. tags: ,

    I’m happy to share two citation styles i wrote up based on the demands of some CUNY students, that will generate and allow you to export a list of Zotero entries with only name, title and call number in order to bring your lists to a physical library (if you still visit them!) and grab the books you need. The list is sorted by call number.


    Basic style (generates straight list)

    CSV style (comma separated value, for importation into spreadsheet software).

    Install (you’ll only have to do this once for either style):

    1. Tools > zotero to show zotero window
    2. click the gear and select Preferences
    3. Choose Cite tab, then choose styles tab within that tab
    4. Click the “+” button. choose the downloaded style.

    To Use

    Select your items, right click and choose “Create bibliography from selected items” and choose the bibliographic style “Call Number and Title Export” for the normal list.
    For the CSV list, an extra step is required:
    1. Generate your bibliography to your clipboard.
    2. Open a text editor (notepad on Windows is fine, textedit on Mac, etc) and paste the contents (ctrl V on win)
    3. Save this text file with a CSV extension, no other. so myreferences.csv as the full name.
    You can now open this file in any database software (excel, etc) to use for sorting, color coding, adding library names, etc.
    Enjoy, and please post comments if you need help.

    Sunday, December 11th, 2011. tags: , , ,

    Writing from New York City, evocative playground of much of the Brazilian poetry Charles Perrone outlines in Brazil, Lyric and the Americas, it is difficult to avoid reveling in the “shared interests in hemispheric awareness, the means of expression of Others nearby, [and] the views of neighbors” (187) at the book’s core. With an emphasis on lyric, which he defines as poetic contribution in a multi-media dimension, Perrone sets out to demonstrate that contra the stereotypes of a languid Brazil, so distant from its neighbors in South and North America, the country has long been involved in connecting, sharing and recycling their works. He begins with a chapter on literature and then muses about film, popular music, and the epic poet before concluding with a chapter on Tropicália, Brazil’s internationalist musical movement of the 1960s. Perrone compares the latter to a recent movement of similar thrust, the mangue beat, or “swamp pop-rock” (166), of Chico Science. His writing is lyrical and romantic and influenced by poetic images, both textual and pictorial (of which there are quite a few in the book)….

    Download PDF here

    Saturday, March 13th, 2010. tags: , , ,

    zotero is a wonderful, life saving bibliographic and note-taking tool.

    i can emphasize that as much as possible, or you can check it out for yourself, install it in everyone’s favorite open source browser, and see how much it changes your citation life. with the VUE addon, you can also become a newfangled levi strauss.

    there are limits, however, to what zotero is able to currently do with its tagging features, which is where i got interested while preparing my bibliographies recently. with a tool like the zotero report customizer as my inspiration, i tried my hand at generating a list of tags that i could then build into a tag cloud.

    first, you have to export your tags into something useful. zotero runs on sqllite, a sql-based, but local running, database engine. download a client (either at the sqlite page or google’s tool (though i found the command line version to be better) and get a list of your tags exported with something like:

    SELECT name, COUNT(*) AS count FROM itemTags NATURAL JOIN tags WHERE libraryID IS NULL GROUP BY name

    you’ll get something that looks like this (but less jargony?):

    """world music""",5

    to be continued shortly i promise as i set this blog up

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2010.

    welcome to my new site, visitors.

    this site has evolved through the years as many things, first as just a way to stake out my name – and keep it from becoming some spam site for other users. of course this domain hangs over you like a dark cloud, just begging you to do something with it, so after much hemming and hawing it’s going to stay like this for a while.

    i’m an anthropologist, to be sure, interested in intellectual property and digital worlds. I’ve just finished the coursework process (ABD, yo!) at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and thanks to some helpful grant monies from the powers that be, am starting coursework in Brazil to investigate anthropological questions of IP and the so-called “Black Atlantic,” as well as how Brazil is working with other emerging powers to redefine (or sadly, remain defined by) traditional copyright law.

    stay tuned to the blog, because I do intend to make it a “collaborative” one insofar as – bucking the trendiness of it all – I can actually post words, video and music from informants in the hopes that their ideas gain traction on the interwebs directly as their own, rather than filtered through the anthropologist’s words.

    incidentally, i stumbled across some old letters i sent when i had digitale magazine up and running in 199-freaking-5(!11!). it was a state of the art online web magazine. if i had kept it up and actually bought domains at the time, i would be a rich man. sigh. here are some of the letters for your enjoyment:

    Hello! I am Jon Reinberg, owner and editor of the World Wide Web
    computer games magazine, Digitale. We review the latest breakthroughs
    in the world of computers and computer games. Some of the products we
    have reviewed are:

    * Phylon Playlink 2000: The first ever gaming DSVD modem
    * Virtual I/O and VFX/1: Excellent Virtual Reality goggles for the PC
    * Mortal Kombat 3 – Regarded as the best PC fighter _ever_

    I am requesting an evaluation unit of the Diamond Edge for Digitale.
    We will review it, and place a link to Diamond Multimedia’s web site
    at the bottom. Also, we usually keep our units permanently in our
    computers to test them with new games that come out. If this message
    has reached the wrong person, please forward it to the correct person.

    Digitale is available at: [ed note: does not work, sadly!]

    Digitale Magazine

    Please feel free to contact me with questions and comments.


    Jon Reinberg
    Digitale Owner and Editor