Finding duplicate records in a books to prisoners database application

December 9th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

High on my list of neglected tech. projects is the Testament books to prisoners database web application.  This is the database program that projects like the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project use to track packages sent and returned and books requested in the hopes avoiding delays in delivering books to incarcerated people and to provide […]

Importing relationships into CiviCRM

December 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 4 Comments

As part of my work at the Center for Research Libraries, I am investigating different Constituent Resource Management (CRM) systems.  One of the options is CiviCRM, a popular FLOSS CRM.  As CRL is, in large part, a membership organization, I wanted to see if it was possible to represent the basic information that we keep […]

nonlinear digital music narratives

November 27th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

As the start of my graduate program grows nearer.  I feel like I need to talk and think about what I want to do with journalism more concretely.  Last night in conversation, I mentioned that I was interested in exploring how the web and other new media could tell stories outside of the linear narrative […]

Is the web suburban?

November 16th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 3 Comments

I’ve been reading Suburban Nation (thanks Sherri) and it made me look at new media ecologies with a city planning eye.  I wonder, is the web suburban?  Do we have memorable, open commons or digital cul-de-sacs?  Certainly, many government sites like the Illinois Tollway site quickly feel like I’m getting lost or running into dead […]

Masculinity and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 21st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 3 Comments

This is a first draft of an op-ed for a group called ManUp! that I’m working with in Bloomington.  I’d appreciate any comments or feedback: April, sexual assault awareness month makes me tired.  I am tired of seeing women that I respect and care about exhausted as they do the challenging, important, but also extremely […]

Graffiti Panic

April 21st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a letter to the editor that I just submitted in response to an editorial in today’s H-T, Graffiti not art; it is vandalism: I was disappointed by today’s editorial condemning graffiti.  Rather than fostering a nuanced and frank dialog about complicated issues like the state of public and private spaces in Bloomington, the […]

Register Now for the Allied Media Conference!

March 13th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Friends! I’m working on the How-To Track of the Allied Media Conference this year. There are already a lot of exciting things in the works for it.   I’ve been working on a hands-on project to refurbish and build media workstations using Free/Libre/Open Source software during the conference.  I’ve also been talking about developing a session […]

Holla at your representatives that you don’t want to fund abstinence-only sex ed.

March 11th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Act at This is what I wrote: I am very concerned about the safety, health, and happiness of youth in Indiana and across the nation.  So, I am writing to ask you to end funding for ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs including: * Title V Abstinence Education program, Section 510 of the Social Security Act […]

Core technologies/concepts for community organizing

February 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Last summer at the AMC, I presented a session about Web 2.0 and social movements.  Because I inherited the session from someone else, I kept the session proposer’s rubric of introducing technologies/services by name  (Twitter, Jott, so that people would be able to link the name/buzz with an idea of what it could do.  […]

Allied Media Conference 2009 Session Proposals are open!

February 15th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The Allied Media Conference just released their website for the 2009 conference and opened up their session proposals.  If you have a great idea for a session for the 2009 conference, you can share it on their Submit Sessions page.