An updated reading and referencing geek-out

About two years ago, on my old blog, I posted a description of the technology I use for managing and reading various types of articles. I re-post it below. It is largely still accurate, with some minor changes that are worth noting. For one, I’ve started using LiquidText for my pdfs. Underlining and other annotations seem to work more smoothly, and I also like the ability to combine several sources in one document, connecting notes across such sources in one document, pulling quotes out from the documents, and then exporting everything in a word document. That’s quite helpful for literature reviews. The downside, as I note below, is that LiquidText integrates less smoothly with the iCloud than Goodreader. You can’t always get what you want!

I still use Instapaper, even though taking unlimited notes now again requires a paid subscription, with the owners providing only minimal development of the system, even only minimal updates of the iphone/ipad apps. I don’t mind the modest price (about $3 per month), but some of the functions can be a little buggy, particularly the text-to-speech playlist function. Still, it’s the only app that I’ve found lets me easily take and export underlines and notes on web articles, and the playlist function, buggy or not, is quite amazing. I commute a lot, and listening to class readings, even if read by Siri (or “Samantha”), has been a real time saver on occasion.

OK, here is what I wrote in January 2018, after the jump.

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A Domain of My Own

I’ve finally made the plunge into creating an independent web presence, away from the Google or employer eco systems, combining my blog (so far on blogger) with a personal portfolio. Basically making Domain of One’s Own into Domain of My Own (DOMO, like it!). I am using Reclaim Hosting as host and WordPress as a platform. Reclaim Hosting grew out of Mary Washington’s Domain of One’s Own project and is focused on academic web presences and blogging; all the cool kids seem to be using it; it’s inexpensive. I am using WordPress’s 2019 theme, primarily because it’s accessible and flexible, and I am getting tired of the typical top-bar/side-bar themes. I’m still tinkering with it, though, and who knows whether it won’t look like a typical top-bar/side-bar theme in the end.

I’ll be revising and re-upping a couple of my older blog posts and adding new content. And work on my e-portfolio. I had planned this for the summer, but as usual, more important things raised their shiny new heads, and here we are!

Update, December 14, 2019:

After plenty of tinkering, I’ve abandoned the Twenty Nineteen theme for the older Twenty Fifteen. It’s accessibility ready as well, and I find the layout—text sizes, fonts, images, and all—to be much more directly to my liking, without many adjustments. I particularly like that images do not dominate the screen as much as in Twenty Nineteen, at least out of the box. And for now I don’t have enough time to build a new box.