I’ve turned in my materials for the March meeting with my Thesis Advisory Panel. Usually I feel terror. This time I just felt relief. I filled out the form indicating everything I’ve done since the last meeting. Because of my illness, everything I’ve done since the last meeting really means ‘everything I’ve done since January.’ Listing all of the inputs, the conferences and papers and literature reviews and calls for papers and survey creation and data analysis and outreach and website and thing after thing after thing, I realized, this is why I feel so tired all of the time. I have done SO MUCHRead More →

Last night, after I had put the survey data to bed, and after I had put the new Nintendo Switch to bed, and just as I was putting myself to bed, Florence Smith Nicholls (@florencesn) posted a really important takedown of barriers to entry in archaeogaming. Go read it here: https://florencesmithnicholls.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/barriers-to-entry-in-archaeogaming/ I had already been thinking some during the day about my level of privilege as regards my scholarship. To begin the next portion of my research, I have to purchase all of the games that are being employed as case studies. In many cases, this means I also have to purchase the hardware toRead More →

Over the weekend, the counter ticked over 500 responses to the call for survey participants. The survey will be closing this afternoon, and from preliminary looks at the collected data, things seem good. More than half of the submitted surveys have comments in them, which gives a lot to work with in the next phase of the process. After the survey closes, I’ll be moving a copy of the database from Qualtrics, the survey software, to NVivo, where I’ll be conducting open coding on all ‘typed’ responses, to look for thematic relationships. I used NVivo previously to facilitate open coding of archaeological codes of ethicsRead More →

The survey software I’m using updates completed surveys immediately, but in-progress surveys show up in 15 minute batches, as the data is pushed between the company, the university, and my storage. This means when I get a flood of responses I get a tiny bit of warning, but only if people are answering quickly. I have to infer what’s about to happen. For example, I think I’m about to get another flood, as I just got three responses pinging in within a minute. Looking at the time-stamp on when they started, they all started within seconds of one another. This probably means that the survey wasRead More →