According to David Pogue, the latest version of Dragon Dictate is capable of transcribing interviews.
Based on the example in the article, the results are limited. Still, it offers hope that by the time I’ll need it for the biography, there’ll be some form of software that will let me turn 100+ hours of interviews into text form.
This is also a reminder to myself that I have to get moving on the interview process again. It’s daunting; there are so many people to speak with, and it’s not clear how to contact many of them.
Still, a journey of 100+ hours begins with the first word.
In the past few years, modern pagans have started to reclaim their history. As Ronald Hutton points out, pagans have always had a strong sense of “history” (an interest in past events), but not always in “historicity” (understanding what actually happened, as opposed to what you wish had happened).
Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon traces the factors that led to the founding of the modern Neopagan Witchcraft movement. Philip Heselton’s Witchfather focused on the life of one important individual: Gerald Gardner. In other words, Hutton told us about the times, Heselton told us about a life.
Michael Lloyd’s Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan does both. It does it a way that’s engaging to read. I’d never heard of Buczynski before Margot Adler recommended this book to me; now I understand his impact on the Craft.
Continue reading “Bull of Heaven – a review”
For about five years, I’ve used LiveJournal to post my meandering, over-footnoted, and over-semi-coloned thoughts. It’s also been an important tool in organizing my work on Isaac Bonewits’ biography.
Continue reading “Can a blog survive switching sites?”