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R. J. Morris and the Case of the Accidental Digital Humanist

R. J. Morris and the Case of the Accidental Digital Humanist International Review of Scottish Studies 48.1 (2023): 17–18 DOI: 10.3366/irss.2023.0008 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/irss R. J. Morris and the Case of the Accidental Digital Humanist Darren S. Layne I was but a freshly minted master’s student transplanted from the foggy San Francisco Bay Area to foggy Edinburgh in the early aughts when I first ran into Bob Morris. As a wayward but optimistic new postgrad, I thought that surely I would find other Apple evangelicals in the city, if not at the university. The first few months of my program, however, came up disproportionately PC. Perhaps craving just a mote of self-flagellation, I signed up to audit a course that carried the arcane title ‘Computing for Historians.’ The class was socked away in the basement of the business school’s computer lab, and I knew that if I fell asleep amongst the endless rows of beige plastic-encased CRTs, at least my gentle snoring would be masked by the susurrant whir of the IBM fans. Instead, I stepped into a shiny new frontier that had barely been sullied by human contact: clean new carpets, cushy chairs with all their stuffing still intact, and rank upon rank of gleaming white, half-domed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Scottish Studies Edinburgh University Press

R. J. Morris and the Case of the Accidental Digital Humanist

International Review of Scottish Studies , Volume 48 (1): 2 – Jun 1, 2023

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10.3366/irss.2023.0008
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International Review of Scottish Studies 48.1 (2023): 17–18 DOI: 10.3366/irss.2023.0008 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/irss R. J. Morris and the Case of the Accidental Digital Humanist Darren S. Layne I was but a freshly minted master’s student transplanted from the foggy San Francisco Bay Area to foggy Edinburgh in the early aughts when I first ran into Bob Morris. As a wayward but optimistic new postgrad, I thought that surely I would find other Apple evangelicals in the city, if not at the university. The first few months of my program, however, came up disproportionately PC. Perhaps craving just a mote of self-flagellation, I signed up to audit a course that carried the arcane title ‘Computing for Historians.’ The class was socked away in the basement of the business school’s computer lab, and I knew that if I fell asleep amongst the endless rows of beige plastic-encased CRTs, at least my gentle snoring would be masked by the susurrant whir of the IBM fans. Instead, I stepped into a shiny new frontier that had barely been sullied by human contact: clean new carpets, cushy chairs with all their stuffing still intact, and rank upon rank of gleaming white, half-domed

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International Review of Scottish StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2023

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