Ask a Folklorist

I think the American Folklore Society [website][] needs to host a section called *Ask a Folklorist* similar to what MIT has done:

MIT's "Ask and Engineer"

MIT’s “Ask and Engineer”

We could even pre-populate it with the kind of FAQs most of us already get. We could do far worse than to become a ready reference. I love Snopes myself, but it is only focused on fact checking, not on any larger sense of meaning.


From Word to HTML

Because Microsoft Word’s own *save-as-webpage* HTML conversion option is pretty awful. I am saving Word documents as RTF and then using Mac OS X’s `textutil` in the terminal. Enter `textutil -convert html foo.rtf` to convert `foo.rtf` to `foo.html`. (I’m working on some AFS website materials, and Word is the lingua franca of humanities scholarship, or so it seems. I can’t wait to show my digital humanities seminar what a Word document actually looks like.)