wiki worries


hello fellow internet personalities,

i'm thinking we need to rework the wiki. TimberOfFennario--you're going to use your content for your personal project, right? considering our wiki right now is made up of mostly TOF's contributions, it won't be much of a hassle to start over. shall we just start randomly and see where it goes (because the direction it's going right now isn't exactly random, it's the result of a good plan)? thoughts?



Patterns and Randomness

In the Hayle's reading "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers" she writes (on page 78) that, "the interpaly between pattern and randomness causes the system to evolve in a new direction." I assume that when she uses the word system she implies both the human body and technological systems as she has implied earlier in this essay. Doesn't a computer run completely on algorithms?

term project idea

this didn't come to me in a dream, exactly, but it's still very rough around the edges. i'm hoping to use this space to help me figure out what exactly it is that i want to do and why i want to do it.

this idea for my term project certainly is related to that page i created on the wiki, the one with the very translated myth of io and zeus.

patchwork girl

we were talking last week about what sort of "story" takes well to hypertext, and i think that "patchwork girl" provides a great example of what works. i'm having a hard time putting into words what i liked so much about it. i just think that the form and the content (if we're still making these distinctions) complement each other very well. obviously, the whole story is about a girl sewn together from pieces of dead girls, just as "patchwork girl" itself borrows heavily from a pretty old book, by someone who is now dead.

frequently asked questions about hypertext

As I was gone on Friday, I did some poking around on the electronic literature collection myself and found Frequently Asked Questions About Hypertext. The work parodies the form of an FAQ website with the purpose of informing its user about different aspects of hypertext.

virtual bodies etc.

- "Once encoding in the material base has taken place, it cannot easily be changed. Prints and proteins in this sense have more in common with each other than with any magnetic or electronic encodings." (p.73)


"The immateriality of the text, deriving from a translation of mechanical advantage into informational patterns, allows transformations to take place that would be unthinkable if matter or energy were the primary basis for the systemic exchanges." (p.76)

The Footnote

After reading Hayles essay I thought a lot about my history with footnotes. My experience with literature mostly included footnotes that were citings to other texts. What I learned from this is that you don't need to read a footnote. But then I met some useful footnotes (alas, more reading). Publishers of Shakespeare texts often have an entire page of footnotes for every page of story, all translating the definitions of the words that Shakespeare uses that are no longer recognizable to us.

term project assignment


The term project assignment is now posted and linked at the appropriate points in the syllabus. Please let me know if there are questions; we can discuss them in class on Friday.

walking with dinosaurs

This looks really, really cool. You should read that article. I'm just going to assume that you have and not explain it at all. I do find it interesting that the more immediate the experience, the more time the articles covering that experience point out all of the technological wizardry behind it.

I hope that makes sense. Let me try again.

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