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does anyone know how to put an indent into the wiki?

31337ist

In case you didn't check out my title, you should, because it is an example of why I disliked Lexia to perplexia. 31337 are numbers that are meant to represent the word "elite" and it is used on the internet along with other internet speak words like "pwn" and "n00b" to designate superiority. I only remembered the word "31337" because a guy I knew had it as his screen name and thoroughly enjoyed explaining to me what it meant.

writing machines, or a short lesson in typography

So I have always been very interested in art and design, but it hasn't been until fairly recently that I've started thinking about what that means for something to be a really good design, both aesthetically and functionally (also, I highly recommend everyone read Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart, a book about "remaking the way we make things" ).

What is a hypertext novel?

I was reading in "Writing Machines" about Phillip's art book that was created from Mallock's novel. In one part she writes (I'm looking for the quote now but I can't seem to find it) that Phillips said that if the novel sold well he could do 12 new pages and substitute them in the book so that the nth edition might not include any pieces from the original.

All's Fair in Love and War

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I'm worried that the war part of the wiki is very text centered whereas the love part of the wiki is very link centered. my only worry is that the war one is setup for more growth right now... whereas the love one seems like a lot of the links are external so they sort of die (i guess?) and aren't easy to branch from. thoughts?

how do you read?

if new media authors are going to try to communicate in new ways, readers of new media are going to have to figure out how to understand in new ways also.

The E-Mail Novel

I really enjoyed reading "Kind of Blue." I thought the story itself was compelling and it was nice to have the reading broken up into little pieces (e-mails). E-mail is an interesting platform for a novel because it is virtually all dialogue. We only know what the characters themselves know (either they have written the e-mails or they have received them). Granted, we have acess to the e-mail boxes of many characters, so we have slightly more information, but all of the information we're reading was read by at least two characters.

more wiki love

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well, i finally put some more stuff on the wiki. add to it as you wish. also, i'm interested to know whether anyone gets this reference, so please let me know.

Technology

Reading about the gadgets in the Diamond Age is like experiencing any of the other new mediums through which we've read/experienced literary forms in this class. I always have to understand the gadget by likening it to a form I already know and then branching off from there, in the same way that we can't seem to read new media without thinking of our experiences with the novel. The Primer is of course the most advanced hypertext novel that could exist. Don't know the definition of the word you're reading?

the text/machine, the existence of the text itself?

I suppose I should have written this post for last class, but since I'm a horrible horrible person and didn't I'm just going to use this space to clarify my understanding of Aarseth's "text machine," the idea that intrigued me most in his book Cybertext. From what I gathered, Aarseth's grievances and main points seem to be as follows:

  • the technique of "theoretical imperialism" might be a good starting point, but we shouldn't be so quick to assume it correctly analyzes all forms of new media
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