Here we go

I think this is really the beginning.

But as interesting and notable as I think this release is, I have written enough uninteresting stuff about electronic books. I really posted this because I want you to watch for the first text to come up on the reader during the promotional video. Yeah they're thinking about it.

gobble gobble

a couple questions:

1. is it possible to embed video in the wiki? i've tried it several times and can't figure out how to do it. i also tried to save it to my desktop and then upload it, but apparently you can't dl youtube videos.

2. did any of you check out all of katherine hayles' books from the library? i have a sneaking suspicion, since the due dates aren't until january...

have a good break!

suggested readings


We need to decide tomorrow on what you'd like to read for the week after Thanksgiving. Use the comments on this post to make some suggestions, and we can discuss them tomorrow...


in what can be construed as wark's introduction, he uses the allegory of the cave to describe the lives of gamers inside an internet cafe. he goes on to talk about how beyond the cave, there are only more caves, but he seems to think that this is a uniquely modern phenomenon:

south park and virtual reality

i used to watch south park a lot. it's a pretty smart show, especially when it comes to stuff about the media. i actually wrote my final paper for MS 49 about how south park teaches media literacy.

MySpace account makes girl committ suicide


this is highly disturbing:

Real death as a result of a phony MySpace account... be careful who you mess with, campagnolo...

implemented <em> Implementation </em>

Spotted a little bit of Implementation stuck on Walker Wall today. Walking north through the northern opening you'll see it most of the way up the little protuberance that marks the northeastern end of the wall. It is south facing. Something about Frank and pirates.

grand theft (virtual) furniture

for those who were wondering whether you can do real bad stuff in virtual worlds: teen arrested for stealing virtual furniture.


So I added some new stuff. Hoping to get some feedback. I introduced narrative in reaction to the fact that I thought the wiki was too sprawling, too tenuously connected to be interesting for me to read. I wanted someway to establish intertextuality between posts beyond the obvious 'quotes about war and love.' I no this is a little antithetical to our interest in exploring the ability of a wiki to defy traditional narrative boundaries. I am not however proposing a turn to a conceived hyper-fiction.

second life

i sent links to the "get a first life" page to a couple of my friends. i just had a discussion with one of them about how she met this guy on the subway (in new york) a while ago who was really into second life. some tidbits:

he had surgery, for something i forget, and during his recuperation (he couldn't go to his job) he played second life twenty hours a day.

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