To begin, I'm definitely doing the creative project, since, how cool will it be to actually be a "published" hypertext author? Granted we fit into the "amateur" category that exists despite the internet being a reasonably democratic medium, now we can coolly demonstrate to all our friends who probably don't know that hypertext is that yeah, this is what we do in Writing Machines.

Face Book ((What literally?) Yes, Literally)

A brief Introduction. This is being posted at, I estimate, 1:30. I estimated at beginning of writing, and won't change it. Will that estimate be accurate? Am I lying? You'll never know and that is exactly the point.

A briefer introduction, which I promise is true. I have been thinking about this project for a week straight at the expense of other work. Such as posting on this blog. My hiatus as been well spent, I promise. I hope. We'll see.

a man, a plan, a hypertext: quetico

So I'm going to expand upon the contributions I've made to the class wiki and continue with a Quetico based hypertext. I want to write it on a storyspace type program that isn't a wiki. This is important to me because I want readers/users to read the text as a full-screen slideshow and not through their browser. Ideally it would be accessible through the web. I want the hypertext to be navigable through links in the text/images and through an interactive map of the lake country. This way a trip through the text can mirror a trip through the lakes.

Linear, this is Chaos, Chaos, meet Linear.

I plan on doing the creative option for my term project. As you can probably tell from class, I am resisting the change from novel to hypertext. I like the linearity, the completeness, and the closure that a novel can give me. We've talked in class about hypertexts that have been printed into books and many of us have tried to print certain Internet texts (like the Hayle's essay), which really should stay on the Internet. I would like to go in the opposite direction by changing a printed text into a hypertext.

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)

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