Unboxing: Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Tree of Codes”

Here’s a the trailer for the book that got me interested in the first place: And here’s his own introduction to the project: And finally, an excerpt -from and link-to his interview in the New York Times: It was hardly an original idea: it’s a technique that has, in different ways, been practiced for as long as there has been writing — perhaps most brilliantly by Tom Phillips in his…

January 11, 2011
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Beginning Thoughts on “Virtual Mentorship”

The Computers and Writing Conference for 2010 begins in a week, and I’ve started in earnest shaping my presentation. I’ll be presenting with Derek Mueller, Stephen Krause, and Brian McNely on “Virtual Mentorship.” In a relatively blatant ploy to get you interested, here’s a link to the C&W201o program, and our panel description: Our work inquires into virtual mentorship by positioning its theory, history, and practice in relationship to digital,…

May 14, 2010
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Beginning Thoughts on “Virtual Mentorship”

The Computers and Writing Conference for 2010 begins in a week, and I’ve started in earnest shaping my presentation. I’ll be presenting with Derek Mueller, Stephen Krause, and Brian McNely on “Virtual Mentorship.” In a relatively blatant ploy to get you interested, here’s a link to the C&W201o program, and our panel description: Our work inquires into virtual mentorship by positioning its theory, history, and practice in relationship to digital,…

May 14, 2010
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Getting Familiar with Pre-digital Books… by Making Them

In yesterday’s post, I argued (ranted?) that “in order to understand the impact of digital technologies on The Book, it’s important to think through these questions in terms of non-digital/pre-digital books.” Yep. In a much more sober and reflective state this afternoon, I’m sticking with that one. But how to do it? There are two ways that I’m thinking of today. The first is to explore the history of the…

January 11, 2010
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Aperture-Priority. Twisted Steel. And a Bowling Ball

In the spirit of my recently declared pursuit of craft-honing, I walked down my block to an abandoned lot where an art collective’s warehouse burned downed a couple of years ago. I brought my still and video cameras. Such a beautiful day, I wanted to try my first outdoor video self-portrait (part of my “Myself As Another” project here). But the real reason I was there was to learn at…

November 9, 2009
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Digital. Media. Writer. A Matter of Craft.

I want to become a great digital media writer. There’s something that just seems a bit “off” with that phrase. Digital. Media. Writer. I don’t know. I want to produce texts that have pictures and videos and sound and alphabetic text, and formatting, and layout, etc. And lately, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to be great at this, I need to do treat this practice like a…

November 8, 2009
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