Stories our tech objects tell us.

February 13, 2012

The following a response to Brian J. McNely’s post, “Technologies and Attachment,” at his personal research blog, 5000. The version below is about 20% longer than the one I left at Brian’s blog, but there’s still plenty left to be said. His post is smart, thoughtful, and helpful in getting me thinking about my relationship to technology objects. Here’s my response to his post: I wish I knew more about…


#gettingstarted: Thoughts on some Fundamentals of Digital Textuality

December 10, 2011

Trying to become a more regular blogger. Trying to work with some video posts; well, I guess they’re going to be more like video posts with some commentary. For the next several posts, I’m going to be working with a variety of different hardware, software, and distribution set ups. Just to see how they work together… what I like about each one… etc. So there will be parallel explorations for…


I Want: iPad touch-type keyboard, clear plastic overlay.

I use a keyboard for my iPad. It’s pretty great, and I hope to blog about it soon. Here’s a link. In fact, I like it so much that I’ve never really considered the possibility that there’s a better solution out there. Well, the idea behind this keyboard might just be better. I do hope it comes to market, but I’m not yet ready to give up my Keyboard Buddy….

November 29, 2011

New iPad 2 commercial highlights maturing forms of multimodal textuality and kinesthetic reading

Here’s the latest add for Apple’s iPad 2: It’s short, but if you can’t wait, here’s a transcript [with my own line breaks]: “Now, we can watch a newspaper; listen to a magazine; curl up with a movie; and see a phone call. Now, we can take a classroom anywhere; hold an entire bookstore; and touch the stars. Because now, there’s this.” A couple of notes: First, this commercial offers…

June 19, 2011

The iPad’s Ironic Disintegration of the Book

The iPad is changing. Getting faster. Cameras. New toggles. Editing software. More and more, this little tablet is transitioning from a consumption-prioritized device to a production-prioritized device. Granted, the transition has only just begun. I’ve got my own criticisms of Apple: their treatment of developers, content providers, etc. And then there’s the way they’ve handled the cameras on the iPad. They could have had cameras on the first model. And…

April 4, 2011

PDFs on the iPad. Annotations. Marginalia. Highlights. (A workflow tour)

Here’s a video in three sections. In the first, I explain why I like PDFs on the iPad so much and introduce my workflow. In the second part, I explain how Dropbox keeps files sync’d across multiple computers, including the iPad, and how the iPad fits into that work flow. In the third part, I walk through the interface for Dropbox and iAnnotate on the iPad to demonstrate how easy…

August 8, 2010

Confessions of A Reformed iPad Critic

Um…. So… I bought an iPad. Yep. Some of you might remember that at one point I had high hopes for the iPad, though only fueled by pre-announcement, speculative fantasy. And you might or might not have read my angry rant about all the ways the iPad fell short of what I had hoped it would be. And now, to complete my solipsistic little trilogy, let me explain to you…

May 26, 2010