Notebook of Sand

• Recent Publications
• Recent Projects
• Conferences & Speaking
"Comparing Spatial Hypertext Collections"
  ACM Hypertext '09
"Archiving and Sharing Your Tinderbox"
  Tinderbox Weekend London '09
"The Electronic Nature of Future Literatures"
  Literary Studies Now, Apr '09
"The World University Project"
  St. John's Col. Cambridge, Feb '09
"Ethical Explanations,"
  The New Knowledge Forge, Jun '08
Lecture, Cambridge University
  Tragedy in E-Lit, Nov '07
Hypertext '07: Tragedy in E-Lit
Host for Tinderbox Cambridge '07
Keynote: Dickinson State Uni Conf
Upper Midwest NCHC'07: Speaker
eNarrative 6: Creative Nonfiction
HT'05: "Philadelphia Fullerine"
  Nelson award winning paper
NCHC '05:
 Nurturing Independent Scholarship
Riddick Practicum:
  Building Meeting Good Will
NCHC '04:
  Philadelphia Fullerine
  Lecture on American Studies
WWW@10: Nonfiction on the Web
NCHC '03: Parliamentary Procedure
ELL '03 -- Gawain Superstar
• (a)Musing (ad)Dictions:

Ideas. Tools. Art. Build --not buy. What works, what doesn't. Enjoy new media and software aesthetics at Tekka.

Theodore Gray (The Magic Black Box)

Faith, Life, Art, Academics. Sermons from my family away from home: Eden Chapel!

My other home: The Cambridge Union Society (in 2007, I designed our [Fresher's Guide])

The Economist daily news analysis

Global Higher Ed blog

• Hypertext/Writing

Writing the Living Web

Chief Scientist of Eastgate Systems, hypertext expert Mark Bernstein. (Electronic) Literature, cooking, art, etc.

Fabulous game reviews at playthisthing.

• Stats

Chapter I: Born. Lived. Died.

There is a Chapter II.

Locale: Lancaster County Pa, USA

Lineage: Guatemala

Religion: My faith is the primary focus of my life, influencing each part of me. I have been forgiven, cleansed, and empowered by Jesus Christ. Without him, I am a very thoughtful, competent idiot. With him, I am all I need to be, all I could ever hope for. I oppose institutional religious stagnation, but getting together with others is a good idea. God is real. Jesus Christ is his Son, and the Bible is true. Faith is not human effort. It's human choice. I try to be the most listening, understanding, and generous person I can.

Interests: Anything I can learn. Training and experience in new media, computer science, anglophone literature, education, parliamentary debate, democratic procedure, sculpture, and trumpet performance. Next: applied & computational linguistics, probably.

Education: Private school K-3. Home educated 4-12. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elizabethtown College in Jan 2006. As the 2006 Davies-Jackson Scholar, I studied English at St. John's College, Cambridge University from 2006 - 2008.

Memberships: Eden Baptist, Cambridge Union Society, ACM, AIP, GPA.

Alum of the Elizabethtown College Honors Program, sponsored by the Hershey Company.

A Fullerine Schedule
Tuesday, 4 Jan 2005 :-: [soundtrack]

For some reason, Winter breaks never seem to be a break for me. Last year, I was exhaustedly going through biibliographies about Philadelphia history. This year, I'm burning my eyes from weeks staring at the screen, editing audio about Philadelphia history. This time, a bad cough set the recording back. The audio I do have depicts a scratchy voice -- I wish I wasn't sick when I recorded this.

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Jami Sieber -- Photo from, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license
Photo from Magnatune

But the project *is* fun. And if all goes according to plan, the audio documentary to accompany Philadelphia Fullerine will be complete today.

Here's a teaser:

The background music, "All She Can Carry," is by the marvelous cellist Jami Sieber, one of the artists at Magnatune. The song is from her album "Lush Mechanique," which is perfect for parts of my documentary .

Jami has made her music available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. Thus, since I'm doing a non-commercial project, I have been able to incorporate a wide variety of music from Magnatune.

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Many arists and musical groups have contributed to the project. I'm planning to send them each a copy of the audio documentary as thanks. Furthermore, I'm going to include something else with the art project.

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Viewers of the sculpture will be checking out an mp3 player and listening to the short documentary clips as they view the sculpture (although it all adds up to over two hours). When they check out the player, they will also get some pages of information about the sculpture. One of these pages will list the artists whose music is used in the documentary. It will mention each album (and eventually, each track) and give URLs for purchase from Magnatune.

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This project has been a lesson in the power of sharing art and copyright. It's valuable to retain copyright over one's works, but it is so much more valuable to use that copyright wisely to encourage creativity. I wouldn't have been able to put this sculpture documentary together if it weren't for the generosity of the many image sources who granted me free reproduction rights.

We can do really cool things when we share.