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.

Ars longa, vita brevis
Saturday, 6 Aug 2005 :-:

Very soon, I will be uploading an entirely new set of pages. But I will not be uploading them to this server:

Linux 2.4.16-586 #1 Wed Nov 28 08:21:15 EST 2001 i586 unknown

Rather, I will be uploading them to a new server, which will be properly hosted in a colocated facility. I'm looking forward to it.

Along with the new server goes a new domain: It points nowhere yet, but it will be a place with information about me in general. It will be an expanded form of Mark Bernstein's Personal Information Page idea. Here's a rough idea of what it will look like:

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ars longa

One part of the site, linked from the word "wishmaker," will be subtitled, "identity via absence." The idea is to list all the things I have not done and wish someday to do. I got the idea from my wish to list all the things I wish someday to read. When devising the site, I realized that I could expand this list to include many other parts of life that I may never enjoy. It seems that a list like this could help people understand something about who I am. By writing things here, I hope also to alleviate my tendency to operate my life as a rush of interesting information and experiences. If I write them down, maybe I will be more content.

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For example, this week on BBC7 was too good.There were simply too many interesting shows this week. I was able to listen to Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, based off a 1950s comic strip (wow. Elton John did a Dan Dare song. Wow. I'm speechless. Link via

I also learned that Nick Hornby has a very boring voice. But I missed an interesting Agatha Christie mystery. I missed what sounds like a really sad love story, and I even missed the account of a hitchhiker in Ireland. There's even a six-part series about a Fansiscan monk-turned-sleuth.

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Ah well. Life is short. This weekend, I build a geodesic sphere, set up a RAID-ed Linux box, write code to authenticate IIS 6 directories on LDAP queries, send a flurry of emails, perform the trumpet, meet an old friend, attend a gallery opening, begin preparing for GRE tests, begin preparing a screen presentation and maybe even sleep.

Hopefully, blogging will fit in there somewhere. I'm afraid that this level of craziness will be maintained for the next month or so.

Hang on tight! It's going to be a rough journey.