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 simple request, Redux
Tuesday, 27 Jun 2006 :-:

Last night, I posted an email someone wrote me about the possibility of citing my work for an assignment. I suggested she look elsewhere. So she asked the obvious question: "Where?"

It was a tough question:

Thank you for your response! I was wondering if you have any online websites that are good resources for finding quality sources. I searched the titles of the works in your bibliography but found that I had to pay for them. I am taking an online class so I'm pressed for time and don't normally attened the school I am taking the class through so I don't have access to their library.

Of course, the snotty English Student reply would be that my reader should have begun writing earlier. This is true. But then I wondered...could I actually find some good resources online? Here's my reply:

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You may be out of luck, but I hope this email provides some useful suggestions.

The scholarly system usually "produces knowledge" via books and journals. When print technology was the best around, this system ensured the free flow of information. In theory, new ideas would get published in journals, passed around to all those interested, and discussed in further articles. Then, ideas which stood the test of time (or those whose authors had enough social capital) would often be published in book form, then reviewed again, etc... This system ensures that ideas are looked over by specialists in thte field before given too much respect in print. Critics say that this method is job security for drivel-drivers, and that peer review can be totally inadequate, but I think that there's a significant percentage of good thought to be found through this process.

Now we have the Internet. More people want access to this information, and they want it now. Unfortunately, copyright laws and the The Process of Academic Thought(tm) make online publishing quite difficult. The classic books on the topic are all on paper, with the publishing companies rather unwilling to make them available for free. Furthermore, the demand to digitize old works of literary criticism is rather low.

However, there is some hope. Try the following strategy:

  • Electronic Journals: Check with the school with which you are taking the online course. They may provide you with access to electronic journals through their library website. If this is the case, that is your best chance. If you are normally a student at a different institution, check with their library to see if you can do so. Elizabethtown College, my alma mater, provides this service to current students.
  • Nearby University Libraries: This is your second best option. If you can reach a university with an open stacks library, you should be able to use their resources, which will definitely include books and journals on medieval literature.
  • Online resources: This is very touchy. Good, reliable online sources are hard to find. Since you're writing about medieval literature, I suggest you start by looking at the following resources:
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Most of these online sources will not be suitable to cite, since they will not be quality scholarship. They will probably contain summary material written by scholars who want to get the basic information online. Before you cite anything, make sure it has been published in print. If it has only been published online, make sure it has been part of a peer review process. Since you're writing a paper based very much on online sources, you will want to submit an annotated bibliography, which contains your reasons for trusting the sources you cite online.

I hope this helps!