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.

But there's a further detail
Thursday, 9 Jun 2005 :-:

Using the reasoning of the previous post, we see that it is also very bad form for a small minority or spare majority to attempt to tear down public traditions that have developed over centuries. We should not force people in these issues.

Do you worry about government endorsement and funding for religion? Then complain about the mosques that were set up in Iraq with U.S. funds. Even on military bases, the U.S. government sets up or restores Mosques for use by Muslim workers. They choose to respect local customs to that level. I imagine that complaints about the unconstitutionality of those efforts would fall on deaf ears. Accomodating the religious tradition of Iraquis is good policy.

I worry that some people who attempt to end "religious discrimination" are not acting entirely in good faith either. (a good motive would be to provide religious freedom. a bad motive would be because you can't stand those idiotic Christians. Any decision on at the request of people in the second group can have a great chilling effect on religious freedom)

If public prayer has been a long-held tradition at a school graduation, why should it end? I sometimes question the authenticity or value of a prayer that has a merely-ceremonial function, but I do not demand that a Nate Certified (tm) pastor give the prayer. In some cases, I am unwilling to bow my head in public ceremonial prayers. But I'm a big boy now. If I disagree, I just don't bow my head. Nobody's forcing me to pray. I shouldn't stop the proceedings to enforce my personal view.

These questions get very muddled, since activism breeds opposing activism breeds ill will and distrust. Factions form, and battle lines appear.

In the end, when fights over religious freedom break out, very few people end up practicing religion (or not practicing religion, if they so choose). They're too busy fighting over religious freedom to enjoy and celebrate it.

Update June 22. After some conversations and emails, I have learned a few things and I wish to clarify a few things. First, I do not support efforts to "save school prayer." Not only does it go against the principle of religious freedom (thanks Mark), but it goes against the principles of Christianity (see previous post. Thanks Jon). Second, the comments of this post and the previous one do not refer to my opinion on what the United States Government should do. Rather, they refer to individuals. For example, I do not suggest that individuals or small groups of individuals attempt to change things, whether to include or exclude religious material and tradition. This only breeds ill will. I am in favor of all measures which would, in good faith, provide religious freedom equally without favoring any religious or anti-religious view.