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.

Thursday, 30 Jun 2005 :-:

I am finally in the zone. It took me weeks. It always takes some time to transition from the school mindset, which is changing so constantly that it's difficult to put together a good bout of focus. But now, even with tons of craziness going down all around me, I found it.

It took a lot. I had to finish writing some poems, which occupied a lot of thought process. The poems are great. They're done, which is even better. Last night, I had to sit up, bang away mindlessly at something that I really needed to get done last week. I stayed up, sitting in my seat like a stone untill 3 A.M. and made little progress.

O blessed weirdness that is the human psyche!

I got up this morning, rested, ready. Thank you for miracles, Lord.

Getting up, I sat down at the couch and started typing. That was 6 hours ago.

Zip, zing, pow.

I have gotten more done in the last 6 hours than I normally get done in days at the office. My fingers feel like a surgical robot on speed dial.

Ahh, now I remember what programming is like. Flow, flow. It's the coolest trip you could ever ever ever get, when the mind and the body and everything are completely, fully focused and intent and intensely cranking out on a large task. It's nice to see things coalesce smoothly, rapidly, and with deliberate pace, until the code and text and graphics come together into the single whole.

Just me and the screen.

J. Nathan Matias, in flow mode

Like I said, I'm tripping today. Mind and body are on turbo right now.

I wonder how long it will last this time? I sure hope it keeps up for a few weeks. Hightened acuity may seem like insanity. But it sure is fun -- and effective.