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.

Steal from the Poor to Feed the Rich
Monday, 5 Jul 2004 :-:

I'm breaking my fast for an impassioned statement:

My governor just approved the installation of 61,000 slot machines in PA. If all goes well, one third of the taxes from the slot machines will be enough to cut each individual home-owner's property taxes by several hundred dollars!

What's going on here? This is insane! Tax cuts are one thing -- in the short term, I wouldn't mind if my friends paid fewer taxes. But where is this money coming from?

The people I know at the factory down the street, people who rent, who try hard just to survive, who buy lottery tickets every day, hoping to make it big because they are barely making do. The two, three-hundred dollars they already spend on Pennsylvania Lottery tickets could help pay those medical bills, start pulling them out of debt, or go toward retirement.

Instead, it's lining the pockets of people who already have enough cash to buy a house.

** * **

It takes a lot for politics to make me upset, but this idea is evil.

If you think torturing prisoners in Iraq is wrong, you're right. But do the math. Try to figure out how much pain, sorrow, heartache, and death the slot machines will cause? You can only torture so many people inside prison walls. Put a slot machine out there, and the effect ripples like an insipid poison, infecting whole families through the involvement of one person.

Gambling causes unthinkable collateral damage.

Gambling is a great way to trample the necks of our fellow humans, keep them suppressed. Do we tell them to aspire to education, to responsibility, or to hard work? Of course not! We tell them to blow their paycheck at the corner store or down at the racetrack.

In order to secure the comfort of affluent homeowners, we tell the poor that the best way to get financial comfort is through chance.

Then we turn around and say that alll this positive because property owners need tax relief!?!?!?!

"A little gambling never hurt anyone. It's fun!"

Yeah. For you. Maybe you don't think you're rich. Maybe you cringe when you see your Internet bill. But you don't have to cringe when you see the grocery bill, do you?

If gambling is fun, so is debt. So is addiction. So is a life of constantly crushed hopes, a life of learned paralysis. So is looking at your small daughter shivering in the cold for lack of proper clothing, and playing the odds because you love her -- not realizing that a gambling-free life might have bought her the coat she needs.

** * **

You can say all you want about politics. You can talk to me about tax cuts, about funding for programs and the budget crisis. Talk. Not a lot of people will disagree with you. The people claiming to be the voice of the poor have just stabbed them in the back. Watch. The blood has already stained their teeth.

Fine. Make the poor pay for the frivolities of complacent, wasteful middle class suburban Pennsylvanians -- for whom the latest movie is more important than their brothers and sisters in poverty. Give them a break. They deserve one. After all, gas is expensive for the SUV and the '89 mustang. They need some backup for their 401k.

Who needs terrorists when we're happy to destroy the lives of our own people for a few more bucks?