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.

Tao of the Babelfish
Tuesday, 30 Mar 2004 :-:

I was at the Norfolk "Nauticus" maritime museum over Spring break, wishing I wasn't. An entire cruise ship had docked at the museum (of all places!) and there were over a thousand senior citizens swarming the place, rooting through their luggage, looking for Elvira or Maud or Horace, and generally just loudly getting in the way. After all, they had paid good money for the cruise. They needed service...

I nearly suffocated as I wound around the crowd, trying to get through without inadvertently tripping over a cane or a suitcase or a walker, only to be acosted by the glaring eyes and righteous anger of so many wrinkled arms, for 'assaulting someone my elder'.

I couldn't get in. So I stood for a time in the only place with standing room, next to this weird clear tube of a fishtank. It was almost glowing -- gotta love synthetic coral and carefully-placed lighting. So I pulled out my digital camera to try to catch some of the fish. It's impossible to turn off the autofocus, so timing photos is difficult. Out of one eye, I looked at the fish in the tank. The other I pressed to the viewfinder. Then, like a ball gunner in a WWII superfortress bomber, I tried to time and predict the path of the fish.


The fish turned away, and I got a picture of glowing coral. When it did work, the shutter speed (fixed) was too slow. I got blobs of yellow, smears of blue against a glowing brown background.

"Why don't I try to move the camera with the fish?"

I tried it. It worked. The photo you see is a result of that experiment. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do it again.

That photo is one of the coolest flukes that's ever happened to me :-)