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.

Voices of Sacrifice
Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 :-:

Thursday was a busy day for me.

Rioting in Philadelphia, bombed-out bunkers, violent factory strikes, and political assasinations -- the whole world melted away. And a good cup of hot chocolate.

I finally escaped. I was walking away from it all when Dr. Sarracino stopped me.

"Do you have a moment, Nathan? Could you please come into my office?"

I left the door ajar behind me, just in case. Inside, intricate tapestries decorated the wall, illuminated by the tilted slits of louvres in the windows and a Natural Light™. On one desk, the brass circle, Bagha Chal, sat next to a tin of leaden lions and goats.

The Doctor circled the end of his desk and stood facing me. The pungent fragrance of pipe-smoke saturated the carpet, bookshelves, and tapestries. These ghostlike wisps, through time, may even have caressed their fingers into the deep desk-wood that supported an aged, yellowing iBook laying open upon it.

I received my instructions, standing straight, facing him with open eyes across a Gulf of the ordered stacks of human thought, leaves inured with the incense of their brethren smoldering in the pipe. A moment later, I nearly skipped out the door, grinning insanely. I supressed myself into a casual stroll, but I could do nothing about the insane grin.

I have no choice but to obey.

Dr. Sarracino asked me to narrate for "Voices of Sacrifice", a choral arrangement of his poetry, at the Whitaker Center's Sunoco Performance Theatre, composed by Dr. Haines, performed by the Elizabethtown College Concert Choir and Etown Community Chorus, directed by Dr. Fritz.

This is sooo awesome -- My dream job is to read books on tape or be a voice actor. Maybe it's not too unrealistic...