Glossary of Interactive Fiction

A collaborative online glossary is being developed for the forthcoming book Interactive Fiction Theory. Anyone can edit existing entries or suggest new terms. –Glossary of Interactive FictionIF Theory) Emily Short is the editor-in-chief for IF Theory, and I’m the editor of the theory section. The book should be out within a year.

Canadian Business School's Journal Opts Out of Print and Onto the Internet

“One of Canada’s top business schools has decided to stop selling the paper version of its journal and will give the publication away online instead…. ‘We’re not interested in making money, although by switching to online-only, we’ll save about $300,000 a year in print-production costs.’” –Canadian Business School’s Journal Opts Out of Print and Onto the InternetChronicle) It will still be a peer-reviewed academic journal, and it will communiate scholarly…

Unplugged U

“Remote bell-tower hacking is just one of the ways the wireless network is changing life at Dartmouth. The network is subtly but profoundly altering teaching techniques, social interaction, study habits, and personal security. In spite of its remoteness, the college has long been one of the most wired places on earth, fashioning its campus into the prototype of the fully wireless, always-connected community…” Josh McHugh –Unplugged UWired)

Costs, F/X Multiply at Star Shows

“The planetarium show sped forward, and ticket holders’ seats literally shook as subwoofers installed under each chair created a rumbling lift-off effect. Tom Hanks’ voice filled the dome-shaped hall, and an image of the Orion Nebula burst into view overhead…. What are astronomers trying to do when they design planetariums?” Diana Michele Yap –Costs, F/X Multiply at Star ShowsWired)

Nudge Winking

“The pre-modern in [T.S.] Eliot’s poetry is a matter of Fisher Kings and fertility cults; in his prose it is a question of classical order, Tory traditionalism and the Christian church. In both cases, however, a discredited individualism must yield to a more corporate form of being, roughly at the time when laissez-faire capitalism was giving way to its international monopoly version. ” Terry Eagleton –Nudge WinkingLondon Review of Books)