Hypertext & The Outhouse

“It’s time for a reality check. Hypertext is not, and has never been, all that. Electronic literature is a tiny field and mostly, no one cares about it, except for a handful of endlessly bickering insiders. Maybe 200 people in the world are even marginally interested in the academic arguments….From the outside, though, it looks a bit like cursing a toilet manufacturer for providing the pot you shit in. If…

Writing for Google

“When writing a website the writer needs to be focused on the reader; that is write for readers. Even though human readers are those who are going to be active and do something about your site, one of your primary readers is Googlebot. Writers need to be aware that building information has an effect on your site and also any site to which you create links within that information. The…

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Social Science at 190 MPH on NASCAR's Biggest Superspeedways

“Baseball – a slow, serene game played with a wooden bat, a cloth ball, and cowhide mitts on a broad, grassy field – surged in popularity just when the industrial revolution was taking hold, leaving masses of urban workers and shopkeepers yearning for the pastoral peace and quiet of the fabled agricultural age. They could relive this for a day by attending a baseball game. By extension, no wonder stock-car…

A Well Thought-Out Englilsh [sic] Paper, by Karl "The Yellow Dart" Smith

“Dear Strong Bad,|Right now I am putting off writing a paper for my English class. Can you write my Englilsh paper? I don’t even care if it’s good or not. I just don’t want to do it.” –A Well Thought-Out Englilsh [sic] Paper, by Karl “The Yellow Dart” SmithHome Star Runner) Never underestimate how a cool nickname and a little bit of cash can affect the grade of your “Englilsh”…

Blogging Goes Mobile

“People will soon be able to publish their own website via their phones as blogging goes mobile.” –Blogging Goes MobileBBC) Sounds a bit much like drafting a press release to fill a Sunday evening news gap, but journalists have been quick to grasp the social significance of weblogs. Thanks for the link, Rosemary.

Note to Self

The next time you publish a timely magazine article that gets mentioned by a lot of webloggers during the same week that you accept a new job, resist the urge to celebrate by sending out for Papa John’s pepperoni pizza and getting laid up for three days with a bad case of food poisoning. My wife got sick a day earlier, but we didn’t connect it to the pizza at…