Hurricane Isabel Blog

I took this photo from my next door neighbor’s front yard. How do I contact the power company about down power lines. It won’t be long before that line comes down. If there is a special number for down or damaged power lines. If so, please email the number or web link to me. —Richard —Hurricane Isabel Blog (WVEC) Note that the editor added a link to emergency numbers — that…

Thoughts on Language in the Blogosphere

Thoughts on Language in the Blogosphere Some thoughts I’m putting together for a paper… In the Blogosphere, one set of emotionally charged terms such as “link love” and its assorted extensions (“link slut,” “link whore”) emphasize proximity and interface. Blog A bestows “link love” on blog B by creating a hyperlink that encourages readers to visit blog B. By extension, a “slut” links promiscuously rather than selectively, and a “whore”…

Pinch Me: I'm a Full-Time Historian

Twice in the last 10 minutes, people have interrupted me with telephone calls, once to admonish me for missing a meeting and again to remind me about another one this afternoon. My syllabus isn’t quite done yet but a student has just e-mailed me for a copy of it. The computer in my office is possessed by demons, and I cannot for the life of me get a story idea…

Terranova: Golems and Community

Everyone should agree that good AI certainly creates more enjoyable games (see Barney in Half-Life). This is probably a correlative of the fact that bad AI ruins some games. But query: does smart AI create better communities? | Of course, real-life bots are the subject of a vast amount of pop literature. Asimov is a good place to start, but golems (not gollums) have an older pedigree. —Terranova: Golems and…

Will Gayther Keeps Working on Style Sheets

Well, after hours and hours and hours and hours and hours….of work, I’ve finally found a css layout that: Allows the weblog content to appear in the html file before the menu. I don’t know if this will actually help – see * below. Is about 60% the size of your original index.jsp file (mostly because I was able to take out redundant and totally unnecessary tags and used tabs…

Write To

We write on paper, but we write to a magnetic disk (or tape). Part of what the preposition contributes here is a sense of interiority; because we cannot see anything on its surface, the disk is linguistically refigured as a volumetric receptacle, a black box with a closed lid. —Matthew G. Kirshcenbaum —Write To (MGK) Thus Spake Google (completely unscientifically): “save on disk”: 3440 “save to disk”: 76,400 “write on disk”:…