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”:…

Keeping Track

I add entries to various writing-charts like an accountant keeps a ledger book (and I do keep a ledger or sorts, too, for all my writing income and expenses). Why? Because no one else will…. There are lists that everyone should keep and others that some of just keep because we’re odd. To each his own. Here are the sorts of accounts or lists I regularly update… Mike Arnzen –Keeping…