Blogging meets academic publishing: citing blogs (poorly)

Blogcosm offers a good round-up of online reaction to a NIH agency’s not-so-useful method of citing a weblog. Several bloggers noticed yesterday that the US National Library of Medicine (NLM, which is part of the NIH: National Institutes of Health) has a style guide for citing blogs… The NLM’s definition of a blog isn’t bad… But the guide itself is several years late and still flawed.

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TiddlyWiki

TiddlyWiki is a complete wiki in a single HTML file. It contains the entire text of the wiki, and all the JavaScript, CSS and HTML goodness to be able to display it, and let you edit it or search it. Without needing a server. I played with TiddyWiki a bit, but wasn’t able to edit the pages in my browser, as promised. Perhaps the ad-blocker or some security feature on…

A Brief Introduction to Interactive Fiction

Michael J. Roberts, creator of the TADS interactive fiction system, offers a thoughtful reflection on contemporary interactive fiction. Yes, nostalgia is part of the reason why some people like interactive fiction… But for many of us, that’s not it at all; there’s a lot more to IF than fond memories of classic games on antique computers. Many of us see text-based interactive fiction as a uniquely expressive story-telling medium. To…

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Question about INFORM7 IF playing from Web Pages

I got an e-mail this morning from a multimedia developer who found my online version of Emily Short’s Metamorphoses, asking some technical questions about whether it is possible to give web-based users tasks to perform in an interactive fiction game, and have the game notify the outside world when the task is completed. I’m reproducing it here with permission. Dennis, Hi. I write with something of a request. I wonder…