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Metamedium Nugget

Metamedium Nugget

NMR Ch. 26: Personal Dynamic Media Jordan asked us to think about a nugget or app that best represented Kay and Goldberg’s vision of the Dynabook.  I’ve worked with the flute / pizza / Theremin metaphor before, and also thought about the dialogic qualities of personal dynamic media and their value in the classroom.  So […]

Living With Animals II

Living With Animals II

What a difference a couple of years make. When I went to the inaugural Living With Animals conference in 2013 I was negotiating the first invigorating turn of connecting my teaching with blogging and putting students in charge of creating most of the course content. Gardner Campbell had helped me think through the implications of […]

Human or computer – guess which one?

Human or computer – guess which one?

The Turing Test!  Getting closer…take the quiz from the New York Times. Did a Human or a Computer Write This? – NYTimes.com.

Plugging in could be messing with your circadian rhythm

Plugging in could be messing with your circadian rhythm

Many of the people we are reading in the New Media Seminar encourage the ubiquitous nature of technology, envisioning a world where people use technology seamlessly in their everyday lives.  In many ways, we have realized this dream.  But there may be some costs that even Bush, Englebart, and Nelson couldn’t foresee.  Wired recently posted […]

Learning to Count Binary

Learning to Count Binary

In the New Media Seminar learning how to count in binary.  All in the spirit of Nelson’s assertion that everyone should learn how a computer works.  Not sure that I have mastered it, but it is fun trying.

Ephemeralization

Ephemeralization

This WIRED article resonated with the New Media Seminar I’m taking at Virginia Tech. Big Data: One Thing to Think About When Buying Your Apple Watch | WIRED. I hadn’t heard of  the term ephemeralization coined by Buckminster Fuller before, which is the promise of technology to do “more and more with less and less until eventually […]

Computer/Lib

Computer/Lib

This week I stumbled through Ted Nelson’s 1970s imaginary “Computer/Lib,” and was struck by the ongoing tension between ease-of-use and complexification. And as I pondered, I considered: is the Apple Watch, or iWatch, a contender for each category? As a watch, it’s needlessly complex. It’s also needless machine (don’t we all have phones to attend […]

Ted Nelson Understands Writing

Ted Nelson Understands Writing

One of my favorite things about Ted Nelson’s 1965 essay “A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing, and the Indeterminate” is that he begins with an honest and demystified assessment of the writing process. His writing process, in turn, becomes the criterion for his file structure design. It got me thinking:

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