Self-Representation and Self-Revelation

There was a mock-up of an advertisement going around Facebook the other day, purported to be part of a new campaign for the Episcopal Church in the US (I’ll keep stipulating its national orientation, even though it legally renounced that in favour of ‘The Episcopal Church’, for convenience’s sake; here in Scotland, the US version…

Proud As Can Be

Our wonderful daughter-in-law Laura Hope (a/k/a ‘Nate’s Laura) has been lauded in the New Haven Independent’s online site, for her new position as Director of Education for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Yay, Laura!  

Blogarian Retronautics

For my first blog, I used Blogger’s engine while hosting the pages in my webspace at Seabury. At the time, it seemed the most prudent course; who knew how long Blogger would last, and what they might do with my entries if they were stored on Blogger’s servers?   As it turns out, my data…

Ten Years

For some reason — some not-so-very-hard-to-guess reason — I thought that my blogiversary was 26 January. That would be today. When I turned back the hand of time, though, to link to my very first post (now resuscitated and spruced up onto this blog, here), I discoverd that it had been posted on 23 January,…

The Syllabus of My Imagination

Every now and then I muse about the required reading for a seminar in the sort of rhetorical/pragmatic/semiological hermeneutics I advocate. This morning, the reading list would include Augustine, De Doctrina Christiana books 1 & 2 Marx, ‘Theses on Feuerbach’ Nietzsche, ‘On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense’ (unsourced translation) Charles Sanders Peirce, ‘What…

iBooks Author Wrap-Up

Kelvin and I had a digital conversation, John Gruber has been posting the dickens out of the ramifications of the iBooks Author EULA since last Thursday’s announcement of Apple’s iBook (not ‘ePub’, not ‘eBook’) authoring tool, and Ryan Stevens has shown us what the output might look like. After the cheering, booing, foot-stomping, and so…

More Commonplaces

Yesterday. the scintillating* Alan Jacobs’s first post went live on The Atlantic website (from Atlantis to Atlantic — one letter makes a big difference, eh?), on a topic that many of my former students, and many former denizens of the web circles in which I started out, would probably recognise. Alan connects the commonplace books…

No Idle Regulation

Christopher pointed to the sort of story that haunts low-budget expats such as Margaret and me. We were looking at flats with more than one bedroom late last year, thinking how nice it would be if we could offer shelter to travelling children and friends in a more grown-up setting than the fold-out couch in…

iBooks Author Follow-Up

This technical piece does a fine job of articulating the problems (from a standards-compliance perspective) with the output files from iBooks Author. The catch, of course, is that Apple has deliberately decided that they don’t want to support a standards-compliant ePub format: ‘The reason why Apple chose a non-standard layout model is probably because the…

Mixed Blessings

Well, there we are. Apple announced a very positive step toward destabilising the textbook industry, check; they offered a free authoring tool for producing textbooks, check; their software, iBooks 2 and iBooks Author, is available immediately through the Apple online store, check; and they’ve announced a sort of courseware for autodidacts, check. Aye, but what’s…

Return To Light

To celebrate the restoration of a full repertoire of digital-media entertainment and instructional services, I call your attention to two old favourites of the Adam family.   First, Glider Classic for the iPhone/iPod/iPad brings back to functionality a game that Si (certainly) and maybe Nate and Pippa enjoyed as they were growing up. It’s great…