- The ability to maintain focus
- A good copyeditor
- Fresh bell peppers (maybe I should just grow them myself??)
Okay, so I’m on page 65 of Edward Castronova’s Synthetic Worlds and I’ve learned the hard way not to judge an author’s arguments before he’s finished detailing them, but I just have two quick questions.
First, when you’re trying to convince the reader of the academic import of your book’s subject, doesn’t it completely demolish your credibility if you cite yourself to further the argument?
And also, perhaps the most important question because I’ve stared at it for half an hour and cannot figure it out, what does this graph mean?
Can ANYONE decipher that graph?
(Page scans lifted from Google Books.)
Just started reading a novel this morning. Flipped to the copyright page to see when it was published, and I accidentally looked at the Library of Congress catalog information. One of the subjects listed was “Cloning”. There’s no mention of cloning - or any sort of science-fiction conceit whatsoever - on the front or back cover or in what I’ve read so far and I’m terrified that I just spoiled the Giant Twist At The End for myself, and the next two hundred pages will have little to no dramatic impact.
This book better be AMAZINGLY WRITTEN because right now I feel like I might have effectively wasted $10.
This blog sort of all but died in July 2009, since I started shooting the second episode of Condominance. That’s kind of around the point the rate of new posts dropped precipitously, and ever since then it’s been around 30-50% of where it was before. A lot of that is because I’ve been busy, and so I haven’t been reading as much online, so I don’t have as much to post.
What have I done in the past year that’s kept me so busy? Well, I got a job and quit two weeks later due to a nervous breakdown and terrible management, and then I got hired at my current job a week after that. I shot ten hours of footage and cut forty hours of footage together into over an hour of finished video that was apparently horrible as no one proceeded to watch. I attended a few IXDA and BostonCHI meetings and realized I would really enjoy a career in interaction design, so I got some books and started studying. And, oh yes, I watched a lot of television, and a few movies, and bought a ton of books and literary journals, most of which I still haven’t read.
I’ve been losing a follower literally every time I post nowadays, including a few whose posts I really enjoyed reading. So if only to “gain a voice, gain an audience, create a store of ideas, or to establish credibility or expertise”*, I think I’d like to put a real effort into starting this space back up again. Over the past few weeks I’ve been catching up on my feeds and tweaking the blog theme a little bit, in preparation for… what? I’m still trying to figure out what I’d like this space to be.
Anyway, consider this a perhaps self-indulgent attempt at an apology, and thanks for still reading.
*I have really been developing an active dislike of Attention Industry recently but oh boy do I enjoy the accuracy of that quote.