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written and published in Tinderbox 1.2.3
qualitative methods in various disciplines. one of those scary, erudite, detailed journals that, well, is about qualitative research methodologies... for some reason i'm not surprised that it is in german and english.
studies in media and information literacy education, a uni. of toronto journal that appears to be free online. is new, and has lots of sort of applied media analysis stuff (simpsons and media literacy, etc).
new journal out of purdue which is about networked writing. part of the largely us 'computers and writing' crowd, sort of rhetoric and advanced literacy teachers where such programs are more or less compulsory in us universities. victor vitanza leads off in their first issue (sept 2001) and he is a marvel to read, and hear.
torill is a friend of mine who teaches media at volda college, somewhere on the west coast of norway, amongst skerries and fjords. one of those norwegians that puts the lie to the joke about extroverted norwegians (what's the definition of an extroverted norwegian? he looks at your shoes when he talks with you). doing work on game playing, role playing games, muds, and media theory. has got a nice new house with lots of rooms so i can visit!
well the url says it all doesn't it? huizinga and homo ludens, who'd have thought after all these years? murmur murmur. gonzalo is one of the pack of games researchers that have more or less hoisted their banner under ludology and ergodics (that's espen aarseth's work). gonzalo is a developer and player, with an infectious passion for his nascent field that tends to sweep all up.
friend who is a danish games and new media phd candidate. hangs out in københaven (that's scandinavian for copenhagen, gets me birch and blonde timber credit points at ikea that does) at their new it university. this is her blog, and a rather good and useful source of information and opinion it is too. jill walker and i spent a night at lisbeth's apartment and now i understand why ikea has all those knicky-knacky space saving devices. oh, shes made a moo that's a game too. lisbeth's blog is now at http://www.klastrup.dk/.
site associated with totally hip that provides forums, tutorials and info. on interactive quicktime (interactive quicktime means using it for more than just delivering a constant stream). good info.
terry breheny's homesite. bit of a qtvr wizard and you'll find some resources here. apparently there's a book on the way about qtvr too.
well, i'm going to keep experimenting with this as my writing and publishing system, but none of the links to what are supposed to be permanent urls for each note currently work (404 heaven). i'll work it out eventually, or step sideways and do it another way.
the link pages do work, and ceres is bloody brilliant for this. i now finally have a reasonably easy way to collect and maintain the bookmarks that i need and want, and to share them. now, if only ceres could automatically recognise a url and code it for me...
btw. does anyone write 'an' url? wonder what english teachers do.
well, now i have notes inside notes where the html template attribute is 'stuck'. doesn't seem to let me choose any other templates. but it still works when i export. which seems to suggest its a cosmetic thing - the template has changed, it's just not telling me. (rude bugger.)
to make sure i've added an action to the parent note that sets the html template to what i want. i still can't export the hierarchy though. i've got a grandparent which looks to its kids and the kids assemble the contents of their kids (the grand children). this all works great for the index page. but i also want the same grand children to export as fully fledged html pages. so that i can have permanent links and permanent content. i think the problem might be that when i build the index page the grandchild is built with template A. but to build the grand kids as standalone web pages i need to use a different template. i can set this template to the note, but then the one note has 2 templates, and i suspect ceres is choking in there somewhere.
of course i think the answer's obvious. everyone knows that families are hell. get rid of the genograms and it will all work (though grandparents usually get on with grandkids and vice versa, it's usually the middle generation, isn't it? as is usual in hypertext, it's what's between that generates all the gnarly good bits.)
have asked for some help from the livestage gurus on the searchers movie. the really simple problem is that i'm not sure how to troubleshoot the problem, since at the moment it works on my powerbook and crashes the player on all others.
what i've avoided doing is the rest of the movie. it needs at least another 3 movies built for the visual analysis. one movie will be about 'inside', one about 'outside' and the other 'between' doors. the problem and the sort of visual writer's block i've got is i can now make a movie that presents the relevant stills in their canonical sequence, and show each one in context. but this seems deeply inadequate. i need to contextualise the content and meaning of the images much more visibly and dramatically, and how to do this with, say, 30 images, in 600 X 400 pixels, with a file that works over a net connection. not quite sure how to build it. simple problem of visual literacy which is not about making it look ok but a visual representation that is also reveals something critical (critique) of the object of study.
i can see i'm going to have to use more words than i'd originally thought, which brings the project much closer to comic art than i'd first appreciated. at the moment it seems i can't 'do' the critique without recourse to words. that is one of the things that the project was intended to explore, so i guess i'm finding that one out.
well spent hours and hours today in ceres. building publishing templates so that all this vlog and all the links that i want to store and sort of build with here can be managed in a really simple manner.
ceres can do it. but i think i've hit beta overload. things working fine, storing notes with individual links in thematic notes. agents collect them for publishing so that one note with several keywords (person, hypertext, interactive cinema) can appear on three different web pages. and then.
beta mayhem. the attributes that control this seem no longer to stick. i'm hoping that a new release will let me get it back, otherwise i'll need to start again. though now that i know what i'm doing (ha) that 5 hours should be done in 2.
the poor team at eastgate have been bombarded by rather vague emails from me, their rate of dispatch and incoherence having some sort of mathematical relationship to the disintegration of my once-was-working-file. i think it's around now i ask mark for a discount when it's time to buy.
Phil Agre's homepage, a lot of interesting work here and he's someone heavily involved in the Association of Internet Researchers.
from their own description:
"AZIMUTE (French for crazy, nuts) is a new website for online publishing of critical and theoretical texts. The site has begun with a focus on Deleuze and Guattari and is planned to rhizomatically engage in multiple and diverse realms outwards from this."
is a dutch new media house that has written a divx codec for osx. apparently prefers 10.1 but who knows? to find it click on the brain in the flash intro (as of sept. 18, who knows next). of course you could always just use versiontracker.
the folks (that's north american for people but livestage is canadian and being australian the commonwealth connection here is nice) who make livestage pro. the best tool for interactive quicktime currently available. under the sun. on the planet. simply brilliant. i use this to make most of the vogs.
which is all about authoring in quicktime (you can tell from the path can't you? clever that). here you find links to all the embed tags that quicktime supports, tutorials on href tracks, streaming tracks, flash and quicktime, etc.
root developer quicktime site at apple. stuff about api's, programming and all that coding programming stuff that i have no idea about. but its from there that you get...
the root apple quicktime site. download latest player/plugin from here. and movie trailers.
an international film seminar in new york city. has digital flaherty, archives, and runs seminars and what not.
have placed a first beta version of the searchers project online, copyright problems and all (they're the least of the worries at the moment).
http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/searchers/searchersmenu4.mov [is supposed to work in quicktime 4.1 or better, but that's apparently not the case]
http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/searchers/searchersmenu5.mov [requires quicktime 5 or better]
both of these work fine for me on a macintosh, 10.0.4 and quicktime 5.0.2. they even work surprisingly well from home over a 56k line, which is very pleasing. but i can't get them to run at all on 9.1 using quicktime 4.1.2 or quicktime 5, and i'm not sure yet if anyone else has been able to see them either.
well, the video compression seems to have settled down (though i'm now at home so 9 hours of running all day means squat now that i'm not there to check on it every 30 minutes). dang dual processor g4, of course it might be something as simple as the box thing someone has put it in, just not enough air flow around it. mmm.
so, that's sorta happening and i've put out a test version of the first part of the project to get some help from live stage developers. the problem is it only seems to run on my computer. i can't get it to run on any imacs i have access to with quicktime 5, and it was supposed to be able to work with quicktime 4 or better! last week in qt4 it would just muck up, but at least it ran, this week it can't even run it, and i'm not even sure what differences there are.
now nearly a day of fiddling in ceres and it is rather addictive. the scripting language seems to suggest a lot of power and possibilties, though the documentation (it is beta isn't it?) is a little thin. i'll hunt through the examples provided...
what i like and am enjoying is that for someone familiar (happily familiar) with storyspace there is not a large leap to using ceres. so the notion of multilinearity is comfortable and poses no great questions. what is novel is the tone that i'm adopting. ordinarily when i write in any text app that is not visibly online (email, html or MOOs my tone is quite different. authorial, authoritative, academic, scholarly, teacherly (yeah, right), and various other 'formal' modes of utterance. blogs have changed that dramatically with a much more informal tone but with some of the hallmarks of print literacy. it resides in the public domain, they are authorial to the extent that they are written and published, and they career the imprimateur of semi permanence and care that email and other more 'oral' forms of electronic literacy don't quite get to.
so i find myself already addressing my audience of 4 (hi jill, mark, erica and rupert - and 2 of those have to read this to know what their teacher is doing!) and so it is a forum for my ideas, for me, but with enough window dressing to survive elsewhere.
am now using ceres to collect and store urls, a link farm. this is something that i've wanted to set up for a long time but couldn't find any simple way of doing it. i'm now hoping that ceres will actually do this quite successfully. i think its going to require quite a bit of template building to make it work properly, but i reckon it's there.
so, first very brief impressions. it is a hybrid little beastie, somewhere between eastgate's spatial web squirrel, storypace 2.x's link structure and interface, and an embellished metadata structure that improves on storyspace 1.x's path builder (a wonderful tool badly implemented). it even has link typologies. so it is spatial hypertext meets link node hypertext meets a context engine. lots of possibilities here . . .
no doubt i'll have an interesting time of it, as i'm using osx (10.0.4) on a titanium powerbook where classic is 9.2.1 and i often have trouble with drag and drop and sometimes copy and paste between classic and osx. (though i suspect the problem is more simply copy and paste within osx applications.)
well, i'm moving the notes, ideas, nonsense and ruminations into eastgate's beta software ceres. and this is my second go at writing that, since in experimenting i've managed to delete the first node, ah, the trials of new software (i lost it not because it's beta software but because i pressed delete at an inopportune moment).
have just found another error in the video. i've realised, rather belatedly, that the best way to refer to multiple sequences is to use reference movies in quicktime. so i've made a single long clip containing all the sequences i require, and then make as many reference movies as i need from this longer track. the problem was that in my editing haste in imovie there were 3 or 4 points where i'd made an error in the sequence, instead of A B C D it was A C B D. the major problem with this, apart from inconvenience, is that the analysis project relies very strongly on the canonical order of the film to ground the analysis - the images appear within a particular sequence and gain a signficant amount of their impact by virtue of this. so, a re-edit of the extracts, another export into quicktime from dig.vid. and then yet another round of compression in cleaner. grrr.