Posted on 2012/11/27 by

Also a response to Kvas

Kevin, I too am an awe with this “machine” you’ve created!  Is this the “digital us”, I wonder? In a chapter entitled “The Digital You: What the Digital Explosion is Doing to Your Brain,” Judith Horstman investigates the effects of the internet (among others) on brain power.  In the aforementioned chapter, the suggestion is made Read More

Posted on 2012/11/24 by

Literary Computers

OBJECTS MaximumPartyZone. “Hemingway.” YouTube. 28 May 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHod5qMaJuA. Accessed 23 Nov. 2012. Morrissey, Ed. “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.” YouTube. 11 Aug 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdA__2tKoIU. Accessed 23 Nov. 2012. N+7 Generator. http://www.spoonbill.org/n+7/ Accessed 23 Nov. 2012. Queneau, Raymond. A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems.  Bevrowe. http://www.bevrowe.info/Queneau/QueneauRandom_v4.html. Accessed 23 Nov. 2012. Stefans, Brian Kim. Star Wars, one Read More

Posted on 2012/11/23 by

PKD’s Punk-Rock Dream Machine: Typewriting Otherwise

There are numerous points of con- and divergence between PKD’s Exegesis and the diaries produced by Schmitt’s buribunkologist. While the clearest contemporary analogue to Schmitt’s buribunk is, well, all of us. Tweeters, Facebookers, consumers/producers of social media are always in the act of autopoiesis and, in Schmitt’s estimation, consequently become the particular instantiations of the Read More

Posted on 2012/11/22 by

Keyboard layout’s effect on lexicon?

There was a study published earlier this year on the possible effects of the QWERTY keyboard layout on word usage rates. The theory is that the proximity of certain keys encourage users toward words requiring easier/fewer finger movements (in the same way as we tend toward economy in speech). This linguist summarizes and refutes the Read More

Posted on 2012/11/22 by


Wishbone is a children’s television show about a dog who not only can read, but about a dog who has a particular taste for canonical literature. Associating a dog with appropriated literary references serves to implicate his “otherness.” He acts out the tales as if he were human, speaking in the dialects of the characters Read More

Posted on 2012/11/19 by

Batman’s Big Bad Other

Batman comics of the early days (circa 1940-60) recurringly featured giant-sized everyday objects, usually business-related. Villains had a habit of establishing hideouts in the factories of companies that had inexplicably found a market for giant functional versions of their usual products, whether those be cash registers, adding machines, globes, record players, coins . . . Read More

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