Notebook of Sand

• Recent Publications
• Recent Projects
• Conferences
HT'05: Philadelphia Fullerine
NCHC '05:
Nurturing Independent Scholarship
Riddick Practicum:
  Building Meeting Good Will
NCHC '04:
  Philadelphia Fullerine
  Lecture on American Studies
WWW@10: Nonfiction on the Web
NCHC '03: Parliamentary Procedure
ELL '03 -- Gawain Superstar
• (a)Musing (ad)Dictions:

Ideas. Tools. Art. Build --not buy. What works, what doesn't. Enjoy new media and software aesthetics at Tekka.

Confessed Tinderbox users share ideas at the Tinderbox Wiki.

The Lancaster County Linux Users Group helped me learn GNU/Linux. Many intelligent, kind people attend.

Listen and learn. WITF's Dr. Dick's insightful, informative music blog.

Smiling Cultural Studies: James Lileks

Artistic computing: Paul Graham

Theodore Gray (The Magic Black Box)

• Hypertext/Writing

Writing the Living Web

President of Eastgate Systems, hypertext expert Mark Bernstein. (Electronic) Literature, cooking, art, etc.

Hypertext, blogging, and game theory: Jill Walker.

• Stats

Chapter I: Born. Lived. Died.

There is a Chapter II.

Locale: Lancaster County Pa, USA

Lineage: Guatemala

Religion: My faith is the primary focus of my life, influencing each part of me. I have been forgiven, cleansed, and empowered by Jesus Christ. Without him, I am a very thoughtful, competent idiot. With him, I am all I need to be, all I could ever hope for. I oppose institutional religious stagnation, but getting together with others is a good idea. God is real. Jesus Christ is his Son, and the Bible is true. Faith is not human effort. It's human choice. I try to be the most listening, understanding, and generous person I can.

Skills: Everything I can learn. Primary focus: Writing. Trumpet (since age 8), Parliamentary Procedure, classical guitar (since age 20), juggling, stage/coin magic, road cycling, hypertext, computer programming, electronic document processing, system administration, GNU/Linux, photography, graphics design, historical research, balsa aircraft building. Public speaking etc.

Interests: I am a polymath, therefore: anything I can learn. Current primary focus: writing, and thus everything else. Recycling, road cycling, nonfiction reading, classic movies, hypertext, computers, Software Freedom, language, art, photography, cartography, biography, ecology, science, psychology, law, government, politics (but not mindless insanity), philosophy, history, pedagogy, music, culture, sculpture. If it's learnable, I'm so there.

When possible, I like to integrate these things.

Education: Private school K-3. Home educated 4-12. College: First year, ACCIS. Currently studying English Literature and Computer Science at Elizabethtown College.

Candylane, 2004
Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 :-:

I knew it was going to be a beautiful night.

Candylane, 2004

During a semester, I usually afford myself very few luxuries. Time is short, and my schedule full, but this, I had been looking forward to this with great anticipation. After running into an old friend at a coffeeshop, I decided to pay her a visit at work. And why not, when she works as a glass sculptor at Hershey Park? What better time to see a friend than among the color, beauty, and glowing revel of Christmastime holiday?

(cue Mr. Rogers theme -- We're going on a trip, Mr. McFeely!)

Hershey is a beautifully idyllic, upper middle-class town (thanks to Milton Hershey) -- it has an underbelly, true -- but this was a night to forget any sorrow or bitterness, stress or responsibility, and immserse myself in the light, in the smiles, and the company of one of the neatest people I know.

Hersheypark Candylane captures the best in America's commercialization of Christmas. Let's take a look (begin the photo-essay) -->: