Notebook of Sand

• Recent Publications
• Recent Projects
• Conferences & Speaking
"Comparing Spatial Hypertext Collections"
  ACM Hypertext '09
"Archiving and Sharing Your Tinderbox"
  Tinderbox Weekend London '09
"The Electronic Nature of Future Literatures"
  Literary Studies Now, Apr '09
"The World University Project"
  St. John's Col. Cambridge, Feb '09
"Ethical Explanations,"
  The New Knowledge Forge, Jun '08
Lecture, Cambridge University
  Tragedy in E-Lit, Nov '07
Hypertext '07: Tragedy in E-Lit
Host for Tinderbox Cambridge '07
Keynote: Dickinson State Uni Conf
Upper Midwest NCHC'07: Speaker
eNarrative 6: Creative Nonfiction
HT'05: "Philadelphia Fullerine"
  Nelson award winning paper
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.

Theodore Gray (The Magic Black Box)

Faith, Life, Art, Academics. Sermons from my family away from home: Eden Chapel!

My other home: The Cambridge Union Society (in 2007, I designed our [Fresher's Guide])

The Economist daily news analysis

Global Higher Ed blog

• Hypertext/Writing

Writing the Living Web

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

Fabulous game reviews at playthisthing.

• 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.

Interests: Anything I can learn. Training and experience in new media, computer science, anglophone literature, education, parliamentary debate, democratic procedure, sculpture, and trumpet performance. Next: applied & computational linguistics, probably.

Education: Private school K-3. Home educated 4-12. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elizabethtown College in Jan 2006. As the 2006 Davies-Jackson Scholar, I studied English at St. John's College, Cambridge University from 2006 - 2008.

Memberships: Eden Baptist, Cambridge Union Society, ACM, AIP, GPA.

Alum of the Elizabethtown College Honors Program, sponsored by the Hershey Company.

A List of Good News
Tuesday, 24 May 2005 :-:
  • J. Nathan Matias, Graduation from Elizabethtown College, May 2005 I graduated last weekend (almost). I don't finish classes until December, but I was allowed to participate in graduation. Note: The multicolored sash represents my two countries of lineage: Guatemala and the United States. The red and black cords represent the International English Honors Society. Too small to see are a small green ribbon representing the Graduation Pledge, and a small pin from the Hershey Foods Honors Program. The medallion also notes involvement in the honors program, though it will only be on my transcript once I complete the nonfiction project related to Philadelphia Fullerine.
  • I upgraded to Tinderbox 2.4 today. I'm already feeling the love. I hope to explore its new features soon.
  • My baccalaureate speech went very, very well. I will be posting the full text soon, hopefully with video.
J. Nathan Matias, speaking at the Elizabethtown College Baccalaureate Ceremony, 2005
  • I was voted "best student" by the class of 2005. I was definitely not expecting that. My friend Benjamin Osterhout was voted "most likely to appear on The Apprentice," and my friend Kyle Kopko was voted "most likely to be a millionaire."
  • My presentation proposal on "Nurturing Independent Scholarship in Honors" was accepted for the 2005 National Collegiate Honors Conference, in St. Louis, MI. I was placed in a double session, which gave me 15 more minutes than most presenters.
  • In a few weeks, I will be giving a cameo presentation at the Floyd M. Riddick Practicum on Parliamentary Procedure, at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg Virginia.
  • My analysis of my hypertext sculpture project Philadelphia Fullerine has been accepted for presentation at the 16th ACM conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, in Salzburg, Austria. To be honest, I'm scared to death, but I'm also very enthusiastic, excited, and encouraged. I am very confident that I will do my best. I hope to learn much and also provide some good food for thought for others. I was made to feel very much at home during my time at WWW@10, and armed with tips for conference-attending, I know I'll be fine.
Conferences are like battles, except with better parties.
  • I survived commencement with only one mishap! Yay! (I was unexpectedly hit on the back of the head with a beachball during the processional)
J. Nathan Matias, speaking at the Elizabethtown College Baccalaureate Ceremony, 2005

(I think this is the best photo taken of me during my college years. It is certainly a special one, since that's college president Theodore Long posing with me.)

  • I'm playing the trumpet at a wedding in a few weeks!
  • I'm playing the trumpet for Memorial day in my town park!

Sorry for the hodgepodge, but I had built up so much stuff, I couldn't keep it in. Don't worry, there's more where that came from.

(What's become of that crispy bacon we had before the war?)