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.

Greetings, Intelligencer Visitors!
Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 :-: [soundtrack]

Congratulations! You managed to find the second half of the article, even though it wasn't on B2.

For all you regulars, you will be happy to know that I was recently featured with a small box on the front page of today's Intelligencer Journal, the local county morning newspaper. The article begins with a rather nicely-large headline and picture on the front of the Local/Business/Obituary/Comic section. Unfortunately, the Intel seems to have a time-delay before they will put their print news online (clever sales ploy so they get the morning commuters?), so I can't link to it yet. I'll also try to arrange for permission to post a scan eventually.

Update, 10:20am: The article is now online: Expanding his spheres of Influence. Intel reporter Rebecca Ritzel has done a nice job of describing the project. We had a fun discussion last night. And guess what? She's an alumnus of the World Journalism Institute! Very cool! A neat person, Rebecca seems to be a journalist with a strong religious and social conscience.

Addendum to the article

The article mentions the great amount of violence and angst that existed during the time period I write about. This is true. Often, underrepresented (and overrepresented) groups felt that violence was the only way to get heard. So they did what they thought was necessary to claim their democratic rights.

But the great story that can be found in this sculpture is not that violence was used, but that Americans learned to work together and rise above violence. Immigrant groups learned to cooperate with each other and gain power through more peaceful means. During this period, police and firemen were professionalized, giving the city more security and stability.

Quality of life was hit hard by the introduction of the industrial culture. But in the long run, quality of life was improved. For example, immigrant housing was often squalid, but they were still houses that ordinary people could own.

The mid-19th century was an inspiring time of great optimism, for good reason. It marked a flowering of humanitarian efforts and other activism. The great story in American history is not so much that we have been free of guilt or problems, but that we have learned to move forward together, beyond our divisions and our mistakes, progressing toward a better life for all.

Information about Philadelphia Fullerine

  • The sculpture may be found at Elizabethtown College's High Library.
  • The article noted that the audio is already complete. This is not quite the case. When I was at New Orleans, I performed the documentary script live, since the recording was not yet complete. If you want the full experience, I suggest you wait until the High Library reopens after the beginning of the new year.
  • Professor Milt Frieldy advised me on building the sculpture. He is a fine sculptor and a great guy. Got Milt?
  • Drs. Scott and Winpenny advised me on the project, but Dr. John McLarnon from Millersville gave me the initial idea to study 19th century Philadelphia.
  • The sculpture website is at
  • The Hershey Foods Honors Program is partly funding my research.
  • I presented research at the WWW@10 conference at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology suggesting that hypertext is an ideal medium for good creative nonfiction. I analyzed a combination of museums, books, and films to find commonalities and suggest how hypertext can enhance the basic features of much creative nonfiction. This rather-too-long paper (Truth, Trust, and the Textual Camera) is itself a hypertext. It doesn't contain much new (and thus contributes little to the field), but it ties together some disparate disciplines and was incredibly influential to the sphere project. The conference was a great experience; I recount the WWW@10 conference elsewhere on this site.
  • I used the hypertext software Tinderbox to plan the sculpture. I also use it to write this weblog. I use Tinderbox for all my writing, since it enables me to write more naturally than do word processors. The next edition of Tekka, a journal of new media and software aesthetics, will feature an article I wrote about how Tinderbox helps me keep track of sources, appointments, planning, and writing, all within the same software. It's a great tool for any research-based project and a real paradigm buster.
  • For more information on hypertext, look at Eastgate's Hypertext Resource page. You may also want to read an article I wrote last year for Sitepoint, Caffeinate your Hypertext.

If this is your first time to my site, here's a quick enumeration of what you can find here:

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Today's soundtrack is "America the Beautiful", performed by the United States Air Force Band in their album, "Spirit of the Land."