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Clenched Fist

Clenched Fist

Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib / Dream Machines reading is among my favorites in the New Media Seminar.  As Claire notes, even for the connoisseur nugget-searcher, this selection, and especially the “Dream Machines” section,  abounds in provocative, compelling morsels.  I’m going to just note one for now: “I believe computer screens can make people happier, smarter, […]

Snail to Cat?

Snail to Cat?

Yesterday in the seminar we kicked off our discussion of Douglas Engelbart’s work with a tribute video featuring interviews with Engelbart and footage from a conference commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the “Mother of All Demos” in 2008. Hearing Engelbart, who just passed away in July, talk about his life’s work and hopes for the […]

Blogging Soviet History – Field Report #

Blogging Soviet History – Field Report #1

With support from the History Department, University Libraries and an Innovation Grant, I’ve been working on a blogging project with my Soviet history course this fall.  Lots of people have asked me how things are going, so here’s an update: The short answer is: Great! The slightly longer answer is: There are some kinks to […]