Creating Interactive Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories A fond childhood memory of mine was going to the library once a week to check out some of my favorite types of books – the Choose Your Own Adventure series. They were created by Edward Packard and were very popular in the 1980s and 1990s. While the books are less popular today, the legend lives on in digital formats that are always appealing to students. Reading in 2016 – digital vs print, the ultimate smackdown! – Linking Learning Ok so maybe I got a little carried away with the title of this blog post. This morning I read a great article by Naomi Baron entitled Do students lose depth in digital reading?. I was alerted to it by a Twitter post by a valued member of my PLN, @Julia_Boulton, and it struck a chord with me. Coming from a librarian and teaching background, and currently studying my Education Doctorate, I have often dealt with both physical and virtual texts – and personally, I like both equally, albeit for different purposes. I also feel that having an affinity and fluency with both is essential for students in 2016- so like I said at the beginning, perhaps a smackdown is getting a bit over-excited – while in some circles it definitely does seem to be ‘a bitter contest or confrontation’, we don’t want to see ‘a decisive or humiliating defeat or setback’ – we want to see both sides of the story, and appreciate the fantastic time in which we live. Related
Literature in a Wired World Wiki Hypertext fiction is a genre of Electronic Literature which is made up of non sequential and interlinking lexia. History Edit BigBench: Toward An Industry-Standard Benchmark for Big Data Analytics - Cloudera Engineering Blog Learn about BigBench, the new industrywide effort to create a sorely needed Big Data benchmark. Benchmarking Big Data systems is an open problem. To address this concern, numerous hardware and software vendors are working together to create a comprehensive end-to-end big data benchmark suite called BigBench. Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time. And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began. “By the end of the 18th century,” writes Newcastle University professor M.O.
Michael Joyce Hypertext Fictions Online Michael Joyce Going the Distance, newly republished nightkitchen electronic book Sister Stories, collaborative hypertext fiction (with Rosemary Joyce and Carolyn Guyer), New York University Press On-line, 2000. The Sonatas of Saint Francis, collaborative hypertext fiction (with Matthew Hanlon, Andrea Morris, and Carolyn Guyer), Supertart.com (UK), October 2000. Reach, a fiction, The Iowa Review Online, Spring 2000. "Lasting Image," Collaborative hypertext fiction (with Carolyn Guyer), Eastgate Systems, 1999. 5 Enterprise Alternatives to Hadoop -Big Data Analytics News Hadoop’s progression from a large scale, batch oriented analytics tool to an ecosystem full of vendors, applications, tools and services has coincided with the rise of the big data market. While Hadoop has become almost synonymous with the market in which it operates, it is not the only option. Hadoop is well suited to very large scale data analysis, which is one of the reasons why companies such as Barclays, Facebook, eBay and more are using it. Although it has found success, Hadoop has had its critics as something that isn’t well suited to the smaller jobs and is overly complex.
Twitter Fiction Reveals The Power Of Very, Very Short Stories “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” So goes Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word story, which, in spite of being perfectly compact, manages to paint a complete picture of thwarted desire and elicit strong feelings from the reader (unless said reader is heartless). It would’ve been the perfect candidate for this year’s #TwitterFiction Festival, where writers such as Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng will practice crafting very brief tales online, beginning on May 11. Examples of hypertext fiction – how to write hypertext narratives? - The Chron-nicoles Looking at examples of hypertext books there are only a handful that have been critically examined. Paul Hackman notes, “fifteen years after the first generation of hypertext novels emerged, hypertext literature remains on the fringe of literary studies” (2011, p. 86). One of the reasons for the lack of hypertext fiction novels, besides the issues with remediation and the phenomenological experience are the technical limitations. Afternoon by Michael Joyce, published in 1987 by Eastgate Systems, is known as the first hypertext fiction.
Data Journalism Tools Part 1: Extracting and... - Silk This post on extracting data from a website is the first in a 3-part series on extracting, cleaning and enhancing data. Some sites already have their data in a neat table, allowing you to easily copy and paste it into a spreadsheet. Wikipedia is a good example of this. Twitter fiction: 21 authors try their hand at 140-character novels Geoff Dyer I know I said that if I lived to 100 I'd not regret what happened last night. But I woke up this morning and a century had passed. Sorry.