Wednesday, 29 October 2008

whats in a cover

I'm loving bookninja's competition to "rebrand" and "dumb down" book covers of classic novels.

They're Here!

Here it is! two years in the making. First thoughts - jings, thems a lot of words to be writing about images.

Have already found my first typo (the whole copy-editor-changing-the-word-losing-to-loosing thing, grrrrr)... but in general: its all smiles here. Hurrah!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Ancient Digital Classicists

There's a new book out soon about the Antikythera mechanism, called "Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer" by Jo Marchant which looks like its worth a peek. Interesting discussion about it on the Guardian's science podcast, too.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Behind the Scenes

Over the last year or so, I've been working with Greg Crane, of the Perseus Project, on a special issue of DHQ in honour of Ross Scaife. Its going to be an impressive and hefty volume - 10 very good papers, plus detailed intro and conclusion - about "where classics will be in 2018". A potentially important roundup of the issues currently being raised about the use of information technology in classics.

We're working like daemons to get try and get the issue up by the TEI meeting in London at the start of November. If not completely finished by then, it wont be long behind. I'm really looking forward to seeing this issue up - its a very fine testament to Ross Scaife's legacy.

its almost there

Have just been told that the book has arrived in the warehouse! will see it in the next few days. eek!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Fame at last

Its all true. Especially the bit about the Dundee Cake.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Amateur Digital Edition Du Jour

The Secret Museum of Mankind
Published in 1935, the Secret Museum is a mystery book. It has no author or credits, no copyright, no date, no page numbers, no index. Published by "Manhattan House" and sold by "Metro Publications", both of New York, its "Five Volumes in One" was pure hype: it had never been released in any other form.

Advertised as "World's Greatest Collection of Strange & Secret Photographs" and marketed mainly to overheated adolescents (see the 1942 Keen ad, left), it consists of nothing but photos and captions with no further exposition.

Good example of the type of quirky digital edition only a keen amateur would put together. And what a strange imperialistic text....

Monday, 13 October 2008

Reading Online

.... and this passed me by when it came out. Excellent overview by Charles Arthur of the Guardian on why reading stuff on screen is difficult.

Underwhelmed by "e-lit"?

Interesting discussion going on over at the Guardian blog, regarding whether
the brave new world of digital literature has been largely anti-climatic.

Worth checking out the comments.

Internet Checks

We all have our set of "essential" websites we have to check first thing in the morning. Depending what mood I'm in, I'll have a sneaky peek at fffound, or, (or etsy, if I'm in the mood for shopping), to see what the "creatives" are up to these days. I was particularly taken by this work by Nicolas Burrows. Sums up how I've started the day for the past 15? years...

quote of the day

... from the film "You, Me, and Everyone We Know"

Housewares Saleswoman: I think everything's gonna be computerized in twenty years.
Sylvie: Soup won't be computerized.
Housewares Saleswoman: Why not?
Sylvie (exasperated): It's a liquid!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Fun with advertising

The new advert for the Nintendo Wii on youtube is genius. Keep watching...