Friday, 24 January 2014

follow-up to weeks 1, 2 & 3

Normally I'll post a follow-up each week, but this week's post will be a bit of an omnibus to get caught up. In our first class we considered Ramelli's book wheel, which you can read more about in the supplementary article I posted to the week 1 readings, titled "Reading the Book of Mozilla." The film version of The Three Musketeers in which the book wheel makes an appearance is from 1973, directed by Richard Lester. In week 2 we compared the Ramelli book wheel with another image of the future of the book, as it was imagined in 1935:

This image came from an issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics, and was recently popularized in a story in Smithsonian Magazine. The U.S. patent filed for the device can be found here: . A tip of the hat to my RA Matthew Wells for finding this.

In this week's class I began by mentioning some of the iSkills workshops that might be useful in relation to our course. You can find them listed here: The Inform also has a number of e-reading devices of various kinds, from Kindles (old and new) to iPads, which are described here: Our intrepid Inforum librarian, Elisa Sze, who curates this collection has also provided a more detailed list of the e-readers you can find there:
Kobo e-Reader (1st generation)
Kobo eReader Touch
Amazon Kindle (1st generation)
Amazon Kindle DX
Sony eReader PRS-505
Sony Digital Book Reader (model from 2011)
Kindle (model from 2011)

You can also take out the Inforum iPads and purchase and install your own apps as long as you sign on with your own Apple ID.  Just don't forget to sign out again when you return it or someone might charge a bunch of Justin Bieber songs to your account. To clear the Apple ID on newer models of the iPad: go to Settings > iTunes and App Store > Sign out. To clear the Apple ID on the 1st generation iPads: go to Settings > Store > Sign out.

Finally, in class this week I briefly mentioned one particular implementation of XML for creating marked-up representations of comic books and graphic novels. It's called Comic Book Markup Language (CBML). If you're considering a comic book or something like it for your encoding challenge, this should be helpful. We'll spend a lot more time on specific applications of XML next week.

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