Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project Wins Electronic Literature Organization’s 2016 Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature

Scott Rettberg accepts the 2016 Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature

Scott Rettberg accepts the 2016 Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature

On June 11, 2016, during the Electronic Literature Organization Conference at University of Victoria, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project won the top prize for a creative work in the field of electronic literature, the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2016 Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature! The jury’s remarks from the awards ceremony:

The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature

“The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature” is an award given for the best creative work of electronic literature of any length or genre. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from supporters and members of the ELO, this annual prize aims to recognize creative excellence. The Prize for “1st Place” comes a $1000 award, with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level. One prize for “Honorary Mention” is awarded and consists of a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level.

Honourable Mention. Kate Pullinger, Andy Campbell, Chris Joseph, Ian Harper
Inanimate Alice: Episode Six – The Last Gas Station

Inanimate Alice, begun in 2005, tells the story of Alice, growing up in the near-future, as she moves around the world with her family. Episode Six: The Last Gas Station is a 3D storyworld as well as a series of additions to the tools the team creates for educators, including a downloadable package of teachers’ versions of the first five episodes.

One jurist wrote, “An excellent use of immersion and 3D to relay narrative to a variety of audiences. The rich media compels us further to experience the storyworld and build intimacy with the character, Alice.”

1st Place. Scott Rettberg, Roderick Coover, Daria Tsoupikova, Arthur Nishimoto
Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project

Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project is a 3D narrative cinematic experience that premiered in the affective sensory environment of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory’s CAVE2 at the University of Illinois Chicago. It gives voice to stories of abusive violence towards detainees during the Iraq war and the post-traumatic stress experienced by ordinary American soldiers who became torturers in the course of serving their country. Based on interviews of American soldiers conducted by Dr. John Tsukayama, the work takes viewers on a travel through the domestic spaces and surreal interior landscapes of soldiers who have come home transformed by these experiences, triggering their testimonies by interacting with objects laden with loss.

One jurist wrote, “A major achievement. Rettberg and Coover harness the power of digital technologies to tell a powerful story and in doing so go far in changing the audience’s hearts and minds about torture.”

An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization

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The Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University has shared a video of the lecture I gave there on May 1st, 2014 “An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization.” The talk covers the ELMCIP project and offers a summary of the paper I published this month in the electronic book review: http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/exploding

ELO 2013 Conference Paper: An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base

Full text PDF: An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base

Circular Visualization of all critical writing references to creative works documented in the ELMCIP KB.

Circular Visualization of all critical writing references to creative works documented in the ELMCIP KB.

ABSTRACT: As of July 2013, the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base includes documentation of more than 2,000 creative works and more than 2,000 articles of critical writing. Many of the records of critical writing include cross-references to the creative works they address. This article presents a preliminary analysis of all of the critical writing-to-creative work cross-references currently documented in the Knowledge Base in the aggregate. By developing static and interactive visualizations of this data, we might begin to see the outlines of an emerging “canon” of electronic literature.

New Article: Draft of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Project Report

We are now working on getting together the ELMCIP Project Final Report, which will be published by ELMCIP in cooperation with the Computing Literature Series at West Virginia University Press and will included chapters by all of the principle investigators contributing the project. I recently completed the draft of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Project Report, an extensive report detailing the development process, information architecture, and technical platform of the Knowledge Base. I wrote the report with some help and input from Eric Dean Rasmussen, who was a funded researcher on the project for the first year and a half of the development project and served as the Knowledge Base Editor.

New Article: “Human Computation in Electronic Literature”

I’ve written a chapter for the forthcoming Handbook of Human Computation to be published by Springer New York in winter 2013. I have posted a prepress draft of my chapter “Human Computation in Electronic Literature.”

Abstract: The essay situates and considers several different facets of human computation in electronic literature and digital art. Electronic literature encompasses works in literary forms that are particular to the computer or the network context. Human computation is examined as an element of the development of collective narratives online, in which different roles are defined in architectures of participation. The form, structure, and common features of notable human-computation based artworks are identified. The human computation processes of collectively written and internet-harvested haiku generators are contrasted with each other to reveal their different models of situating the relationship between computational process and human authorship. Literary meta-critiques of human computation technologies such as Google’s machine reading of Gmail and reCAPTCHA’s use of human language recognition are discussed as electronic literature is positioned in a critical, if symbiotic, relationship to human computation.

All my Atakan Memes

In 2013, my wife was part of the Atakan campaign for rector at UIB. When the opposition in a debate accused Team Atakan of knowing nothing about digitalization, Jill started up an “Atakan Meme” facebook page. I wanted to do what I could to help the campaign.

Atakan for digitalisering

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Facebook Posts: Dec 2010

December 2010

DECEMBER 31

Scott updated his status.
The long journey back to Bergen begins. 4 flights ahead. No sleep till Norway.
DECEMBER 28
Scott updated his status.
wrapping up our Australia trip with a few days at the beach in Falcon, then home to Norway New Year’s day.
DECEMBER 25
Scott wrote on Rachel Self Rettberg’s timeline.
Merry Xmas — hope you finally made it home to England.
Scott wrote on Matthew Self’s timeline.
Merry Xmas, Matthew.
Scott updated his status.
it took me about 10 minutes to get over the strangeness of Christmas on the beach. It was a really great way to spend the holiday.
Scott updated his status.
Merry Christmas, everyone. This is the only day we have been in Australia that I actually miss the snow, not to mention family back home.
DECEMBER 23
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Jessie was up much of the night w the stomach flu, and I think it’s going round. Bummer for our last day on Rottnest.
DECEMBER 22
Scott updated his status.
hanging out on Rottnest island in the Indian Ocean, waiting for the boy to wake up so we can head to the beach.
Scott shared a link.

Census Data Show 308 Million People and a Regional Shift
www.nytimes.com
Bad news for the rest of us.
DECEMBER 21
Scott was at Rottnest Island.

Scott updated his status.
Just kicked a quokka out of the cabin.

Scott updated his status.
I have seen a Quokka eat the flesh of a cow.
DECEMBER 20

Scott updated his status.
When photographing children riding pigs, it is important not to back into the electric fence (as I learned this morning).
DECEMBER 19
Scott updated his status.
headed to a farm for the night, so the kids can freak on some kangaroos and emus.
DECEMBER 16
Scott shared a link.

New Advice for Nuclear Strike: Get Inside, Don’t Flee
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In case of nuclear attack, stay home. Preferably in the basement of a large office building.
Scott updated his status.
Beach with the kids was better than the library.
DECEMBER 15
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Two out four deadlines knocked off, and grading just about wrapped. Jill reminded me we are supposed to be on vacation.
Scott shared a link.

I.B.M. Supercomputer ‘Watson’ to Challenge ‘Jeopardy’ Stars
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DECEMBER 14
Scott updated his status.
Bergen needs a University Club with an awesome salad bar and chilled white wine. It makes for a remarkably civilized environment for scholarly toils.
Scott updated his status.
Grading Norwegian essays about electronic literature in an Australian university library and my brain hurts.
DECEMBER 13
Scott updated his status.
Productive afternoon at UWA. Working in the library isn’t so bad when you’ve got a beach to come home to.
Scott updated his status.
Set up to do some work this week from the University of Western Australia — at least I’ve figured out eduroam wireless and managed to wangle a guest pass to the University club.
DECEMBER 10
Scott updated his status.
We concluded our workshop with a sort of international treaty for electronic literature, followed by a banquet. Well done, all told.
DECEMBER 9
Scott updated his status.
Workshop in Sydney wraps up tomorrow, then to Perth. Unfortunately I still have grading and 4 writing deadlines to wrap before the end of next week, so I’ll be clocking hours at the University of Western Australia library in between short visits to the beach.
DECEMBER 8
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Good morning workshop followed by a fantastic afternoon at Manly Beach, bit of body-surfing, playing in the sand with the little ones, and dinner beachside with friends.
DECEMBER 7
Scott updated his status.
Oprah will also be here in Sydney tomorrow, just days after the arrival of fellow Chicagoan Joe Tabbi. Coincidence?
Scott updated his status.
Enjoying Sydney — some great thai seafood tonight, and good company. Beginning to take more seriously this idea that Jill should keep her Australian passport, just in case.
DECEMBER 6
Scott updated his status.
Vegemite, don’t do it.
DECEMBER 5
Scott updated his status.
New policy — no vegemite in bed. Now the maid will think we defecated all over the sheets.
Scott shared a link.

Why the office is the worst place to work
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No talk Thursdays. I like the sound of that.
Scott updated his status.
This week is the work component of my Australia visit — doing a workshop with elit colleagues from the US, Europe and Australia, where they are setting up a major new research project based at the University of Western Sydney.
DECEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
Saw a lot of birds in the bush.
DECEMBER 2
Scott shared a link.

NASA – NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
www.nasa.gov
As it turns out, NASA’s news was dry as a dead dingo’s donger. They didn’t find ET, mate, just some doovalacky that can use arsenic for tucker.
DECEMBER 1
Scott updated his status.
Endless rain in Australia, truly wretched weather, torrents. I suppose the fact that the weather back in Bergen is even more miserable offers some solace. I guess they had the coldest night in 116 years or something last night.

Facebook Posts: Nov 2008

November 2008

NOVEMBER 29
Scott updated his status.
is back in Bergen.
NOVEMBER 27
Scott updated his status.
is two flights away from turkey in Chicago.
NOVEMBER 25
Scott updated his status.
is in Montreal.
NOVEMBER 23
Scott shared a link.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Cheney charged over jail ‘abuses’
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Let’s hope this is but the first of many prosecutions to come.
Scott updated his status.
is headed to Montreal via Amsterdam tomorrow AM.
NOVEMBER 22
Scott wrote on Ida Gustavsson’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
Scott updated his status.
is reading Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson.
NOVEMBER 21
Scott updated his status.
is now legally in Norway
Scott updated his status.
is at the cop shop, waiting on a work permit, yet again.
Scott updated his status.
trod through untrodden snow.
NOVEMBER 20
Scott shared a link.

Turducken – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Scott updated his status.
is going to drink beer with another American and kvetch.
Scott updated his status.
says the world economy is an enigma wrapped in a conundrum and then stuffed like a turducken into a bottomless cavity of expletives.
Scott shared a link.
www.nytimes.com
www.nytimes.com
The French are kicking the rest of Europe in a digital library project making digital resources of museums, libraries and newspapers available to the public. 50 % of the 2 million items in the Europeana project: http://dev.europeana.eu/ (launching today) have been contributed by France.
Scott updated his status.
considers Great Depression vs. Mad Max scenario. Which is more likely to happen before Christmas? Fedoras or mohawks?
Scott updated his status.
is trying to clarify how Electronic Literature serves the European process of cultural integration.
Scott shared a link.

The McSweeney’s Store
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Good deal — half off in the McSweeny’s bookstore this week. I just picked up Robert Coover’s A Child Again, a couple of baby board books titled Baby Fix My Car and Baby Fix Me a Drink, another odd children/adult book titled Giraffes? Giraffes! and the McSweeny’s Book of Poets Picking Poets.
Scott shared a link.
Michael Takeo Magruder
www.takeo.org
“Reflection (hope and reconciliation)” by Michael Takeo Magruder at Turbulence.
NOVEMBER 18
Scott shared a link.

Faen!
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How to swear in Norwegian.
Scott updated his status.
having knocked a few items off the to-do list decides to go home early and read some fiction. Not too impressed with Auster’s latest so far.
NOVEMBER 17
Scott updated his status.
is noticing that as the world economy crumbles, reports of seaborn pirtates proliferate. Not only is your 401K screwed, you need to worry about Arrrrrr!
NOVEMBER 16
Scott updated his status.
had a nice walk in the woods and a campfire lunch with the kids.
Scott shared a link.
www.nytimes.com
www.nytimes.com
New biography/oral history of George Plimpton. About a year before he died, George hosted a party at his Manhattan apartment, above the Paris Review offices, to raise awareness and funds for the ELO. The party led to a connection with the Ford Foundation that made the first ELO symposium and other programs possible. It was also great fun. George welcomed all the gathered technorati and literati, t…
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Scott updated his status.
enjoyed the avant garde orchestra party.
NOVEMBER 15
Scott shared a link.
Hot Air
www.hyperrhiz.net
I like this little network aleatory/concrete/kinetic poetry piece by Chris Ault in the latest edition of Hyperhiz. Strangely hypnotic watching the little guy trying to pluck away all the hot air. A strange little picture of the zeitgeist.
Scott shared a group: Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art).

Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)
Scott updated his status.
ironed shirts today and will go see his sister-in-law play in the orchestra tonight.
NOVEMBER 13
Scott shared a link.

Reading of The Unknown at Columbia College, Chicago, Sept 25, 2008
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Not the best video, but it was a decent reading, and to be unknown is to document these things.
Scott updated his status.
will visit Amsterdam, Montreal, Chicago, Paris, Barcelona, Chicago, and San Francisco before year’s end. And has a lot of work to do.
Scott shared a link.

Dear Mr. President-elect, please take me off your spam list. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine
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Much as I like Barack and was happy to support his victory with small monthly donations, I gotta admit I identified with this article. Lately it seems like I get as much political spam as I do from Viagra merchants and Nigerian con-men. McCain even asked me for cash. Who gave that dude my email address?
Scott shared a link.

Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT
connect.educause.edu
A lot of links to social media based fiction projects.
Scott wrote on Charles Aukema’s timeline.
You gotta get rid of the flower — way more creepy than that guy with the beard.
Scott wrote on Bill Fahy’s timeline.
Hey Bill, good to see you. I’m kicking it up here in Norway. How long you been Texan?
Scott shared a page: Robert Coover.

Robert Coover
Hey how could Robert Coover only have 60 fans? What kind of world do we live in?
Scott updated his status.
strongly discourages global economic depression.
Scott wrote on Jeff Lemberger’s timeline.
Hey happy friendship day to you too.
NOVEMBER 10
Scott updated his status.
will eat half of a sheep’s head one month from now, to fully experience Norwegian culture. But he will refuse to eat the eyeballs.
Scott updated his status.
still blames the Republicans.
Scott updated his status.
could do without another walk home in the rain.
Scott updated his status.
is becoming the type of person who checks his to-do list to see how he is feeling today.
NOVEMBER 9
Scott updated his status.
has cleaned off his desk.
NOVEMBER 8
Scott shared a link.
www.spinelessbooks.org
www.spinelessbooks.org
A poem worth watching. Powerpoint made mortal. Natural, deeply offensive, sad and uplifting. Binary. Free.
NOVEMBER 7
Scott updated his status.
is going to clean off his desk sometime this weekend.
Scott shared Charles B. Harris’s note: David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund.
David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund
ISU set up a fund in David Foster Wallace’s honor. The fund will support a reading series and an annual award for a student of innovative writing. It’s a nice way to honor the author’s memory.
NOVEMBER 6
Scott wrote on William Gillespie’s timeline.
Go William! — I’m way behinder to the point where I’m thinking that maybe nanwriyear might be more my pace.
Scott updated his status.
is avoiding procrastination.
NOVEMBER 5
Scott updated his status.
is looking forward to watching them take out the trash on Pennsylvania Avenue, Jan 20th.
Scott updated his status.
is glad.
Scott updated his status.
is calling it for Obama, heading to bed.
Scott updated his status.
has learned to fear the two adjectives “white” and “evangenical” when attached to the noun “voters”
NOVEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
is keeping his fingers crossed.
Scott updated his status.
should be sleeping.
Scott wrote on William Gillespie’s timeline.
Yeah — you’re my buddy already. I’m ah http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/441048
NOVEMBER 3
Scott updated his status.
encourages his fundamentalist friends to consider — if it really is the “end of days,” shouldn’ you be at home with your families rather than out at the polls?
Scott shared a link.

Humanistisk informatikk: Studies in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen » Blog Archive » Nov
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Donna Leishman is giving a talk on her animated interactive narrative work at UiB this Wednesday from 14:15-16:00 titled “Dissonance in Multi-Semiotic Landscapes.” The talk is in HF265. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Scott updated his status.
is drafting an application for an EU 7th Framework grant.
Scott wrote on Charles B. Harris’s timeline.
Many happy returns on the day.
NOVEMBER 2
Scott updated his status.
likes John McCain as a spokesman for Geico. Bush and Cheney should go before a war crimes tribunal.
Scott updated his status.
is shaving his head for Barack Obama. You should too.
Scott updated his status.
is pissing upon elephants from a great height.
Scott updated his status.
says vote Palin for best supporting actress.
Scott updated his status.
is making fun of red states, and people who live in blue states but vote red. He is making fun of the fact that Red now means Republican. That’s messed up.
Scott updated his status.
says vote Obama, but I’m not donating my status to anyone. I mean, vote Obama or shoot yourself in the foot, figuratively.
NOVEMBER 1
Scott updated his status.
read Jessica Yertle the Turtle and then played her a video of Red Hot Chili Peppers version. Debatable as a bedtime strategy.
Scott updated his status.
is cozy.
Scott updated his status.
lights a candle for Studs Terkel.

Facebook Posts: Nov 2010

November 2010

NOVEMBER 30
Scott updated his status.
On Friday, I will discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
NOVEMBER 28
Scott updated his status.
in the Blue Mountains, where we have moved from summer to fall. Sitting by a fire while torrents of rain pelt down outside.
NOVEMBER 27
Scott updated his status.
Family jetlag is contagious — I had almost none this time, but Benji’s jetlag kept me and Jill up most of the night, just as Jill and Jessica appear to be getting over their jetlag. Poor Benji, at 2AM he was jumping on me, trying to get me to come play.
NOVEMBER 26
Scott updated his status.
Loving Sydney. Spent the the day with the kids at the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Center while Jill did her talk. And loving the fantastic weather. Hope everybody had a great Turkey day back home.
NOVEMBER 23
Scott updated his status.
Feel like I could use a lung replacement before 4 flight journey to Oz. My plan is to load up on the nighttime cold medicine and sleep through most of it. Jill might be stuck with the kids, but at least she’s not wheezing.
NOVEMBER 22
Scott updated his status.
suffering from some sort of bronchial awfulness — Benji doesn’t sound so hot either. Hoping we hold up ok for tomorrow’s travel, though I’m certain getting out of the poison gas clouds will be an improvement.
NOVEMBER 21
Scott shared a link.

Satser på tiltak som ikke virker
www.bt.no
Poison skies. Glad we’re getting out of here for a while.
Scott shared a link.

Luftkvalitet.info – luftkvalitet i Norge
www.luftkvalitet.info
It’s interesting how my colds almost always seem to correspond to periods when Bergen has air pollution problems. Interesting in a “Winter makes me think about moving somewhere where I won’t die coughing up blood” sort of way.
NOVEMBER 20
Scott shared a link.

Exquisite Code – a set on Flickr
www.flickr.com
I participated in a collective writing project driven by constraints called Exquisite Code (exquisite-code.com)
as part of the Piksel festival in Bergen on Nov 20. 2010. The project
involved a lot of walking and writing. Directions sent me to arbitrary
locations and then determined certain cutup modifications to the texts I
was writing. All of the writing was then put into a system with writing
by 10 other writers who writing according the same procedures at the
same time. Something else will then become of this collective text. Here’s a photoset documenting my 8 hours of walking and writing.
Scott updated his status.
Laid up with a cold the past couple of days, but read The Raw Shark Texts — a good book, worth a read.
NOVEMBER 17
Scott shared a link.

More Colleges Are Using Hand-Held Devices as Classroom Aids
www.nytimes.com
Awesome. I want clickers for my students too.
Scott updated his status.
My children have nearly driven me to an Apollonian style of life. I crave order and take pleasure in clean surfaces, well-mopped floors, silent rooms.
NOVEMBER 16
Scott updated his status.
“For Majesty Magazine, this is absolutely wonderful.”
Scott updated his status.
My condolences to the family of Dick Cheney. He does not look good. Should he die, I hope that he is treated to a full state funeral at an undisclosed location underground.
NOVEMBER 15
Scott updated his status.
The plumber comes, what was allegedly going to be a minor repair turns into a main replacement. Numbers are thrown about and enlarge. Shower and toilets will be out for me for a number of hours, apparently.
NOVEMBER 14
Scott updated his status.
My daughter is “building a car” by moving every chair in the house into the family room.
Scott updated his status.
A week and half until we leave for Oz.
Scott shared a link.

As Glaciers Melt, Scientists Seek New Data on Rising Seas
www.nytimes.com
While congressmen fiddle, Greenland melts.
Scott wrote on Scott Hermanson’s timeline.
I’m never sure if you are playing soccer or conducting an acid test. Your league’s team names suggest that it was founded by Timothy Leary.
NOVEMBER 11
Scott shared a link.

Education Protest in London Turns Violent
www.nytimes.com
Conservative education reforms turn London protesters French.
NOVEMBER 10
Scott updated his status.
Just booked tickets to Naples in January. Looking forward to eating in Italy. Sometimes I like my job.
NOVEMBER 9
Scott wrote on Talan Memmott’s timeline.
Talan I have been meaning to say you have aged well. Since shaving and adapting a 19th century panache (the short silk scarf tied about the neck is a nice touch) you look 20 years younger.
NOVEMBER 8
Scott updated his status.
Just finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom — pretty good novel, in a Franzeny social realism sort of way.
NOVEMBER 7
Scott updated his status.
Just had a nice dinner with people from the US embassy and the Fulbright foundation. We’re looking forward to hosting some Fulbright scholars here next term and for the next couple of years.
Scott updated his status.
We’re going to be traveling on Thanksgiving so we made Thanksgiving dinner tonight — the works: pumpkin soup, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce.
NOVEMBER 6
Scott shared a link.

Rachel Maddow Explores Right Wing Lying Echo Chamber
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Rachel Maddow has a point, I think. As we puzzle out how right wing lies become right wing realisms, we need to step back and take a look at how these lies spin out of control. She blames the echo chamber. I am operating with a new thesis: most white people are stupid. Now I’m not saying that you are personally stupid, just because you are white. But I think that a good majority of white people in the United States are dumber than dirt. It is not your fault. But you need to spend more on your education system, or your children will also turn out stupid.
Scott wrote on Eirik Oliver’s timeline.
Well aged, like a fine wine.
NOVEMBER 5
Scott wrote on Leonardo Flores’s timeline.
Have a great one, Leonardo.
Scott updated his status.
Got some actual toys as presents for my 40th — a little remote control helicopter, a remote control car, and one of them fancyass nespresso coffee machines — and had fun playing with them this afternoon. The helicopter made Jessie shriek with joy, and Benji yowl with terror.
Scott shared a link.

Norway investigates reports of U.S. spying
www.cnn.com
Just for the record, I’m totally not involved in any of this activity. Sure I may have been asked to keep tabs on one well-known Norwegian-Australian blogger in a sort of deep deep uncover operation but I never report my findings to the embassy.
Scott updated his status.
I am now a fan of the IRS and the child tax credit. I can’t believe the IRS sent me a letter to tell me they might owe me some money. After spending an hour filling out a form, it appears they somehow rather incomprehensibly do. God Bless America, and three cheers for the Internal Revenue Service.
NOVEMBER 4
Scott wrote on Davin Heckman’s timeline.
Happy B-Day, Davin.
Scott updated his status.
I’m in favor of letting the jetlagged baby stay up and watch TV with us, but Jill thinks the screaming a necessary curb. Aussies are tough.
Scott shared a link.

WTF has Obama done so far?
whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com
BFD. He didn’t get in a constitutional amendment guaranteeing me the right to hunt and fish.
Scott updated his status.
Lost amid the political theatre: voters in Arkansas and Tennessee now have a constitutionally guaranteed right to hunt! In the crush towards socialism we often lose sight of the important things. You never know when the govt of Arkansas or Tennessee might go trying to take away your right to hunt so you may as well put it right there in your damn constitution.
NOVEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
Today I received a letter from the IRS. I opened the letter with a certain amount of dread, and yet it suggests that I may be entitled to some money. I do doubt it, but it was a pleasant surprise, as if the USA were whispering “Don’t give up, we will pay you to remain steadfast.” Or it may be a coded message from my CIA handler.
Scott shared a link.
How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterms
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com
A few stubborn facts the right wing forgot on their way to the hill.
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Ok GO * We Dug a Hole * 2000 (UNSIGNED)
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A song for the American 2010 electorate: “We dug a hole, and put our heads in it.”
Scott updated his status.
It’s mourning in America as ignorance and bigotry reign again.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Hey look, they made a video of one of your debates with your friend Chuck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnUfPQVOqpw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Scott updated his status.
The question is not *if* the American middle class will impale itself at the voting booth, but how deeply and how irreparably.
Scott updated his status.
Voted against the right wing insurgency.

Facebook Posts: Oct 2010

October 2010

OCTOBER 29
Stephanie Siddens posted something via mobile.
Happy bday Scott! Hope you have had a great day.
OCTOBER 28

Scott updated his status.
Thanks for all the Bday wishes. Having a great time back in Chicago with the many Rettberg kids.
Alexander Chung posted something via mobile.
Happy birthday !
Karl Nielsen posted something via mobile.
The happiest birthday wishes to you!

Jennifer Klemy Corral posted something via Birthday Cards.
Donna Nylen posted something via mobile.
Happy Big 4-0 Scott! Enjoy your day. See you soon!
Clark Nelson posted something via mobile.
Version four point oh! Nice job. Happy birthday, bro!

Carolyn Guertin posted something via Birthday Cards.
Adam Richer posted something via mobile.
Great Scott – Happy Poppin’ Out Day!! I hope the next 40 are even better than the first.
OCTOBER 26
Scott shared a link.

Gasspedal Animert
gasspedalanimert.no
Audun Lindholm, the editor of Vagant, has set up a new multimedia publishing venture, Gasspedalanimert. Gasspedal is publishing books and animated poetry videos. The first two are very cool, and include English translations on the Vimeo site.
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(Part #2) Mini Cannon Firing and Destroying Targets. (Among the world’s smallest firearms)
gdata.youtube.com
I won’t buy one because I have kids, but I would totally get one for my nephew.
OCTOBER 25
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Falling Into the Economic Chasm
www.nytimes.com
While I can’t say that I blame Obama for his cautious conservatism, borne out of his instinctive impulse to compromise with the Republicans and the Blue Dogs, I think Krugman is right. The stimulus wasn’t enough money spent in the right way, and if the American people hand the economy over to the Repubs, it will be the return of the long down for everyone but the rich.
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‘Life,’ Keith Richards’s Memoir
www.nytimes.com
I will add this to the list of books that William Gillespie and I will both read soon.

Scott posted something via MoveOn.org.
This is the best use of facebook pull-in data I have seen. It makes you want to vote.
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Skulpturvandringer i Bergen
www.skulpturibergen.no
While doing research for photo credits for the Implementation book — trying to dig up the names of various sculptures upon which stickers have been placed — I ran across this site, nice little sculpture walks through Bergen.
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More snow falling. Have I mentioned that I don’t approve of snow before Halloween?
OCTOBER 24
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Gnarls Barkley – Gone Daddy Gone
gdata.youtube.com
Kafkaesque.
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A good day of mummitrolls and playing with the kids after travels. Glad to be back in Bergen, though looking forward to ditching the snow to head to Chicago for Trick or Treat later in the week.
OCTOBER 23
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Stuck in Copenhagen for the evening due to a canceled flight. There are, I’ll admit, worse places to be stuck in, though I’m ready to see Jill and the kids and sleep in my own bed after a lot of travel this week.
OCTOBER 22
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Gave a presentation at the Irish Royal Academy in Dublin today — in a classic 18th century library. It was pretty cool, though I felt like I should been critiquing Johnathan Swift or something rather than talking about websites and databases.
OCTOBER 19
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Florida Man Drowns In Lawn Mowing Accident – News Story – WFTV Orlando
www.wftv.com
Among the worst possible deaths imaginable in Florida.
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Fish Oil DHA During Pregnancy Has No Effect on Babies’ Brains, Study Finds
www.nytimes.com
Yet another Norwegian industry devastated. What are we to do with all the fish oil now? You put that stuff in a lamp, it smells.
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A Spray of DNA to Keep the Robbers Away
www.nytimes.com
I totally spray all my stuff with DNA.
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Copenhagen for 24 hours, then Dublin for 48.
OCTOBER 17
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ELMCIP Electronic Literature Communities Seminar on Vimeo
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ELMCIP Electronic Literature Communities Seminar on Vimeo
vimeo.com
Patricia Tomaszek has been busy the past few weeks processing and uploading videos from the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Communities Seminar we hosted in Bergen Sept 20-21st. All of the panel sessions are now processed and available on Vimeo, and we are about halfway through the performances.
OCTOBER 16
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Dutch apple pancake + country bacon + forest berry juice = good morning.
OCTOBER 15
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Is it only 1:30? My kids miss their mother, who they haven’t seen much the past few days.
OCTOBER 14
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Recent polls indicate that America is likely to get stuck in a hole, to let the right wing lead towards increasingly draconian disparity between the rich and the poor, but in exchange to enable the poor to smoke marijuana in increasingly legal ways. The rich will get richer, and the poor will get stoned.
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As Nations Age, a Chance for Younger Nations
www.nytimes.com
The world is getting old.
OCTOBER 12
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Just finished the draft of my 4th Vagant column of 2010.
Scott wrote on Rob Wittig’s timeline.
Have a great one, Rob!
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Looking forward to going home at the end of the month, both to see family and to cast my absentee ballot in the midterm election, thus canceling out Chuck Stoebig’s vote.
OCTOBER 11
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Congressional Candidate Under Fire for Nazi Re-Enactment Past
www.foxnews.com
Look, if you were an Ohio Republican, how would you want to spend quality time bonding with your son? There just isn’t a lot to do after the young Republicans bake sale is done for the day.
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If the Republicans win big in this midterm election, I’ll move to Norway. Oh, wait, I already did that. If the Republicans take congress, I’ll be unable to use the phrase “Speaker Boehner” with a straight face.
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I can never sleep the night before a meeting with a room full of accountants.
OCTOBER 10
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The neighbor and I were just trying to patch the stairs with redimix cement. Conclusion: we will soon need to employ a mason.
OCTOBER 9
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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic
www.nytimes.com
Google’s ten year plan: first robot cars, then FLYING robot cars.
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88 Constellations Preview
www.88constellations.net
88 Constellations for Wittgenstein by David Clark et al. Great piece of e-lit / net.art / documentary essay / design http://bit.ly/GB5xe
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Arrgh! Ten minutes after buying a new extenstion cord for the hedge trimmer, I hedge trimmed the cord.
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The US war in Afghanistan started October 7, 2001, 9 years and 2 days ago. The Soviet war in Afghanistan lasted from December 27, 1979 until February 15, 1989. Time flies when you’re having war.
OCTOBER 8
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
I just read that, and I was not at all convinced in any way about anything. What was that, a non-review? Did the writer of the review even read the first page of the book? Sorry I’m complaining but I have no idea about anything but two wasted minutes, and you suggested that i click that? Jesus.
OCTOBER 7
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Just saw “The Battle for Haditha” — all around a pretty devastating film about the Iraq war.
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can’t believe they club seals on main street and keep polar bears as pets.
OCTOBER 5

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eating sushi in the arctic circle.
OCTOBER 4
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Heading to Tromsø tomorrow for the READ ME exhibition at the Tromsø International Literary Festival, where we’re showing Implementation and The Last Volcano. Also hoping to catch the Northern Lights.
OCTOBER 2
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had great fun with old man / new father Anders Fagerjord. He witnessed the birth of his son and turned 40 within 48 hours and then subsequently witnessed a pseudo-German Norwegian Oktoberfest. Poor guy, won’t sleep for the next three months. Congratulations on your son and condolences on your youth.
OCTOBER 1
Scott shared Mark Marino’s note: New issue of Bunk Magazine.

New issue of Bunk Magazine
New bunk in the trunk.
Scott wrote on Anders Fagerjord’s timeline.
3:55am
What an awesome birthday present — congrats on the beautiful boy!

Facebook Posts: Sep 2010

September 2010

SEPTEMBER 30
Scott shared a video: Sep 30, 2010 10:42pm.

Sep 30, 2010 10:42pm
Benjamin Scott digging the Sinatra.
Scott wrote on Emily Courtney’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
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We just booked tickets to come home to Chicago for my 40th Bday — totally irresponsible financial decision, but I didn’t want to go a year without seeing my family and friends back home.
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Osama Bin Laden, Fidel Castro, and Dick Cheney get onto a bus . . . (opening line of a joke I haven’t written yet about people who are living even though you think they probably
Scott wrote on Live Writers’s timeline.
Beware the dead writers, they are legion.
Scott wrote on Clark Nelson’s timeline.
Your hair be wicked.
SEPTEMBER 29
Scott wrote on Stephanie Siddens’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
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House Passes 9/11 Health Care Bill – NYTimes.com
cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com
160 Republicans voted against health care for 9/11 emergency workers. I thought they were the party of 9/11.
SEPTEMBER 27
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Looking forward to heading up to Tromsø next week — my first trip north of the Arctic circle.
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Baby likes Jimmi Hendrix.
SEPTEMBER 26
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Why is it that accidents occur most frequently on the day after I have mopped the floors?
SEPTEMBER 24
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
I defriended you because your daughter kept facebook spamming me about some fucking modeling competition. This made me realize that our friendship had exceeded its limits.
Scott wrote on Bob Geise’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Bob! Be extravagant.
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Happy birthday to Jill! I love you.
Scott wrote on Jill Walker Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, sweetheart!
SEPTEMBER 21
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A great day at the Electronic Literature Communities seminar today — excellent presentations, and a great start to ELMCIP.
SEPTEMBER 17
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The Tax-Cut Racket
www.nytimes.com
Republicans are trying to hold the middle class hostage for the sake of the richest Americans.
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Timeline Photos
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Today Digital Culture at UiB is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The teaching group has changed names and curricula twice in that period: from something called EDB for Humanista originally, to Humanistic Informatics in 1995, to Digital Culture two years ago. So today we’ll eat cake.
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Back Story: Think of the Miners – Newsweek
www.newsweek.com
SEPTEMBER 16
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Primary Day 2010: The Tea Party’s Snarl
www.nytimes.com
The new faces of the Republican party. Nuttier than two fruitcakes.
SEPTEMBER 15
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In the Real World of Work and Wages, Trickle-Down Theories Don’t Hold Up – New York Times
www.nytimes.com
Some thoughts on trickle down for Republican aficionados of a bankrupt theory.
SEPTEMBER 14
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They came by and installed blinds in my office while I was teaching! Just this morning I was thinking how much I hated those 1970s-era curtains. This is the most exciting thing to happen to my work environment since I got a decent chair four years ago.
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What became of the meat dress after the show? Was it eaten by adoring fans? Dropped off at a homeless shelter? Privately consumed? Left for flies? Encased in plasticine and donated to a museum?
SEPTEMBER 13
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Bad Economy Drives Down American Arms Sales
www.nytimes.com
File under: sometimes bad news is good news.
Scott updated his status.
Up late working on the Implementation book, which is about 93% finished. Really looking forward to sending the prototype off to the printer. Adam Richer has done a great job with layouts. Can’t wait to see it in print.
SEPTEMBER 12
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Poster for the Bergen Electronic Literature Communities Seminar | ELMCIP
www.elmcip.net
A downloadable version of the poster for our upcoming ELMCIP seminar.
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Bergen Seminar on Electronic Literature Communities, Sept 20-21, 2010 | ELMCIP
www.elmcip.net
We’ll have a full few days in Bergen, learning about electronic literature and new media art communties, Sept 20-21.
SEPTEMBER 11
Scott updated his status.
I had a change of heart and decided not to participate in “international burn an outdated college texbook that I have been carting around for twenty years for no explicable reason” day because God told me to stop. He suggested that I might someday need to brush up on my trigonometry.
SEPTEMBER 10
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The Original Human PAC-MAN Performance by Guillaume Reymond
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will take part in the upcoming “international burn an outdated college texbook that I have been carting around for twenty years for no explicable reason” day, because it’s the right thing to do, and because I’ve never actually burned a book, even those I despised, and it now occurs to me that it is just a renewable energy resource taking up space there on my shelf.
Scott updated his status.
I would like to announce that in exchange for Pastor Jones’s agreement not to burn a copy of my unpublished poems, I have consented to not move forward with my plan to build a tiny mosque in my entertainment center. I might go ahead and build a tiny mosque in my kitchen cupboard, but I recognize the controversy that my decision to build a tiny mosque right next to the TV set has caused, and want to do what is right.
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Military Seeks to Buy 10,000 Copies of Book of Secrets
www.nytimes.com
DoD successfully intervenes in Koran burning day, but has to offer up 10,000 copies of some other book instead.
SEPTEMBER 8
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When I’m Sixty-Four – John Denver
open.spotify.com
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Scott wrote on Barbara Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
SEPTEMBER 6
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Flights to Australia rebooked. It’s not like we got a great deal, but we did finally defeat the Expedia corporate machine. They allowed us to rebook our flights according to Air France’s rules and penalties. Viva Air France! Viva Attorney General of Washington State!
Scott wrote on Noah Wardrip-Fruin’s timeline.
Just read your essay “Five elements of digital literature” in Reading Moving Letters — very nice, concise framework with good explanations & examples. I’ll use it with my students.
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RiTa
www.rednoise.org
Spent some insomnia / baby waking sleep disorder time last night looking more closedly into RiTa, Daniel Howe’s java/Processing tool kit for generative electronic literature I saw demoed at ELO/AI. A great development project — looking forward to carving some time to play with it.
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I not only did my taxes, but I also opened Benjamin’s 529, thus completing my todo list for April 2010.
SEPTEMBER 5
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Finally did my 2009 US tax returns, just a few months late. Sort of a silly exercise, given that I owe nothing because I already pay plenty of tax to Norway — but it did clue me into to how much less I earned in 2009 than in 2008 in dollar terms. Leave it to the IRS depress you even when you don’t owe them a cent.
SEPTEMBER 4
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Just got a call from Expedia corporate. The letter from the State of Washington Attorney General caught their attention, and senior management is now involved. The person I talked with acknowledged that errors had been made, and they are going to attempt to fix our itinerary Monday. I’ll believe it when I see it, but for now, I am holding off work on fightxpedia.info, the domain I purchased yesterday.
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enjoyed a BBQ rib evening with Jill and the kids and Patricia, our new PhD stipendiat, Elisabeth, my MA student and ELMCIP researcher, Stein Magne, who is developing the ELMCIP platform, and his partner Jessica, who is doing research on slowing global warming through a better understanding of the relationship between algae blooms and the viruses that kill them.
SEPTEMBER 3
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Yay! I got my iPhone back. I didn’t realize the psychological effects of detethering until I suffered them — a hot crowded train with music is immeasurably better than a hot crowded train without.
SEPTEMBER 2
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“I understand that you are but a small cog in a massive corporate machine and I want you to understand that my anger is in no way directed at you. Can you connect me to a bigger cog more deserving of my wrath, please?”
Scott wrote on Talan Memmott’s timeline.
yr cmptr scks!
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Expedia still sucks. And are complete idiots for enraging my wife by screwing us over on travel arrangements for her to keynote a journalist’s conference in Australia. Guess which company’s deceptive Web business practices will be featured in the discussion?
SEPTEMBER 1
Scott wrote on William Gillespie’s timeline.
Happy Bidet!

Facebook Posts: Aug 2010

August 2010

AUGUST 29
Scott updated his status.
Just got layouts back of my next Vagant column, about Steve Tomasula’s TOC. They look great!
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This weekend’s project: filing complaints about Expedia with every consumer protection agency I can think of. So far I’ve hit the FTC, the DOT office of Aviation Consumer Protection, and the Better Business Bureau. I don’t like getting screwed. Probably won’t help in the end, but maybe they’ll rethink their policy of not informing consumers of the rules and restrictions on the flights they sell.
AUGUST 27
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I just watched Glenn Beck fair and a little um balanced. Turns out he’s not so bad. He’s giving out merit badges at the upcoming million moron march. It’s going have an “Officer and a Gentleman” theme. It turns Beck is some kind of profit, er, prophet. He feels closer to MLK than he does to Lincoln, Beck does, because MLK isn’t carved in stone. And he’s giving out merit badges. Something to do with Jesus and war.
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The new ELO site has been translated into several languages: unfortunately all the translations mean “under construction” — a placeholder after yet another malicious spam hacking.
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The most satisfactory thing I did today was file a complaint with the FTC. Tomorrow, the State of Washington attorney general. Eat me, Expedia.
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getting completely screwed over by Expedia.
AUGUST 26
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Building a Nation of Know-Nothings – NYTimes.com
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com
46% of Republicans believe that Obama is a Muslim. This says nothing negative about Muslim Americans, and a great deal about the ignorance of a good portion of Republican Americans.
AUGUST 25
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This Modern World: A mosque near ground zero?
www.salon.com
When rightwingnuts get their way with Manhattan . . .
AUGUST 24
Scott updated his status.
First day of classes, and about 10 students managed to sign up once the wrench had been kicked out of the registration system, so the room won’t be entirely empty after all.
AUGUST 23
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finally got my third Vagant column finished, thanks to Benjamin taking a long nap.
AUGUST 20
Scott wrote on Bob Geise’s timeline.
Hey Bob, I really like the project. Checked it out on your website today. Good work.
Scott updated his status.
really enjoying family card games. Glad to see Aurora taking an interest in the boring old people around here, if only for the opportunity to defeat us in Queen of Spades.
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The house is filling with the smell of BBQ ribs slowly basting in beer. Looking forward to dinner tonight.
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just paid $8 for two cans of Dr. Pepper — in the grocery store. Every once in a while, prices in Norway still have the power to shock me. The checker ran one through, and I said “that’s for a six pack, right?” Nope. $4 per 12 ounce can.
AUGUST 19
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I’ll just come out and admit it — I want Blago to get off of all charges and star in some sort of reality cooking show where people show up at his house and get cursed at while served overly ambitious nouveau cuisine by a former governor in an expensive suit. “Adams, try these f***ing roast beets in the cabernet cilantro reduction. They are f***ing golden. Eat them, you f***ing moron.”
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What Is It About 20-Somethings? – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Good reading about the kids. Of course, I recognize myself in it. My favorite thing so far is the identification of “early adulthood” as a period ending when you are 45.
Scott wrote on Clark Nelson’s timeline.
Oh wait for a minute I thought you just gave birth. Congratulations anyway.
Scott updated his status.
not happy with UiB. Someone in the administration apparently forgot to add my course to the student registration system until today, less than a week before classes start. Less work for me, I guess. But I’m not thrilled at the idea of lecturing to an empty room.
AUGUST 17
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MP
(most problems) are easy to verify once they are S (solved) but that
does not equal Z (level of anxiety preceding the solution) and is
complicated by D factor (the impulse to minimize the idea the the
problem was a problem before it was solved) and conversely by I factor
(the impulse to enhance the degree to which the problem was a problem whether or not it was a problem, in order to aggrandize the solver).
Scott wrote on Kevin Nylen’s timeline.
Happy B-Day! In French, that would be Happy Bidet! but it would mean something different.
Scott updated his status.
Autumn starts early in Bergen. UiB begins with its usual routine of failing technological systems at crucial moments. Students purchase mass quantities of beer. The city cancels bus routes and packs the train cattle-car like with masses of hot sweaty bodies struggling to breath with little ventilation. Orientations begin tomorrow. First class in a week.
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Debate Over P vs. NP Proof Highlights Web Collaboration – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
P (the set of problems that can be easily solved) does not equal NP (those problems that are difficult to solve, but easy to verify once a solution is found). Unless it does.
AUGUST 14
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Found a patch of the last blueberries of the season during an evening berry hunt with Jessica Ann — all in all a great daddy/daughter day. If only my iPhone hadn’t suddenly and mysteriously completely crapped out.
AUGUST 13
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Jessie and I will be alone this weekend minding the store, while Jill and Benjamin are off meeting cousin Lizzie. Thinking about special outings . . . maybe we’ll go to the movies. Or Paris.
AUGUST 12
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Never thought I’d say this, but my workweek isn’t long enough. 2.5 days a week means I’ll be getting nothing but the basics done. On the other hand, Benjamin and I will do some major bonding.
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Radiolab and NPR Present Words
gdata.youtube.com
Lovely associative linking video.
AUGUST 11
Scott updated his status.
I wasn’t going to post about this but I will anyway. My daughter has gone two whole days straight without any accidents on the floor, and I can already appreciate the lifestyle improvement for the whole family. She’s a rock star, in my book.
Scott wrote on Kendra Shedenhelm’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Archer!
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Naptime.
AUGUST 9
Scott updated his status.
Tired but accomplished, parentally speaking. Grocery shopping expedition, laundry, potty training, vacuuming, raspberry muffins, bottle feeding, diapers, accident clean up, naps, laundry, books, floor mopping, german potato salad, corn on the cob, sausages.
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Sugar-Crusted Raspberry Muffins | Real Simple Recipes
www.realsimple.com
Made raspberry muffins with Jessica Ann this afternoon with the raspberries we picked last night. Tasty.
AUGUST 8
Scott updated his status.
had fun picking raspberries with my daughter. There all over the place in Norway this time of year. Jessica ate about 40 of them on our walk home.
AUGUST 7
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Accomplishment of the night: figuring out that a) there was a child lock on the washer and b) how to release said chlld lock.
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Alone at home with the sleeping kids and a Portuguese red while Jill is out with old school friends of unknown character. Will clean the house to sanity for entertainment.
Scott updated his status.
If I were a contemporary rocker living in the coastal region of the American south I would name my band Sea Turtle Body Count or The Dead Pelicans.
AUGUST 6
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There’s something particularly frustrating about the stage of potty training in which the child decides she no longer wants to go to the potty, but is happy to piss on your leg instead.
AUGUST 5
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Breaking news: Wave plans to drop Google and move back to stadiums where it claims it “was always more appreciated by users.”
AUGUST 5
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“It has now been contained, it’s been skimmed, Mother Nature has done its part, it’s evaporated.” –Scott Rettberg describing clean-up operations after a series of potty training mishaps involving his two and a half year old daughter, floors, and furniture.
Scott wrote on Marjorie Luesebrink’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen : ) !!
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I was just thinking how lucky we are in our program — though we have a somewhat traditional/theoretical focus in line with the Norwegian university model, we keep getting these amazing students who are artists (on the side). I hope it’s a trend, or at least that we’re doing something right. Provided, of course, that they also write their theses.
AUGUST 2
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taking care of my kids while Jill returns to the office — we’ll be splitting parental leave 50/50 for the next six months. Just managed a trip to the grocery store with the double stroller and both kids.
AUGUST 1
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Must-try dishes at Chicago restaurants – chicagotribune.com
www.chicagotribune.com
Deep-fried bacon.
Scott updated his status.
Big day for Jessica — four gold stars. Maybe potty training won’t be such a big ordeal. She’s very proud her accomplishments in this area.

Facebook Posts: July 2010

July 2010

JULY 31
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YouTube Play
www.youtube.com
Youtube Guggenheim Play Biennial. Should be interesting to see what this turns up.
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http://retts.net/kids/abc_typing/application.macosx.zip
retts.net
Here’s a standalone app version of ABC typing. To use, download and unzip the file, then doubleclick the typing_letter app.
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typing_letters : Built with Processing
retts.net
Here’s yet another alphabet program-in-progress — ABC typing. Jessie’s enjoying this one. It won’t display at the right size in Firefox but works in Safari. It will take a minute or two load after you go to the page. I’ll also post the mac standalone app. I figure my nieces and nephews might get a kick out it. Apologies for the singing.
JULY 29
Scott wrote on Megan Rettberg Smith’s timeline.
Well done, Megan and Kevin and Mason James. I hope Mom and baby are both doing well.
Scott updated his status.
Jessie just completed her first independent potty act. And it was #2. Very impressive, and she is now consuming chocolate rewards (we gave her candy afterwards, that is). What a big girl!
Scott updated his status.
Welcome to the world, Anabella Violet Smith (Megan’s girl).
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-empyre- soft_skinned_space
www.subtle.net
I’ve been writing about creativity as a social ontology and electronic literature in that context as a guest commentator this week on the empyre list.
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GET LAMP: THE TEXT ADVENTURE DOCUMENTARY
www.getlamp.com
I’m psyched about the upcoming release of this documentary abou the history of text adventures / interactive fiction. We will be screening some episodes of the documentary at Landmark Cafe in Bergen on Sept 21st, as part of the “Electronic Literature Communities” ELMCIP seminar, followed by a videoconference Q/A with Nick Montfort and the director, Jason Scott.
JULY 28
Scott updated his status.
Congrats to Marion and Øyvind on the birth of my niece today, and good luck to Megan on the upcoming birth of my other niece tomorrow. Two nieces in two days on two continents. Rock and roll!
JULY 27
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U.S. Copyright Office – Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
www.copyright.gov
Alright! Go Librarian of Congress!
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Exemption Will Allow ‘Jailbreaking’ of iPhones – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
The Library of Congress gets another fan. I probably won’t jailbreak my iPhone until I get another one, but it’s nice to know that the librarians are in charge of something to do with copyright, and are making the right decisions.
Scott shared a link.
sevenchildren : Built with Processing
retts.net
Here’s a new Processing piece, based on one of the reports in the war logs. I’m interested in the way that the context of the report is changed by its presentation.
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Afghanistan war logs: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – ‘There appears to be evidence of war crimes
www.guardian.co.uk
A well-reasoned presentation of the war logs from Wikileaks Juian Assange.
JULY 25
Scott shared a link.
shape_clicker_sound : Built with Processing
retts.net
Another Processing toy — this one makes random shapes when you click it and plays a sound.
Scott shared a link.
animal_blocks : Built with Processing
retts.net
Animal blocks — another Processing version of the alphabet generator. Taking baby steps as slowly I learn how to program.
JULY 23
Scott updated his status.
Benjamin is skipping baby food and jumping right into the real stuff. Tonight he ate sausage, risotto, and broccoli, with great relish.

Scott updated his status.
Got write ups in Swedish and Italian today. I love when people write about my work in languages I can’t read.
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animal_randomAZ_function_timing : Built with Processing
retts.net
Another version of the Alphabet jungle generator — my first real Processing program.
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Florence Journal – Museum’s Display of Remains Reflects Latest Chapter in Galileo’s Legacy – NYTimes
www.nytimes.com
Three of Galileo’s fingers, one thumb, and a molar are now on display at
the Florence science museum. His other parts are not on display.
Scott wrote on Cris Eppenbach Smith’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
JULY 21
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is learning how to program in Processing, a useful distraction from more pressing work. I spent half the day figuring out two dimensional arrays.
JULY 20
Scott updated his status.
just realized an ipod and speakers are missing from my office. The ipod was vintage, so it’s not a terrible loss, but still — not cool.
JULY 18
Scott shared a link.
ABC Animals A-E
retts.net
Version
2 of the online alphabet book generator. Now with adjectives.
JULY 16
Scott updated his status.
I just heard Aurora, our newly-minted 14 year-old, explain to her mother that “the movies are research” for a future writing project. “So you can’t complain.” I’m impressed. She already sounds like a grad student.
Scott updated his status.
The verdict is in: byparken is the best stop for me to take from the bybane to work. I timed the three closest stops with a stopwatch: Florida, the route through the park, is 15:02 to the HF building. Nygård is 11:48. Byparken, in the center is 7:27. Even taking into account the extra time on the train, byparken is the fastest route.
JULY 15
Scott updated his status.
my to do list is depressingly long and slow to move in traffic.
JULY 14

Scott updated his status.
Live black metal in the center of Bergen on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

Scott updated his status.
Hey there’s wifi on the bybane. Cool.
Scott wrote on Aurora Goga’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, 14 year-old!
Scott shared a link.
CANYONLANDS
www.unknownterritories.org
Det siste utbruddet / The Last Volcano

This U.S.-Norwegian collaborative video project explores the myths and histories that return as fragments of memory in light of ongoing volcanic eruptions. A story of disaster is set against slowly revolving images set in a contemporary, colorful yet seemingly people-less to draw out tensions between ecological anxieties and material realities. The work is a collaboration between US video artist Roderick Coover and Bergen residents Scott Rettberg (writer), Gro Jørstad Nilsen(voice) and Jan Arild Breistein (voice) and was created through a distinguished visiting scholar-artist award from the University of Bergen.
Scott shared a link.

How Microbes Defend and Define Us – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Fecal transplants and microbiomes. I wonder what William S. Burroughs would have done with this.
Scott updated his status.
All cone shells are venomous and should be handled with care when alive. The venom of the Matchless Cone is not fatal to humans, but its sting may still be painful.
JULY 13

Scott updated his status.
Back in Bergen after a good e-lit seminar at Kingston. The roundtable format went well, and I enjoyed seeing some interesting new work.
JULY 11

Scott updated his status.
at Tate Modern with a sunburned scalp.
JULY 10
Scott updated his status.
Helix Producer? That sounds like fake name to me, Mr. Producer.
JULY 9
Scott updated his status.
Early morning flight to London for a meeting and an e-writers seminar. Back Tuesday morning after a few ales and tales.
Scott updated his status.
Reading “Alone in Berlin” — a great novel (based on actual events) by Hans Fallada, originally published in 1947, about a couple who protested the Nazi regime by dropping postcards all over Berlin. A lot of interesting connections for me with Implementation, albeit with a lot more at stake.
Scott shared a link.

www.nytimes.com
American Jousting
JULY 7
Scott updated his status.
Back in Bergen, getting caught up on work.
JULY 5

Scott updated his status.
Had a great day with the kids at Tidibapo, the amusement park on a mountain overlooking Barcelona. Home to Bergen tonight.
JULY 3

Scott updated his status.
Dessert at Starbucks in BCN — free wireless.

Facebook Posts: June 2010

June 2010

JUNE 30
Scott updated his status.
beach and boats all day, BBQ and drinks poolside at night. I could get used to the Costa Brava lifestyle.
JUNE 26

Scott updated his status.
engaging in a phenomenal view, and mostly offline.
JUNE 25

Scott updated his status.
Headed to Costa Brava!
Scott updated his status.
Norwegian banks and BankID suck — I can’t log in to either one of my net bank accounts. This makes it difficult to pay bills. The country needs to update its bank software.
JUNE 23
Scott updated his status.
Kind of exhausted but presentation went well.
Scott updated his status.
A good day in Vienna.
JUNE 21

Scott updated his status.
The water from the bathroom faucets in the Bergen airport is preheated, and there is no water fountain — preventing customers from filling their own water bottles.
Scott shared a link.
ABC Animals
www.retts.net
The wee start of a little alphabet book generator I’m whipping up for Jessie and Benjamin / Father’s day insomnia killer.
Scott updated his status.
ELMCIP kicks off Tuesday in Vienna. After 6 months of negotiations with various European agencies, I’m excited to get the project up and running.
JUNE 20
Scott updated his status.
Happy Father’s Day to all the papas. Thanks Dad, for everything, especially for being such a great Grandpa to my kids.
Scott shared a link.

furtherfield review – Representing Labor: Ten Thousand Cents and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
www.furtherfield.org
Scott updated his status.
Jetlag + readjustment to Norwegian summer light = insomnia.
JUNE 19
Scott updated his status.
Can anybody recommend a good copy shop in central Vienna?
Scott wrote on txt/performance/net’s timeline.
Have a great show. Will the work still be up later this week?
Scott shared a link.

Dropbox – You’re invited to join Dropbox! – Online backup, file sync and sharing made easy.
www.dropbox.com
Found out about dropbox when comparing iPhone apps with my brother. Dropbox gets you 2GB free storage that you can access from any of your machines, including your iphone/pad/touch as well as desktop or laptop — nice simple synching.
Scott wrote on Jeff Lemberger’s timeline.
Happy double 20, Jeff.
Scott updated his status.
Congratulations to Patricia Tomaszek, who will be joining UiB Digital Culture as a PhD stipendiat this fall. Patricia was one of two scholars to be awarded a stipend, after competing in a pool of 42 candidates in the department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies.
JUNE 18
Scott shared a link.

José Saramago, Nobel Prize-Winning Writer, Dies – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
RIP José Saragamo — Blindness is one of the best novels I read in recent years.
Scott updated his status.
Missing family back in Chicago already, at the same time as I’m enjoying sunshine and the cool breeze in Bergen. A three hour nap did me wonders.

Scott updated his status.
Back in Bergen — straight from the airport to the office.
JUNE 16
Scott shared a link.

NPR.org » 6-Story Jesus Statue In Ohio Struck By Lightning
m.npr.org
End times.

Scott updated his status.
Saw 3 Cubs games in 3 weeks. In each, they completely sucked at the sport of baseball.

Scott updated his status.
Drinking some sort of vile free lime flavored rum drink served by a pirate while waiting out a storm at Wrigley.

Scott updated his status.
Rain delay.
JUNE 14

Scott updated his status.
Toddler bowling.
JUNE 13
Scott shared a link.
51 Keywords: “What inspired you to get involved with digital literature?” — filmed at Electronic Li
glia.ca
The 33 second “keyword” edition of Johnston’s e-lit film.
Scott shared a link.
51 Responses: “What inspired you to get involved with digital literature?” — filmed at Electronic L
glia.ca
Couple of really nice short films out of the ELO conference from David Jhave Johnston. This one is 18:25 — 51 Responses to the question “What inspired you to get involved with digital literature”?
JUNE 12
Scott updated his status.
just went wine shopping for my Dad’s B-Day / Father’s Day gift. I love Binny’s.
Scott updated his status.
rainy day in Chicago.
JUNE 11
Scott updated his status.
Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee, followed by oysters and lobsters and ice cream at the Public Market. Other than the Cubs’ loss, an all around great day.

Scott updated his status.
Well pucked, Chicago!
JUNE 8
Scott updated his status.
waiting to finish the Norway grading is like waiting for Godot.

Scott updated his status.
We got an iPad for our anniversary! (ok so maybe the anniversary was just an excuse to justify the gadget lust spending).
Scott shared a link.

David Foster Wallace on “Prior To”
www.youtube.com
JUNE 7

Scott updated his status.
Back in Chicago.
JUNE 6
Scott shared a link.
retts.net
retts.net
“All Tomorrow’s Parties” — the talk/skit I gave on Friday about the early days of the ELO and Robert Coover, with backup vocals and interruptions by Rob Wittig.
Scott updated his status.
Great conference. I wish Jill was here, or at least the Unknown. Glad I’m done with my Coover tribute talks. I need to get out of town and stop offending people with references to novels they have not and will never read.
JUNE 4
Scott updated his status.
I was told I would be a seeded speaker, but Cayley has yet to give me my free Rogaine.
JUNE 3
Scott updated his status.
Finding old friends everywhere I turn at the ELO conference in Providence.
Scott shared a link.
Robert Coover Criticism
retts.net
Infinite Lit Crit of
Robert Coover

Scott updated his status.
http://retts.net/coover/cooverscript.html
Infinite Lit Crit of Robert Coover
JUNE 2

Scott updated his status.
Headed from Boston to Providence. Free wifi on the bus.
Scott updated his status.
Happy anniversary to my lovely wife. Thanks for three of the best years.

Facebook Posts: May 2010

May 2010
MAY 30
Scott updated his status.
overdosed on pizza and watching hockey. Go Hawks! This game is posting baseball scores. 5-5 and there’s still a period left.
MAY 29
Scott updated his status.
got some work done today at the Harold Washington Memorial Library in downtown Chicago — one of the great public libraries in the US, with free wifi, elegant surroundings, and a nearly complete collection of the published works of Robert Coover.
MAY 28
Scott updated his status.
The local Borders only sells Robert Coover’s latest novel, and the local library only stocks one novel by the author — both of which I already have. What a shocking state of affairs.
Scott updated his status.
back in Chicago, though spending the morning virtually in Edinburgh.
MAY 27
Scott updated his status.
on the road until mid-July. Chicago, Providence, Vienna, Barcelona, London. And then I’m done with airports.
MAY 25
Scott shared a link.

BBC News – Hubble spots a planet-eating star
news.bbc.co.uk
MAY 24
Scott updated his status.
3 days before we leave for Chicago — I’m not even going to mention how much work I have to get done before we depart, or for that matter how much I need to do once we’re there before the ELO conference.
MAY 23
Scott updated his status.
readying the first grill meal of the season:
beer-basted BBQ ribs, brats, grilled vegetables and grill-fried potato salad, followed by fresh rhubarb pie.
MAY 22
Scott updated his status.
visited the burial mound of Hakon the Good, wandered the coastal heath, and had a look at the Mongstad refinery.
Scott wrote on Kathy Eukovich Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Aunt Kathy. Have a great one.
Scott shared a link.
Rand Paul: Obama slamming BP is ‘un-American’ – Green House – USATODAY.com
content.usatoday.com
I love the fact that when you really boil it down, what the tea partiers really object to is the fact that some regulations are hundreds of pages long. Rand Paul probaby isn’t so much a racist or an anti-environmentalist so much as he is simply an ignorant man who thinks that anything that takes longer than two minutes to read constitutes a government conspiracy against his personal freedom.
Scott shared a link.

Unedited video: Daley on gun ban effectiveness — chicagotribune.com
www.chicagotribune.com
If Mayor Daley puts this gun up your butt you’ll realize how effective it is.
Scott updated his status.
Had fun contributing to a little panorama art film “Det siste utbruddet” Rod Coover premiered tonight at the Cinematek. I wrote the text, which was then boiled down and translated four times into Norwegian, which was the basis for the soundtrack of the film. The result is pretty cool. We’re planning a Norwegian disaster trilogy.
Scott shared a link.

Google
www.google.com
Google is celebrating 30 years of Pacman. You can play Pacman in the Google logo. That’s so cool man.
MAY 21
Scott shared a link.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows
www.acls.org
Congrats to my younger brother, Eric Rettberg, who has been awarded a Mellon fellowship to complete work on his dissertation on nonsense *really* “Ridiculous Modernism: Nonsense and New Literature, 1900-1950” at the University of Virginia.
Scott updated his status.
wishes both of my MA students, Martin Arvebro and Christina Malitius, the best of luck on their upcoming defenses tomorrow and next Wednesday. Regardless of the outcome, I’m proud of both of them for pulling together their digital culture theses and for having been engaged students in our program for these past two years. Lykke til!
Scott shared Jill Walker Rettberg’s video: May 20, 2010 4:39pm.

May 20, 2010 4:39pm
Jessie wishes her cousin Mason James a happy 2nd birthday.
Scott updated his status.
finally got notice from HERA that the official award letter for the ELMCIP grant is on its way, ending 6 months of back and forth negotiations. Looking forward to kicking off the project next month.
Scott shared a link.

Author as Replacement
vimeo.com
Video of Michael Joyce’s recent lecture at the University of Bergen, Authorship as replacement. The video was produced by Daniel Apollon (Syndenthique).
Scott shared a link.

Some Oil From Spill Reaches Powerful Current – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
I find it fascinating that Kevin Costner funded research into oil/water separation technology in 1995, the year of his huge Hollywood bomb Waterworld, which will now be applied to the Gulf oil spill. What a strange footnote. Hope it works better than the movie.
MAY 19
Scott shared a link.

AKADEMIET CINEMATEKET: RODERICK COOVER
cinemateket-usf.no
Looking forward to the film night with filmmaker Roderick Coover at USF Cinematek Bergen 1900 Friday night. The evening will include screenings of some of his short art films and his new documentary Canyonlands: Edward Abbey in the Great American Desert, and a Q/A with the director.
MAY 17
Scott updated his status.
Happy 17 Mai, Gratulerer med dagen! Today Norway celebrates its victory over Swedish and Danish oppression.
Scott updated his status.
“Mr. Wells said the ship had more than 2 million gallons of mud on board — far more than needed — to pump into the well . . . ” (I somehow suspect Mr. Wells is using a fake name, so I don’t entirely trust his story about mud).
MAY 16
Scott updated his status.
“BP: Mile-long tube starts sucking oil up to tanker as crews gain
first handle on Gulf leak” is an absurdly long headline possible only in the digital age of environmental devastation.
MAY 15
Scott updated his status.
Had a great Saturday hike with Rod and Jessie up on top of Ulriken.
Scott updated his status.
Said goodbye to the last snow I plan to see before November up in the mountains near Voss. Nothing but blomster from here on out.
MAY 12
Scott updated his status.
Headed off to Tyin, to Hilde and Atle’s place up high the snowy mountains, after Roderick Coovers research presentation today at 12:15 (room 400, HF),
Scott updated his status.
Had a great time at the UiB Digital Culture/Alliance Française event featuring Roderick Coover’s The Language of Wine followed by an extensive tasting of wines from Burgundy, with Rod providing commentary on each wine.
MAY 11
Scott updated his status.
I keep leaving the house in the morning with my spring jacket on, like a hopeful fool. Big chunky flakes descend upon me.
Scott wrote on Kendra Shedenhelm’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
MAY 10
Scott updated his status.
the overnight snow appears to have melted. What a wacky spring.
MAY 9
Scott updated his status.
Happy Mother’s Day to my wife Jill and all the other Moms out there who Mom well.

Scott updated his status.
Happy Mother’s Day, especially to my Mom.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Hey, what’s the name if that Spoon album you like?
MAY 8
Scott updated his status.
I got home from our great little getaway all ready to work, but what do you know, UiB has taken the email server down for the weekend. Why do they always do maintenance that involves service disruptions at the start and the end of the semester?
Scott wrote on Myriam Coco’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Myriam!
MAY 5

Scott updated his status.
had a great day at the Copenhagen Zoo with Jessica.
MAY 4
Scott updated his status.
finished a draft of my Vagant piece on the weird web works of Jason Nelson, though I have a problem staying in the word limit.
Scott shared a link.

M/C Journal – M/C Journal
journal.media-culture.org.au
An issue of the media and culture journal on Ambience.
Scott updated his status.
Last DIKULT 105 class of the semester today! Then I finish my new Vagant article, print off a master’s thesis to read on the plane, pack, and head to the airport with Jessica Ann, who has been making airplane noises all week. Tivoli or bust (ash cloud, stay away).
Scott shared a link.

Mer aske fra Eyafjallajökull
www.nrk.no
Oh shit.
MAY 3
Scott wrote on Paul Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy 2nd Birthday to Ryan Paul with love from his uncle, aunt and cousins in Norway. Give him hugs for us.
Scott updated his status.
The US embassy comes through — had an email at 9 sharp with confirmation that they got the passport in the mail last week — so everyone will be able to make it on our family getaway to Copenhagen.
Scott shared a link.

Gathering Paradise: Bill Murray Reads to Construction Workers at Poets House.mov
www.youtube.com
Bill Murray reads Emily Dickinson to construction workers at the construction site for Poet’s House in Manhattan. via EJ.
MAY 2
Scott updated his status.
shaved my beard for the summer.
MAY 1
Scott updated his status.
ugh. We just realized we never received Benjamin’s passport from the US embassy in Oslo, which complicates our getaway to Copenhagen this week. This might mean I’m alone with the girls in Copenhagen while Jill and Benjamin have to stay home, which sucks.
Scott shared a link.

BBC NEWS | Health | Sex ‘cuts public speaking stress’
news.bbc.co.uk
I’m making a mental note. Get the babysitter and the real nice hotel room the next time I do a talk.

Facebook Posts: Apr 2010

April 2010

APRIL 30
Scott shared a link.

A BIG STEP for me
www.youtube.com
A master’s student sends me a thesis, from Sweden. (I haven’t read it yet, so I have no comments on its quality, but I am impressed with its apparent word count and the certainty of its paragraphical heft).
Scott shared a link.
Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion – WSJ.com
online.wsj.com
Halliburton: when our war profiteering business slows down, you can count on our slipshod on-the-cheap oil business to bring you an environmental disaster. Take that, you nature-loving liberals!
APRIL 29
Scott updated his status.
“Does that font really say Rock and Roll?” (an example of the type of incisive question I find myself asking web design students during the end of semester project critiques). “What else do you, as users, think this site should be telling you about manhole covers?”
Scott shared a link.
SO-statistikk
www.samordnaopptak.no
Wow! There are 59 applications for the first cohort of our new BA program in digital culture. What a great start to the program!
Scott shared a link.

Vagant
www.vagant.no
Audun gave me some copies of the new issue of Vagant yesterday and it looks fantastic. It includes the first installment of my new e-lit column “Platform 2” amidst all sorts of other contemporary lit goodies. Looking forward to reading it (as soon as I finish writing the second column, which is already behind schedule).
Scott shared a link.

On the Twitter Patrol – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
All your twitter grammars are belong to us.
APRIL 28
Scott updated his status.
Michael Joyce is in town, and will be giving a lecture at UiB, Sydneshaugen Skole Auditorium A at 14:15, titled “Re-placing Authorship.” Looking forward to it. Everyone is welcome to attend. We’re also going to record it and make it available online.
Scott updated his status.
Goldman chief claims that he is not Wallace Shawn and “has never even seen’ Princess Bride film.
Scott updated his status.
is sad and humbled by what happened in the market in 2007 and 2008, but I believe my conduct was proper.
APRIL 27
Scott updated his status.
Benjamin went swimming for the first time yesterday, and he loved it.
APRIL 26
Scott shared a link.

Scenes from a rooftop
vimeo.com
Purty! Tilt-shifty legolike short film of Bergen, via Myriam Coco:
Scott shared a link.
www.anatol.cc
www.anatol.cc
Purty! Anatol Knotek’s rotated alphabetRotating alphabet, via Jorg Piringer:
Scott updated his status.
I did do some work today though I managed to avoid doing the work I set out to do today.
Scott updated his status.
Just read the proofs of an article I totally forgot even writing. Scholarly publishing cycles are such that this is possible.
APRIL 25
Scott updated his status.
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” –Stephen Hawking, advising against attempts to contact intelligent extraterrestial life.
APRIL 24
Scott wrote on Daniel Jung’s timeline.
Happy birthday. I’m still getting over missing your party last year. Can’t believe you’ve already logged another year.
Scott updated his status.
Fried chicken, coleslaw, french fries, and corn on the cob. Doing my bit to cook American in Norway.
APRIL 23
Scott updated his status.
Tonight’s pizzas: pepperoni deep dish, and fresh pineapple and bacon on the thin. Life is good.
Scott updated his status.
nothing like a hailstorm on a glass window overhead to assure an early morning start after a restless night with a baby boy whose cold has apparently returned, and there’s snow on the ground. “Spring’ in Norway is most changeable.
APRIL 22
Scott shared a link.
How to transform dog/horse pron/hump lovers into art patrons
www.hyperrhiz.net
Spam redirect art therapy from Jason Nelson.
Scott updated his status.
needs to see Yellowstone before it kills us all.
Scott updated his status.
is going to be one of 10 “seeded speakers” at the ELO_AI conference. I guess this means I better actually work on my presentation, and perhaps grow a chia wig.
APRIL 21
Scott shared a link.

Forskar kode 1109 i digital kultur (mellombels tilsetting) | Jobbnorge.no – jobber i Norge
www.jobbnorge.no
The post-doc researcher position in electronic literature bibliography at the University of Bergen as part of the ELMCIP project has now been advertised, and applications will be accepted from now until June 7, 2010. Full details and a link to the application are on the jobbnorge site.
Scott updated his status.
I was able to whack most of my facebook history with an app called “social safe” — worked well. I tried a firefox plugin but it kept crashing my browser.
APRIL 20
Scott updated his status.
I’m not in Denmark. I could not be in better places.
APRIL 19
Scott updated his status.
I may have written a conference paper for nothin, but I don’t mind provided that none of my summer vacation plans get moot. Missing an academic conference is one thing. Taking the girls to Tivoli, or to see Grandma and Grandpa and the aunts and uncles in Chicago (and to get Benjamin to his first Cubs’ game on time), and tapas in Barcelona and beach time in Costa Brava, now those are *another* thing Mr. Volcano.
Scott updated his status.
I’m thinking about doing a book of my facebook status messages, just for the hell of it. Coffee table or bathroom reading.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Please tell Jessie happy birthday and give her a big hug from Uncle Kyle & Auntie Rachel.
Scott shared a link.

SwissEduc: Stromboli Online – Volcanic and glacial landforms of Iceland
www.swisseduc.ch
Lava and lightning.
Scott updated his status.
Happy birthday to Jesscia Ann, my beautiful daughter who turned two today.
APRIL 18
Scott updated his status.
We made way too much pizza for Jessica’s kids party, but had a great time enjoying the swirl of chaos that eight 1-3 year olds bring to a room.
Scott shared a link.

The Europe Issue – Six Prix-Fixe Restaurants in Paris – Review – NYTimes.com
travel.nytimes.com
Good food writing — this article made me hungry and wanting to travel to Paris again soon.
Scott updated his status.
Snow covers the ground this morning. The landscape has an ashy, frozen, “Seventh Seal” aspect to it.
Scott updated his status.
“Huge eruptive prominence” is my phrase of the day.
Scott shared a link.
www.flickr.com
www.flickr.com
You think the eruption on Iceland was big? Check out this one on the Sun, on April 13th.
APRIL 17
Scott shared a link.

Elskende par jaget fra park
www.bt.no
How quickly things change in Bergen. While today we are chilled under ominous clouds of volcanic ash, just 4 days ago, springlike weather was inspiring young lovers to acts of hedonic mischief in broad daylight.
Scott updated his status.
considering moving back to the USA until the Airborne Toxic Event blows over. Among the complications is booking passage on an oceanliner and getting someone to cover my classes for the next two years.
Scott shared a link.

Laki – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org
Worst case scenario — the 1783 Laki eruption. Particularly nerve-wracking is the fact that the article specifically mentions that poisonous clouds drifted from Iceland to Bergen, Norway.
Scott updated his status.
beginning to wonder if my flight on Tuesday will be cancelled.
APRIL 16
Scott shared a link.

Stranded leader runs country by iPad – CNN.com
edition.cnn.com
Stoltenberg is handling the situation in Norway from JFK, by using his iPad to view videos on YouTube and directing the armed forces and civil services of Norway, remotely.
Scott updated his status.
I guess this rain, which is supposed to get real heavy and miserable over the next 24 hours, is actually ACID RAIN due to the heavy amount of ash content from the volcano in Iceland, but to be honest, it seems nowhere near as bad as the inversion / automobile pollution issue was in January. We are collecting Iceland volcano ash in a coffee cup on our porch, for posterity.
Scott shared a link.

Volcanic ash an air-traffic stopper but not a climate or health hazard – latimes.com
www.latimes.com
APRIL 15
Scott updated his status.
I’m not a vulcanologist but I’m going to get business cards printed up that say i am.
Scott updated his status.
dude you spewed ash all over my sky.
Scott shared a link.

AKADEMIET CINEMATEKET: RODERICK COOVER
cinemateket-usf.no
We are looking forward to guest researcher filmmaker Roderick Coover’s visit here this fall, which will conclude with an evening at the Cinematek on May 21st.
Scott shared a link.

Poll Finds Tea Party Anger Rooted in Issues of Class – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Tea party backer poll demonstrates that tea party bagger tend to be wealthy, educated folks looking to protect their self interests at the expense of most other people.
APRIL 14
Scott updated his status.
would not trade my nearly two year old falling asleep safe in my arms in a rocking chair for any other feeling.
Scott shared a link.

Lou Malnati’s Chicago Style Pizza
www.pizzamaking.com
Interesting (to me) discussion among people trying to replicate Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza crust.
Scott shared a link.

The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary. – – Slate Magazine
www.slate.com
Scott shared a link.

graduate research school – eca
www.eca.ac.uk
A PhD studentship has just been advertised at the Edinburgh College of Art as part of the ELMCIP project. the PhD student winning the studentship will do a 3 year practice-based PhD researching networked, distributed and collaborative authorship in electronic arts and literature practices and the subsequent implications for how creative communities form and creative practice emerges. the deadline for applications is May 15th.
Scott wrote on Donna Nylen’s timeline.
Thanks for the outfit for Benjamin, Aunt Donna. We just got it in the mail today. We love it.
Scott updated his status.
finally pulled off a Scrabble win against Aunt Julie, the indomitable.
APRIL 13
Scott updated his status.
I’m wearing a t-shirt outdoors, in the sun.
Scott shared a link.
Parts & Parcels
www.sfgate.com
Here’s one for Chuck.
APRIL 12
Scott shared a link.

Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crim
www.washingtonpost.com
Just read this story, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer prize for feature writing. It’s completely heartbreaking.
Scott shared a link.
www.uib.no
www.uib.no
Hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce will be visiting UiB digital culture on April 28th as a visiting Fulbright lecturer to give a talk entitled “Authorship as Re-placement.”
APRIL 11
Scott updated his status.
Bergen is entering its smiling period. Sunshine all day. It’s 9 PM and I’m looking out the window at a pastel colored sunset.
Scott updated his status.
I suppose there are worse ways to spend a day than building a sandbox.
Scott updated his status.
This sandbox is actually a sandbox kit with 42 pieces and much assembly required. I’m waiting for the drill to charge.
APRIL 9
Scott shared a link.

Bachelorprogram i digital kultur :: UiB
www.uib.no
Our new BA program in Digital Culture is kicking off this fall — the end of a long process and the beginning of another one. In the past two years, we changed the name of our program, developed a specific BA degree, and completely revised our curriculum. There are a number of new courses in the mix and a coherent focus on practical and theoretical approaches to technology from a humanistic perspective, in particular engaging with the changes in cultural artifacts and practices resulting from widespread use and engagement with computers and networks. Looking forward to welcoming the first batch of students this fall. The deadline for applications to the BA program is April 15th.
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is becoming familiar with many flavors of European bureaucracy.
Scott wrote on Paul Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy birthday, big brother. Hope you get in that round of golf and have a great day. I’ll give you a call later.
APRIL 8
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Obama signs a historic arms control agreement with Russia and sees success in China’s currency policy in the same day? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nixon and Reagan rising from their graves just to shake the man’s hand.
APRIL 7
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is probably just a few keystrokes away from a potenially offensive facebook comment that he deletes just in time to amuse only himself.
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would favor a vacation with a beach soon.
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People Who Photograph Food and Display the Pictures Online – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
I don’t do this to quite the extent as the people in the article, but I take a lot of pictures of food that I cook — mainly so that I’ll remember the recipe. My mother-in-law got me into the food photo-op. Suzie’s a big vacation food photographer.
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CreativeApplications.Net | Apps That Inspire…
www.creativeapplications.net
Art apps for the iPhone and other devices.
APRIL 6
Scott shared a page: Digital Culture at the University of Bergen.

Digital Culture at the University of Bergen
We have a new FB page for Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, where will share news about events, open positions, research, publications, student work, and other goings-on in our group.
APRIL 4
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God Påske. Jessica is a big fan of the all-chocolate breakfast.
APRIL 3
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Pizza night again brings existential fulfillment: tonight vegetarian deep-dish, thins with spinach and smoked bacon on one, italian sausage, sundried tomatoes, and hot chilis on the other. Jessica did her happy food dance.
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10:33am
Back in Bergen.

Facebook Posts: Mar 210

March 2010
MARCH 31
Scott posted something via mobile.
in the UK until Friday.
MARCH 30
Scott shared a link.
Positions within the ELMCIP project | ELMCIP
www.elmcip.net
Preview of positions that will be advertised in coming months as part of the ELMCIP project — a 20 month postdoc in electronic literature bibliography at UiB (Fall 2010-Summer 2012), a three-year practical PhD in design and new media ethnography at ECA (Sept 2010-2013), and a one-year postdoc in electronic literature pedagogy and editing at BTH (Jan 2010-2011).
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Enjoyed the Brann game, in the snow. Go Diego!
MARCH 29
Scott shared a link.
CIES Catalog
catalog.cies.org
We will have a Fulbright scholar position here at UiB Digital Culture during 2011-2012 and 2012-2013!
Scott posted something via mobile.
Snow? No, really. Snow?
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What a great day — got an early start and actually got some work done at the office in the morning, had an early pizza night with a successfully Lou’s-like deep dish sausage pie, took the kids to a carnival, did an Easter egg hunt with Aurora, and wrapping up the day with some great NCAA ball on ESPN.
MARCH 28
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Pizza night!
MARCH 26
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Benjamin had a doctor’s appointment today. His weight is basically in the 100th percentile for his age, while his height to weight ratio is still pretty much average — 45th or so. He’s a bigger boy than average, but his weight is just about right for his height. Jill is opposed to football, but I wouldn’t take any team sport off the table at this point.
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I remember when the nuclear clock was on the mind and something like a president striking a deal to reduce the superpowers’ stockpiles by 30% would have been a big deal. Back in the day.
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is already looking forward to tommorow night’s BBQ ribs, which were slow-braised tonight.
MARCH 25
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Excited about making a trip to Australia this December — a week in Sydney for work and a week or two in WA.
MARCH 24
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Aass Bryggeri – Norges eldste bryggeri
www.aass.no
Best beer in Norway — I just decided tonight while sampling a stout. Their pale ale is also a standout. If it tastes like Aass, it must be good.
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Steak night makes for good family time. Something about a bacon-wrapped filet mignon, corn-on-the-cob, brocolli swimming in butter and lemon juice, sauteed mushrooms, and new potatoes makes the heart grow fonder.
MARCH 23
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Boehner and Biden agree: Armageddon is a big f*ing deal.
MARCH 22
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I apologize for any breach of decoroum caused my comment, which was not directed at the third-term member of the House from Lubbock himself, but rather an unsightly object I noted floating in the men’s restroom during the break before the roll call. I did not say “he’s a piece of” as you may have misheard but rather “it’s a piece of.”
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Health Care REACTION: Bill Passes, Analysts Weigh In
www.huffingtonpost.com
Nice piece here from David Frum, a Bush speechwriter on why the health care bill is the Waterloo of the Republican party. “Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many
votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors
more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to
rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many
votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage?” All of which might make you wonder — why didn’t they support those things to begin with?
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you say another brick in the wall I say another stone firmly laid in the foundation of the American dream
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According to Minority Leader John Boehner, tonight the Messiah, the “Lamb”, Jesus Christ, will return to earth and defeat the Antichrist (the “beast”) in the battle of Armageddon. Then Satan will be put into the bottomless pit or abyss for 1,000 years. And that’s supposed to be a bad thing? I think that’s a bonus, really. I didn’t know they got that in the health care bill, must be in one of the appendices.
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Oh man, in addition to the feral abortionists, according a gentleman from California, this bill will also somehow revive Stalin from his Kremlin coffin and send him rambling down highway 61, redifying unsuspecting boy scout troops.
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I’m a total geek — got distracted from the NCAA tournament and staying up late watching the health care debate on CSPAN. Looks like history is happening tonight — though to hear the Republicans tell it, this health care bill is really about loosing feral abortionists on the sleeping masses to carve the babies from their wombs. I had no idea.
MARCH 21
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All the NCAA tournament games are streaming live at ncaa.com — even in Norway. That’s pretty awesome for expats.
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Had a lovely Saturday, gardens and museum expedition with Jessica, followed by pizza night and Up and other family activities. Of course, I didn’t get a lick of the work I needed to get done done. Office, here I come.
MARCH 20
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Yesterday, when it was in the low 60’s and sunny with clear blue skies, I was tempted to taunt you about your weather. Today, it’s about 30 degrees and it’s snowing like crazy. A reminder that people in Chicago should never even consider teasing somebody someplace else about the weather.
MARCH 19
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The Shrine Down the Hall – Bedrooms of America’s Young War Dead – Slide Show – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
I thought this was a powerful collection of images of empty rooms.
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The driving rain has really done a great job of washing away the snow but at the end of the day, two straight days of driving rain sucks too.
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Alex Chilton died while mowing the lawn. In the later years of his life he favored Baroque music. Most of the rest of what I know is a Replacements song. His wife plays the flute.
MARCH 16
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netpoetic.com > TEN FAQs ABOUT DIGITAL LITERATURE
netpoetic.com
Amusing and true.
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I don’t understand the new snow on the ground. Thor didn’t get the memo about spring.
MARCH 15
Scott wrote on Rachel Self Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy B-day Rachel, gratulerer med dagen!
MARCH 14
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Beheaded Vikings found at Olympic site – CNN.com
edition.cnn.com
Shocking discovery: a group of innocent young Norwegians on a fishing holiday were slaughtered by an angry mob of Englishmen.
MARCH 13
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OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version – Official
www.youtube.com
MARCH 12
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Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Texans succeed in eliminating the separation of church and state from the textbooks. Phyllis Schalfly and the the Contract With America score points, Thomas Jefferson gets cut. Hispanics get the cold shoulder, and the NRA gets a pat on the back. American history — Texas conservative style. Yeeeha!

Scott posted something via CNNBC.
MARCH 11
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As Bergen is hit by its first major rain storm in months, a palpable sense of relief settles over the town.
MARCH 10
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OpenClipart Beta – OpenClipArt
openclipart.org
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At three weeks, the boy has switched to 3-6 month year-old clothes.
MARCH 9
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Would you like to take a urine sample to see if I piss red, white and blue?
MARCH 8
Scott wrote on Mike Rettberg’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen, Michael!
MARCH 7
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Fulbright Programs for U.S. Scholars
www.cies.org
I’m investigating the possibility of setting of a Fulbright scholar position at UiB during 2010-11 and/or 2011-12 in digital culture. The scholar would need to be an American citizen residing in the US, able to teach courses focused on electronic literature and other aspects of digital culture, and would need to have a PhD and teaching experience. Teaching load would probably be 2/1 for two semesters. Drop me a line if you are interested.
MARCH 5
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Being against a simple majority vote for anything but a Constitutional Amendment strikes me as well, sort of UnAmerican. And shaking your fist and crying about it being against the will of American people, well gee willikers I’m struggling for adjectives but pathetic and whiny and desperate come to mind.
Scott updated his status.
. . . and on day 78 of the epic snow in the winter-to-end-all-winters we were treated to a unyielding mix of snow, ice, and freezing rain.
MARCH 4
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my daughter let me read her her bedtime story and tuck her in tonight. Her post-slbling-arrival-Mommy-must-do-everything fixation may finally be coming to an end. I was beginning to worry that I’d never get to read Goodnight Moon again.
MARCH 3
Scott wrote on Stacey Platko Tatem’s timeline.
Stacey, Thanks for the wonderful and generous gifts for Benjamin and for thinking of the big sister too. Great stuff — love the monkeys and rockets and bears!
MARCH 2
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it is hailing now. I am frankly sick and tired of things falling from the sky and think we have earned a break from them.
Scott updated his status.
fixing an MLA bibliography for a chapter in an MLA book. Looks like MLA citations now omit the URL for Web sources. That seems like a useful bit of information to leave in there, don’t it?
MARCH 1
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Three shits in one changing session. An entire load of laundry from one trip to the mat.

Facebook Posts: Feb 2010

February 2010

FEBRUARY 25
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Aunt Deb is safely arrived in snowy Bergen.
FEBRUARY 24
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Today the snow in Bergen burst beyond the limits of the sensible into the patently absurd.
FEBRUARY 22
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“We have revealed the source of the most important explosions in cosmology,” Dr. Gilfanov said, adding that until now “we didn’t know exactly what they were. But now we know beyond the shadow of a doubt — it is my love for you baby.”
Scott updated his status.
Really digging Spoon, particularly Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Great band, can’t believe I never heard of them until recently.
FEBRUARY 21
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Berry
Leevi – Lehto Singing
Berry
leevilehto.net
Finnish poet Leevi Lehto singing Eino Leino and Chuck Berry at the same time. Happy Birthday, Leevi.
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ELO Gear
www.cafepress.com
ELO gear — I just ordered Benjamin his first onesie. The ELO sweatshirt is part of my regular wardrobe, a warm high-quality item that all electronic literature afficianados and authors should own.
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Op-Ed Contributor – Free viral videos – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Great editorial from Ok Go, a band that gets the internet, about their label, EMI’s YouTube policy, which demonstrates a high degree of not getting the internet.
FEBRUARY 17
Scott updated his status.
Thanks to everybody for the all the messages welcoming our boy. He and Mom are doing great back home.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Given the lack of a FB announcement, I’m guessing you guys are struggling to pick the right name. On my walk to the train, I had a moment of inspiration. You should name him after one of the characters from Lost. Like Desmond. Or Jacob. Or Smoke Monster.
FEBRUARY 16
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
He’s beautful. What’s his name? You’ve had lots of time to pick one out…
Scott posted something via mobile.
10.7 pounds, 57 centimeters
Scott posted something via mobile.
He’s a beautiful boy, born healthy at about 4 AM.
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At the hospital.
FEBRUARY 12
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Sets for Book Layout
www.flickr.com
I finished putting together the sets of photos for the Implementation book today — not all of the decisions are made and we need to reshoot some photos, but you can now read most of the novel on photos. It was a fun but tough process selecting the photos. The book will be structured by installment, which function like chapters. We’ll probably aslo have some thematic layouts — for instance implementation stickers with other sticker art, implementation stickers with world landmarks, etc. serving as a sort of interstitial between some chapters.
Scott wrote on Marion Walker’s timeline.
Happy birthday, Marion!
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just heard from Jill’s mother that Jill herself was *two weeks* late. So this waiting is not unprecedented.
FEBRUARY 11
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had a great time with Aurora after her first school dance, going through her middle school yearbook and making predictions about each kid’s future by making snap judgements on the basis of their current yearbook picture. I had almost forgotten how much fun arbritrary profiling can be. By the way, the 80s are way back again. Now is the time to purchase stock in hair gel companies.
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“Punctuality, my boy, is a virtue to be admired.” (Scott imagining future lectures to his forthcoming son)
FEBRUARY 10
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wishes some of that earthquake back home would move to the general belly zone of my expectant wife. When this kid’s a teenager we’re gonna need a bullhorn to get him out of bed in the morning.
Scott wrote on Eric Rettberg’s timeline.
I don’t know man, I was hoping you could be the special uncle with the same birthday as my son, but Jill seems really reluctant to give this one up.
Scott wrote on Eric Rettberg’s timeline.
Hey happy birthday little brother. Hope your flight makes it so you can see your girl. Your present from us is coming home with Mom (and your turkey baster).
FEBRUARY 9
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if the boy comes tomorrow he’ll share a birthday with his uncle Eric. That’d be pretty cool. Also, I won’t have to change the tickets for his first trip home to Chicago that I bought this morning. The form wouldn’t let me put “TBA” under date of birth. So there’s a lot of factors pulling for tomorrow.
Scott updated his status.
ELO mess inspired me to waste an afternoon closing security gaps in other sites I work on, while sort of working on an article I need to finish writing this week.
Scott wrote on Eric Dean Rasmussen’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen! Jeg håper feire deg som en viking og drikke øl fra hodeskallen av beseirede fiender!
FEBRUARY 8
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reminder to self: add hostile attacks by hackers to platform obsolescence to list of factors complicating the preservation of electronic literature.
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just discovered that not only did the Bears not win the Superbowl, as it turns out they weren’t even in it. Devastating.
FEBRUARY 7
Scott wrote on Michelle Teran’s timeline.
Woot! Fantastic. Congratulations, Michelle.
Scott updated his status.
Past the due date, as predicted. I told Jill that the baby and I have an agreement that the real contractions will start at about 11AM Monday, and the whole shebang will be wrapped up around 4PM — civilized, during regular work hours, fast, efficient, nearly painless delivery, almost certainly.
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Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Karaoke violence in the Phillipines.
FEBRUARY 6
Scott updated his status.
Man scam hackers attacked the ELO site. Spam scam hackers of the world, I urinate upon your mother’s grave.
Scott updated his status.
Gridlock in Washington today due to weather, not Republicans, AP reports.
FEBRUARY 5
Scott wrote on Eric Rettberg’s timeline.
Hey Eric. Do you own a turkey baster? Do you want a new one? We have an extra I could send along with your bday present if you want it.
Scott updated his status.
The little guy is supposed to arrive tomorrow, but my money’s on Monday.
Scott wrote on Laura Borràs’s timeline.
I was looking for you around noon. I should be around tomorrow, if the baby isn’t early. Beautiful smile in your profile picture, by the way!
Scott updated his status.
hey maybe I should go buy cigars tomorrow, what with a baby coming sometime this week and an excuse to purchase cigars not occassioning itself very often.
Scott updated his status.
current desired superpower: the ability to melt any ice that appears within a five-foot perimeter of my feet.
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In ‘Point Omega,’ Don DeLillo Creates a Vivid Small World – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
FEBRUARY 3
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In Bay Area, Free Speech Means Scolding Strangers – Bay Area Blog – NYTimes.com
bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com
I love this Berkeley beetle letter. I might start writing letters like
this. Actually, today I was considering writing a letter to our
downstairs neighbors about the snow problem. “Dear neighbor, Many times
you have seen me on the stairs that we share, removing snow with a
strange implement. You must have wondered what

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darn it I was going to write today. Instead I filled our forms and did math. And I’m still not done. I need a little accountant to follow me around and take care of this stuff for me.
Scott updated his status.
moving a project schedule 3 months means recalculating ten separate budgets. Arrrgh!
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The #1 Billboard song on the day of my birth: I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5.
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man I wish my favorite pizza joint in Chicago wasn’t such an avid facebooker. I am tempted to tell my favorite pizza joint to perform an obscene act upon itself for so often reminding me of the pizza I cannot get while I am in Norwayl If they could facebook me a pizza, I would take one, but enough of the painful reminders of what I should be eating right now.
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
That’s awesome: pay-per-view Fox News with popcorn! What could better — hardcore mealworm porn?
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Recipes for Health – Risottos for Winter – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Made this lemon brussell sprout risotto for dinner tonight, and it was darn tasty.
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Place: Portland, Oregon
www.flickr.com
Implementing Portland: a wonderfully colorful set of new Implementation photos contributed by Joel Schneier in Portland, Oregon. The sticker novel on the murals, gardens, small businesses and street signs of one of America’s hippest art cities.
FEBRUARY 1
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
I wish Godzilla had never laid waste to that town.
Scott updated his status.
Hey Vancouver, you need snow? I got your snow right here. #movethe2010winterolympicstobergennorway
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Place: Orange County, California
www.flickr.com
Implementation Orange County: new sticker novel photos by Jana Remy from a community garden, harbor bridge, and parking lot in Orange County, California. It looks warm there.
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uendelig snø

Facebook Posts: Jan 2010

January 2010

JANUARY 31
Scott wrote on Aaron Kleiner’s timeline.
Kleiner’s 40? Damn, that must be a good party. Have a great one.
Scott updated his status.
is happy we got such a strong batch of applications for a PhD stipend in Digital Culture, and hopeful that we’ll see one get past the department committee this year. Best of luck to everyone who applied!
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Site For 9/11 Trial Isn’t Its Only Obstacle – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Can’t believe the conservative political posturing going on around the location of the 9/11 trials. Don’t these people ever stop? A salient point from this article; “348 international and domestic terrorists are being held in federal prisons after they were convicted in civilian criminal trials. By contrast, in the eight years since the Bush administration first set up military commissions, only three Guantánamo detainees have been convicted, in part because of legal challenges to the tribunals. Two of the three received modest sentences and are now free.”
JANUARY 29
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“In some places I kind of felt like I was in my high school assembly being lectured by my principal. In others, I felt like he was listening.” — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, on President Obama’s discussion with Republican lawmakers during their Baltimore field trip today.
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‘s thoughts turn towards upcoming childbirth, as my wife does the same. Oh man oh man oh man. It will be great, afterwards.
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
That sounds tasty hot.
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Bergen Norway
www.flickr.com
We’re wrapping up the collection of new photos for the Implementation book this week. We now have legible photos of all 240 stickers in situ around the world. We’ll still add new photos to the collection online, though we’re going to start layout of the book after the 1st. Any implementers out there who have sticker photos from the latest round, please send them in this weekend if you can.

Alyson DeLaney posted something via Yearbook.
JANUARY 28
Scott updated his status.
just watched the State of the Union address. Is it just me, or did most of the Republicans seem shifty-eyed and somehow *ashamed*, as if they had just lifted a pack of candy cigarettes from the 7-11 and were hoping that their parents didn’t find out?
Scott updated his status.
J.D. Salinger is dead, phonies.
Scott updated his status.
damn pipe burst in the basement this morning, a couple days after the washing machine broke. Didn’t damage much of our stuff, but we own 40% of any repairs made to the building. I just realized our insurance policy has a $1000 deductible. Good news, I got like 400 experience points in Household, the actual reality game.
Scott wrote on Barbara Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Anniversary. Glad you’re getting some nice weather in before your Norway winter experience.
JANUARY 27
Scott wrote on Scott Hermanson’s timeline.
Steve Jobs’ iPhone is way bigger than mine. WTF?
Scott updated his status.
purchased a new washing machine and a freezer, earning still more domesticity points, enabling me to level up yet again in Household, the actual reality game (TM). I am now a level-39 family man, with cooking skills and proficiencies in diaper changing and appliance acquisition.
Scott posted something via mobile.
was able to walk all the way from front door to bus-stop without slipping on ice for first time in months. Thanks, rain!
Scott updated his status.
failed to fix a broken washing machine, but it is now a level broken washing machine.
JANUARY 26
Scott updated his status.
just voted via absentee ballot in the Illinois primaries. And I’ll be voting against any tea partiers, anarcho-terrorists, or grumpy old pawns who try to stand in the way of American recovery, human rights, and progress in the general election.
Scott wrote on Julie Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy birthday Aunt Julie — gratulerer med dagen!
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Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
What if you had a convention of right wing anarchists and nobody came?
Scott updated his status.
Chemical Ali is dead. Another name to cross off the list. Remind me not to name my kid “Chemical Ali.” It just wouldn’t work out well for the kid. I’m not even sure how you’d pronounce that in Norwegian.
JANUARY 24
Scott updated his status.
loves the smell of red beans and rice bubbling on the stove.
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Implementation Bergen from Google & Flickr created by imapflickr.com
imapflickr.com
A Google map mashup of geotagged Implementation photos from Bergen. Explore the sticker novel while you explore Bergen and vice-versa.
JANUARY 22
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Burger King Rolls Out The Beer Barrel
www.npr.org
Scott updated his status.
Emboldened by the new powers granted them by the US Supreme Court and responding to consumer needs for convenient intoxicants in light of the prolonged recession, American fast food establishments have taken the once-unthinkable measure of adding domestic beer to their menus . . . .
Scott updated his status.
A tea partier is elected to the US senate and the stock market sinks 5% and now I don’t want to assign blame, but
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Place: Bergen, Norway
www.flickr.com
Implementation Bergen: new sticker novel photos uploaded and geotagged from Bergen, Norway.
Scott wrote on Megan Rettberg Smith’s timeline.
Happy birthday, Megan. Dinner at Kampai the next time we’re in town.
Scott updated his status.
Entitlement = the assumption that you do not owe any portion of your earnings to the society which has made them possible.
JANUARY 21
Scott updated his status.
Will probably vote for the Google/Apple slate over the Fox/Halliburton slate in the next election.
Scott updated his status.
Ack — hit by a craplication — don’t hit the “photo tags” link if you get it from me. One of those malware things. I think it just forwards the bug to others on your friend list.
JANUARY 20
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Bill Moyers & Thomas Frank: How America’s Demented Politics Let the GOP Off the Hook for Their Giant
www.alternet.org
“Conservatives talk about government failure all the time, constantly.
And conservatives, when they’re in power deliver government failure.” –Thomas Frank
Scott updated his status.
trying to decide whether it’s worth renewing my membership in the MLA or whether I should just send some extra money to the ELO instead.
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New York Times to Charge Frequent Readers of Web Site – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
NY Times is going to start charging online. I suppose this is one of the few sites I might be willing to pay a little bit to read. But it would have to be a little.
Scott updated his status.
sea change in the American political landscape — Republican party to shift from “sandbagging” to “teabagging” in gridlocking tactics.
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Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
www.flickr.com
Implementation Indiana: new sticker novel photos from Indianapolis by Aric Maddux and John Russell.
Scott updated his status.
what a dark day for Massachusetts, trodding all over Ted Kennedy’s legacy and possibly poisoning America’s best chance at health care reform.
Scott updated his status.
I need to get me one them gas masks with an oxygen canister. I still have coldish symptoms and a sore throat from our last toxic death cloud, and the smog is coming back to Bergen tomorrow morning. I can already taste the nitrous oxide.
JANUARY 19
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Place: Ljubljana, Slovenia
www.flickr.com
Implementation Slovenia: a beautiful, extensive set of sticker novel photos from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, by Jaka Zeleznkar and Suncan Stone.
Scott updated his status.
More snow? Really? I used to like snow.
Scott wrote on Synnøve Kleive’s timeline.
Happy Birthday!
JANUARY 18
Scott updated his status.
bummed to hear that UiB is discontinuing the guest researcher program, which has been great for us as we have built the program in digital culture, funding extended visits by Stuart Moulthrop last year and Roderick Coover this coming spring. I hope the cut is temporary, so that we we will be able to bring more researchers to UiB in the future. The program really helped to liven our research environment.
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Place: End of the Oregon Trail, Oregon City, Oregon
www.flickr.com
Manifest Implementation: stickers at the end of the Oregon Trail. New photos from an abandoned historical tourist attraction in Oregon CIty, Oregon, contributed by Trevor Dodge.
Scott updated his status.
whipping up waffles for the digital culture orientation / meet and greet.
JANUARY 16
Scott updated his status.
gone stickering.
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Place: Devon, England
www.flickr.com
Implementation Devon: new Implementation photos from J.R. Carpenter. Implementation on the pastures and footpaths of Devon, England.
JANUARY 15
Scott wrote on Cynthia Nitz Ris’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Cynthia! Gratulerer med dagen! Holy smokes, you just turned 39? That means I can drive next year!
Scott updated his status.
Just got in my proposals for the 2010 elo:ai conference (due today, heads up to all you other e-lit slackers).
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Place: Dundalk, Ireland
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Implementation Ireland: Implementation photos from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, by Michael J. Maguire.
JANUARY 14
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I like Bergen more the longer I live here — the city is responding to a serious pollution problem with some serious measures — shutting down garages in the center and allowing auto traffic on alternate days by license plate number. It will cause some inconvenience, but it will make the air easier to breathe.
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I have spent hours tagging photographs of stickers with metadata. How do I talk myself into these projects?
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This means you’re stickering? Hooray!
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home sick, feelin shabby.
JANUARY 13
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The Hyperliterature Exchange
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Very
nice tribute by Edward Picot to Millie Niss, a new media writer and
artist who died in November at the age of 36. Her work was “Oulipoems”
was published in the Electronic LIterature Collection, Volume 1. Jill
and I spent some time with her at the trAce Incubation Conference in

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Due to weather conditions, geography, and car-centric civic planning, Bergen is currently one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The rain usually takes care of our car problem, but after a couple of unusually cold winter months and almost no rain, our air is nasty stuff. I say close the parking garages and triple the tolls until air quality improves. We need to make it inconvenient to drive.
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Place: Chicago
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Implementation Chicago: new Implementation photos from Judd Morrissey in Chicago.
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Place: Australia
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Implementation Australia: new Implementation photos from Jason Nelson in Gold Coast and Brisbane, Australia.
JANUARY 12
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Future press conference called during the Sarah and Blago show on Fox News: “I just want to apologize to Sarah for referring to her as ‘you ignorant so and so . . . and I’m not even gonna mention the expletive I just used equating Sarah with a lady of the night. It was bad, bad, bad but the b– whoops there I go again she was casting dispersions upon my hairdo. I’m just a regular guy journalist, Sarah.
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Sarah Palin signs to Fox News. Finally, a sign that Fox is getting really serious about tackling this journalism thing in a fair and balanced way. Now if they could only get some teabaggers to cover the international news.
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I was just blowing air rings while waiting for the bus. Colder and colder. Soon we’ll be spitting ice cubes.
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Millioner til elektronisk litteratur :: UiB
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Hey how about that — electronic literature on the front page of the university website?
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Message in the morning email: central heating blew a pipe. Your office is a meat locker. Guess I’m working at home today.
JANUARY 10
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The “Female Tribute to Tom Waits” collection, in spite of its sort of uninspired functionalist title — I might have gone with something like “Bra Full of Bourbon”, is really good.
JANUARY 9
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Late stage pregnancy cravings: I think Jill just asked me to make her a peaches and eggplant salad. We have neither, but I offered her some cheddar cheese.
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Smog alert in Bergen: The air tastes like a piney Los Angeles. Went for a ten minute walk and feel like I just smoked a pack of pine-tar cigarettes.
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Strategy – Faculty – The Case of the Vanishing Full-Time Professor – NYTimes.com
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Here’s a disturbing stat: only 27 percent of college instructors in the US are full-time and tenured.
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Top 50 Albums of 2009 / The Hype Machine
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Wow hey that’s cool the top 50 albums of 2009 according to bloggers, streaming in their entirety.
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bought the Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon on impulse. I like it. Flaming Lips and Henry Rollins recording Dark Side of the Moon. Even if its crap I like it.
JANUARY 8
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Sure, your iPhone looks whole, but are you sure they haven’t taken its soul?
JANUARY 7
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Jessica is now asleep for the first time in her “big girl bed” that we put together today.
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Flickr: Explore implementation’s photos on the map
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Experimenting with geotagging implementation photos in Bergen. Pretty cool way to see the stickers.
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Happy to see a little civic action yield results.
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Place: Packanack Lake, New Jersey
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New Implementation photos from Albert Min in Packanack Lake, New Jersey.
JANUARY 7
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You two celebrate month anniversaries from when you started dating? with obscure screenplays no less. I think you shall soon be with child and celebrate monthversaries no more.
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Book Destruction | Book Recycling
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Via Tim Wright: where your best ideas may go once they do not sell. 100% destruction guaranteed.
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Aurora, I just joined this awesome group in favor of NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY IN NORWAY but full days on Saturdays and half days on Sundays, with individual tutoring in Latin on Sunday.
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Norwegians are shockingly bad at ice removal.
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Teaching duties start today. Students arrive like the swallows returning to Capistrano. Professors like weary monks clutch their satchels of breadcrumbs and look to the skies.
JANUARY 5
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just received a christmas card from the US postmarked Dec. 4, which gives me hope that a christmas package sent from the US later that week may yet arrive.
JANUARY 4
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HERA Humanities in the European Research Area – 2009 Call
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The other HERA-funded projects have been announced – looks like an interesting group of projects.
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struggling to fire up engines back at work. Will cook another post-holiday turkey tonight. Turkey was irresistably discounted after Xmas.
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Scott Rettberg » Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: €1.000.0
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Some details about ELMCIP, the research project I will be directing 2010-2013.
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New implementation photos from San Antonio, Paris, Compiegne, and Bergen.
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Avatar was cool from a technological perspective, but it made my eyes hurt. Three hours of 3D was a lot on my peepers.
JANUARY 3
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kinda happy about a new sound system. That makes me sound like a consumer. But yippeekayay hound dog I haven’t purchased new speakers in ages and they have improved the technology. I can’t believe Jill agreed that we should get this system. I was already in love with my wife. Now I believe that she has wisdom.
JANUARY 2
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Some mere needles remain of Christmas past.
JANUARY 1
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11:36pm
A final toast to the Christmas tree, shedding needles since Christmas day, tinder dry and drooping, awaiting its final disposition. My hacksaw awaits thee.