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Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons to "check out" endangered titles / Boing Boing
"Instead of being a tool, the data becomes a straightjacket: in order to get the system to admit the professional judgment of librarians, the librarians have to manufacture data to put their thumbs on its scales."
libraries  books  computers  illusions 
6 weeks ago by kevan
Data Mining Novels Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling
"In particular, the team says the most popular are stories involving two sequential man-in-hole arcs and a Cinderella arc followed by a tragedy."
books  words  graphs 
july 2016 by kevan
Plotto; a new method of plot suggestion for writers of creative fiction (1928)
"A Plotto Masterplot consists of three clauses: An 'A' Clause, a 'B' Clause and a 'C' Clause."
writing  emergence  books  simulation 
january 2016 by kevan
kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2015
"Around the World in X Wikipedia Articles - generating a 50,000 word novel using Wikipedia's API to pull out location coordinates and descriptions. Written for NaNoGenMo 2015."
creations  books  fiction  programming 
december 2015 by kevan
16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways - My Modern Met
"[This] 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or 'back to back') binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one"
books  history  technology  via:nea 
april 2015 by kevan
The Millions : 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To
"These lists serve a purpose if you’re Jay Gatsby furnishing a library or if you’ve, say, just arrived from Mars and have no knowledge of Earth books. What they miss is that one of the greatest rewards of a reading life is discovery."
books  via:james 
february 2014 by kevan
DIY kindle scanner on Vimeo
"The DIY kindle scanner is an art installation reflecting this loss of rights Jeff Bezos first defended for us, but then chose to remove. It also is a statement about the futility of DRM."
lego  books  hacking  via:blech 
september 2013 by kevan
New ebook DRM will change the text of a story to prevent piracy — paidContent
"Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on a new ebook DRM dubbed SiDiM that would prevent piracy by changing the actual text of a story, swapping out words to make individualized copies that could be tracked by the original owner of the ebook."
books  mutation  piracy  borges 
june 2013 by kevan
unglue.it
"Authors and publishers decide what amount lets them freely share their books with the world while still making a living. We raise that fee here through crowdfunding: people like you chipping in. When campaigns succeed, the rights holders get paid, and they issue a free electronic edition under a Creative Commons license."
books  money  via:viv 
august 2012 by kevan
Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message | Books | guardian.co.uk
"Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury's writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to a website is denied for legal reasons the user is given the status code 451."
books  internet 
june 2012 by kevan
Prank ‘The Master and Margarita’ road signs allowed to stay | LOCAL | The Moscow News
"A sign depicting two male silhouettes and one of a fat cat was installed in the Patriarch’s Ponds area together with a sign depicted a reworked name of the novel’s first chapter “Talking to strangers is forbidden.”"
books  signs  russia  via:néa 
june 2012 by kevan
War and Nookd :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It
"The Nook version of War and Peace had changed every instance of “kindle” or “kindled” into “Nook” and “Nookd,” not just on Philip’s copy, but on ours too."
books  mutation  via:martin 
june 2012 by kevan
How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy
"So with “Turing Test” we have a delightful futuristic absurdity: a computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it. A book that was never actually written, much less printed and read."
robots  books  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Dirty 30s! - The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot
"This is a formula, a master plot, for any 6000 word pulp story. It has worked on adventure, detective, western and war-air. It tells exactly where to put everything. It shows definitely just what must happen in each successive thousand words. No yarn of mine written to the formula has yet failed to sell."
writing  science  books  via:infovore 
january 2012 by kevan
Flann O'Brien - Buchhandlung
"Each volume to be well and truly handled, four leaves in each to be dog-eared, and a tram ticket, cloak-room docket or other comparable article inserted in each as a forgotten book-mark. Say, £1 7s 6d. Five per cent discount for civil servants."
books  business 
october 2011 by kevan
Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by ‘Spoilers’
"Contrary to popular wisdom, [spoilers] actually seem to enhance enjoyment. [...] Three types of stories were studied: ironic-twist, mystery and literary. Each story [was] presented as-is (without a spoiler), with a prefatory spoiler paragraph or with that same paragraph incorporated into the story as though it were a part of it."
books  psychology  time  secrets 
august 2011 by kevan
Count of Lovecraft’s Favorite Words – Cthulhu Chick
"The only big surprises were 'squamous,' which only appears once in an original story - The Dunwich Horror - and 'unutterable,' which only appeared 13 times."
language  books  monsters  via:zarba 
march 2011 by kevan
The Very Rich Indie Writer – Novelr - Making People Read
"There is no traditional publisher in the world right now that can offer Amanda Hocking terms that are better than what she’s currently getting, right now on the Kindle store, all on her own."
books  business  future 
march 2011 by kevan
BBC - BBC Radio 3 Programmes - Drama on 3, The Unfortunates, by BS Johnson
"Graham White’s adaptation follows the book’s logic and so we have provided separate sections which, following the broadcast on 17th October, can be randomised using the carousel above."
radio  random  books  via:infovore 
october 2010 by kevan
LibriVox
"LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. "
books  mp3s  via:fisharepeopletoo 
december 2009 by kevan
cyoa - One Book, Many Readings
Mapping and analysis of Choose Your Own Adventure books. "The Cavern of Doom is resolutely single-threaded, with a spine of near-universally travelled choices seen in the thick arcs moving left to right. Notably there is only a single choice that goes back to an earlier page."
books  games  via:waxy 
november 2009 by kevan
Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus
"The program downloads and parses a part of the text of a recent best-selling book. The algorithm eliminates all insignificant words like 'I', 'and', 'to', 'for', 'the', etc. The remaining words and their combinations are the keywords for the patent drawings."
art  emergence  books  history  via:zarba 
september 2009 by kevan
The Diary of a Nobody
A 21st century day-by-day retelling, with updated line-drawing artwork. "Won't it be nice, in future years, to look back on the night we danced at a glittering event with Boris Johnson?"
books  mutation 
may 2009 by kevan
Revolutionary Espresso Book Machine launches in London | Books | guardian.co.uk
"Hordes were present to watch it click and whirr into action, printing over 100 pages a minute, clamping them into place, then binding, guillotining and spitting out the (warm as toast) finished article."
books  technology 
april 2009 by kevan
Charles Pooter (pooter2009) on Twitter
"Why should I not publish my diary? I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting." The Diary of a Nobody opens on April 3rd 1888. For this year's reboot of diaryofanobody.net, I've given Charles Pooter a Twitter feed.
web  books  creations 
april 2009 by kevan
Joyce Walks because somewhere sometimes it's always bloomsday
"Joyce Walks is a psychogeographical tool which generates walking maps based on routes from James Joyce's Ulysses in any city in the world using Google Maps."
maps  walking  books 
october 2008 by kevan
How you can help to save some cherished words from oblivion - Times Online
"Endangered words must appear at least six times in Collins’s corpus, a database that records word usage in printed, broadcast and online media. Compilers will discount any references to words if they appear in articles about the campaign to save them."
language  books  writing 
september 2008 by kevan
Pasta&Vinegar » information overload in 1613
"One of the diseases of this age is the multiplicity of books; they doth so overcharge the world that it is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought forth into the world."
books  history  via:currybet 
june 2008 by kevan
Psychology of Intelligence Analysis — Central Intelligence Agency
"Intelligence analysts should be self-conscious about their reasoning processes. They should think about how they make judgments and reach conclusions, not just about the judgments and conclusions themselves."
psychology  surveillance  books  via:mindhacks 
may 2008 by kevan
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard » Indexed out of existence...
"Whether in fact this man was a returning astronaut suffering from amnesia, the figment of an ill-organized advertising campaign, or, as some have suggested, the second coming of Christ, is anyone's guess."
books  ballard  illusions  advertising 
may 2008 by kevan
Hyena
Choose-your-own-adventure audiobooks on homebrew DS, operated by a single button, and still working with the case closed. Bundled with a creepily speech-synthesised Lone Wolf book as an example.
games  books  sound  technology  download  ds 
march 2008 by kevan
Desk Set (1957)
Hepburn in a proto-search-engine "research department", fielding phone requests for information, and threatened by the coming of an IBM "electronic brain machine" with a rattly printer, a natural language parser and a big red self-destruct button.
filmlog  4stars  computers  business  books  web  technology 
february 2008 by kevan
Review: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin | By genre | guardian.co.uk Books
"Our brain stems, inherited from amphibian ancestors, still spurt out odd signals producing hiccups that are, according to Shubin, essentially the same phenomenon as gill breathing."
fish  evolution  books 
february 2008 by kevan
BookMooch
Another take on the point-tracked book swap system, which I'm giving a go. Cleverly, you get more points for bothering to send stuff overseas, so it's not just full of Americans unwilling to pay international shipping rates.
books  via:leonard 
january 2008 by kevan
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier - Alan Moore,Kevin O'Neill
Disappointing. After setting up the 1950s as a much better context than expected, it sprawls too far into the past, stretching a thin plot and overpopulating it for the sake of it. And the documents are pretty meagre parodies.
booklog  comics  books  secrets  history 
january 2008 by kevan
No Starch Press Home Page - Forbidden Lego
"Using [Lego] in combination with common household materials (from rubber bands and glue to plastic spoons and ping-pong balls) along with some very unorthodox building techniques, you'll learn to create working models that Lego would never endorse."
lego  weapons  books  via:leonard 
august 2007 by kevan
reCAPTCHA: Stop Spam, Read Books
Brilliant: "In aggregate, [CAPTCHA checks] consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into 'reading' books."
books  web  spam  via:zarba 
june 2007 by kevan
The Believer - The Codex Seraphinianus
"Like a Borges story, this is as much about the quest for knowledge as it is about the knowledge itself. It involves books missing from libraries, lost translations, and people not answering letters."
books  mysteries  language  art  borges  via:warrenellis 
may 2007 by kevan
The Diary of a Nobody, as a daily weblog
"I should very much like to know who has wilfully torn the last five or six weeks out of my diary. It is perfectly monstrous!" Inspired by the BBC4 documentary, I've revamped an old site of mine as a pick-your-own-start-date RSS extravaganza.
creations  books  weblogs  humour 
april 2007 by kevan
Voynich Manuscript - a photoset on Flickr
"Good scans of the Voynich Manuscript are hard to find. These are from the [Yale Library], though unfortunately in a proprietary graphics format, which I converted to jpeg. [...] Being 500 years old, the Voynich Manuscript is not under copyright."
books  history  mysteries  via:leonard 
april 2007 by kevan
Frolix-8: Philip K Dick
PKD blog with a good running thread of "Which PKD Story Are We In Today?", snippets of current news stories that echo his work.
books  science  future  via:jon 
march 2007 by kevan
Strand Bookstore: Books By The Foot
"Antique Leather - $400.00 per foot - Beautiful antique leather books with gold tooling, mostly 19th Century books in good condition. Your library of fine antique leather books can be customized by language or color for a higher price."
books  design  cheating  via:leonard 
march 2007 by kevan
Followup/Distraction (Ftrain.com)
Two kinds of distraction. "[The] Internet is sort of the mental equivalent of the snack aisle at a convenience store. [...] And I now know that what I want, mentally, is a well-cooked meal. A book gives me that, a well-written, carefully-edited book."
web  books  psychology  via:waxy 
january 2007 by kevan
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)
A fairly linear pseudo-Cthulhian adventure that tips its hand early on by namechecking Lovecraft, Poe, Blake, Bosch and nobody else in a single bookshelf description. Great sanity mechanics, though, whole swathes of game being retroactively hallucinated.
gamelog  3stars  monsters  history  zombies  books 
december 2006 by kevan
Google Book Search is a plagiarist's nightmare. - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"MacBride, a linguist employed by Google, idly ran a phrase from England Howlett's 1899 essay Sacrificial Foundations through Google Book Search. [...] To his surprise, he got more back than just Howlett."
books  writing  cheating  web  coincidences  history 
december 2006 by kevan
Beam me up Scotty - and misquote me for better effect | Guardian Unlimited Books
"The nearest the fictional detective got to 'elementary' was a single use of the word in [The Crooked Man]. The full phrase was coined 21 years later by PG Wodehouse, in Psmith, Journalist, whose hero tacks on the remainder of the phrase."
language  memetics  history  books 
october 2006 by kevan
The complete work of Charles Darwin
"[Containing] more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled."
books  evolution  libraries  history  science 
october 2006 by kevan
superbunker » i feel better after i type to you
"This 254 page book is an un-edited reproduction of the search queries of AOL user 23187425 from May 2006. This strange server log autobiography was found in the released AOL search queries by Thomas Claburn."
books  web  secrets  mysteries  language 
october 2006 by kevan
Ballardian: The World of JG Ballard » An Evening with JG Ballard
Transcript. "I see myself as a weatherman. I look at the sky, read the weather - that's all I think I'm doing actually. I can see a storm coming. I think we live in frightening times."
ballard  interviews  writing  books  future 
september 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Technology | Do robots dream of copyright?
The robot Philip K Dick, still headless. "In some circumstances a live person might be able to sue for defamation if the representation was 'lowering his reputation in the eyes of right-minded people'. But not a dead one."
robots  law  books  simulation 
september 2006 by kevan
Wired 14.05: The RFID Hacking Underground
"(Molnar hastily erases the 'AB,' saying that he despises library vandalism.) He fumes at the Oakland library's failure to lock the writable area. 'I could erase the barcodes and then lock the tags. The library would have to replace them all.'"
technology  hacking  books  libraries  surveillance  shops  via:anne 
july 2006 by kevan
Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (2005)
Fun if easily-distracted metafiction, a good sense of having seen the relevant bits of a larger story, from the only edges of its construction. Brydon's excellent.
filmlog  4stars  films  books  meta  history  children 
july 2006 by kevan
Gutenkarte » Book Catalog
"Gutenkarte downloads public domain texts from Project Gutenberg, and then feeds them to MetaCarta's GeoParser API, which extracts and returns all the geographic locations it can find."
books  maps 
june 2006 by kevan
Enquire Within Upon Everything, The Great Victorian Domestic Standby - Project Gutenberg
"[To] Model a Flower in Wax; [to] Cure a Headache; [to] Bury a Relative; Whatever You May Wish to Do, Make, or to Enjoy, Provided Your Desire has Relation to the Necessities of Domestic Life, I Hope You will not Fail to 'Enquire Within.'"
books  history  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Mrs Beeton couldn't cook but she could copy, reveals historian
"Although she was a plagiarist, she was adding value. [...] Mrs Beeton had the radical idea of putting the ingredients at the start of the recipe [and] thought that it might be a good idea to write how long something should be cooked for."
food  history  cheating  books 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Smithy's code: new twist in Da Vinci drama
"After remaining undetected for three weeks [...] it has emerged that Mr Justice Peter Smith could not resist slipping a code of his own into his judgment on the case."
books  secrets  law  via:qwghlm 
april 2006 by kevan
MindPerformanceHacks - Mentat Wiki
"You'll find links to separate pages for each of the book's 75 hacks below, where you can comment on the book, suggest material for a sequel or second edition, make corrections, and so on."
books  psychology  brains  hacking 
april 2006 by kevan
Soviet children's books
"The great variety of styles is immediately apparent when leafing through the collection: from sweet traditional drawings to avant-garde and socialist realism."
art  books  children  history  russia  via:venusberg 
march 2006 by kevan
Prater Violet - Christopher Isherwood
Isherwood floating through the 1930s British film industry, pressing a few buttons and doing another slow orbit of a solemn and troubled giant.
booklog  films  history  war  books  via:holly 
march 2006 by kevan
oddbooks.co.uk
Extracts of nonsense from second-hand bookshops: "Brainwashing is a Cinch!", "What To Talk About", "Stories in Revelation for Tots to Teens", "The Leftist ESP Conspiracy"
books  history  lunacy  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan
Hanson Robotics : Project > Phillip K. Dick Resurrected
"In an unparalleled technical collaboration, a team of artists, writers, engineers, literary scholars, and freethinkers are creating a lifelike, android portrait of one of America's well-known science-fiction writers Philip K Dick."
robots  technology  books  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Extracts | Custodians of chaos
Vonnegut memoir extract. "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus."
books  vonnegut  religion  politics 
january 2006 by kevan
\\\ ROBOT UPRISING ///
What looks like a weird robot version of Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide. "For the sake of humanity, listen to serious advice from real robotics experts. How else will you survive the inevitable future in which robots rebel against their human masters?"
robots  apocalypse  books 
january 2006 by kevan
London And North Western Railway Telegraph Rules & Regulations
"Rules Respecting Messages: [...] Any unnecessary use of the wires, by frivolous messages between Clerks, is to be reported to the Superintendent."
technology  books  history  electricity  phones  via:boynton 
january 2006 by kevan
99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
Five-Obstruction-style retellings of the same mundane conversation in different contexts and comic-book styles.
art  comics  meta  books  time 
january 2006 by kevan
Andy's Anachronisms - Time Travel Reviews
"A site devoted to exploring the themes of time travel and alternate universes in books, film, television, and pop culture in general."
time  books  films  television 
december 2005 by kevan
How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later
Essay from Philip K Dick, towards the end. "Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change. [...] Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real."
books  writing  coincidences  delusions  illusions  drugs  time 
december 2005 by kevan
Sixteen Across : 1 down
Holly's crossword-forming thesis short stories have started. "All of the stories are set in Adelaide, and they're appearing twice a week, one every Monday and Thursday, with each story acting as a crossword clue."
books  crosswords  puzzles 
december 2005 by kevan
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Full text online, including a chapter on ant trails I'd forgotten about; making them leave his larder by setting up fake sugar sources and ferrying them around on folded paper.
books  science  ants 
december 2005 by kevan
Liam's Pictures from Old Books
"Over 810 images scanned from old books, most with multiple high-resolution versions. They are all public domain (copyright-free, out of copyright) unless otherwise noted."
books  history  art  via:mcios 
november 2005 by kevan
John Cage . Indeterminacy
One-page stories. "This site archives 186 of those stories. Each story is spaced out, as if it were being read aloud, to fill a fixed area. If you like, you can also read them aloud at a rate of one a minute."
books  via:holly 
november 2005 by kevan
New York Daily News - Drug business prescribes a novel cure for its ills
A drug company denying having commissioned a pulp novel to scare people from buying imports. "Her story concerned a Croatian terrorist cell that uses Canadian Web sites to murder millions of unwitting Americans looking for cut-rate pharmaceuticals."
medicine  advertising  camrad  books  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | What I'd do if I had the money
Stewart Lee. "All Dan Brown novels, and any books with embossed covers, to be burned and replaced in shops by Marvel comics and texts selected by a team of Oxbridge literature professors. These to be free to anyone who wants them."
money  books  society 
october 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Rules of engagement
"Some months later [Archer] is himself tried in a real court and found guilty. In essence, the charge against him is that he failed to distinguish between fact and fiction." Censorship on the boundaries of fiction; entertainingly flumph-of-research.
books  theatre  films  lies  illusions  sex 
october 2005 by kevan
Lossless - Haruki Murakami, MIT, 10.6.2005
Video clips of Murakami reading Super-Frog Saves Tokyo and taking questions from an audience.
murakami  videos  books 
october 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | The road not taken - Julian Barnes
"I once set the questions on 'The Life and Work of Julian Barnes' for a Mastermind contestant (she was the runner-up in the very last final, and I still partly blame myself), it would be an unwise choice of special subject for me."
books  writing 
october 2005 by kevan
Mojo: Personal Library Kit
Be the librarian of your book collection: "All the tools used by professional librarians. 30 self-adhesive pockets, insert cards, and 'For Reference Only' stickers. Date stamp, stamp pad, and pencil."
libraries  books  technology 
october 2005 by kevan
NPR : Authors' Lowlights, Resurrected from the Dustbin
"The former [extract] is from Amis' novel The Information; the latter is from his 1982 masterpiece on how to play and win at the arcade game Space Invaders."
books  writing  secrets  radio  games  via:holly 
october 2005 by kevan
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
The mysteries and vagaries and pit-traps of literary biography - slightly too random musings on Flaubert, stitched together with not quite as much narrative as it looked like it was going to have.
booklog  books  france  birds  history  secrets  lies  mysteries 
september 2005 by kevan
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