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If Printed Dictionaries Are History, What Will Children Sit on to Reach the | National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
But, as anyone who grew up in twentieth-century America knows, many a dictionary stopped a door or flattened autumn leaves between waxed paper. Earlier in the year, flowers had dried within their pages. At Thanksgiving, children unable to reach their turkey sat atop the big Webster’s or Random House. Heaven help the family with too many children and too few dictionaries. Dictionaries were useful objects, but when people weren’t sitting on them or looking things up in them, they were also household ornaments that signified eloquently the social status of their owners.
But now, in the twenty-first century, it’s not clear that dictionaries-as-physical-objects will persist, and, even if they do, surely their cachet will be diminished. Digital dictionaries are practically useless: It would be reckless to stop a door with your laptop, and you can’t raise children to table level by having them sit on your phone.
dictionary  books 
october 2018 by sspela
The basic requirements for tactile books are related to the age of the children, their disability, their development level and their relevant experience.
In tactile books for the early years it is important to strictly follow certain rules; as the child grows and his or her experience increases it is more permissible to ‘break the rules’ in some circumstances.

Features of the book :
- it must be robust;
- it must have stiff pages (cardboard or fabric) with rounded corners;
- it must have a binding that allows it to open out flat for tactile exploration of each page and to close properly afterwards
- the text must be in both large print (eg 24pt Ariel) and braille
- the text should always be on the same side of the book (ie left or right hand page) and so should the illustrations;
- the dimensions of the pages vary according to the age of the child; a child could start with a book 15 x 15 cms and progress (20 x 20, 25 x 25, 21 x 29.7) as the child grows and his/her exploratory skills develop.
- the number of pages is also related to age; you can start with just a few pages (5 – 6), and gradually increase the number;
- mark the bottom of each page to help the child with the orientation of the book.
- make sure that the details can be easily identifiable;
- leave plenty of space between different items on the page;
- avoid occlusion (items which pass in front of other items and partially hide them);
- respect proportions and avoid the effects of perspective;
- human shapes are best represented from the front, while animal shapes are best shown sideways (with four legs);
- if a character appears more than once in the story, it should keep the same characteristics;
- the thickness of materials glued to the page should be at least 1 mm.
books  touch  children  blindness 
june 2018 by sspela
Astonishing comics that 'save your game' when you turn the page / Offworld
His illustrated choose-your-own-adventure stories often seem to defy the paper they're printed on, unfolding both literally and figuratively into tales so complex that it's hard to believe they can exist outside of a computer. Indeed, his most mind-bending comics bear many of the familiar hallmarks of video games: tutorials, secret codes, multiple endings and even the ability to "save" your "game."
comics  jasonshiga  cyoa  interactive  interactivefiction  chooseyourownadventure  books 
may 2016 by sspela
Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance.
agriculture  books  food 
april 2016 by sspela
CABINET // Inside Jobs
Perhaps more spectacular than the teacher’s indirect method of approach was how he came to know the passage was there in the first place. According to the Guardian, this otherwise law-abiding engineer first learned about the route “after discovering a forgotten map in public archives” revealing how the monastery’s attic was covertly joined to the library on a lower floor. This chance discovery of a discarded floor plan made him one of the very few people in the world who knew the architectural connection existed at all; it had long ago ceased being used by the monks themselves, having fallen into a state of neglect resembling spatial hibernation.

Each of these crimes was made possible by the reawakening of a dormant interior, one disguised by and simultaneous with the buildings’ visible rooms. There was another building inside each building, we might say, a deeper interior within the interior.
books  architecture  secrets  secretpassage  via:shannon_mattern 
february 2016 by sspela
The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovations- page 1 | Innovation | Smithsonian
Once people started to read, and once books were in circulation, very quickly the population of Europe realized that they were farsighted. This is interestingly a problem that hadn’t occurred to people before because they didn’t have any opportunity to look at tiny letter forms on a page, or anything else that required being able to use your vision at that micro scale. All of a sudden there is a surge in demand for spectacles. Europe is awash in people who were tinkering with lenses, and because of their experimentation, they start to say, “Hey, wait. If we took these two lenses and put them together, we could make a telescope. And if we take these two lenses and put them together, we could make a microscope.” Almost immediately there is this extraordinary scientific revolution in terms of understanding and identifying the cell, and identifying the moons of Jupiter and all these different things that Galileo does. So the Gutenberg press ended up having this very strange effect on science that wasn’t about the content of the books being published.
reading  innovation  science  books  gutenberg  ideas  megangambino 
december 2014 by sspela
anna anthropy: selected games
You're Star Wench, interstellar adventurer! With your pilot Suzie Starbright, you cruise the galaxy with only one goal in mind: the powerful and trecherous Queen of Space! With her mind-control raygun eye and her boundless space empire, she is literally unbeatable. Your quest is doomed to failure, but what kind of failure?
books  chooseyourownadventure  death  cyoa 
may 2013 by sspela
Quarto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Quarto (abbreviated 4to or 4°) is a book or pamphlet produced from full 'blanksheets', each of which is printed with eight pages of text, four to a side, then folded two times to produce four leaves (that is, eight book pages). Each printed page now presents as one-fourth size of the full blanksheet.
quarto  folding  paper  books 
august 2012 by sspela
The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
"If my mind needed to wander to think about a project, I’d typically sit in a chair, furrow my brow, sip my coffee, and scribble a few things into my sketchbook. That’s no good, though: if the mind needs to wander, best let the body do the same. A short walk is more effective in coming up with an idea than pouring all the coffee in the world down your gullet."
walking  thinking  ideas  design  books  frankchimero 
july 2012 by sspela
Choose Your Own Adventure books: How The Cave of Time taught us to love interactive entertainment. - Slate Magazine
Life isn't that way. Choose Your Own Adventure is not that way. Choose Your Own Adventure is a simulation that approximates the choices that we face in our lives. [...]

These books were the gateway drugs of interactive entertainment [...]. You don't often see people combining the hacker perspective with the literary perspective. You don't see typing and programming mix together that much." David Lebling agrees, "Computers push graphics, books push reading, but there was a brief shining moment when computers pushed reading." And, inversely, during that same time, the Choose Your Own Adventure books pushed programming.
gradyhendrix  hacking  simulations  life  programming  interactivefiction  interactive  reading  books  chooseyourownadventure 
january 2012 by sspela
Commonplace book - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
= "scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests."
books  writing  notebook  commonplacebook  commonplace  scrapbook 
november 2011 by sspela
Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure Of The Impudent Scholars | The Awl
Doyle’s genius, [...], “was in creating a person not so different from ourselves—then splitting him in half. One part is a fallible, well-meaning soul who works at a job, wages the battle of instincts vs. ethics and sometimes goes wrong. The other is the person we would aspire to be: morally correct, financially independent and underweight. One feels; the other knows. One is real; the other ideal. "Many labels adhere to this classic combination: ego and superego, desire and conscience, Watson and Holmes.” One might also add: Superman and Clark Kent, Huck and Tom, Tintin and Haddock, Aubrey and Maturin, Frodo and Sam, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Calvin and Hobbes, and, in one of the more recent iterations, House and Wilson."
sherlockholmes  arthurconandoyle  detective  personality  johnwatson  221b  bakerstreet  london  uk  jennyhendrix  storytelling  stories  books 
november 2011 by sspela
The New Value of Text |
"Text lasts. It’s not platform-dependant, you don’t just get it from one source, read it in one place, understand it in one way. It is not dependent on technology: it is what we make technology out of. Code is text, it is the fundamental nature of technology. We’ve been trying for decades, since the advent of hypertext fiction, of media-rich CD-ROMs, to enhance the experience of literature with multimedia. And it has failed, every time.

Yet we are terrified that in the digital age, people are constantly distracted. That they’re shallower, lazier, more dazzled. If they are, then the text is not speaking clearly enough. We are not speaking clearly enough."
text  books  writing  reading  multimedia  jamesbridle  distractions  technology 
october 2011 by sspela
Poesia dorsale
"Mettere dei libri uno sopra l'altro in modo che i titoli si concatenino fino a formare dei versi. Questo è fare “poesia dorsale”. Si chiama così perché nasce dai dorsi dei libri, non dai titoli."
poetry  books  poems  poesiadorsale  bookspine  spine 
september 2011 by sspela
Open Book: This is Not the End of the Book | Afterword | National Post
“I am fascinated by error, by bad faith and idiocy,” Eco tells us. He loves the man who wrote a book about the dangers of toothpicks, and another author who produced a volume “about the value of being beaten with a stick, providing a list of famous artists and writers who had benefitted from this practice, from Boileau to Voltaire to Mozart.” He adores the hygienist who recommended, in his treatise, the practice of walking backwards.
umbertoeco  eco  errors  fascinations  books 
july 2011 by sspela
Lisa Bloom: How to Talk to Little Girls
"Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she's reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers. You're just generating an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? How would she fix it if she had a magic wand? You may get some intriguing answers. Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does."
children  girls  reading  books  lisabloom  gender 
july 2011 by sspela
History of Cartography: Volumes One and Two
On this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first two volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format.
cartography  maps  books  pdf 
july 2011 by sspela
The secret life of libraries | Books | The Observer
"Libraries are always trying to prove themselves because what they provide is so intangible. How do you quantify what someone gets from a book or a magazine?"

Attempts to do so often end up in trouble. "The council once asked us for an assessment of outcomes, not output," says Ian Stringer. "Output was how many books we'd stamped out, and outcome was something that had actually resulted from someone borrowing a book. So say someone took out a book on mending cars and then drove the car back, that's an outcome; or made a batch of scones from a recipe book they had borrowed. It lasted until one of the librarians told the council they'd had someone in borrowing a book on suicide, but that they'd never brought it back. The council stopped asking after that."
books  libraries 
may 2011 by sspela
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything - Readability
Imagine if you'd seen everything good, or if you knew about everything good. Imagine if you really got to all the recordings and books and movies you're "supposed to see." Imagine you got through everybody's list, until everything you hadn't read didn't really need reading. That would imply that all the cultural value the world has managed to produce since a glob of primordial ooze first picked up a violin is so tiny and insignificant that a single human being can gobble all of it in one lifetime. That would make us failures, I think.

If "well-read" means "not missing anything," then nobody has a chance. If "well-read" means "making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully," then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we've seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can't change that.
knowledge  reading  good  books 
april 2011 by sspela
"The margins [of the book] (top as bottom, and well as side), the end-papers, the very space between the lines, are all available. They aren't sacred. And, best of all, your marks and notes become an integral part of the book and stay there forever. You can pick up the book the following week or year, and there are all your points of agreement, disagreement, doubt, and inquiry. It's like resuming an interrupted conversation with the advantage of being able to pick up where you left off."

"There are two ways in which one can own a book. The first is the property right you establish by paying for it, just as you pay for clothes and furniture. But this act of purchase is only the prelude to possession. Full ownership comes only when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of it is by writing in it."
books  reading  writing  learning 
march 2011 by sspela
Well Done
Well Done designed by Bruketa & Zinić is an annual report from the food company Podravka. The book is empty or so it seems....
DESIGN  books  technology  inspiration  report  book  podravka  innovation  ink 
february 2008 by sspela

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