I have to admit that I am thrilled at the positive response to the Polyglot Manifesto. I wanted to point out that over at Rhine River Nathanael makes a great case for hacking the archive via a digital camera. While I was in the Punjab University archives on research, I must have taken over a thousand pictures – often of title pages alone because the catalogs sucketh so much. I should def. put them up on flickr for anyone else who may need to go to PU. Thanks, Nathanael!
And Elizabeth at Verbal Privilege promises a polyglot way to present her paper on Hatay. Good luck, e!
Looks like I may not return from my trip home. Wireless WiMAX over all of Pakistan! Couple this with the news that the first prototype of the $100 laptop is out, and we are talking about something, big. Raincheck: People still have to pay. And we all know what the %age of paying customers is in homistans….
Great post on ≈Ωi≈æek and quantum mechanics by Uchicago’s Sean Carroll. It made the innermost geek – the one who double majored in physics and quantum mechanics and wrote fan-mail to Abdus-Salam – break out. Also, ≈Ωi≈æek is definitely a wave and a particle at the same time.
John Updike read Kevin Kelly’s article, Scan This Book! in last week’s NYT [go here for background] and reacted vehemently: “Unlike the commingled, unedited, frequently inaccurate mass of “information” on the Web, he said, “books traditionally have edges.” But “the book revolution, which from the Renaissance on taught men and women to cherish and cultivate their individuality, threatens to end in a sparkling pod of snippets. So, booksellers,” he concluded, “defend your lonely forts. Keep your edges dry. Your edges are our edges. For some of us, books are intrinsic to our human identity.”
And, as if by faerie-majick If:book answered by launching GAM3R 7H30RY – a book with no edges. Rejoice as your unique human identity snaps in two like a pencil!
The possibilities that GAM3R 7H30RY opens for us historians – translations/recensions/commentaries interspersed and commingled; languages bleed in and out of text pages; layers conceal and reveal. More, much much more, soon. Go see the book, in the meantime.