Archive for the ‘SOFTWARE & TOOLS’ Category

NEW MEDIA – Morpheus – Looking at the work space

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Found out that yes, I can do a series of images into Morpheus though I haven’t finished the sequence. What concerned me was that I wanted to be able to replicate (for now, as practice) the Recyling transition from face to fetus that needs to be done in stages. Since it follows the lines of a poem, the images relate to those specific lines, and this is what happens throughout that poem, from Poe turning into Jesus Christ, to the finale of tunnel to birth canal. This may come up in future work.

Evidently this can be done. I’ll have the short clip ready probably tomorrow, but the work area of the program, at the portion where I’m currently working–image three into image four– is below. What is being done is dots made on one image show up on the others (that follow), then those marker dots can be moved on the next image to bring them into sync when the sequence is run. More later.

NEW MEDIA: Storytron’s Launch!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Excited for Chris and the crew from Storytron on their official launch the other day of the Storytron World. (You find out the greatest news via twitter!).

I’m putting this one on the agenda to play with as soon as I can. I did some work in it a while ago but I wasn’t really quite new media savvy or geared to the style so I’m sure it’ll be a lot more interesting and fun next time around.

Congratulations folks on a dream turned reality!


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Seeking, trying, learning, doing; a long and tedious process for but the simplest thing; simple, that is, if you know what you’re doing.

Got it though; in changing the basic links to the arrow, it bothered me more and more to see those links all in red when this story–and likely this is one of few hypertexts that will be so utterly dependent on link-color to help tell a story–remained red.

So I explored a bit and found that a few simple tags could be entered within the html templates (individually for now) to change the text to what I wanted. For the links (from the main narrative line to the ‘asides’) I placed font code within the link code:

<p>She half-awoke angrily, as if someone had <a href=””><font color=”#00ff00″>shoved</font></a> her.</p>


Then, for the ‘aside’ lexia itself, which is coded green from the above link “shoved”, I placed the following code at the beginning of the BODY heading, closing the tag with the final </font></p> in the lexia:


<p><font color=”#0000ff”>
<p>Not a good night for hunting, the moon full tricky with shadows and the jackal appeared double his size. His yellow grey fur was matted with burrs and dried blood.  He stunk of three days of mating with females stringy and old.  But he also was long past his prime.  His tail hung in tatters, one rear leg was shriveled and slow, many of his teeth had rotted in pain and his right ear hung folded in half.</p>

<p>Out here, life was hard for the healthy.  For the old, it was keep moving or die.</font></p>

To come up with this:


And though these changes aren’t being made on-site, but rather on-desktop for now, they’ll be uploaded as soon as I figure out borders. Ain’t life grand?

SOFTWARE & TOOLS: Summer Program

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Well it looks like what I’ve brought out of the Hypertext 2008 conference is a long to-do list:

1. Continue the Storyspace short story I started somewhere between Pittsburgh and Philly and a couple miles up in the sky.

2. Continue Juan Gutierrez’s Extreme Conditions in Literatronica and move into Mark Marino’s A Show of Hands.

3. Review and post here on Alan Baldwin’s flash work at Webyarns.

4. Return to Storytron and download the newest version of Chris Crawford’s character building program and play around with that to form an idea of how it serves the writer and the interactivity of the program.

5. Follow and learn from Steve Ersinghaus’ 100 Poems to prepare for imagery and brevity in all work.

6. Learn Inform and produce an IF piece before the Tunxis Fall semester. (John–you’ll likely be getting some e-mail pleas for help from me, okay?)

7. Start thinking about an Eastern Hypertext and New Media get-together for next year (!)

8. Consider Dene Griger’s human hypertext form as it may apply to layers, or 3D hypertext event in text form–back to the CAD programs?

9. Rewatch and review Charles Deemer’s Changing Keys hyperdrama and note its significance to the expansion of the written hypertext form.

10. Focus on the marketing of the hypertext literary experience over and above yakking it up to all I encounter (I’m noticing some avoidance on the part of my friends).  I envision a street corner in downtown Hartford–or more likely some sprawling corporate park where I pretend to play a harmonica as a hook to draw them closer.

11. Re #10 above: the more important ‘marketing’ may be not to the readers, but to the writers.  The readers will come if there’s great and diverse story available.

12. Figure how I can forward the hypertext environment in new ways by genre or combination of text and audio and graphics to produce something new and exciting in story.

13. Learn Tinderbox really, really fast to organize all the above.

(Note:  13’s always been a lucky number for me!)

SOFTWARE & TOOLS: The Microwave Effect on Time

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Convinced by a friend that one of the reasons to go-Mac is the startup time–Windows, nicely loaded, can end up taking as long as two minutes to get itself out of bed and caffeined up enough to be lucid.

In learning the way of the Mac, particularly in using the Dock instead of Icon Shortcuts all over the Desktop (which is probably one of the reasons Windows took so long to get everyone awake and in line), I find there are certain programs that I kind of leave open–Mail, Netnewswire, and of course, Storyspace

Storyspace usually needs minimum two, usually three windows parts of itself open to work with: Map view, Tool bar, and Writing Space.  Usually there’s the SSP program blank open as well–though this isn’t necessary, as witnessed by the initial shock of opening an Adobe program such as Photoshop and having the desktop as the background rather than a blank white space to fill with creative energy!  My method of closing down the file I’m working on in Storyspace was meant to relegate it to the dock, and so, after learning how to do it with the single-window apps such as Firefox or Mail, I’d click on the close button on the application menu bar–not the top which uses "quit" to close it down, but still left in on the dock.  This habit left me with three, sometimes four separate SSP windows to close.

Thanks to guidance from above (north from me) I’ve gotten the proper procedure to match the intent.  What this all brought to mind however is what I call the microwave syndrome or effect; what was once amazingly fast (or big, tiny, lightweight, etc.) becomes the new norm.  The new norm in turn becomes aggravatingly slow, cumbersome, heavy, too small to see (though middle-age does contribute to this one!) in, well, an amazingly short time.

Is this what they mean about mankind being adaptable?


Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Mariner Software – Storymill: ”

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StoryMill 3.0.1…novel writing for Mac OS X.

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The latest release in Mariner Software’s long line of writing and creativity software. StoryMill introduces aspiring authors to multi-level writing methods of tracking characters, scenes, and locations, while professional writers will appreciate StoryMill’s time-saving ability to oversee and manage the full creative process with Smart Views.

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Visually and interactively display your story across time with StoryMill’s timeline view, an industry-first feature!

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Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Played with Alice a little bit today but I don’t think it’s what I’m looking for.  Dabbled into IF, something that I do want to learn to create, though straight text isn’t the game either.  I’m not sure what I’m looking for, or whether my wandering and wondering even holds promise of direction. 

So I guess I just try this and that, learn what I can, taste until I find what pleases and inspires me to reach out and polish potential into product.


Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Of course I’m subscribed to all the feeds on what’s available for my new MacBook, but I find some interesting stuff on other Mac-user blogs.

I’m going to check out these organizing items from Mike Arnzen at Pedablogue.  I suspect that Eastgate’s Tinderbox may be something extremely valuable as well. 

Very often one will try out anything that looks like a good possibility and helpful assistant in freebies–as long as they’re safely free from virus or adspam, and that usually depends upon the site from which one downloads.  I’ve signed on to several different communication means such as Twitter and Skype, then find even more.  Some will be used regularly, others may be dropped.  One of the major considerations right now for the Mac is the office program that I’ll eventually end up with as the main use.  There are several ways to go, and with the other four computers running Windows, I may end up with it on the Mac as well.  But I am trying out Pages with the iWork program, and I do have the 30-day free trial with Windows Office for Mac running.


Monday, December 24th, 2007

Blender is an animation program that I first noticed on Dennis Jerz’s website and I’ve file away as a ‘someday’ thing to learn.

It’s neat to see a seasonal bit worked up by Dennis that demonstrates the action:  Reindeer in the Snow.

I do hope to spend more time in the graphics area of new media to at least learn how it works.  My favorite so far has been Carnegie Mellon’s New Media Department’s Alice, and it’s a good starter program for anyone just testing their interests as well as offering quite a nice presentation.


Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Just a placeholder to later check out e-books writer, a program that I wandered onto from somewhere and didn’t have time to read up on.