Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Another Few Seconds of My Warhol Time
Thanks go out to Hamlet Linden over at New World Notes for the article about my book reader for Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. For those SL players who don't follow NWN (shame on you), Hamlet challenged the SL community to come up with a user-friendly version of the book in-world. (D&O is released under Creative Commons License, and the author encourages readers to disseminate it in as many forms as possible.) Sure, it'd be easy to make a notecard dispenser, but the challenge is to make a book that is nicely formatted/typeset, and is actually enjoyable to read. In July, the various readers will be displayed, and the creator of the best (selected by popular vote) will be given the honor of being the first to publish Cory's new book in world.
If anyone is interested, Falk Bergman and I have setup a simple notecard dispenser with the UUIDs for the textures. (Falk did the file conversion, I just provided the real estate.) It's located on the picnic table at Louise (177,176). The plain text version (as well as several other formats) can be found here. There are still plenty of variations left to explore, folks, and there's still a month left before the July deadline. If you have an idea, give it a shot!
Demonstrating the Book
Come to think of it, this was probably one of my more literate moments in SL. I sat in the shadows of both the Librarium Project (a virtual library of RL literature) and the Herald's in-world HQ, being interviewed by a journalist for NWN about publishing a new book in SL. Almost makes me wish I hadn't had an old episode of the Simpsons playing in the background.