12 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2017
  2. Feb 2017
    1. Without vision, there is no agency.

      I couldn't agree more that when it comes to IF without light there is no way of finding your way out or knowing which direction you are going. There is this sense of being completely lost and vulnerable.

    2. “Interactive fiction is a story in which YOU are the main character.” While it sounds as if the player was invited to step into the world of the story, it was just as often an invitation to step into a role on a stage. Rather than YOU being the main character, you had the opportunity to role-play the main character, exploring “your” personality as a detective, a spy, an AI, etc., even while exploring the environment … and there were many “you” roles to explore.

      I feel that this description encompasses the term perfectly as we take on many characters and yet make our own decisions.

    1. combinatorial

      1: of, relating to, or involving combinations 2: of or relating to the arrangement of, operation on, and selection of discrete mathematical elements belonging to finite sets or making up geometric configurations

    2. irreducible plurality

      https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/value-pluralism/ The big question facing pluralism is whether rational choices can be made between irreducibly plural values. Irreducible plurality appears to imply incommensurability—that is to say, that there is no common measure which can be used to compare two different values.

  3. Jan 2017
    1. The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.

      It seems that we live in a world that we focus on mass production of products versus the authenticity and quality of ones inventions.

    1. Nor chearful look'd the God, nor prosp'rous spoke, Nor blaz'd his torch, but wept in hissing smoke. In vain they whirl it round, in vain they shake, No rapid motion can its flames awake.

      No control? This passage describes defeat and weary feelings that can't be ignited with any passion.

  4. Aug 2016
    1. And looked up to see a twelve-engined thing like a bloated boomerang, all wing, thrumming its way east with an elephantine grace, so low that I could count the rivets in its dull silver skin, and hear—maybe—the echo of jazz.

      This I believe is the imagery of a drone which is the main focus of the semester.

    2. “as a kind of alternate America: a 1980 that never happened. An architecture of broken dreams.

      It seems that her imagination is running rampant with no limitations and endless possibilities of what the future in their time period might look like. In other words she is trying to be someone in the past visioning the future that they are actually living but making it more technologically advanced.

    3. Dialta Downes

      So far as this narrative has it's unusual twists and turns, her vision of the future has it's way of combining all types of styles in an unrealistic way.

    4. I shot one in San Jose an hour before the bulldozers arrived and drove right through the structural truth of plaster and lathing and cheap concrete.

      There is something about capturing something that is about to be broken and seeing the beauty within its cracked exterior.

  5. Mar 2016
    1. The categorization of knowledge, whether in tables, trees, or Dewey decimals, has exerted a fascination among modern-day scholars far disproportionate to its actual importance. Classification schemes are arbitrary conveniences. What matters is not whether history is grouped with poetry or with politics and what that says about the ancient mind, but simply whether such schemes make books readily and rapidly accessible to roaming encyclopedic intellects.[15]

      We work so hard to create a system of convenience, to have categories that make it easier to find something but is it necessary? All of the numbers, catalogs, that we have worked so hard for to create are just there. When it comes down to it does the number really matter? The content is our focus and yet the number system puts a novel and poets lifetime work in a similar system that people rarely comprehend. When will there be a point where the numbers run out? Books are created everyday but they all get lost in this large number system.