Friday, August 17, 2007

Miscellaneous Getting Real in the Colossal Cave

Late August - time for some book notes.

Last year's Getting Real by the folks at 37 Signals is still available as a paperback book, a pdf file, or free for online reading. The table of contents demonstrates their mastery of making information available online; it is easy to navigate to any section of the book, the sidebar advertisements makes sense. For example, their job board and gig board are on the sidebar for the About Us section.

Published this spring, David Weinberger's Everything is Miscellaneous is about how we’re pulling ourselves together now that we’ve blown ourselves to bits. Sample sections are available here, a list of online sources to buy the book are at To his credit, Weinberger posted the many comments requesting sample sections before purchasing the book.

The Digital Humanities Quarterly, a peer-reviewed online journal, was launched last spring. The Summer 2007 issue includes a wonderfully rich piece of gaming history, Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave, by Dennis Jerz, about the old favorite, Will Crowther's Adventure.

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