Hyperland is 50 minutes of Douglas Adams dreaming about interactive multimedia, hypertext, and cyberspace, showcasing the contemporary state of relevant technologies (a rudimentary VR headset developed at NASA, for instance!).

It (1990) precedes:

  • the World Wide Web (1991) by a year
  • NCSA Mosaic (1993) by two and a half years
  • the Microsoft Office Assistant (1997) by seven years
  • Google (1998) by eight years
  • BBC Red Button (1999) by nine years
  • Second Life (2003) by 13 years
  • the Oculus Rift (wide release set for 2015?) by a lot

so it could really only feel its way very vaguely towards the general direction of extremely exciting near-future developments in sight. But, even though Hyperland’s vision for interactive multimedia feels more like a stack of HyperCards rather than a full-fledged HTML5 website, it’s still very interesting in retrospect. Tom Baker plays co-host, basically taking on the role of that infernal Microsoft Office paper clip.

Take an hour to watch it if you have nothing better to do. Here you go.

der Absender - sender
der/das Account (Accounts) - account
die Aktualisierung (Aktualisierungen) - update
die App (Apps) - app
die Applikation (Applikationen) - app/application
das Backup (Backups) - backup
die Benachrichtigung (Benachrichtigungen) - notification
das Bild (Bilder) - picture/image
der Bildschirm (Bildschirme) - screen/display
der Browser - browser
der/das Virus (Viren) - virus
die Datei (Dateien) - file
das Display (Displays) - screen/display
die/der/das Spam (Spams) - spam
der Dokument (Dokumente) - document
der Download (Downloads) - download
der Eintrag (Einträge) - post
die E-mail (E-mails) - email
das Emoji (Emojis) - emoji
der Favorit (Favoriten) - favourite
der File (Files) - file
der Hypertext (Hypertexte) - hypertext
die Informatik - informatics
das Internet - internet
das Konto (Konten) - account
der Link (Links) - link
die Nachricht (Nachrichten) - message/text
das Netz (Netze) - net/network
die Seite (Seiten) - page/website
das Smiley (Smileys) - smiley
pl soziale Medien - social media
die Privatsphäre - privacy
das Profil (Profile) - profile
das Profilbild (Profilbilder) - profile picture
das Update (Updates) - update
die Verbindung (Verbindungen) - connection
das Video (Videos) - video
das Web - web
die Webseite (Webseiten) - website
der Werbeblocker - ad blocker
die Werbung (Werbungen) - ad
das WLAN - Wi-Fi

abbrechen - to cancel
abmelden - to log out
aktualisieren - to update
anmelden - to log in
ausloggen - to log out
blockieren - to block
deinstallieren - to uninstall
downloaden - to download
ein Backup erstellen - to make a backup
eingeben - to enter/to input
einloggen - to log in
eine Seite auffrischen - to refresh a page
eine Seite neu laden - to reload a page/to refresh a page
etwas mit „Gefällt mir“ markieren - to like something (Facebook)
googeln - to google
herunterladen - to download
herstellen - to establish (connection) 
hochladen - to upload
installieren - to install
jemandem schreiben - to message someone
jemanden über Facebook kontaktieren - to contact someone on Facebook
liken - to like
löschen - to delete
navigieren - to navigate
posten - to post
schicken - to send
senden - to send
sichern - to save
speichern - to save
sperren - to block/to lock
skypen - to skype
suchen - to search
teilen - to share
twittern - to tweet 
spammen - to spam
snappen - to snap (Snapchat)
updaten - to update
uploaden - to upload
verbinden - to connect

inspired by @langsandlit’s Italian Internet vocabulary

We live in an era defined by the Epic Streaming Show and Netflix. But is the Netflix hit Sense8 the precursor to an even stranger and more brilliant kind of hypermedia storytelling still to come?

Spoilers for Sense8; no prior knowledge of the series necessary (I hope).

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Sorry for the lack of direct links; Tumblr now blacklists external links, so this is the only way I can ensure my work will be seen in searches.

Getting Academic with Homestuck

So this past week, after seven long and eventful years, Homestuck has finally ended. And by ended I mean Act 7 was posted and there is an epilogue apparently forthcoming. As a result, there’s been a ton of speculation and discussion across the dark dank vast hellscape of the internet about the implications of the ending and the impact this hypertext work has had on fandom culture. 

Academia is full of nerds. It’s a by-product of the profession. Among those academics are those of us who study popular culture, literature, sociology, sciences, mathematics, art, and many various other et ceteras that end up being related to Homestuck and its vast array of contexts. 

So a few of us, Academic Homestucks, are getting together to really get into the study of this work. So, consider this a tumblr-based Call For Papers, or more specifically a Call For Ideas and Contributors, for anyone interested in writing about Homestuck and collaborating with fellow Homestucks in academic areas. We will gather, brainstorm some ideas, and start making progress towards an ongoing project designed to share Homestuck with Academia. 

I call it Academicstuck.   

Academicstuck is a project that is open to any academic discipline and any level of academic study. The only requirement is that you love Homestuck and want to study it within an academic lens.

If you’re interested, send a message to my main account (hexmeridian) with your email address, field of interest (literature, sociology, fandom studies, anything), and any experience you might have. Once we have a list, we’ll get this rainbow rumpus party town started.   

On this day twenty-four years ago, Tim Berners-Lee published a short summary of the World Wide Web project on several internet newsgroups. The sixth of August 1991 also marks the debut of the World Wide Web as a publicly available service on the Internet. 

Gif by Sara Levine for Oxford University Press.

Book: Memory Machines – The Evolution of Hypertext

This book offers an expansive record of hypertext over the last 60 years, pinpointing the major breakthroughs and fundamental flaws in its evolution. The author argues that some of the earliest hypertext systems were more richly connected and in some respects more flexible than the Web; this is also a fascinating account of the paths not taken.

Author: Belinda Barnet, Lecturer in Media at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Published by: Anthem Press

MORE – The author ends the journey through computing history at the birth of mass domesticated hypertext, at the point that it grew out of the university labs and into the Web. And yet she suggests that hypertext may not have completed its evolutionary story, and may still have the capacity to become something different, something much better than it is today.

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german computer science vocabulary

taken from the glossary of my AP Computer Science prep book. tbh i didn’t know half of these words even in English but this is a good way to procrastinate I guess

die Anwendung (en): application
der Arbeitsspeicher (-): random access memory (RAM)
das Betriebssystem (e): operating system
das Binärzahlensystem: binary number system
das Bit (s): bit
das Byte (s): byte
der Bytecode (s): bytecode
der Computervirus (viren): virus
das dezimale Zahlensystem: decimal number system
das Fehlerbeseitigungsprogramm (e): debugger
die Grafikschnittstelle (n): graphical user interface (GUI)
der Großrechner (-): mainframe computer
die Hardware (s): hardware
der Hauptprozessor (en): central processing unit (CPU)
das Hertz (-): Hertz
die Hochsprache (n): high-level language
die Hypertext-Auszeichnungssprache: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
die integrierte Entwicklungsumgebung (en): Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
die Internetadresse (n): Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
der Interpreter (-): interpreter
der Kleincomputer (-): minicomputer
der Maschinencode (s): object code
der Mikrorechner (-): microcomputer/personal computer
die Minianwendung (en): applet
das Modem (s): modem
das Netzwerk (s): network
der Nurlesespeicher: read-only memory (ROM)
das Oktalzahlensystem: octal number system
der Programmbinder (-): linker
der Programmcode (s): source code
der Pufferspeicher (-): cache
das Sedezimalsystem: hexadecimal number system
die Schadsoftware: malware
der Server (-): server
die Software: software
der Softwareentwicklungsbaukasten (baukästen): Software Development Kit (SDK)
der Transistor (en): transistor
der Übersetzer (-): compiler
der USB-Speicher-Stick (s): USB flash drive
die Workstation (s): workstation
der Zwischenspeicher (-): buffer


Well the article was really interesting not only because it showed the origin of hypertext in a sense but also how it details the path to developing new tech. He presented a very valid point that inventions occur and are propagated in direct relation to the context of the society in which they occur in. This is clearly shown in the example with the pharaoh making the first automobile. This knowledge helped me look back at the context in which some things I use were invented and also at our society and lead me to wonder what can be invented today. I believe the context is not only economic or cultural but also ideological; like how it was considered heresy to use crossbows around the time of the Crusades. What possible creations could our own ideology allow? Would something have to change? The interesting thing about all this, and that the article helped me ponder, is that the inventions themselves create new contexts. Just imagine what it was like when the first railroad was developed or when the light bulb was made available to the public. Whether these futures inventions will be designed as a part of a war effort or not, it is clear that the impact a new invention can have on society is never easily predicted.

A poem i wrote about Yu-Gi-Oh! Vrains

If you have heard and you have seen
and you play your card in the virual domain
A duelist in the digital world created by an artifical dream

Deck set in hand, Set to fight
He is a hero in this digital plight
stern green eyes, Set upon a goal
drawing a card with a charismatic soul.

Digital streams, Digital code
source the link, Source the binary
Hack the hypertext in an artifical dream.

Hidden in reality, Hidden in plain sight
but never one to hide from a fight
Savior of Vrains, Playmaker of duels
Stern green stare
will show you that he is there.

So draw your first card, Because the duel has begun
first turn is now
pray you have fun.

Jenna // 21 // CA & NY // I only know English

I’m interested in art exchanges, I’m not good at writing letters. One-time-only is fine with me, if it’s continuous I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to continue in the Fall as school + work is very time consuming for me.

Type of things I would send: small drawings/paintings, mixtapes, pressed flowers, little paper crafts & fiber arts. You can look at my tumblr for more of an idea I guess.

For more than once exchanges you must be 18+
Gender doesn’t matter to me but you must be nb-friendly.

  • Likes: hiking, art, dogs, the Office, crafts, my cat, and Porpentine Charity Heartscape’s hypertext games
  • Dislikes: bigots, running, how all the candy I used to love now has gelatin, apparently
  • My favorite movie right now is Little Miss Sunshine, my favorite musicians right now are Shura, Pinegrove, and Freelance Whales
  • Fun Fact: One time on a train a venture capitalist gave me his business card and said to contact him if I ever did a very specific art project that he recommended I do.

Please contact me on tumblr, smallplantfriend.tumblr.com/

official invitation


i’d like to formally invite all of you, my followers, to look at a project my brother and i are doing. we started some three weeks ago doing a thing, and have been doing it since then. the thing we are doing is a poetic correspondence. on day 1 he wrote a poem. day 2 i wrote one. then day 3 he wrote a poem. etc, etc, etc. now 21 days and poems later, i really think we have something going here.

if you like poetry and/or brothers and/or want to support a thing i am doing, please check out The Poetry Brothers and maybe read some poems. and maybe you will like or reblog them or respond with a poem of your own. maybe you will FOLLOW the blog. just click that hypertext and away we go. 


stars-shone  asked:

Where do you read your poetry? I really love poetry but I don't know where to start when reading it, only writing it. I thought I'd ask for some advice. Are there any particular authors you recommend? Any specific mediums? Btw your work is amazing and I absolutely love it.

So, I look for most of the poems I post for sunshine anon on the poetry foundation website.  

I think if you are looking for a place to start, the hypertexts best erotic poems (not actually sex poems, though often metaphor heavy) is a great place to start.  They’ve compiled a really manageable ‘greatest hits’ collection.

Poetry is such a personal thing, I’m not sure how to recommend a specific poet that you would like.  I’d say, rather, read through the erotic poems collection and if one sings to you, go read more by that writer.  

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist. He was born in London, and his parents were early computer scientists, working on one of the earliest computers.

Growing up, Sir Tim was interested in trains and had a model railway in his bedroom. He recalls:

“I made some electronic gadgets to control the trains. Then I ended up getting more interested in electronics than trains. Later on, when I was in college I made a computer out of an old television set.”

After graduating from Oxford University, Berners-Lee became a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists come from all over the world to use its accelerators, but Sir Tim noticed that they were having difficulty sharing information.

“In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…”, Tim says.

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How to add a spell to your HTML

Where the technowitches at? XD

Okay, lameness aside, I promised I’d do a LOT of things on this blog and this is one of the ones I can fulfill rather easily: How to add a spell into your blog but have it never show.

There’s this beautiful thing called the HTML tag, which is where designers and programmers leave themselves or other designers and programers notes.

It looks like the thing below me.


Want a good luck spell that doesn’t take up the description? HTML tag. Wanna encourage donation to your paypal for X thing you do? HTML tag. Wanna do anything??? HTML TAG!!! :DD

“Artie, I don’t know the first thing about HTML. Where does this even go?”

I hear ya. It looks tricky at first, but it’s not once you get the hang of it. It’s also gotten easier with HTML5, which tumblr is now in. :)

Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, is the spoopy skeleton of every website you ever visit. If websites were buried in the same way people were, the HTML would be what you’d use to identify it as a website and not something else.


Pretty much any tag you put in your HTML goes between the

<!DOCTYPE html>




But Artie, where is EVEN the thing?!! WHERE IS EVEN THE THING?!

HERE is the thing, friends!

Under Customize.

Right there!! :DDD

don’t knock my directions, kay? I have horrible eyesight XDD Someone else here might too.

Have fun, and don’t be shy asking questions about this kinda stuff!! It’s kinda fun once you get the hang of it. :D

"lab tests"

I’m writing the new Prozac
gospels of the American Midwest.
I’m detouring into the reincorporated
heart of somebody else’s darkness.
nobody wrote the foreword.

What’s up with your hair?
It seems so confusing these days.
But I don’t get out of the house
much. Cars seem so mythic & deadly. I’m on the phone, I’m
halfway through the new Franzen

All Franzens are new Franzens.
All mythopoetic landscapes
want to be defiled. I mean defined.
I mean deified. I mean we don’t

want god to be dead because
then it’s like we just crucified some rando.

31 thousand bronies
march down every street in America. they’re going to be all right.
they’re fining the kids who
don’t believe in love.

but what don’t you believe in?

These labs in New Jersey are
remaking food. I’m just trying
to get you to take your top off.

we got consumed with the physical
because we’re consumers & you’re so pretty

forever is on repeat, a small motion
trapped in the infinity of now —I almost typed “meow” instead of now — entertainment works best if you
just do it again & again.

triple goddesses go through
triple breakdowns. I cut & paste
obituaries off the internet.
new climates develop in
response to the beautiful class struggle. you have a nice revolution
going here. I’m impressed.

(panic in the streets of Panera.
panic in the streets you tweet about)

links break, the hypertext
cannot hold. the infirmary
is full of bros who hurt themselves
only believing in the worst version
of the world.

I watch days burn in the
sunshine factories of the new climate.

they test antidepressants
on mice. did you know that?
they drop them in water. most of the mice sink when they realize they’ll drown. but the medicated ones
tread water instead, long after they
know they’ll never see daffodils again.