I relish the stickers I received in the mail last weekend. A gift: three pages of stickers, each with a narrative fragment printed on it, the first installation of Scott and Nick’s sticker novel Implementation. I’ve already stuck some of these gifts on signposts, giving them to others, opening the narrative to passers by, mixing meanings by what I stick them next to. Then I took photos and sent them back to Nick and Scott, who have put them on the web in a new cycle of giving.
In her introduction to Claerbout’s Present, Sara Tucker quotes Lewis Hyde on art as gift:
Gift literature, viral narrative, stories spreading by quite different distribution chains than publishers and bookshops. They’ve promised PDFs so you can print your own soon. Voluntary infection.
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I want an RSS feed of your category networked_literature, si vous plait?
Oh. I suppose I could do that. If I wrote a template for it in Moveable Type. Don’t suppose you have a template already written for such things, do you?
It’s cool that you like the category!
Well, look at that, I did it. Like most things, of course it’s easy once done: I looked at Diveintomark’s beautifully shared MT templates, used his stuff about how to tell MT to publish these in Blog Config, and his directory path stuff, then I pasted in the regular RSS thing in from Moveable Type’s template collection, but told MT that it was a Category template and hey presto, look at that, they’re all there: feeds for all my categories. Amazing, innit?
I suppose that does kind of make sense. I mean, I generally prefer browsing my blogs WITH visuals, I LIKE seeing different pages, you know, visiting instead of just seeing lists of posts in an RSS reader. I tend to agree with Zeldman’s FAQ answer:
Q: If you offered an RSS feed, I could read your stuff without visiting your site.
A: If you stored your groceries on the sidewalk, we could eat your food without sitting across the table from you.
But I can see how someone might be interested in SOME stuff and not ALL stuff in a blog, and just getting one category… Yeah, OK.
Thank you very much for suggessting me an idea !
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
Adventures in Metadata
Implementation is cyberfiction, a bookmark from jill/txt. It would seem to have all the right ingredients — a sticker of the times, eh?
Gifts of web art
Jill at jill/txt has an interesting post on web art; check it out and follow the links. And here is…
/narrative in space/
Nick and Scott’s Implementation is a project I’m watchign with close interest. It’s a narrative implemented with techniques borrowed from,…