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Project Log: Pianos and Panoramas

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I have been neglecting my individual project in favor of my group one in recent weeks, but I made a significant amount of progress over the weekend. I have finalized the overall layout of my iBook, so all that remains is to fill it with as much content as possible. I still have need of a few specific photos that I will probably try to shoot myself this week before the showcase. I have written a good deal of original prose for my book, but it will be difficult to complete the story in a staisfactory manner by the end of this semester.

Project Log: 3D Objects

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I spent some time over Thanksgiving break looking for premade 3D images that I could include in my iBook; having messed around with 3D modeling in high school I know it would take too much time to do it myself (plus I don't have the software anymore). Due to the fact that iBooks Author only accepts 3D files of the COLLADA format my search was made somewhat difficult; the Google-search of 3D images, called "3D Warehouse", has an extensive collection of files but most are incompatible.

If it's free it's me

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The shift towards the digital harkens a drastic change in how people consume media; the music industry, for example, has struggled to maintain control over its intellectual property in a world where audio files can be easily ripped, copied, burned, uploaded to YouTube or, God forbid, hosted on a P2P torrenting website.

Group Project Log: Collaborating with the contributors

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Our group has gotten some excellent feedback from the editors and contributors of WPA Outcomes. One suggestion from them that I certainly hope to implement is the inclusion of certain documents which are referenced in the essays; these could be simple hyperlinks to a new appendix section, however, I think it would be cooler to have the files embedded into the text in such a way that the reader can open and browse the document without necessarily leaving the point they're at in the essay they're reading.

Project Log: Fidgeting with widgets

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I've begun building my Mystery story in iBooks author; I have designed the cover, I am extremely pleased with the Intro Video, and they layout I have chosen for the Chapter pages looks pretty dang cool-- for each location that is a part of the story I include a full-page photo along with a brief entry from the book's protagonist (actually technically the reader is the main protagonist). So far I have fleshed out the chapters for Cooper Library and Fort Hill, the first two locations my readers will visit as they unravel the clues.

Widgets!

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The Ars Technica article on iBooks Author gave me a sense of some of the potential features I may utilize in my individual project; in particular, I was glad to read about the support for "widgets," which will be key for providing the interactivity I want for my mystery book.

Group Project Log: Brainstorming and abstractifying

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The WPA Outcomes Statement: A Decade Later is an anthology of essays about writing instruction. My first impression of the book was that it was certainly designed by academics, for academics; it resembles a conference in its format, with panels arranged according to theme and works extensively cited. Keeping this and the audience in mind, our group has developed a solid approach to make the document more cohesive, more personable, and more intuitive.

"Text means Tissue"

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The future of the book is as a fetish-object-- I think Bessette makes this case compellingly. By referencing Barthes' notion of "Text means Tissue" she provides a highly extendable metaphor: pages as flesh, language as embodied in print, physically inscribed ideas being absorbed through the senses in a private, intimate exchange. It's all very sexy.

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