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Explorations in side notes and digital marginalia

  1. The 500 Year Old Meteor Doodle

    Written on 15 November 2012.

  2. In 1543 Copernicus published De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) in which he reasoned that the Earth orbits the Sun. 400 copies were printed. It didn’t sell out. Still, the heliocentric model for the solar system would cause quite an upset when it was championed by Galileo almost 100 years later. Galileo was imprisoned in...
  3. Experiments in Networked Writing

    Written on 5 January 2018.

  4. I often talk about blogging as “networked writing”. For me, it’s the key difference between other forms of writing and blogging. The idea that blogs exist within the network is crucial to understanding the medium (the medium is the message - could one say the blogosphere is the blog?). Why networked writing? For me, blogging and networked writing is interesting...
  5. Exploring the UX of web-annotations

    Written on 12 February 2019.

  6. In my post experiments in networked writing I explored some ideas about how to put the network back in networked writing. In particular, I have a theory that the comments are actually the interesting unit of the blog, not the post. The idea that blogs exist within the network is crucial to understanding the medium (the medium is...
  7. Integrating Annotations into a Static Blog

    Written on 23 May 2019.

  8. So I’ve been on and off experimenting with using annotations on this site for the last few years. My most recent post explored the UX of annotations - specifically because the mobile UX is probably the main thing preventing me from integrating annotations everywhere on my site. Based on some comments and insights from that post I came up with...
  9. Help me write my book by annotating the outline

    Written on 12 July 2019.

  10. Hey, let’s try something new today. Two things I want to do: Firstly - I’ve got annotations installed by default on my blog so everytime you highlight some text you get the ability to leave an annotation. Think of it like in-line comments just like Google Docs. But few people know how to use it or have an...