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Oct 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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The terms "cut" and "paste" meant  rearrangement of pieces,  until the meaning was changed in 1984. There is no satisfactory tool for this in computerdom.
Topic: Rearrangement
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Oct 2, 2019 Ted Nelson
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These are the texts shown at the "Xanadu History" video,  in case you want to study them.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu, networking
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Sep 30, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is the first piece of writing to use the name "Xanadu"  for an intended piece of software. Written just before Christmas in 1966,  it was an effort to persuade William Jovanovich  (head of Harcourt Brace publishers)  to let me build a text system. It proposed to use a not-yet-announced  system from Digital Equipment Corporation  (one of the first graphc stand-alone computers)  as a flagship installation  for experimentation with hypertext. The paper has interesting...
Topic: hypertext
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Sep 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is Ted Nelson's editorial from the first   (and only?) issue of HyperAge,  proclaiming a new world of free hypermedia worldwide. Starting on page 5 is Ted Nelson's Hyperworld editorial,  talking about how everybody will be able to publish hypertext. (The text may be more easily read at  https://archive.org/details/callofoceanhyper00tedn It seems to begin as a prediction of the World Wide Web,  but gradually is about Xanadu structure,  which Ted believed would the world publishing...
Topics: Xanadu, hypermedia, hypertext
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Sep 16, 2019 Russ Ryan
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This was an ad for an "alternative folk festival"  in spring 1956.  It was an event held  across a dangerous railroad trestle, at Prewitt's Barn. Perhaps two dozen people made the dangerous trip.  And back.  All returned safely.
Topics: folk festival, banjo, folksongs
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Sep 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This shows the actual cut and paste process,  done physically,  that has been denied to us by software  since those two words were redefined in 1984  to mean "hide" (on the invisible hideyhole  called misleadingly the "clipboard")  and "plug" (whatever's in the invisible hideyhole)  to wherever you're pointing. Or since the letters used on both Mac and Windows are C and V,  they could better have stood for Cram and Vomit.
Topics: cut, paste, Macintosh, Windows
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Sep 12, 2019 unknown
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This is from a book (title unknown)  that I had in 2012. It shows the different individuals  who were trying to save the magazine  "Saturday Evening Post"  as it lost circulation. More generally, it shows how parallel  timelines can represent complex events  and their interconnections.
Topics: timelines, interconnection
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Sep 12, 2019 Elliot Porter
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Elliot Porter has long been working on a book  about German spies in California during World War I. They were trying to separate  India from the  British Empire. Years ago, Elliot gave me this picture of connections  from this work.  I hope he finishes it.
Topics: Germany, India, British Empire
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Sep 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a preliminary lecture on a proposed format  for showing interconnections  that cannot be handled by HTML. HTML links are only one-way  and  HTML anchors cannot overlap--  connections in general must be allowed to overlap. However, we build on a similar tag format  to specify overlapping connections. The .neldoc format will not only handle  what Jason Scott has kindly called "Nelson documents"  (parallel pages with visible connections)  but such structures as parallel...
Topics: connection, serialization
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Aug 30, 2019 Nelson et al.
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This is a virtual machine demonstrating  Classical Xanadu, or xu88.  Also distributed as "Udanax Green". We see the two drafts of the Declaration of Independence  managed by the Xanadu software,  with colorful connection lines. This is a virtual machine in VMware format,  running in Ubuntu Linux. It should be runnable in different VM environments,  such as VMware or VirtualBox. CREDITS.  Classic Xanadu software designed  in 1979. Team leader: Ted Nelson Technical lead: Roger...
Topics: hypertext, hypermedia, Xanadu, transpointing windows
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Aug 24, 2019 Ted Nelson
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc8XehpZGso In the above meeting at Brown University  this fuzzy picture is presented as  Ted Nelson's Xanadu design in 1966. Turns out it's Ted's "Xanadu Discussion Paper"  at Harcourt Brace, contained herein as a PDF. It's also available a separate item.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu
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Aug 23, 2019 Thomas P. McLaughlin et al
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There have been a number of nuclear accidents  where critical mass was accidentally achieved--  either for explosion or serious radiation. This paper reviews these events, with maps.
Topics: criticality, uranium, plutonium
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Source: folio
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Aug 19, 2019 Ted Nelson
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Aug 11, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was actually my first publication using the word "Hypertext",  presented (I believe) at the FID conference  (International Documentation Federation) in 1965. (The copiable text is available inside, thanks to Mark Anderson.) Another paper, much better known,  is usually credited with this rollout-- "A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing  and the Indeterminate" also on the Archive, at https://archive.org/details/hartoriginal1965 That one was presented at the...
Topics: hypertext, ted nelson
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This is a fairly long piece about hypertext,  written in March 1968. (TEXT VERSION: this item also contains a PDF of the text,  kindly typed by Mark Anderson.) It's a think-piece, going through a lot of ideas,  including author's environment  ("Proustian text editing")  zipper lists, multicouplers,  parallel texts, versioning, AND multiple documents side by side  with visible connections  (not published until 1972). The mismatch of page numbers comes from  the cover page of...
Topics: hypertext, jump-links
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Aug 10, 2019 Ted Nelson
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(This was a dictation experiment using  a paid Vassar student,  proving that dictation was not a workable method  either for the student or for me.) It was two weeks from the dictation to the typing,  not practical. FNART was my code name for "Fantasm Article".  (I used unchanging code names  for writings whose titles would likely change.)  The typist misheard it. It started to be an article on 3D computer graphics--  then unimaginable by most people--  but also showed that a...
Topics: graphics, 3D
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was a meeting that went on into the night  with Elliot Klugman  and friends Lauren Sarno (whom I married much later)  and Skip King. Someone was playing conga drums loudly,  but the discussion and note-taking went on.   Nobody remembers how Lauren and Skip got back to Princeton. THE WORK:   Note that at this time "Xanadu" referred  to various proposed editing screens,  and a data structure based on parallel streams.  (A stream babbles through a bed, right?  so both the...
Topic: Xanadu design
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I gave a talk at NCC 76,  which predicted ten million personal computers  by 1985. Given that there were only a few thousand  personal computers, built from kits, at this time,  it was a dramatic prediction.  That number was probably not reached until  a few years later,  as the IBM PC and Macintosh took the leads.   
Topic: personal computer
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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In 1965 I published a number of papers.  This is not the one in which the word "hypertext"  first appeared,  but it is the one which had the most impact  and has been frequently cited. It was presented at the ACM 20th National Congress  in Cleveland, with perhaps most of the  computer scientists in the world present  (which was then possible).  The presentation was theatrical and well received.
Topics: hypertext, zippered lists
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Aug 9, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I received word from Bill Gates' assistant  at Digital World 1995  about Bill's famous memo,  when he saw the Web,  saying "Ted Nelson was right about everything."  (I believe I also heard of this memo from Linda Stone.) This was my letter to Gates  asking if I could have a copy of that grand memo.  There was no reply. Note that at that time Microsoft Press  still owned the rights to my book "Computer Lib",  which it eventually gave back to me.
Topics: Bill Gates, hypertext, on-line publishing
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Jul 26, 2019 Erik Nelson
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Jul 26, 2019
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The "Software" show in 1970 took place at the Jewish Museum. Many from the New York "art world" took part. So did the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S computer club of Princeton, NJ. Nicholas Negroponte's Architecture Machine Group  had a block-stacking machine, illustrated on the cover,  with gerbils.
Topics: Art, Concept Art, New York Art World, R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S.
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"SPL" is short for "Splandremics". Ted's theories of interaction, which he first called   - SPLANDREMICS   (combining "display", "splendor", "dream" and "emics" later,  - FANTICS (from Greek "fainein", to show,   as in "fantastic", "sycophant" and eventually  - VIRTUALITY, to meen SEEMING--  the original meaning, until the word "virtual"  was hijacked for 3-dimensional viewing. These are...
Topics: interaction, user experience
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Jun 20, 2019 Edmund Gale Jewett
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In 1937, there was great neighborliness  around our family farm, Galeridge. When my great-grandfather got a telegram  about my birth in Chicago,  he drove all over to to tell everyone  in our Model A Ford. This is his diary for that day.  It reads: ===   Left 266 [cabin?] with a load of  baggage about 2:00 P.M. Eugenie & I drove by way of Muvails [?] Memorial Hospital and found Frank White making a good come back.   Telegram announcing arrival  of Bobbie's boy reached me about 1...
Topic: Celeste Holm ("Bobbie")
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Jun 19, 2019 Douglas Engelbart
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This is a pocket card summarizing  the operations on Doug Engelbart's  great NLS system. It makes it look simple.  It wasn't.  But it was extremely powerful.
Topic: Groupware
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Jun 19, 2019 Douglas Engelbart
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This is a pocket card summarizing  the operations on Doug Engelbart's  great NLS system.
Topic: Groupware
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Tuomas Lukka
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 20, 2019 Nelson, Caplan and Harris
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 20, 2019
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May 19, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This documents the houseboats of South Forty Pier,   in Sausalito, as they were in 1988. We start with the lovely boat I was renting,  in Berth 18 (greatly changed, it is now at the end  on Berth 20). My son Erik and I video the mud flats  and the other houseboats of the dock. The dock has been upgraded and gentrified  considerably since then. This is of particular interest to residents now.
Topics: houseboat, mud, anchor-out
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May 18, 2019 Ted Nelson
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In 1966, I was assistant to the president of  Harcourt, Brace & World, a major publishing company. I reported directly to the president, who wanted to know  what technologies were coming along.  (My final report  to him is now published under the name "Media 72", available at Lulu.com. He asked me for a sample hypertext on the subject of "slavery in America", and this is what I wrote.  I do not know the precise date.
Topic: hypertext
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May 13, 2019 William Bricken
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May 13, 2019 Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
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iii, 91 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, Constitutions -- United...
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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Here's how the world looked to Ted Nelson in the late eighties.  Here he is interviewed by John Perry Barlow. This is from an anthology volume of Mondo 200.  Mondo 2000 was an exciting magazine that kept  changing its name, with articles on the coming  new world (some of which we now live in).
Topics: Xanadu, New Age movement, New Age movement, New Age movement
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May 13, 2019 Keio University COE International Symposium (2000 : Keio University)
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250 pages : 30 cm +
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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Ted's enthusiastic article proclaims a coming new world  where everyone can publish hypertext. This article can be seen as predicting the World Wide Web,  which caught on four years later. As the article goes on, however, it talks about  capabilities the Web doesn't have--  connection to sources, two-way links--  because Ted thought the world system  would be his team's Xanadu,   but it turned out to be  the more trivial World Wide Web. (FULL TEXT DOWNLOADABLE AS PDF--  start by...
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 10, 2019 Ted Nelson
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May 5, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I think this was a second-grade composition,  asking what I wanted to be when I grew up. Er
Topics: invention, innovation
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Apr 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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While I was working for Lilly, in 1962 and 1963,  I photographed many daily pages of his Lab notebook.    This undeveloped film was just developed by Stanford,  55 years later, and came out very nicely. (Courtesy of Henry Lowood and Stanford University  for developing and scanning the film.) (The film opens with a shot of my film editing setup,  a logo I proposed for "Communication Research Institute")  an irrelevant title mentioning Frank Essapian,  and then the notebook...
Topics: dolphin, tursiops, brain
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Apr 13, 2019 Richard Stallman
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Richard Stallman created important parts of today's software world--  the GNU operating system  (erroneously called "Linux" by many)  see  https://gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html  and copyleft as a way of keeping software free.  See https://gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html.  One of his reasons for doing this was that he didn't like    the secrecy of the Xanadu project (explained below). Making a his own Unix-like system was not, for him,  an end in itself.  It was a means to...
Topics: copyleft, free software
This is the earliest of my computer talks  presently available as a recording.   (Thanks to Henry Lowood and the Stanford Media Preservation Lab,  where the tape was reformatted and digitized.  The original audiotape and papers  that came with it are at Stanford.) The talk was at the RAND Corporation,  the celebrated (and controversial) think-tank in L.A. I talk about the coming world of universal computer screens  (a radical concept to computer people of that time)  and the ethics and...
Topic: freedom
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Apr 9, 2019 Theodor Holm
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Theodor Holm, who raised his daughter Celeste Holm  and his grandson Theodor Holm Nelson,  here describes his own boyhood on the coast of Norway. It was a wonderful big family.   The author was the  youngest of eleven children. A photographic book of that family, in the 1890s,  is on the Archive, taken by a young man who would  later marry one of the daughters. https://archive.org/details/prestegardsminne00land The property on which they lived  is now called "Haa Gamle...
Topics: prestegaard, norway
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Apr 7, 2019 Edmund Gale Jewett
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This is the mortgage taken out on the first parcel  of our family farm, Galeridge, in 1921. Not held by a bank but by an individual.
Topic: old-fashioned
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Apr 6, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is the most sweeping statement of the ideals  behind the Xanadu project.
Topic: freedom
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Apr 6, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This letter to the editor corrects a writeup in New Scientist    that mis-stated hypertext  and my work on it at Brown University. A PDF of the original page is also enclosed.
Topics: media, perpetuity
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Apr 4, 2019 Ted Nelson
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A story written for my son.
Topic: children's stories
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Apr 3, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This begins an essay, now lost,  on what our computer screens would be like. Was I wrong?
Topics: computer graphics, interaction
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Apr 3, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a poem about the Carousel in Central Park,  which I have known and ridden  at different times in my life.
Topic: merry-go-round
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Mar 31, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a conversation out the window  with bypassers Taylor Fogelquist and his wife Catherine Gray,  both very smart. What is at the center of the earth?  My hypothesis: a spinning ball of plasma,  which accounts for--   - the movement of the magnetic pole,   - the slowing of the earth's rotation,   - the magnetic flip recorded in rocks,   - veins of ore that give us gold, tin, uranium ...   - (and so-called "fossil fuels"). This is much more fully expounded in my 70th...
Topics: magnetic north, mineshaft, ore
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Mar 30, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is one of the Dr. Chalmers stories  I told (in this case wrote) to my son.
Topic: superhero
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This comic is both a satire on library automation  (as of 1977) and a plug for the Xanadu Stand. "A Dream for Irving Snerd" was published  in *Creative Computing* magazine, May-June issue, 1977. The satire is mostly in the titles of the  technical papers, which you have to read upside-down. But it's also an ad for the Xanadu Stand concept,  which I wanted to make the document repository of the future. A color photo of a model Xanadu Stand  (made with clay and pencils) is at...
Topics: satire, libraries, computers
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is an application to patent the algorithms  of the Xanadu system, ca. 1973.  This is the one called Hypertyper,  under development with Cal Daniels. Not filed.  Too much happening.
Topics: hypertext, animation
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Mar 27, 2019 Jean Parke Holm
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This is a novel my grandmother wrote in her eighties.  It was found and completed not long before she died,  circa 1972. The poetry is remarkable-- especially the poem at the end
Topic: medieval novel'
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a patent application for the system  I called Cinenym,  which would allow movie editing  attached to the script.  (Note that the pictures are in a separate PDF within this item.) This was before full pictorial display  was possible on computer screens,  so it was intended for use with a videotape controller. The graphical displays were limited to line drawing. However, the intent was to get a broader patent  through the claims, as is always done.
Topics: videotape, script display
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I believe I was the first to invent movie editing  by computer;  my system was patent pending at the time,  but had to be abandoned in 1971   due to lack of funds. In this system the shots were tied to the script  rather than simply visual,  as in the later Avid and Final Cut systems  that later reached the market. This was a presentation to the Society of  Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Topics: video, movies
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a brief description of the CGI system  I worked on for years  (see my book, "The Scene Machine")--  described in print for the 1968 meeting  of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. (It may have appeared in an earlier preprint.)
Topics: photorealism, scene simulation
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This describes the 1971 Xanadu design,  prior to redesign for Hypertyper with Cal Daniels Parallel streams,  "babbling through beds".
Topic: hypertext
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Mar 27, 2019 Ted Nelson
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How shall we visualize time?   (See end for MANY PAGES OF PICTURES.) Clocks and calendars, the usual graphics,  offer only a teeny part of the possibilities.  Spirals (of various kinds) allow visualization  and annotation of time at any resolution. (A partial implementation in VRML  by Kennichi Unnai is one of the illustrations.) This was a patent application,  to be paid for by someone else, a backer. The backer did not come through with the payment  and so no application was filed.
Topics: time, clock, calendar
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Mar 27, 2019 Jean Parke Holm
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These are reworked pencil drawings, done in the 1920s or 1930s,  of actor Fritz Leiber, a friend, in three roles--  KING LEAR, HAMLET and SHYLOCK. (1926, the date required by this format, is a guess.) The artist is my grandmother, Jean Parke Holm,  who raised both my me and my mother,  actress Celeste Holm. The reworked pencil drawing was her chosen medium.  However, she had done Vogue covers at the turn of the century. The originals are lost and these pictures are the best  I can find....
Topics: Hamlet, Shakespeare, Celeste Holm
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Mar 24, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This expresses my love for the family farm,  Galeridge, where my mother and I both grew up. My great-grandparents, Edmund Gale Jewett  and Blanche Eugenie Jewett,  bought the first parcel in 1921. (Edmund has a number of publications  at the Internet Archive.)
Topics: countryside, New Jersey
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Mar 24, 2019 Deborah Stone Nelson
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Written in partial fulfillment  of a Master's degree  at the Bank Street College of Education.
Topics: education, poverty
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Mar 24, 2019
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I have been obsessed with schematic philosophy  since my 1958 paper "Schematics, Systematics, Normatics". (More on history below.) THIS IS THE BEST WRITEUP, just found.  It is dense but coherent and comprehensive  (except for a couple of key subjects, merely mentioned at the end). I express the hope of creating a "lingua franca"  for discussing ideas.    Not very likely but a grand scheme. This was written at Datapoint in San Antonio in December 1982.  (I worked on...
Topics: schematics, schematic philosophy, normatics, strategics, abstraction, description, representation
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Mar 24, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is a vocabulary of General Schematics  for the 1990 Hackers Conference,  and then updated. I had forgotten the much better one from 1982, https://archive.org/details/GeneralSchematicsIntroductionToTerminology1990
Topics: schematics, systematics, normatics
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Mar 17, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was a handout for a talk at Stanford  in Terry Winograd's class. It can be seen as a followup on my pieces  in Creative Computing-- https://archive.org/details/VIRTCrC1980/page/n6 It leads up the 1994 seminar book at https://archive.org/details/CinemaOfTheMindSeminarBook1994
Topics: interaction, user experience
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Mar 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This book was the handout for Ted's seminar,  "Cinema of the Mind," in 1994  (handed out at U.B.C.) There has been no time or opportunity  to rewrite it since then,  though parts of it have been in  all of Ted's lectures. Ted's term, "virtuality"--   in its original sense, SEEMING--  is the central concept of the book. The breadth is challenging--  the design of structure,  the philosophy of ideas,  the strong resemblance to cinema,  and the need for a director.
Topics: software design, interaction, virtuality, UX
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Mar 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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I took this picture of him by the barn door  when I was about 13. He liked to call it "Aged in the Wood."
Topics: science, poetry
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Mar 16, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is an outrageous application,  proposing to do research in display systems  (very rare at the time)   and "computers for the consumer market"--  which were 22 years away. Here is the key paragraph: "I am interested in doing design research in the next generation of computer software packaging: display systems, 'human engineering' of control systems, programed [sic] teaching, information retrieval, docking and contingency analysis, creative materials handing.  I would...
Topics: writing, screens, hypertext
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Mar 16, 2019 Suzanne Northington
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An astute article by Suzanne Northington,  San Francisco Focus, May 1989.
Topics: hypertext, Lee Felsenstein
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Mar 16, 2019 The Economist
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This show celebrates the anniversary of the Web,  but concentrates on what came before.   There's a nice interview with Ted Nelson in the middle,  and the interviewer urges us to watch "Xanadu Basics 1a." Then the show ends with:  "This idea of fusing story-telling with computers  affirms the vision of Ted Nelson  at the very beginning of on-line networking."
Topics: hypertext, parallel pages
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Mar 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This was the announcement of my first lecture  on computers and hypertext, in January 1965,  when I was teaching sociology at Vassar College.   (The announcement is followed by a review of the talk  by student Lauren Wedeles.) Actually I wrote the announcement in December 1964  and sent it in for faculty approval. It will be seen that three people signed it,  I believe unchanged. The event was greatly anticipated.  The turnout was huge. Apparently it seemed too crazy.  Nobody on the...
Topics: hypertext, hypermedia, shunning
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Mar 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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My great-grandfather, Edmund Gale Jewett,  was a science teacher, very reserved, with a white beard  when I knew him. (He also posed as Jesus for my grandmother, Jean Parke Holm;  those portraits are on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/jeanparkeartistp00park/page/n13 ) The 1920 edition of his science book,  still very good, is available for download on the Internet Archive (Smith and Jewett, "An Introduction to the Study of Science").  He wrote a very moving...
Topics: lumber, science, Jewett family
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Mar 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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When Marlene and I were married in 2012,  we honeymooned at Vision Quest Ranch,  where they had elephants. It was wonderful. Butch, shown in the picture, brought us breakfast  one day.  I believe he is smiling.
Topics: elephant, honeymoon, breakfast
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Mar 13, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is poster illustrates the software now called  Xanadu Classic,  and its unique addressing structure. Content, versions and links are all given addresses  within the tumbler addressing scheme. The system technicalities wore worked out  in the summer of 1979 by Ted Nelson's team--  Roger Gregory, Mark Miller, Stuart Green,  Roland King and Eric Hill. The story is explained in Nelson's book  "Literary Machines" (1982 et seq.) Video demonstrations may be seen on Youtube  in...
Topics: hypertext, versioning
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Mar 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This is about realistic imaging,  and a hypothetical machine for doing it. I independently thought of ray-tracing in 1961,  and worked for years on my own approach--  not mathematical (I can't do math)  but SPATIAL, representing a 3D scene in terms  of triangles and search rays through the scene of triangles. (I thought of smoothing over triangles early--  it was published by others later.  It is now, of course, a standard method.) Hoping for patent rights,  I came up with a bizarre...
Topics: CGI, image sythesis, hybrid computing
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Mar 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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A plan for world-wide unified document service,  sponsored by Autodesk.
Topics: hypertext, Xanadu
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Mar 12, 2019 ted nelson
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What others now call interaction design,  or user experience design, I call the design of virtuality. "Virtuality" has meant the seeming of things since  the 18th century, and even though others push it  to mean 3D, I stick with the old meaning.  (I earlier used the terms "splandremics" and "fantics",  but they didn't catch on.) When we design screenworlds,  and interactive applications,  we are designing imaginary worlds  and how to show and emphasize...
Topics: interaction, splandremics, fantics
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Mar 12, 2019 Scott Warren
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This published description of the Smalltalk implementation  for the 8080 family of processors   was published by the ACM,  which probably made the author,  Scott Warren,  think he could distribute the software. He had another think coming-- see https://archive.org/details/RosettaBrochure
Topics: object-oriented, message-passing, computer language
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Mar 12, 2019 Scott Warren
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Rosetta Smalltalk was a version of the Smalltalk language,  created by Scott Warren,  that almost got out to the public in 1979. See Warren's writeup for the ACM, included here.)   (The language was originally designed by Alan Kay) (Alan told me he liked it.)  But Rosetta Smalltalk was killed,  presumably by Adele Goldberg,  who was attempting to commercialize  her own version of Smalltalk.  ("I wish she'd just stop," Alan Kay told me.) It was to be a plug-in cartridge for the...
Topics: computer language, object-oriented, message-passing
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Mar 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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This hard-to-find article was published in Datamation,  15 Dec 1986.  Here is the only copy I could find,  unfortunately printed on fanfold,  so that some lines are cut off,  and with both sides scanned. It is of historical interest to some.
Topics: hypertext, files
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Mar 12, 2019 Ted Nelson
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The Human Awareness Institute,  which I sometimes call "my church",  is a supportive and wonderful environment  for relating to other people and finding your own truths. I am grateful for the love and kindness  I have felt from this group,  and very grateful to its late founder,  Stan Dale, for his personal help. When I joined in 1988 it was called  "The Stan Dale Sex Workshops,"  but it has changed a lot since then,  and there is still a lot of talk about sex  but...
Topics: love, kindness, human potential
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Mar 11, 2019 Ted Nelson
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(There is another, fiercer picture of Ted with the model  within this Internet Archive item.  These pictures may be re-used freely,  with attribution please.) Ted's plan in the 1970s for world electronic publishing  was to store content at "Xanadu stands",  which would deliver the content on request  through the network.  (There was no public network yet,  that was just ASSUMED.) The Xanadu stands would be franchised  like McDonald's stands, as a simple way  of financing...
Topics: ISP, storage services, hypertext, hypermedias
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Great Dildonics interview by Tracey Logan of BBC, 2012  (A condensed version of this interview was later broadcast on BBC,  saying Ted Nelson is "best known for dildonics" (????) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00nrj4m  ) It sounds as if Tracey and Ted are in the same room,  but Tracey is in a studio in London,  and Ted is in a studio in Berkeley, California. Tracey was assigned to interview Ted about Dildonics,  but the conversation gets there slowly. First she raves about...
Topics: dildonics, sexual Turing test
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Mar 10, 2019 Hannu Puttonen
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(NOTE: Enclosed PDF tells the story in detail.) This radio play, produced in 1997,  is about Ted Nelson looking back from the year 2015,  and the immense impact that the Xanadu project  has had on the world.  (At least, according to the script.) However, this did not happen in 2015. The guy who plays Ted Nelson doesn't sound like Ted Nelson,  but the show sounds pretty interesting, even if you don't know Finnish.
Topics: hypertext, Kubla Khan