“People build these communities without really recognizing what they are, then they suddenly realize, we’re out of money, we’ve changed priorities, we’ve been acquired—they decide to jettison their material,” Scott said. “That’s when we step in. We grab a copy of it for posterity, just because the conversation stops when the data is gone. We take a backup so that somebody can make use of it down the line.”
One of the archives promises that, just because a page isn’t displayed, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever: “It may simply mean that we haven’t gotten around to restoring it.”
“Your page isn’t gone,” Scott said, when I mentioned my search. “It’s just in a quantum state.”
Well, it’s November, which means in addition to traveling, feasting and the mad scramble to get all Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, I’m also tackling NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again.
For those who aren’t away, NaNoWriMo is a project to write a novel (50,000 words) in a single month. That’s about 1,667 words (or 7 pages) a day, every day, for 30 days.
I did it last year, and I can tell you, it is not easy. But more importantly, it’s also not impossible.
I learned some lessons from last year’s experience.
I created this series of ephemera art boxes created for Insert Change Here (insertchangehere.com), a fundraiser put on by W+K 12.8 to benefit arts education in Portland public schools. Each box contained the possessions of one Portland resident on a significant day in the city’s history, and on the day when each encountered an unusual creature in the water. They were placed in vending machines and sold on the event’s opening night.
This weekend, I had a chance to work on the first artifact for the Black Letter Game, a series by the makers of the Game that delivers, over the course of several months, five real-life, puzzle-containing objects to your door, each tied into a larger story and plotline. Continue reading →