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TwainBot: classical literature meets digital media

I’m excited to share with you all the public release of a new project I’ve been working on: Mock Twain!    About a month ago I came up with the idea to tweet an entire book, and immediately using Twain as a source sprang to mind! It’s a simple enough idea, mixing a new-world digital medium with old-world art/content. […]

The Power of Empathy

Empathy is a choice because in order to connect with someone’s feeling you have to connect with something in yourself that knows that feeling. When people are in a painful emotional space, rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.

Order & Disorder

Every observable aspect of the physical universe is a container of information. Modern science is just now discovering the secrets of information and how as a fundamental part of the universe it can be used to release great power.

A Comet Unnoticed

Comets have long been portents of change. They challenge the rote repetition of our skies. An astute observer of the sky will perhaps have recently noticed a new object in the sky, a comet, present for the last few weeks (you would have had to look east just before sunrise near the star Spica). This was […]

Sunday Haiku

if the crows are out it is not really raining at all cold and stark perhaps   solar rite divides long ice crystal nights into manageable sorrows   earth can not fathom how sun can yet waver with such constancy Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.

Fisheye Gamma Ray Photo

  A neat image came up on the fantastic Astronomy Picture of the Day that caught my eye. Here is a picture of the Milky Way as seen from Earth orbit… in gamma ray light! The image from the Fermi Space Telescope is of course in false-color, but is nonetheless striking!   What is so […]

A Clay Fired Duke

To terminate an illness of culture you could shatter a clay fired duke. Inside you would find a desperate character — Clay Duke.  The performance of Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke was as desperate as the character itself. This is art imitating life that makes watching the performance compelling.   In Panama City, Florida on December 14th 2010 at a school board meeting Clay […]

No Results Found

“No Results Found” This was the reply that Google gave me for a recent search.   How could this be?! Hasn’t everything been Google’d and written about by now? True, I wrapped my query in quotes, forcing the search engine to look for exact matches to the string. Maybe I forced too strong a constraint. […]

Sunday Haiku

leaves fall through still air gifting us the taste of truth with Earth’s rotation nature’s apprentice paints ice crystals on each blade of grass on long nights unhindered comet when time comes to be present crows will know the sky Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.