how HTML and JavaScript make footnotes obsolete

God, I hate footnotes! I confess I tend to ignore them. And they’re important. But by the time I get to the part of the page where they are, half the time I’ve forgotten which one I was supposed to look at and have to go back up and find my place again.

The difficulty and time spent finding where you left off depends on the distance your eyes have to travel both ways. Then you have to use cognitive effort to put the new information in context with what you were reading. And each of these activities takes time and thought away from the thoughts you were having about what you were reading.

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Frankenstein and Sappho are served up. anarchist lit in the deep fryer

The literary scene on Cardano is building infrastructure. So if you hear jackhammers in the distance, pardon the noise. That sound is just a handful of people getting up at (or staying up to) wee hours to turn your wallet into a bookshelf.

A couple weeks ago I published 10 million copies of Frankenstein as a fungible token (FT) on Cardano. The following morning I had a great opportunity to talk about it in the Tokhun Breakfast Twitter Space hosted by Tokhun’s community manager CardanoNoodz. And there was someone else listening with similar ideas.

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Frankenstein: or, Formatting a 200+ year old manuscript for the web

You can tell when you read old books that people used to have longer attention spans, and there was nary a screen to read from. Many of the paragraphs are very long, to the point where many pages look like walls of text.

Reading something displayed on a screen is very different from reading something printed on paper. A screen makes white by emitting a full spectrum of light, and a lot of it. If you’re like me and look at a screen all day, you know all too well what chronic eye strain feels like.

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publishing my own version of Frankenstein on Cardano

I’m extraordinarily pleased to say I’ve learned the trick to making the HTML NFTs display with all CSS styling intact in Pool.pm.

This has been a thorn in my side since I started doing this, and the answer was under my nose the whole time. It took a conversation with @ThisCrazyLife to figure out the issue, and he’s earned a lifetime subscription to dark mode press’s future classic lineup for this service.

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21 Flavors of Lorem Ipsum: How I built a book as a website and minted it as an NFT on Cardano

I’ve been working on a way to create literary NFTs, or at least NFTs with significant literary components, with HTML and CSS. Basically to demonstrate that NFTs aren’t just JPGs. They can also be books, articles, short stories, screenplays, musical scores, etc.

So far, I’ve minted an article, a four-page magazine template, and an album for the 04 variants of Atmosfear Destroyed. On Thursday, I minted the prototype of a book of 83,012 words.

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[publishing] just minted a 4-page HTML album. Now what?

Since I successfully minted an article as HTML, I’ve been working on list of formats I want to test. Thursday I minted my first “album” of 04 variants from my Atmofear Destroyed collection on Tezos. A four-page website with a home page, two gallery pages, and an About page.

This is web design, but it’s not like designing a normal website. All the files are stored on IPFS and being served from a p2p network. HTTPS protocol serves content from a central source, and browsers are built on HTTPS. The two protocols don’t always play nicely together.

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[publishing 3.0] trying to mint a website as an NFT on Cardano

I haven’t posted for a little while because I’ve gone down a creative rabbit hole trying to do something hard and have forgotten about the physical world. The one where I have to eat and talk to people and stuff.

So my brain is flickering with various types of code and what I’m trying to do hinges on a tenuous relationship between IPFS protocol and HTTPS-oriented browsers that don’t recognize it or know how to handle it properly yet. When there’s full browser support for this, it will all be easier.

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[neurodivergence] getting uncomfortably personal with new Love Machine PFP NFTs for Tezos

Yesterday I did something that might create some backlash for me. I started a sub-collection of Love Machine PFP NFTs about what it’s like to be neurodivergent.

It’s scary. I’m nervous about what’s going to happen because people with these differences still have to live with so much stigma. Because I’ve taken a lot of criticism for being different and for having the challenges I do. I know I’m opening myself up to more.

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what Cardano FTs mean for the dissemination of knowledge

Cardano NOODZ has been working hard to start what I think is the most incredible project on Cardano — The Alexandria Project.

Here is its library collection so far, covering multiple topics. It might look like another web page with grid of image thumbnails on it. But what you’re looking at is part of the future of publishing.

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