sentence surgery: hybridizing Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

Darwin’s sentences are tedious. Many of his paragraphs are hideously long, complex sentences that are really multiple complete sentences and useless filler words and phrases strung together with semicolons, colons, commas, or some combination.

This material is not the easiest to understand to begin with. And complex ideas need to be presented clearly and concisely as possible. So I’m breaking down sentences as well as paragraphs, and this time changing much more punctuation than I have in the others.

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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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new plan for Tezos, and for pete’s sake, do your own research

In my last post, I showed the first three CNFTs in Love Machine Shorts #2, of which there will be 13 altogether. My intention at the time was to make two different versions of the collection, one for Cardano and another one for Tezos, based on the same initial sketches.

I made a list of visual distinctions and then made a test version of Stanislav the Chef to see if there were really enough differences to consider minting them on another network. I shrunk them to mobile size and looked at them next to each other. Showed them to a handful of tight friends in the space and asked for feedback.

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3 CNFTs from Love Machine Shorts #2 are live on Genesis House

It took a little longer than I wanted, but I’m finally producing the images for Love Machine Shorts #2. The first three are now listed on Genesis House, a relatively new NFT auction house and marketplace on Cardano.

There will be different versions of Shorts #2 — one for each blockchain network I’m eyeballing in the expansion of the project. Cardano will get the first set. By the end of the year I’ll release them on Tezos. I was planning to branch out to a second blockchain network in January, but I’ll be ready sooner.

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new collection of Love Machine PFP CNFTs, and a brand new website for Love

When I scrawled the first set of five Love Machine heads, the goal was simply to experiment with brushes and drawing styles to help me figure out how I wanted to draw the collection. When I was finished with a few of them, I thought they were pretty cool and someone might like them.

That was before I knew PFP (profile pic) NFTs were such a popular category of art in this space. Now that I’ve seen how people use them on social media, it makes sense. And I’ve been asked many times when I’ll make more.

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[update] Tokhun partners x The Refresh collabaway CNFTs go out today

Since my last post about the Tokhun x The Refresh collabaway, the collection of donated CNFTs grew to 60. That’s 60 CNFTs going out today to 60 randomly-chosen people.

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