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Literature Map, a cool tool

Thanks to @PaulaatAME on Twitter for tweeting this rather fun little tool called Literature Map.

You type in an author’s name, and a cloud of other author names comes up. They may be included because they write similar things, or others who read those authors also read these, or for other reasons.

The tool is meant to helpĀ  you follow a trail among authors, to discover new ones and see where you might end up. But it’s also part of the Gnod project (“gnod,” I assume, derived from “gnosis” or “knowledge”?), the brainchild of someone named Marek Gibney. Here’s the description of what the Gnod project is intended to be:

Gnod is my experiment in the field of artificial intelligence. Its a self-adapting system, living on this server and ‘talking’ to everyone who comes along. Gnods intention is to learn about the outer world and to learn ‘understanding’ its visitors. This enables gnod to share all its wisdom with you in an intuitive and efficient way. You might call it a search-engine to find things you don’t know about.

The Gnod project has similar portals for music, movies, and people. So this is obviously more than a literary tool to help you discover more authors. It’s an attempt to create a new sort of thinking thing, with the help of everyone who visits the site. Fascinating!

A school library tossing its books

This has me so horrified I can’t even write about it. Read here:

Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.

I may be able to comment more coherently in a bit. Or not.

Edited: Some of the people at Library Thing have a few choice things to say. If you’re a member, be sure to add your voice there.

Jeremy at the PhiloBiblos blog also weighs in.

Royal Opera House and the Twitter Opera

I love this! The Royal Opera House in the UK is putting together an actual opera composed of tweets from Twitter – ‘The Twitter Opera’: new Royal Opera House production in ‘tweets’.

“The Twitter Opera” will join 140-character Twitter messages into a libretto set to familiar opera tunes and new music by composer Helen Porter.

The two singers, an experienced baritone and a soprano both in their mid 30s, will be announced next week.

This is hilarious. The Opera House invited people to submit tweets that would be used in the opera, and the results are posted on Royal Opera House blog channel.

As you read along in the news report, you can see that some art critics are rolling their eyes at the idea, while others think it’s great. Myself, I think people need to relax. I don’t think this is going to end up substituting for opera as we know it; I think it might draw more people in, and widen their perspectives.

I doubt it can actually end up being a “good opera.” But I do think it’s a fun idea.

Book vs. Kindle – some funny videos

I’m not really slagging the Kindle today (I’m being passive), but the people at Green Apple Books have put up some amusing videos both at their blog, The Green Apple Core, and on their YouTube channel. They’re setting the Kindle battling with books, and so far they’re on round 6.

You’ll have to watch the videos to see who’s winning, heehee!

Here’s a sample, from Round 4: Nap Time.

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