Lisa Hicks

I'm a bit unsure about what I should do for this mid-term. I think I've done all of the chapter responses, etc., so catching up is not really an issue. I think. I have been a big slacker with regard to reading other people's "stuff," so I suppose this is a good time to remedy that.

I checked out the short stories. Before I comment on that, just a general note on the Web page: it's kind of a pain having to check empty files. Is there any way to cause files to change color or something as the work is dropped in? Since I'm sort of cyber-illiterate, I don't know. Anyway, on to the stories.

I enjoyed all of the stories, but there were several that I thought were exceptionally cool. I really liked the poem (I think it was David Stanke's). I loved Lisa Eckstein's hyper-text story. It kind of reminded me of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books for upper-elementary-school kids. "If you would go with the leprechaun, turn to page 57. If you would continue on your way, turn to page 30." I always liked reading those straight through. It adds a bit of randomness to our linear lives. But anyway.

I had wanted to do a story set in a higher dimension, but since I can't visualise a higher dimension, I didn't. Thus, I really admire the people who were able to come up with compelling higher-dimensional stories. I really like the newspaper article from the fourth dimension about the fifth-dimensional visitor. I forget who wrote it, but it was good.

I also liked the unexpected aspect of some of the stories. The O. Henry-esque plot twist to Kenny's story had me laughing for about ten minutes, and I thought Scott's punny names were hilarious.

I was pressed for time, so I didn't get into the chapter entries--yet.

I went back to the e-mails that I sent to Professor Banchoff and that he sent back, and I really don't find anything to "follow up" on. Wait, I did find one thing. He mentioned how, with thick pieces of cardboard, you could show how a right cylinder and a slanted cylinder have the same volume. I was thinking that a good example of this would be those square note-pads with the waxy coating on one side. You can twist those, and slant them, and do all kinds of weird things, but the volume of the stack will never be affected. Cool, hunh?

As for suggestions for the class, I think it's been great so far, so I don't suggest any sweeping changes. I really liked reading all of the stories, and I think another assignment like that would be fun. I'm both looking forward to the group projects and fearing them--looking forward to them as a challenge and fearing them because of my lack of Web proficiency. Hopefully, they will be as rewarding as some other assignments have been.

Random note: I'm constantly amused by my spell-checker. It wanted to change "cyber" to "Siberia." Hee hee.

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