Pages of Stuff
As a second time reader of House of Leaves I was expecting the Million Blue Pages site to affect me more than it did. I went into the project very excited to share knowledge and ideas with people across the country who enjoy the book as much as I do but left feeling disappointed. Lack of interaction among creators as well as lack of explanation about the significance of some nodes made it difficult to gain anything from just looking at the content. If I could go back and create nodes with students on other campuses I would; I also would have liked to have objects with more thought from students outside out class. On the other hand, I gained a lot from creating my own content and further exploring specific areas of interest such as foreign languages. Some pages are better than others but all added to my experience with the book.
For my first few nodes I made content with basic word documents and Excel because those are formats I was already comfortable working in. As I gained confidence in navigating tumblr I tried a simple text post directly to the Million Blue Objects page. In general I was not happy with some of the limitations of tumblr including an inability to change the spacing and color of text as well as the way block quotes show up. When we started making physical objects out of the pages themselves I decided to try my hand at making vines. Looking back at them now there are a few things I would’ve changed about how I recorded the blizzard books. I also would have tagged the people who created books other than mine in the vines of their books so they could’ve had access to them more easily. My favorite node to make involved painting and then creating a vine though this is probably the least useful in creating knowledge for other readers; the helpfulness of a visualizing a series of pages is up to the individuals looking at the content. At this point I don’t see any of these formats being useful for what our group is trying to accomplish with our final project. We could potentially utilize Omeka to create out exhibit but none of the Million Blue Pages nodes will be helpful to me.
Some of the most interesting nodes in my opinion are those which take specific details from the text and expand on or remix the information to build a greater knowledge base. I found that tweets are the least interesting and helpful because the content is not necessarily related in any way to the book. Inclusion of memes is something else I’m confused by. I appreciate that people are using a current media form to convey ideas but the lack of execution and relevance makes them difficult to interact with as someone who has a decent idea of what the book means to me. I’m really looking forward to seeing what other classes create for the remainder of the project and will remain optimistic that there is mind-blowing content in the works.