Links for May 31, 2016

How Literature Became Word Perfect

Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, published in 1883, is commonly thought to be the first typewritten book. But Twain dictated that book to an assistant. In publishing, a typewritten copy would be annotated and sent back for changes via a long chain of staffers. Before secretaries and their typewriters, the clerk and his pen ruled the office—those were human beings, too. The perfection of perfect copy was the result of a process managed by human beings, producing multiple physical versions of the text. The edited text was a being of a kind, just like its human editors.

Secrets Behind Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean

Battle for the Sunken Treasure uses a combination of physical sets, audio-animatronic (AA) figures, and giant projection screens to help bring the story to life. There are moments where the real water that supports the ride vehicles matches up with the level of the ocean’s surface on the projection screens.


Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.