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Prefaces, Prologues and Paratext

A preface or prologue is a sort of pretext to the writing that follows it; it sets up the reader, as it were, to encounter the text that it introduces. It attempts to mediate then, between the world of the reader and the world of the text by making clear an intention. Now this intention […]

March 2007 / 2 min.


So what do you do when your wife’s computer says this? Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Why, this of course: How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting Of course, we couldn’t find her Windows XP recovery CD, so we borrowed […]

March 2005 / 1 min.

Computer Science Professors’ Brief in Grokster

Amici write to call to the Court’s attention several computer science issues raised by Petitioners and amici who filed concurrent with Petitioners, and to correct certain of their technical assertions. First, the United States’ description of the Internet’s design is wrong. P2P networks are not new developments in network design, but rather the design on […]

March 2005 / 2 min.

Culture as a Map

It is significant that “culture” is sometimes described as a map; it is the analogy which occurs to an outsider who has to find his way around in a foreign landscape and who compensates for his lack of practical mastery, the prerogative of the native, by the use of a model of all possible routes. […]

March 2005 / 1 min.

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