The Spoon River Metblog will be shown in the Juried Exhibitions of the 2009 International Symposium of Electronic Art. The exhibition will be held at the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in August and September.  Alas, I will not be able to attend the conference this year.

It’s always tricky to figure out how to display a work like Spoon River Metblog in a gallery setting.  I usually fall back on a tool I hate but have much experience with – the dreaded powerpoint.  For the exhibition, I’ve put the entirety of Spoon River Metblog into a slideshow, and hosted it on Slideshare. The embedding can be a little tweaky, so if it’s not playable, you can get it directly at


I didn’t notice anything on the first day. I was always good at blocking out distractions and focusing on the task at hand. And putting your own needs to the side for the sake of the work is a necessary corporate survival skill.

I do recall that late that afternoon, while sitting at my desk I noticed an electric feeling in the air behind me.  In the same way you sometimes hear a high-pitched whine that vanishes before you can figure out if it’s coming from one of your computers, or if it’s the death shriek of another inner-ear hair, heralding your advancing tinnitus.

Except this wasn’t completely audible. It was also a physical sensation. Like leaving your back to the sun for a little too long.  No matter which way I turned, the feeling/sound was always somewhere behind me. A vertiginous moment.

I shut my eyes and took a deep breath. The sensation was gone. And I went back to work.

It wasn’t until the second day that I noticed the wings.

Liz: Can you think of a single SDCC panel about web series that doesn’t involve Felicia Day?
Rudy: Felicia Day knows the gate. Felicia Day is the gate. Felicia Day is the key and the guardian of the gate. All is one under Felicia Day.
Liz: That just broke the nerd sound barrier
Rudy: Also: Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Whedon R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
Liz: ahhahahah
Liz: Google Translator was befuddled by that