Another Use of the Latest Technology to Tell the Wonderland Story

These days, we’re all seeing our beloved Victorian era (but let’s face it, timeless) Alice books retold using various forms of cutting edge technology.  Here’s another example, this time from Adobe, that plays with special CSS (cascading style sheet, for non-developer folks) tags to tell the story in a stylish, web-based environment.  You will note that the graphic design is quite distinctive, as well.  Alice looks like a cross between a goth bobby-soxer and a dominatrix.  And the caterpillar with the hookah–well, I confess the image did make me think “hookah” when I saw it!  ;-)

Regardless of what you think of the project’s success in telling the Wonderland story well, it’s technically impressive.  And it’s always fun to see that Lewis Carroll’s works continue to inspire people all over the globe.  (If the video doesn’t show below, try reloading this page in your browser.)

And if you’d like to read more about how the Adobe team created this sample, click me.

Make Your Own Alice Movies With Plotagon Software

Plotagon AliceIf you attended our fall meeting in Los Angeles, you may have already seen a sample of this new tool in action: a company called Plotagon has created an Alice in Wonderland pack for their animated movie creation software.  All you need to do is write your own story, add it to Plotagon’s software, and the Wonderland avatars then perform your script.  The tool is currently in Beta (final testing) stage, and at the moment it’s completely free to download and use.

Please  read their FAQs and Terms of Service  carefully before you start.  If you want to share your little featurettes, you would need to upload your finished project to Plotagon’s web site, and share a link from there.  And while you retain rights to any original story you create, Plotagon retains rights to all aspects of their software, so you are creating projects with joint ownership.  There is of course also the likelihood that Plotagon will charge for use of the software and/or hosting down the road.  For now, however, we have been assured it’s free to download and use.

To learn more and download the software, click me.

If you check it out, let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

Handcrafted Dodocases for Apple iPads Have Vintage Flair

Dodocase FolioLooking for a nifty-looking protective case for your new iPad Air?  Or any other iPad, Nexus, Kindle or iPhone, for that matter? Then you might want to check out a company in San Francisco called Dodocase. According to their web site, the company prides itself on using traditional bookbinding techniques, and on manufacturing their cases locally. They have a nice selection of patterns, colors, and features, some with a distinctly Victorian or vintage feel.  If you want something unique, they even offer a Build-A-Dodo feature. Granted, there are lots of less expensive iPad cases out there. But if you’re looking for something handcrafted with a touch of class (and clearly, a Carrollian sensibility–check out the sample monogram!), then it might be worth browsing the Dodocase offerings.

To view their collection, click me.

Do you own a Dodocase?  Let us know what you think of it in the Comments!

The 43rd Most Highlighted Phrase by Kindle Readers

Speaking of privacy matters, in case you didn’t already know this, Amazon keeps track of what phrases are most often highlighted by folks who read their eBooks on Kindles.  Now, by all rights, if those folks using Kindle readers really knew their Carrolliana, they would have found a way to make it 42nd, but research has shown that following after a whole slew of Suzanne Collins/The Hunger Games quotes, the 43rd most highlighted phrase is the Duchess’s Escher-esque advice to Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”

To read the full New Republic article about the highlighting habits of Kindle readers (and what it says about our culture), click here.

A Jabberwocky for the Computer Programming Age

Today, we received this note and clever riff on Lewis Carroll’s famous poem Jabberwocky, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.  Thank you, Austin Dixon, for sharing this with everyone!  Readers: if you enjoy it, please post a comment here to let Austin know you appreciate his efforts.  Thanks!  Now, we just need someone to write a version as a Monty Python script.

I would like to submit this Jabberwocky parody for your consideration. It’s what Jabberwocky would look like if it were a Python Script. I wrote this myself, and I give you the right to use it on your site if you wish. Just include my name if you do. Thanks.

 def jabberWocky (brillig, toves, slithey, gyre, gimble, borogroves, mimsey, in_grabe, out_grabe, mome):

while (brillig == True) AND (toves == slithy):

wabe = toves * (gyre + gimble)

return wabe

if (borogroves != mimsy):

mome.raths = in_grabe

momeStatus = mome.raths

print (“Status for Mome Raths is”, momeStatus)

else:

mome.raths = out_grabe

momeStatus = mome.raths

print (“Status for Mome Raths is”, momeStatus)

Copyright 2013 by
Austin Dixon
Digitization Technologist | Hoole Library

An Unabridged and Animated Alice for Tablet Computers

Long before the world knew anything of tablet PCs and iPads, David Neal had an idea for an animated audiobook that children could watch on a screen. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the inspiration, more specifically the many talented illustrators who had brought the story to life. Fast forward twenty years and Neal has brought the story to life in his own way. As he puts it, “to make a long story short, twenty voices, three animators, an investor and various other help and ten or so months later, we have created Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The 150th Anniversary Edition for Tablet Computers.

In the audiobook, classic illustrations are animated and sometimes merge into each other. Watching the preview, it is quite strange to see Bessie Pease Gutmann’s white rabbit metamorphose into Margaret Tarrant’s white rabbit and from there into Alice B. Woodward’s white rabbit—hopping all the way. Illustration afficionados might like to take the opportunity to test their knowledge as the scenes unfold!

The audiobook can be purchased via the website Alice Winks for $9.95.