zach whalen



I teach classes in digital studies, I research digital media (video games especially), and I work on various critical or creative projects.
Sometimes I write things and post them here.

Blog Posts

Visual Text Analysis with ImageMagick

14th Nov, 2014
Using ImageMagick to create montages to support the analysis of visual texts.

Power Dive into the Danger Zone

22nd Sep, 2014
Paramount Pictures shut down a Twitter account that was posting Top Gun frame by frame, so I made a Twitter doing the same thing with a movie in the public domain. It's not quite Top Gun, but it's as close as overly-zealous copyright paranoia will allow.

Re: Re-networking House of Leaves, AMillionBluePages.net and Finding an Audience

17th Mar, 2014
Part of a collaborative teaching experience on the novel, House of Leaves, the website amillionbluepages.net curates and collates page-specific user-generated content.

´╗┐Lexia to Perplexia (2000 - 2013)

20th Jan, 2014
The text of a presentation I delivered at the 2014 Modern Language Association Convention, discussing the life, death, and afterlife of Talan Memmott's "Lexia to Perplexia."

Using Google Spreadsheets for a generated text Twitter bot

10th Nov, 2013
I have been interested in Twitter bots for some time now. I wanted other people interested in bots to have an easy way to get started, so I made one with Google Spreadsheets.

Twitter bots, Markov chains and "large slices of clarity"

16th Jul, 2013
For my first foray into the world of literary Twitter bots, I roll my own Markov chain generator to appropriate the voice of the madwoman in House of Leaves attic.