Week 9

Luers, Will. “Plotting the Database.” Database | Narrative | Archive: Seven Interactive Essays on Digital Nonlinear Storytelling. Ed. Matt Soar and Monika Gagnon. N. p., 2013. Web.

In this reading, Will Luer discusses the features of a database narrative through “Plotting the Database”, published in 2012. Different database narratives such as entry points are explained throughout the article. There are 8 sections that will uses to explain how different elements are used and together create a more engaging piece of work.

Some of what he says is really interesting as we can relate it back to what we are working on at school. He says that the entry points set the tone for the rest of the database narrative, and this takes impact on how I would proceed with new korsakow projects. With korsakow the customization options are limited but give us enough options to reflect the tone of our project with simple tools such as selecting the start and end SNU.

Helpful things

Memorize something every day,

This sounds easy, and it is. This technique is really effective too. First it trains your memory, you will quickly notice that remembering simple things becomes very easy. Now, if you choose to memorize something like daily quotes you will have a library of quotes build up to spit out whenever needed!

Help others,

Helping people has a ripple effect. If tomorrow you help someone, the day after that person will feel more obliged to help the next person. Not to mention that helping people brings you a satisfied feeling. It’s simple, good things happen when you are good, what goes around comes around.


An amazing video i came across today about what goes around comes around and i loved it. i’ll share it to you 🙂


My Evening

Enjoying a nice beer on the balcony, making the most out of the new deck chairs I have bought. My boyfriend is also here with me, together we admire the beautiful view that we have the privilledge to enjoy from the 14th floor of the Guilfoyle apartments in southbank.

From here it feels like the world never ends, I now understand why people once thought the world was flat. As I watch the cars driving off to the suburbs filled with lights I suddenly remember my hometown back in Vietnam. The way the stars would shine, the always hot weather, home. All the memories from back home start flowing through my mind. I have to tell myself “only a few weeks left”. Then its back home. As much as I will miss Melbourne, home always remains home. And that is something nothing can replace.

So Ill finish this blog, get on with my evening and start counting down the days…


Good night Melbourne.

Unlecture # 11

This week unlecture was quite hard for me to understand since I don’t know what is “ Gift economy” and never heard of it before.

As I understand gift economy is when you given something just for the sake of giving. As Internet has become huge and become the Universal source of information for millions of people which almost for free and this is one of the gift economy.

However everything have two sides. Sometime it cause troublesome by requiring you know the technique or illegal about “ copyright” issue. Because anything that is posted on the Internet is instantly available to anyone else connected to it. Furthermore, there are no technical limitations to the process of copying: as soon as information is uploaded once, it exists—by the very nature of the technology involved—as an infinite series of copies.

As Richard Barbrook, “The Hi-Tech Gift Economy” explained: “The Net reflects two different value systems. The first is that of open source, inherited from the hackers who invented it and the academics who first defined its structure through their early use patterns (see Janet Abbatte, “Inventing the Internet”). These hackers and academics both functioned on the basis of gift economies, and carried those values over into the design of the Net. The result is a structure that is inherently hostile to the idea of “copyright”.”

The big problem is once it has been uploaded; no one can control the flow of it. For example: the new music video of Britney Spears- “ Work B**ch” has been leaked before the release day and they can’t stop the low quality version is downloading by their fan.

Or The leak of the draft “ Bui doi cho lon” not only shocked the film producers but also has caused the lost of millions dollar since no one would go to the cinema to watch it as Vietnamese-American director Charlie Nguyen expressed his frustration on his Facebook page regarding the leak of the draft, in which the storyline, sound, light, color and special effects aren’t properly edited.

However no one could stop the flow even if the police try to shut down the free movie watching and download website, the other one will appear. Just like the famous download movie website “ Movie 2K.to” been shut down by the police the other “ Movie 4K.to” appeared to replace with the new icon “ F**k Police” as daresay


We all can see “ Gift Economy” from Internet is not always good. It brings benefits to millions people but somewhere in this world still have other (authors, producer, company, etc) who are suffering from what we are enjoying.

For me when walking out the lecture room, in my head a question was raised: Can our own personal blogs be considered part of the gift economy? Are motives the only things that determine whether online contributions are part of the gift economy? since we also contribute something and exchange informations.