The Myth of 800 x 600

“Developing fixed-size Web pages is a fundamentally flawed practice. Not only does it result in Web pages that remain at a constant size regardless of the user’s browser size, but it fails to take advantage of the medium’s flexibility. Nonetheless, Web site creators continue to develop fixed pages.” James Kalbach –The Myth of 800 x 600WebReview)

Higher Superstition Revisited: An Interview with Norman Levitt

“The book describes a bizarre situation in American universities in which academics in various (mostly new-minted) fields such as Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, and Science Studies, plus a few more familiar ones such as Sociology, Comparative Literature and the like, make a career of writing about science without taking the trouble to know anything about it.” Ophelia Benson interviews one of the co-authors of Higher Superstition (1994). –Higher Superstition Revisited:…

Global Goofs: U.S. Youth Can't Find Iraq

“[O]nly about one in seven — 13 percent — of Americans between the age of 18 and 24, the prime age for military warriors, could find Iraq. The score was the same for Iran, an Iraqi neighbor.” That’s bad enough, but 11% couldn’t even find the United States! –Global Goofs: U.S. Youth Can’t Find IraqCNN)

The Twisted Road to the Double Helix

Here’s a good introduction to a famous controversy over the discovery of the structure of DNA: “The victors were James Watson and Francis Crick, who together with Maurice Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for crossing the finish line first. The loser was Rosalind Franklin, who produced the x-ray data that most strongly supported the structure but was not properly acknowledged for her contributions.” –The Twisted Road to the Double…

Confessions of a dustjacket junkie

“To feed my craving for modern first editions, including my beloved Williams and Jenningses, takes a fifth of my income – more than I spend on food or my children. I have lost entire weekends in a haze of book fairs and pilgrimages to remote bookshops (which typically prove to be closed). Friends and family have felt obliged to shun me lest I drag them down with my sordid behaviour;…

Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

“[W]hen The New Yorker called him out on how he can say that other people’s aging mothers should be put down like old horses but that his own should receive only the very best care in an expensive nursing home, [bioethicist Peter] Singer replied, ‘Perhaps it’s more difficult than I thought before, because it is different when it is your mother.’ So my grand pronouncements apply to everyone else but…

Gallery of "Misused" Quotation Marks

You’ve “seen” them. Maybe on a sign at the “grocery” store, maybe in an ad in your “local” newspaper. Perhaps even in a “memo” that circulated throughout your company. They’re quotation marks, and they turn up in the strangest of places. –Gallery of “Misused” Quotation Marks“Found”) Found “on” Jenny Anderson’s link “page”.

The Myth of Cyberterrorism

“Americans have had a latent fear of catastrophic computer attack ever since a teenage Matthew Broderick hacked into the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons system and nearly launched World War III in the 1983 movie WarGames. Judging by official alarums and newspaper headlines, such scenarios are all the more likely in today’s wired world. There’s just one problem: There is no such thing as cyberterrorism–no instance of anyone ever having been killed…