Another Rainbow Hector for the World to Love

Most of my students probably know about my odd fascination with the Gund toy “Rainbow Hector.” My sister sent me the above link, which includes a story about a musical group in Trinidad, which includes a member named Gary Hector, who has a 10-year-old daughter named… you guessed it… Rainbow. (See the caption at the bottom of the page.) –Another Rainbow Hector for the World to LoveGuardian)

Oversimulated Suburbia

“I confess I sometimes don’t know whether to be happy or depressed when I dip into Sims world. Sometimes you get the sense that these Sims fanatics are compensating online for the needs that aren’t met in their real lives…. But the other and more positive sensation you get in Sims world is that some mass creative process is going on, like the writing of a joint novel with millions…

Beta Version ["The fastest-growing parts of my email inbox are spam and attachments"]

“Would I open a huge document-say a PDF book chapter from Amazon? I don’t know. What do I want on my computer versus what do I want bookmarked access to? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I need help in managing my attachments and getting more value from the megabytes of media material I’m sent.” In a poorly titled article, Michael Schrage reviews all the e-mail he has…

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)