The Wheel, Masakati Episode 1: The White Queen

Your name is Masakati, which means “White Queen” in the language of the Scorpion People. You were named this before you were hatched, when the serpent witches foretold to your mother Essekunit, the Tangeri Queen, that her child would be as great a ruler as had been not seen in this Age: that you would be Queen not only of the Tangeri but of all the Scorpion People, and take…

Olsen Twins Set to Attend University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, WI

“It has been confirmed that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, two of the richest teens in America, have decided to attend University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, WI beginning in the Fall of the 2003-2004 academic year.” –Olsen Twins Set to Attend University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, WICNN?) Why the awkward passive that conceals who “confirmed” this claim? Why is this article in the “World” section of what appears to…

Grade Inflation in Higher Education

Interesting discussion of grade inflation, party skewed by early comments that claimed that engineering and other technical majors are immune from the pressures that cause humanities professors to inflate student grades. Sparked by a Washington Post article that few people on Slashdot seem to have read (that’s fine with me — most are drawing on their own experience as students, graduates, or teachers). –Grade Inflation in Higher EducationSlashdot)

UN Orders Wonka to Submit to Chocolate Factory Inspections

“The chocolate-making capabilities of Wonka’s heavily fortified compound have long been a source of speculation. Wonka, defying international calls for full disclosure, has maintained his silence regarding his factory’s suspected capacity to manufacture confections of mass deliciousness….’Without full inspections, there’s no earthly way of knowing which direction Wonka’s going. Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. And he’s certainly not showing any signs that…

Blogs as Disruptive Tech — How weblogs are flying under the radar of the content management giants

“Since most blogging tools are both free and addictive, it’s no surprise that the sales cycle has been eliminated. Better yet, point and click blog designs mean that there’s minimal consulting – either customization or configuration – required to set up your blog. The result? Weblogs are spreading like wildfire – by some accounts, the market is growing as high as 25% a month.” John Hiler‘s June, 2002 article was…

Review finds Pervasive Medical Research-Industry Ties

“About one-fourth of university-based medical researchers receive funding from drug companies — ties that sometimes distort study results, according to a review done by two researchers with industry connections of their own.” –Review finds Pervasive Medical Research-Industry TiesAssociated Press) Ohmigosh ohmigosh oh…my…gosh! Scientific research isn’t completely objective? Scientists aren’t lofty supreme beings of pure intellect, untouched by such human vices as pride and clumsiness? And when did corporations start funding…

Internet Hypochondria

“My mother used to say that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing; the Internet demonstrates this point beautifully. Oh sure, these days everyone is concerned about the proliferation of porn, but the medical information on the Net is also widespread, disturbing and… — for those prone to, shall we say, extreme concern for their health — dangerous.” Ceinwen Giles –Internet HypochondriaGlobe and Mail) A little learning is…

Tracking Wikipedia Press Release

Wired has published an article about the open source encyclopedia Wikipedia reaching its 100,000th article. This item first started appearing in weblogs last week. Once it’s made its way to Wired, it will be read by the editors of more mainstream publications, who may want to feature it in articles for the general public. (Blogdex lets you track blogger links to the wikipedia press release, to see who first thought…