The Droves of Academe

“For recent Ph.D.’s looking for positions in the fields of language and literature, the frantic surroundings of the M.L.A. convention offer the only dusty rays of hope. It’s a bleak landscape for academic job-seekers in any field, but this year, a flyer in the conference press room trumpeted ‘the sharpest decline in Language and Literature jobs’ since the 1992 recession.” –The Droves of AcademeNY Observer) I personally have no cause…

Happy Birthday, Dear Internet

“The 1970s boast a slew of what could be pegged essential Internet milestones, including the advent of e-mail and the splintering off of ARPANET from military experiment to public resource. But perhaps the most famous of the lot is the acclaimed Jan. 1, 1983, switch from Network Control Protocol to Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol.” –Happy Birthday, Dear InternetWired)

Feeling Blue? This Robot Knows It.

“By processing information sent from physiological sensors the human counterpart wears, the Vanderbilt robot can detect when its master is having a bad day and approach with the query: ‘I sense that you are anxious. Is there anything I can do to help?’” –Feeling Blue? This Robot Knows It.Wired) The story includes an amusing opposing view: “Speaking as a former soldier, the last thing I would want is an artificial…