On the Trail of the Memex: Vannevar Bush, Weblogs and the Google Galaxy

“Hypertext as mediated by the Web browser has not proved to embody the qualities of the ideal post-structural text longed for by literary theorists such as George Landow; neither has the World Wide Web fulfilled the document-association function of the memex, the hypothetical research tool Vannevar Bush described in his 1945 essay, As We May Think. Bush’s memex was not merely a form of photo-mechanical hypertext, but also a means…

Professor's Snub of Creationists Prompts U.S. Inquiry

“Prompted by a complaint from the Liberty Legal Institute, a group of Christian lawyers, the [Justice] department is investigating whether Michael L. Dini, an associate professor of biology at Texas Tech University here, discriminated against students on the basis of religion when he posted a demand on his Web site that students wanting a letter of recommendation for postgraduate studies ‘truthfully and forthrightly affirm a scientific answer’ to the question…

Getting Emotional

“[A]cademics are throwing themselves into the study of emotion with the rapturous intensity of a love affair. In a sense, emotion has always been at the core of the humanities: Without the passions, there would not be much history, and even less literature. Indeed the very word ‘philosophy’ begins with philos (love).” Scott McLemee –Getting EmotionalChronicle)

The Software Developer as Movie Icon

“Unfortunately, most will just view the team projects, class presentations, software life cycles, and ambiguous problem statements as ‘hoops they have to jump through’ to graduate. I recall a meeting with a student who was having trouble working with her project team in a recent class. She actually asserted with some confidence that the problem she was having with her team members…wouldn’t happen in industry. She was stunned when I…

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Girl gravely ill in US after receiving organs with wrong blood type

Jesica Santillam, 17, suffers from a heart deformity…|After a three-year wait, she received a transplant on February 7 with organs flown from Boston to the Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina….The organs were sent with paperwork correctly listing the donor’s blood type, says Sean Fitzpatrick of the New England Organ Bank.|But somehow, no one identified the donor had type-A blood while Jesica is O-positive. –Girl gravely ill in US…

Survey: Web Use Trends Ever Upward

“The dot-com economy is long gone, but that hasn’t curbed the public’s appetite for shopping, banking and generally amusing themselves on the World Wide Web, according to a recent study.|Significantly more people are using the Web to send pictures and videos, shop, download music, play games and do their banking, according a study that compares last year’s habits with those of 2000…. That surge comes too late, however, for many…

Always a Dull Moment: The hottest game in the sky is simulating a holding pattern. Fasten your seat belt.

“Vatsim allows virtual pilots (but real people) and virtual air traffic controllers (also real people) to see each other and communicate. The result is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game patterned after the government’s dullest bureaucracy.” –Always a Dull Moment: The hottest game in the sky is simulating a holding pattern. Fasten your seat belt.Wired)