College to Apologize to Bush for Professor

“The president of a California college is sending a letter to President Bush apologizing for an instructor who gave students extra credit for writing anti-war missives to the White House. | ‘Students were clear in their understanding that they would only receive credit if they wrote ‘protest’ letters…’ ” Lou Marano –College to Apologize to Bush for Professor UPI) I’m sure Bush has more on his mind right now than…

Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber

“In the fall of 1958 Theodore Kaczynski, a brilliant but vulnerable boy of sixteen, entered Harvard College. There he encountered a prevailing intellectual atmosphere of anti-technological despair. There, also, he was deceived into subjecting himself to a series of purposely brutalizing psychological experiments — experiments that may have confirmed his still-forming belief in the evil of science. Was the Unabomber born at Harvard?” Alston Chase has turned this 2000 article…

The Lights Go Out on Broadway

“Twenty Broadway theaters fell dark tonight, as more than 1,000 musicians and actors took up picket signs and went on strike to protest producers’ attempts to reduce the minimum number of orchestra players at each musical.|From “Rent” to “The Producers” to “Chicago” to “Hairspray,” the biggest moneymakers on Broadway closed down.” Michael Powell and Christine Haughney –The Lights Go Out on BroadwayWashPost [resgistration; will expire])

Assessing Weblogs

“Yesterday I had midterm grading conferences with my journalists. (Just for the record, I abhor grades, for a list of reasons too long to post here.) It was interesting to me how Web logs have changed the whole process, and it has me thinking more seriously about the assessment issues that come along with this technology.” Will Richardson contemplates teaching with weblogs. –Assessing WeblogsWeblogg-ed Vol. 2)

Ten Reasons You Don't Want to Run a Massively Multiplayer Online Game

“Massively multiplayer games require a huge world to support and sustain a user base (few people would keep playing if they can explore everything in the game in under a month). The amount of content required is IMMENSE. Walton estimates that creating a world 3 times bigger than a single-player game is at least ten times harder. ‘It takes a ton of content to make a believable world,’ he says.…

Google's Memory Upgrade: How Blogger could do more than improve Google's Web searches.

“If Google went in this direction with the Blogger acquisition, it would hearken back to one of the seminal documents of the computing age: Vannevar Bush’s 1946 ‘As We May Think’ essay, which envisioned a new tool to augment human memory. Bush’s imaginary device, called the Memex, would help manage the ever-accelerating explosion of information in the world. Bush imagined the Memex as a machine of connected documents that from…

World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else.

Fortunately, the true nature of Internet isn’t hard to understand. In fact, just a fistful of statements stands between Repetitive Mistake Syndrome and Enlightenment? The Nutshell The Internet isn’t complicated The Internet isn’t a thing. It’s an agreement. The Internet is stupid. Adding value to the Internet lowers its value. All the Internet’s value grows on its edges. Money moves to the suburbs. The end of the world? Nah, the…