The Darkest Side of ID Theft

“Losing your clean credit history is one thing; losing your freedom is another. And victims of America‘sfastest-growing crime are discovering they often have much more to worry about than the hundreds of hours of paperwork necessary to clean up the financial mess associated with ID theft. Sometimes, they have to worry about ending up in jail – again and again.” Bob Sullivan –The Darkest Side of ID TheftMSNBC)

The Sound of One Wing Flapping: The Art of the Poetry Blurb

“Trying to compare the blurbs on a book of poetry to the contents is like trying to compare a description of angel wings to actual angel wings. The blurbs employ extravagantly unverifiable descriptions of the contents (what is ?intensely somatic?? a ?one-hundred ring verbal circus?? who says it‘s?brilliant? and why?) to contents that are themselves indescribable. How do you determine the accuracy of a description of the indescribable?”Joan Houlihan –The…

Unleashing the Dogs of Cyberwar on Iraq

“This time around, many observers predict that the U.S. will also deploy viruses, government-trained hackers, and special electromagnetic pulse bombs to knock out Iraq’s computers and other sensitive electronic equipment. But if the U.S. wants to cut off Iraq’s access to the Internet, it need only give a nod to operators of a satellite farm in the woods west of Atlanta, or to a similar facility in the English countryside.|An…

Art Spiegelman, Cartoonist for The New Yorker, Resigns in Protest at Censorship

“The great majority of the readers who adore the warm and relaxing bath of their accustomed New Yorker were very upset by the ‘shock treatment’ of my covers. Those readers will feel more at ease with the calm and submissive New Yorker of the tradition which, since the 1920s, mixed intelligence, sophistication, snobbery, and complaisance with the status quo.” Cartoonist Art Spiegelman slams the New Yorker after his departure. –Art…

A Specter is Haunting Gaming

“The mood at the Game Designers Conference this year was, fundamentally, one of despair. To even the blindest apologist for the silly, if monstrous, construct the game industry has become, the handwriting on the wall was clear. Ten years ago, you could find a dozen publishers to pitch to; today, perhaps five. And of the remaining, half are on their last legs… The only companies with evident strength are the…

Reality TV, Featuring God… Online

“The Ark – setting virtual sail on Easter Sunday – is billed as 40 days and 40 nights of games, challenges, topical discussions and arguments about mucking out the gorillas: “Theology meets showbiz meets cowpats – and there are no lifeboats”….Dallying with kitsch low culture – far from debasing the Church – could be the salvation of organised Christianity, says Ship of Fools editor Stephen Goddard.” –Reality TV, Featuring God……