"Printer Friendly Book Flyer" Isn't.

My book, Technology in American Drama, will be published shortly. I have no intention of flogging it endlessly on my blog, but as I was doing some final (I hope) paperwork and checking the page my publisher devoted to the book, I spotted the “printer friendly book flyer” link. When you click it, the browser opens up a new window, with a pop-up informing me that, in order for the…

Japan Media Review — A New Set of Social Rules for a Newly Wireless Society

“Teens and twentysomethings usually do not bother to set a time and place for their meetings. They exchange as many as 5 to 15 messages throughout the day that progressively narrows in on a time and place, two points eventually converging in a coordinated dance through the urban jungle. To not have a [portable phone] is to be walking blind, disconnected from just-in-time information on where and when you are…

World's First Brain Prosthesis Revealed

The world’s first brain prosthesis – an artificial hippocampus – is about to be tested in California. Unlike devices like cochlear implants, which merely stimulate brain activity, this silicon chip implant will perform the same processes as the damaged part of the brain it is replacing. | The prosthesis will first be tested on tissue from rats’ brains, and then on live animals. If all goes well, it will then…

Optimizing Online News Sites

“The Web is only limited by the hard drive(s) your site is stored on, print is strictly limited by story inches. Have you noticed a tendency to ramble on a bit online? If you want to retain your readership you’ve got to curb that urge, at least on your front page. The way around that dilemma is to give them tight descriptive teasers that link to longer stories.|Writing compelling headlines…

I Will Use Google…

–I Will Use Google…The Flow?) We’re in midterm crunch time… I don’t want my students to read anything into the timing of this posting. I just thought it was funny. I’m unsure where this is “really” from. While using Google in the hopes of tracking down the source of this image, I found this creative ASCII portrait of Bart Simpson, from alt.ascii-art.

Irish-Americans Gear Up for "The Reinforcin' O' The Stereotypes"

“You’ve never seen anything like St. Patrick’s for bringing the Irish out in people,” said P.J. O’Doyle, owner and proprietor of O’Doyle’s Pub in Pittsburgh. “For one magical night, all the wonderful things you hear in all the grand old stories come true: the glorious thirst for drink, the endless singing, the pining for the fields of lost Erin. And, of course, the inevitable rollicking donnybrook that ends with a…

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Benneton Clothing to Carry Tiny Tracking Transmitters

“Benetton’s Sisley line of clothing will contain a Philips Electronics radio frequency ID tag that will replace ubiquitous bar codes, which have to be manually scanned…..While there is no indication Benetton intends to track its customers with the tags, privacy advocates are worried that the technology could lend itself to unauthorized customer monitoring.” –Benneton Clothing to Carry Tiny Tracking TransmittersSF Gate)