"You Have Unleashed a Horde of Barbarians!": Fighting Indians, Playing Games, Forming Disciplines

“[T]he Civilization series is infused with an American ideology that is comforting insofar as it justifies genocidal practices and the stealing of land by positing an empty virgin continent….Among other ideological effects, Civilization III makes inevitable, natural and universal several Western-centered ideas of technological progress, the use of the land, and the opposition between ‘civilization’ and ‘savagery.’ In this way, historical specificity is forgotten, and the game reinforces the sense…

Why Docs Don't Wear White Coats Or Polo Shirts at the Mayo Clinic

“In health care, the visual clues about an institution‘score values and the quality of care are particularly difficult to separate from the actual service because people spend significant time in the facility?some stay for days or even weeks. The physical environment is also connected to medical outcomes: The potential of design to promote healing through stress reduction has been documented in dozens of studies.” Leonard L. Berry and Neeli Bendapudi…

(Meme)X Marks the Spot: Theorizing Metablogging in Terms of Dawkins'sMeme and Reddy'sConduit

I recently heard that the talk I proposed has been accepted to BlogTalk – A European Conference On Weblogs. Here is the abstract I sent: I plan to examine the language bloggers use to describe their activities, in terms of the “meme” (or some variant, such as the virulent persistence of the “blogging urge”) and the “conduit” (as embodied by metablogging tools such as Blogdex, or concepts such as “trackbacks”).…

Europe Shrinking as Birthrates Decline

“The year 2000 marked a turning point, with the population’s ‘momentum’ becoming negative; there will be fewer parents in the next generation than in this one.” –Europe Shrinking as Birthrates DeclineTimes) This is a straightforward summary of an article to be published in Science. It might have been a more interesting article if it interviewed someone from one of the overpopulation scare groups. Let’s try a little experiment: Google hits…

Ambiguous Headline

A current headline on an Australian news site: “Al-Qaeda fighting with Iraqis, British claim“. –Ambiguous HeadlineLiteracy Weblog) The news here is that Al-Qaeda forces appear to be in Iraq, but the phrase “fighting with” has two contradictory meanings. How about “Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Fighting Coalition, British Claim”.

This is Very Dumb

“THE world’s biggest rubber band ball has been dropped from an aeroplane a mile up… Experts thought the ball would bounce hundreds of feet into the air.|Instead, it created a massive crater…” –This is Very DumbicWales)