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TV Turnoff Week — April 22-28

“By the time this child graduates from high school, her brain will have absorbed 350,000 television commercials, 100,000 alcohol ads and a daily barrage of sex and violence. If that doesn’t turn you off then nothing will.” –TV Turnoff Week — April 22-28Adbusters) Umm… why does it start on Tuesday? That’s probably an old ad. That’s what you get when you mix text and graphics — it’s harder to keep…

Napster's Autopsy: Tracing a Music Rebel's Rise and Fall

“In 1999, Fanning, a 19-year-old Boston-area hacker from a broken home, stumbled on the idea for making digital MP3 files easy to find on the Net. Teaming up with fellow geeks he knew only through online chat rooms, he crafted a simple technology that allowed millions to swap music collections free of charge. The operation moved to Silicon Valley that same year, where MTV and other media outlets converted the…

The 'Obliteration Phenomenon' in Science — and the Advantage of Being Obliterated!

What if “pi” were a recent discovery? How would journals publicize it, and how would the educational system absorb it? “Once the discovery had been reported in a contemporary journal, mathematicians could be expected to begin using and citing Archimedes? constant… While the term Archimedes? constant would become increasingly familiar even to school children, scientists themselves would begin citing Archimedes? primordial paper less and less, until finally citations to it…

Still Thinking about Graduate School in the Humanities?

“In my opinion, the application forms for humanities Ph.D. programmes should carry the warning: ‘Enter at your own risk.’ The fine print should read: ‘The risks include poverty, shame, humiliation, and clinical depression.’ You will of course find no such warning on the graduate-school application forms. And incredibly enough, even at this stage in the game, you may still encounter tenured faculty members in said programmes who refuse to even…

The Nerd-ification of America

“My how times have changed! These days you hear nerd talk spewing out of everyone’s mouth! … Is it computer technology that’s made nerds of us all? Or perhaps it’s because we really do work for those former “losers” now.” Peter Bagge –The Nerd-ification of AmericaReason) I feel the same way about Star Trek, which is not nearly as good as it was when it was still the domain of…