Every Sims Picture Tells a Story

“What no one imagined — least of all The Sims’ designers — was that thousands of players would quickly bypass the album’s intended use and instead use it to create dozens of staged snapshots, crafting what can be complex, scripted, multi-episode social commentaries, graphic novels or even movies, as it were, with the Sims starring in the lead roles….Initially, it was all superheroes all the time. But users quickly began…

Eon of Tears [Biblical Role-playing Game]

“The main concept behind Eon of Tears is that the player will get a shot at the biggest events in the Bible: unleashing the ten plagues of Egypt, seeing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, leading the conquest of Canaan, or performing some of the miracles as Jesus-Christ. Basically we are taking a look at the different theories regarding some of those events and we try to answer the ‘What…

Hormel's pique e-rupts over Spam mail

“For years, Hormel Foods Corp. has watched as the name of its famous product has come to mean junk e-mail, a source of heartburn for computer users. | Now Hormel is asserting its trademark rights, filing complaints against Spam Arrest LLC, a Seattle technology company that provides spam-blocking software.” Jonathan Krim –Hormel’s pique e-rupts over Spam mail (Star Tribune) When given the choice between two slices of bread stuffed full of…

Torill on Jerz's Literacy Weblog: 'Indecently Active'

“I think he more closely resembles a very clever script, which writes personal emails and funny comments to its blogposts, but has as its main function to scoure the web searching for things to link to from its blog. It is an extremely clever script that grades papers and applies for jobs, and convinces undergraduate students to install and improve upon its different functions when it moves from one site…

Pixelvision: A Meditation

“Though it may seem like a more recent creation, the pixel first appeared in New Jersey in 1954, the same year that Elvis cut his first record and the transistor radio was invented. At Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, mathematicians and engineers created the first computer graphic–and the first instance of digital typography–on a computer the size of a Manhattan apartment…The Princetonian pixels were as primitive as one could imagine–literally…

The Hole Story: How Krispy Kreme Became the Hottest Brand

“I say only three types of people claim they don’t like Krispy Kremes: nutritionists (your basic glazed has 200 calories and 12 grams of fat), Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, and compulsive liars….It was Mack who came up with the concept of “doughnut theater.” They put the doughnut-making equipment in stores so that people could see the doughnuts cook for exactly 115 seconds in 365-degree vegetable shortening, after which the precious confections…

Bush Asks Congress for $30 Billion To Help Fight War On Criticism

“If the funding is approved, the Bush Administration will act swiftly to shore up numerous areas of vulnerability. Among the actions: ensuring that the White House is defended against verbal snipers, safeguarding the president’s past illicit actions from biographical weapons, and sealing off the largest sources of domestic criticism by securing and patrolling the nation’s newsrooms.” –Bush Asks Congress for $30 Billion To Help Fight War On Criticism (The Onion)