Forget Classrooms. How Big Is the Atrium in the New Student Center?

” Having lost its sense of being a rather oversized living room, the student center has assumed something of the impersonal quality of a visitors’ center at a national park, or a bus terminal — buildings whose task it is to orient strangers. And, in truth, the student center is designed in large measure for strangers. It must serve not only college students but also prospective students. And while it…

Near the End of 'Rainbow,' but Does Anyone Care?

“PBS has provided enough funding to keep Reading Rainbow alive for one more season. I have seen firsthand how the ability to read can transform a life, and that’s why I have worked for literacy for the past 20 years.” LeVar Burton –Near the End of ‘Rainbow,’ but Does Anyone Care? (Houston Chronicle) Burton notes that Reading Rainbow deliberately chose not to create any marketable merchandise, which robbed it of a…

He and She: What's the Real Difference?

“Koppel’s group found that the single biggest difference is that women are far more likely than men to use personal pronouns-‘I’, ‘you’, ‘she’, ‘myself’, or ‘yourself’ and the like. Men, in contrast, are more likely to use determiners-‘a,’ ‘the,’ ‘that,’ and ‘these’-as well as cardinal numbers and quantifiers like ‘more’ or ‘some.’ As one of the papers published by Koppel’s group notes, men are also more likely to use ‘post-head…

Greetings Earthlings: Eating at Cafe ISS

“Next to the table is our water dispenser, which has a tap for warm water and hot water. That’s right, no cold water. If you want a cold drink, you need to prepare the drink, then leave it for a while in one of the colder locations on ISS. It will never get really cold, so the next really cold drink I have will be when I get back to…

Recruit, Train and Motivate: The History of the Industrial Musical

“The industrial show had its humble beginnings during the post-WWII boom. Two types of industries began experimenting with the idea: the retail industry and the automobile industry. As far as show collectors know, a department store was the first to jump into the fray – Marshall Field’s with Give the Lady What She Wants, a show celebrating the store’s history and anniversary, produced in conjunction with a published book of…

Smooth Talkers

“Speech integration technology is nothing new, as any telephone caller who has ever barked back responses to a seemingly endless series of voice prompts can testify. But an improved generation of speech integration software, based on more powerful processors and emerging Internet-focused standards, promises to make the technology more useful and cost-effective.” John Edwards –Smooth Talkers (CIO Magazine) Hmm… I don’t find this a terribly informative article. The quotes from business…

E-Mail Mobs Materialize All Over

“Set to gather at 7 p.m. at Grand Central Station for what promised to be an elaborate ‘mob ballet,’ the crowd of about 250 was greeted by a ‘huge’ police presence, according to the Mob Project’s anonymous organizer known only as Bill. | Bill said the mob moved to the Grand Hyatt next door instead. The crowd walked quietly upstairs to the hotel’s mezzanine and gathered shoulder-to-shoulder around the balcony.…