If At First You Do Not Succeed, Try Try Again

“I do understand both of their frustration with empty trackback pages and currently do not have an answer as to why those appear higher in rankings (or at all for that matter). At the same time, I am unsure what either one of them means by ?mindless links? – that does not help bloggers (like myself) improve their writing.” –If At First You Do Not Succeed, Try Try Again (ProBlogs) Tim…

Secrets of Dungeons and Dreamers

“For many of us, creative life goes beyond machines — creativity is built in at a very low level of our personalities, and the joy of building things from imagination, then sharing those experiences with others and watching their reactions — that’s what drives us.” Richard “Lord British” Garriott, inventor of Ultima Online, in an interview by Xeni Jardin –Secrets of Dungeons and Dreamers (Wired) A review of Dungeons and Dreamers:…

Textbook Writing 101

“About a month after publication, I received a postcard from an Ohio professor. In my textbook on college writing, I had narrated an anecdote Abraham Lincoln told, in which he referred to a tightrope walker named Blondin. I had spelled it ‘Bloudin.’ The professor corrected me and added, ‘Such egregious errors mar an otherwise fine book.’ Ouch! Over the next year and a half I received three more ‘Aha!’ postcards…

Study: Gamers Not Reculsive Nerds

College gamers are not necessarily male — or antisocial hermits. And while about one-third of those surveyed admitted playing computer games during class, the games generally don’t conflict with their studies, says the researcher who conducted the survey for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. –Study: Gamers Not Reculsive Nerds (Wired) The full report is “Gaming technology and entertainment among college students.” A sad finding: College student gamers’ reported hours…