Cave-Exploring Couple Nearly Eaten by Grues

Hadar, whose age wasn’t available, and DeCrow, 49, went into Hubbards Cave in Glenwood Canyon on the afternoon of Aug. 24 with flashlights but no food or water, said DeCrow’s daughter, Ramiah DeCrow. | Their flashlight batteries died and the pair couldn’t find their way out, the daughter said. –Cave-Exploring Couple Nearly Eaten by Grues (Wired (AP)) A grue, of course, is the unseen beast that will kill you if you…

I Dreamed about Mama Last Night

I watched my mom — a woman with three Master’s degrees, in library science, comparative literature, and management and public policy; a woman who was fluent in French and German and did her Stanford undergraduate senior thesis on Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger — lose her mind over the course of two years. She was 58…. [S]he had noticed her spelling getting worse because MS Word’s spell-checker was catching more…

Professor claiming to teach 'web usability' makes classic mistake.

Despite the fact that Dr Dennis Jerz professes to be quite knowledgeable in web page design, and in fact has taught classes about it, his own weblog front page suffers from a classic newbie mistake that one would not expect to see on a professional web site. Newbies at web page design often attempt to “do things the cool way”, and when it doesn’t work out quite right, insist on…

Girls get extra school help while boys get Ritalin

The special efforts made by schools to steer more girls into advanced math and science classes came after powerful advocacy groups embraced the problem. But Gurian and other advocates for boys say they run into resistance from educators who point to males’ success in the workforce as proof that advocacy for boys is unnecessary. | In spite of the lack of research, anecdotal evidence shows that far more effective strategies…

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Building a Time Machine by Spam

The anonymous e-mail offered $5,000 to any vendor capable of promptly delivering a collection of far-fetched gadgets for conducting time travel. Among the mysterious devices sought by the message’s author were an “Acme 5X24 series time transducing capacitor with built-in temporal displacement” and an “AMD Dimensional Warp Generator module containing the GRC79 induction motor.” –Brian McWilliams –Building a Time Machine by Spam (Wired)

Rescuing My Manuscript

With great anticipation, I contacted the project manager — let’s call him A.H. — who would copy-edit my manuscript and, I genuinely hoped, find ways to improve it. I had no idea things could go so wrong. as he kept the schedule. … For the book to be published on schedule, I would have needed to return the corrected pages no later than October 14. Clearly, we would not make…

Nerds and Geeks

–Nerds and Geeks (Kairosnews) Over on KairosNews, blacklily8 playfully taunts editor Charlie, “Can you tell me what the difference is between a geek a nerd? You seem to be the expert!“ I had a minute before heading home for the day, and thus spake Google: http://jargon.watson-net.com/jargon.asp?w=geek http://jargon.watson-net.com/jargon.asp?w=nerd The Jargon Lexicon notes that the word “nerd” probably derives from the Dr. Seuss book “If I Ran the Circus,” but as I recall…

King speech still rings true for retired professor

Howard Dantzler stood among a sea of people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 40 years ago today. | He was 29 years old then. He had been in the service. He had earned a master’s degree. | But he was not free. –King speech still rings true for retired professor (Tribune-Review) A man looks back 40 years at the day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have…

Carabella Goes to College

Like most new college students, Carabella will spend the week before the start of classes doing routine tasks that we take for granted: opening a bank account, receiving new checks, using a credit card, and shopping at a grocery store that has a “club card”. She will learn how such simple activities can have major consequences for her privacy. –Carabella Goes to College (Privacy Activism) In this game, you’re a young…