Shopping for Digital Cameras

Shopping for Digital Cameras A communications faculty member suggested that the humanities division purchase a bunch of inexpensive digital cameras for students to check out. We’re thinking of buying 5 or 6 cameras in the 2 megapixel range. Obviously we want the students to be able to use the cameras with a minimum of fuss, so they won’t be distracted or frustrated (after all, we won’t be grading the quality…

On Writing Flash Fiction: An Interview with Michael A. Arnzen

Writing flash regularly — sometimes several a day — has taught me how to edit myself more closely than I’ve ever been able to — and it’s really got me in a new habit of getting the most juice out of verbs. I also am learning to really appreciate the art of indirect suggestion. I’m really proud of the stories I’ve written under 50 words that still “work.” Those are…

Welcome to Internet Detective

…an interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources. –Welcome to Internet Detective (Social Science Information Gateway) Thanks for the suggestion, Mike. The Social Science Information Gateway uses “SOSIG” as its logo. That’s not quite an acronym… what does the “O” stand for?

Is Java Finished?

Java and .NET take vastly different approaches to development, said John Rymer, a vice president with Forrester Research. Java’s philosophy of development is to expose low-level system interfaces to give developers greater control. Microsoft simplifies the development process; the developer has less control — but the tools are easier to use. — Vincent Ryan –Is Java Finished? (News Factor) Update: This blog has set off Will‘s FUD-sensors: I read the article…

Nick Montfort on Artificial Intelligence

just finished a draft of an encyclopedia entry about “artificial intelligence.” It’s for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory and so, of course, it deals with how AI relates to narrative. Following Jill’s example, I have posted this draft in case anyone has comments on who I might have slighted, how I might have misrepresented AI, etc…. –Nick Montfort –Nick Montfort on Artificial Intelligence (Grand Text Auto)

Emerging Alternatives: Blogworld

For those with time to notice, blogs are also a great cheap farm system for talent. You’ve got tens of thousands of potential columnists writing for free, fueled by passion, operating in a free market where the cream rises quickly. | Best of all, perhaps, the phenomenon is simply entertaining. When do you last recall reading some writer and thinking “damn, he sure looks like he’s having fun”? It’s what…

(Weblogs and) The Mass Amateurization of (Nearly) Everything

In terms of self-representation, the homepage is like a statue carved out of marble labelled carefully at the bottom where the weblog is like an avatar in cyberspace that we wear like a skin. It moves with us – through it we articulate ourselves. The weblog is the homepage that we wear. — Tom Coates responds to Clay Shirky’s Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing. –(Weblogs and) The Mass…

Commentary: Letter from Baghdad

People tend to make the United States Superman. They think the United States is all-powerful, the bastion of freedom, democracy, strength. They thought that the United States would come in and with superhuman power overnight transform Baghdad into New York and Mosul into San Francisco. It is traumatic to realize that America is not God and is very, very human. –Ken Joseph Jr. –Commentary: Letter from Baghdad (WashTimes)