Il Conformista (Poem for a Dog)

Dog Canto         Outside… il conformista                walk milkbone                                        roll-over                                        il conformista        Sit! sit!                il conformista        Paw! paw!                il conformista                                roll-over il conformista…        Good doggy.        Good good doggy.                                Fidelius. Brian Stefans –Il Conformista (Poem for a Dog) (Free Space Comix: The Blog) A poem that uses only words that a (particular) dog understands. Found via GrandTextAuto.

Computer games under sociological microscope in Cantor exhibit

The ability of players to interact with games has fundamentally changed them, Lowood said. Computer games, once seen as commercial products or a one-way communication between designer and player, are now seen as a much more open kind of medium that people can contribute to in other ways, he said. “So much of the content of a game is now generated by players. Games have become a platform that people…

Interactive Fictions

Most non-arcade games that retain a rabid fan base years after they’ve become technically obsolote fall into one of two categories. They have a obsessively complex world that’s been built up around them (Nethack, say, or tabletop roleplaying games), or they have a simple rule set with much greater depth in the gameplay and strategy than you’d expect on first glance (games like M.U.L.E., or the boardgames that many of…

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Watch One Hour With Me — In the Lobby: Waiting for Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ

At Home What do the marketing droids think the audience that comes to see Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” will want to spend money on? What previews will I have to sit through? I stayed home with the kids while my wife went to see an afternoon showing. Soon it will be my turn. She suggests I go early, to get a good seat. I charge up my…

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A Beginners Guide to Starting Virtual Series

Let’s assume that you have a brilliant Idea. Let’s say a sitcom about a group of different people living under the same roof. Or a story about a police unit who dedicate their lives to solving crimes. Or maybe some other equally original idea that demonstrates how creative and innovative sort of a person you are. Now, let’s continue by assuming that you’d want to make it as a virtual…

Games Galore

Games Galore Two interesting Slashdot threads… one is “Gaming Academia Gets More Mainstream Press“, a response to the recent NY Times article on the upcoming Princeton conference, and another is discussion of Magic Words: Interactive Fiction in the 21st Century, a beautiful nine-part article on interactive fiction, featuring interviews with Emily Short, Stephen Granade, Andrew Plotkin, Adam Cadre, and IF Competition winners Dan Rapivinto & Star Foster. Update: I just…

Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?

We and our colleagues at The Princeton Review have spent many years training students to take the SAT II, and have carefully analyzed the College Board’s essay-grading criteria. To receive a high score a student should write a long essay of three or more paragraphs, with each paragraph containing topic and concluding sentences and at least one sentence that includes the words “for example.” Whenever possible the student should use…

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The Ivy-Covered Console

“Games are big, big objects,” said Barry Atkins, who teaches in the English department at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. “The days when you could play a couple of hours of Myst and write about it are over.” | Dr. Atkins admitted that he didn’t finish Half-Life before writing about it in his 2003 book, “More Than a Game: The Computer Game as Fictional Form,” (Manchester University Press), and only…

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Secretary Paige Issues Apology for Comment about NEA

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today [Feb. 23] issued the following apology for his remarks about the NEA. “It was an inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA’s Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind’s historic education reforms. I also said, as I have repeatedly, that our nation’s teachers, who have dedicated their lives to service in the classroom, are the real…

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Netstore USA

–Netstore USA (opengroup.com) Buy my book, Technology in American Drama, 1920-1950… Priced at just $197.70! Outside of the US, that’s $216.60, or about a dollar a page! Order now! Sheesh! At that price, with the royalties I’ve earned so far, I could buy THREE WHOLE COPIES! Oh, wait, they already charged me for the advance copies I purchased, I guess I could buy just two more copies. Thanks for the so-disturbing-you-just-have-to-laugh…