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…