If You Come, They Will Build It

More than 150 Lego builders and collectors converged on Portland over the Presidents Day weekend for BrickFest PDX, a celebration of all things Lego. While plenty of individual work is on display, the big draw is the chance to interact with like-minded folks…. In one of the smaller conference rooms, a team of 10 guys, mostly young men and two preteens, attempt a speed record for assembling an Imperial Star…

Targeted Email Newsletters Show Continued Strength

Email newsletters continue to be one of the most important ways to communicate with customers on the Internet. Newsletters build relationships with users, and also offer users an added social benefit in that they can forward relevant newsletters to friends and colleagues. Still, users are highly critical of newsletters that waste their time, and often ignore or delete newsletters that have insufficient usability. –Jakob Nielsen –Targeted Email Newsletters Show Continued…

1

Of Human Accomplishment

[O]bjective achievements in the arts are demonstrable?and if they can be historically established for the arts, then they are even more clearly identifiable for the sciences. These two spheres of human endeavor represent two kinds of potential objectivity: there is as little chance of the human race giving up Homer or the Beethoven symphonies as there is that it will give up the notion that the earth is a sphere.…

4

Conference Conundrums

Conference ConundrumsJerz’s Literacy Weblog) Hooray… I just heard that I got near-full funding for both Princeton videogame conference (where I’ll be presenting a paper on Will Crowther’s original “Adventure”) and the San Antonio 4C-s (where my paper topic is “Forced Blogging: Students’ Emotional Investment in their Academic Weblogs”). Because the 4C’s is a long conference in an expensive city, I might not be able to afford to go to the…

3

Search For Tomorrow: We Wanted Answers, And Google Really Clicked. What's Next?

Students typically search only the most obvious parts of the Web, and rarely venture into what is sometimes called the “Dark Web,” the walled gardens of information accessible only through specific databases, such as Lexis-Nexis or the Oxford English Dictionary. And most old books remain undigitized. The Library of Congress has about 19 million books with unique call numbers, plus another 9 million or so in unusual formats, but most…

4

Stuck Shift Key Poetry

<> !*”#^”`$$-!*=@$_%*<> ~#4&[]../|{,,SYSTEM HALTED Translation: “Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash, Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash, Bang splat equal at dollar under-score, Percent splat waka waka tilde number four, Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash, Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.” –Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese –Stuck Shift Key Poetry (Net Funny) This interesting bit of geek poetry illustrates the orality of poetry. On the rare occasions when I get…