Ike and the alien ambassadors

[O]n Feb. 20, 1954 — President Dwight Eisenhower interrupted his vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., to make a secret nocturnal trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial aliens. Or maybe not. Maybe Ike just went to the dentist. There’s some dispute about this. –Peter Carlson –Ike and the alien ambassadors (M$ NBC) A precious quote, from the author of a book on the political implications of an…

Computers and Composition Online Weblog

Computers and Composition Online is the refereed online companion journal to Computers and Composition: An International Journal, now in its 21st year and published by Elsevier. Our goal is to be a significant online resource for scholar-teachers interested in the impact of new and emerging media upon the teaching of language and literacy in both virtual and face-to-face forums. As part of this goal, we wish to foster a sense…

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The Drafting Pencil Museum

Leadholder can be broadly defined as any durable instrument that is designed to hold and be refillable with consumable pieces of graphite so that the graphite can be conveniently used for drawing or writing. Within this definition there are subsets such as porte-crayons, mechanical pencils, and drafting leadholders. This website is primarily concerned with drafting leadholders, which are commonly called by draftsmen in the US as simply leadholders. (From “What…

Driving the Spike [Scroll down a bit]

All of this carrying on is fine, but if Spike really wants shows men like to watch, they’ve missed a few great concepts. Here are ten new programs that appeal to real men: The Explosion Show – Every week, the hosts fill some interesting object with black powder and then, well, you get the idea… Crank Callers – Contestants harass strangers and win prizes Celebrity Mud Wrestling – The name…

Stars seek more control over video games

A 40-plus-year-old A-list actor pondering whether or not to appear in a game? Heck, even Roger Moore would have been loathe to actively participate in what was once the perceived domain of momma’s boys. “Traditionally, Hollywood signed away rights without any expertise or any idea of the plot lines,” said industry analyst P.J. McNealy. Several factors helped change Hollywood’s mind. Technology advanced exponentially, making it possible to accurately recreate the…