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Programmers, designers and the Brooklyn Bridge

No assembly lines. No wireless Internet service or lattes Most work was done with hand or horses. Unlike modern ?death march? projects, 27 people actually died in the course of engineering the Brooklyn bridge. Modern web developer Washington Roebling’s team 3 week / month release cycle 14 year release cycle Electricity Horses Coffee, doughnuts and air conditioning Water and the elements (think muggy NYC summers) Carpal tunnel syndrome The bends…

Raving Lunatic Obviously Took Some Advanced Physics

“Mixed in with the usual stuff about CIA mind-control beams, talking dogs, and monkey-people, I heard him mention beta decay, instantons, density matrix, and subspaces of n-dimensional Riemannian manifolds,” Willard said. “I’m not sure where he got it, but he definitely seems to have had extensive schooling in theoretical physics. Man, what could’ve happened to him?” Stanford theoretical physicist Carl Lundergaard seconded Willard’s theory on the loonball. “He’s definitely had…

Back to Reality

“Miller belongs to the generation that was politicised by the failure of capitalism to deliver on its promises, and disillusioned by the failure of Communism to provide a morally viable alternative. Unlike many members of that generation, he did not scuttle into the conservative camp, but tried to rescue the idea of justice from the mire of Stalinism and what he saw as the shallowness of the youth rebellion of…

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The Survival Guide for a Zombie World

Your worst nightmare has come true. (Or maybe your fondest wish – if you are a sick little puppy.) The dead no longer stay dead. Zombies are taking over the planet. So what do you do? Give up and become a shishkabob for one of the ever growing ranks of the undead? Not on your life! You are prepared for this, thanks to the following list. –The Survival Guide for…

(Meme)X Marks the Spot: Theorizing Metablogging via 'Meme' and 'Conduit'

This paper examines metablogging in terms of Dawkins’s concept of the “meme” and Reddy’s critique of the “conduit” metaphor for communication…. The language of metablogging uses metaphors that emphasize communality and proximity, and thus offers an alternative to the social risks Reddy associates with the conduit metaphor. –Dennis G. Jerz –(Meme)X Marks the Spot: Theorizing Metablogging via ‘Meme’ and ‘Conduit’ (BlogTalks)

Academics and Blogging

If you’re an academic who blogs, what prompted you to start blogging? And what keeps you going? What do you try to do in your blog? Does your blog have any relationship to your scholarship? If you’re an academic who just reads blogs, do you intend to start your own blog sometime? If yes, what are the reasons that you haven’t done so at this point in time? If no,…