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Discworld MUD: Slinging Dirt with David Bennett

I doubt anyone could accuse me of literature. Online text games tend to have quite a different emphasis than a book. I am not trying to tell a story as much as I am trying to describe a location and an atmosphere. I try to make the descriptions detailed and interesting enough for people to believe they are actually there. I think this is one area the creators and I…

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14-Year-Old Indiana Boy Wins Spelling Bee

A 14-year-old Indiana boy mastered “autochthonous” to win the National Spelling Bee Thursday, outdueling 264 rivals, including one who fainted on stage but recovered to take second place. –Ben Feller –14-Year-Old Indiana Boy Wins Spelling Bee (AP|MyWay) Also worth noting: the comment about the environment at the bee (“[c]ourtesy reigns”), and the story of Ashkay Buddiga, who fainted, hopped up to spell his word correctly, was escourted off to rest, and…

Taking Copyfighters to Task

To paraphrase Matt Barton‘s hyperbolic words playfully, let’s remove our lips from the poisoned suckbottle of proprietary software and switch to the wholesome breast of open source. –Clancy Ratliff –Taking Copyfighters to Task (CultureCat) Beware, open-source activists, if your praxis is not as pure as your theory! In the theater world, it turned out that the Marxist ideology was pretty much incompatible with modern theater — the Marxist protagonist has to…

There's a reason they're called 'writers'

Writers are supposed to be on TV to tell people what to read or to explain how to clean up television, period. When a writer is a regular on television, his or her writing craft has to suffer because you’re in make-up when you should have been trying out sentences. Pretty soon, your writing starts to read like what you say on the tube, your writing reads as though it…

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NU football program fell short, Dukes says

“I was treated like a god,” the former Nebraska quarterback says. “I had pretty much everything given to me out there from the start. | “I never thought I had to work for anything. It was pretty much understood, ‘Hey this kid is going to take over the program.’ I don’t like things given to me. I like to work.” –NU football program fell short, Dukes says (Omaha.com) A Nebraska quarterback…