The Truth about Third Party Development on the LeapFrog Leapster

Now, I’m really not interested in just complaining about the fact that LeapFrog hasn’t made this move. It’s a massive strategic issue for them, and they do have shareholders to answer to. At the same time, I refuse to accept one justification I heard at the conference, namely that shelf space pressure was one reason to shrink from third party development — LeapFrog products get a full aisle of shelf…

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Interview twists, turns

Some interviewers have been known to call job seekers at home and pose as telemarketers to gauge how those candidates react. Are they rude? Do they yell? Or are they polite but insistent that they don’t want to purchase anything? How a candidate deals with an annoying telemarketing call tells the company something about how you would deal with an annoying client. One of Lance’s favorite behavior tests is to…

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Two tales of gender, politics, weblogs, and cyberculture

Two tales of gender, politics, weblogs, and cybercultureJerz’s Literacy Weblog) Both tales are pretty sad. One is the story of Alexandra Polier, falsely accused of having an affair with Sen. John Kerry. According to Matt Drudge: “In an off-the-record conversation with a dozen reporters earlier this week General Wesley Clark plainly stated: ‘Kerry will implode over an intern issue.’” Polier painstakingly traces the sloppy reporting that led to her name…

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Videogames in Composition & Rhetoric

Ditch the reader and have students purchase a choice game or two, or perhaps an anthology of classic games (which are also available for free). Have students play games and reflect on their experience rather than work with print texts. I would like to say to an incoming class, “We won’t be reading any novels in this class. We don’t be doing any reading, as a matter of fact. Instead,…

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Suit exposes cultural clash

Crisfield, a crabbing hub on the southwestern tip of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Smith Island are separated by just a dozen miles of choppy water known as Tangier Sound. But Smith Island has a distinct identity. An archipelago of fiercely independent villages, it is so isolated that many residents still converse in an Elizabethan-era dialect descended from the British who settled there in the 1600s. Jenny, a lover of World…

World population growth 'falling'

In 1990 women around the world gave birth to 3.3 children on average, the report says. By 2002, the average had dropped to 2.6 children – slightly above the level needed to assure replacement of the population. The bureau’s projections show the level of fertility for the world as a whole descending below replacement level by 2050. –World population growth ‘falling’ (BBC)