Spite! It Wins Votes!

Rich, beautiful, coastal types are liberal precisely because their lives are so wonderful. They want to preserve their lives exactly as they are. If I were a rich movie star, I’d vote for peace and poverty relief. War and domestic insurrection are the greatest threats to their already-perfect lives?why mess with it? This rational fear of the peasantry is frequently misinterpreted as rich guilt, but that’s not the case. They…

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Tips for Office Hours

The way that desks and chairs are arranged in a professor’s office send subtle signals. If you use your desk to block your doorway with a confrontational barrier like they do at, say, a police station, well then you’re not only being uninviting, you’re also responsible for all those nervous tics the students make when they do come talk to you. Think of the angles of the furniture: are they…

Thousands of Blogs Fall Silent

Winer, who has offered free hosting to bloggers for the past four years, has promised to make exportable copies of blog contents available to the blogs’ owners at their request. He says it will take at least two weeks to provide copies of the blogs’ contents. Meanwhile, the affected bloggers cannot access their work, a situation that angers many, who said they believed they should have been given advance notice…

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Slow-motion Nightmare

Slow-motion Nightmare¬†(Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I had a busy day yesterday, with adventures that included diving fully-clothed into a large kiddie pool to retrieve my 2-year-old daughter, who had slipped and was floating face down, unable to straighten herself out. An older girl had taken my daughter’s hands and lured her to the center of the pool, where I doubt she would have gone on her own. It was a very…

The seven-year-old bloggers

Children as young as seven in one British school are using weblogs as part of their normal routine, and are doing better than non-webloggers as a result, their teacher says. Weblogs, easy-to-use personal journals published on the internet, get children more interested in school work they might otherwise have disliked, says junior school teacher John Mills. –Giles Turnbull –The seven-year-old bloggers (BBC)

Net games lure 'bored housewives'

While hardcore online gaming remains the preserve of young men, research firm Screen Digest found that “bored housewives” are fuelling the growth of other games offered on the net. –Net games lure ‘bored housewives’ (BBC) It’s not clear from the article whether the term “bored housewife” is used in the report, or whether it was just a joke made by report co-author Nick Gibson. See a good reflection from Ian Bogost…