Boring Game? Outsource It

But now, the reality of exchange rates and international income gaps has spawned a virtual version of the real-world relationship between rich and poor countries. While players in wealthier countries casually drop hundreds of dollars to buy their way into better positions in the games — or out of tedious parts of the games — some workers in poorer countries are playing around the clock to produce virtual goods that…

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Recess gets regulated

Games where kids chase each other – tag or even cops and robbers – are generally banned in Natomas Unified’s elementary schools. No grabbing or pushing is allowed. At Natomas Park, students can only toss and catch a football – tackling or blocking isn’t permitted. But the no-contact rule applies beyond the grade-school gridiron. During lunch recess one recent afternoon, yard supervisor Janice Hudson spotted a first-grader pushing a girl…

Munch Paintings Stolen From Norway Museum

Armed men stormed into an art museum Sunday, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole Edvard Munch’s famous paintings “The Scream” and “Madonna” before the eyes of stunned museum-goers. The thieves yanked the paintings off the walls of Oslo’s Munch museum and loaded them into a waiting car outside, said a witness, French radio producer Francois Castang. Police spokeswoman Hilde Walsoe said the two or three armed men threatened a museum…

You're Athletes, Not Journalists

Participants in the games may respond to written questions from reporters or participate in online chat sessions — akin to a face-to-face or telephone interview — but they may not post journals or blogs until the Games end Aug. 29. To protect lucrative broadcast contracts, athletes and other participants are also prohibited from posting any video, audio or still photos they take themselves, even after the Games, unless they get…

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Space and subject classification

The importance of classification, like any other piece of information, is that it affects the way people think and behave. Let’s say that a big space story breaks, and the editors of The New York Times want someone to cover it. Each journalist has a beat: national, local, foreign, sports, business, science, etc. Space is classified under science, so the editors choose a science journalist. The science journalist will naturally…

Campaign Game Mimics Real Life

Political Machine is more a lampoon of American politics than a celebration or critique. The game leaves no room for depth or complexity in the candidates’ messages; each ad sounds exactly like the next. “John Kerry (or George Bush) opposes (or supports) drilling in ANWR. Support American values. Vote John Kerry.” The reporters all look alike, too. And newspaper coverage is as simple and sensational as can be. It’s actually…

Octopus

Many people tell stories of Giant Octopus or Squid, but I want to find out more about these “deadly” creatures and what they do. Ever since I was small, I thought how do they do all those cool things? Well, this search helped me find that information!!!!!!!! –Mike –Octopus (Orchard Hill Elementary School) A fifth-grader posts a diary about using the internet to search for information on octopodes. I would suggest…

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VistitorVille: Screenshots

A Web Analytics Information Explosion See your website visitors as animated characters in a virtual city Watch visitors move from page to page and interact with your site See buses (search engines) deliver new visitors to buildings Pull up detailed ‘Passports’ on any visitor Replay website traffic from any date or time View dozens of professional reports in an instant Provide Live Help And so very much more! –VistitorVille: Screenshots (VisitorVille)…

Dark Skyline

toronto’s western skyline seen from the cn tower’s lookout area. –Dark Skyline (Top Left Pixel) Julia, a friend of mine from my Toronto days, sent me a link to this photoblog, which features the sights of a city I remember fondly. This beautiful view from what some call a skyline-dominating tourist attraction (the CN Tower) was well worth a look. A thumbnail image doesn’t do this one justice — click the…