The Art of Blogging (Horace and St. Paul)

Each post is like DNA. It carries the core of your self-hood. Never commit to the web any remark, about the goat cheese you had served to you by your comely slave, or how the grape arbor was pruned on your Sabine Farm, or how you fell off your horse, or what Pippa drew on brown paper, without considering it from within the matrix of Author/Reader, Fool/Knave, Apparent Audience/Intended Audience.…

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Campus Coming Alive Again

Campus Coming Alive Again (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) The Seton Hill student blog site, blogs.setonhill.edu/nmj, has seen activity from several intrepid souls who used their blogs to keep in touch since saying good-bye in may. It’s also interesting to see comments from an increasing number of visitors who don’t have blogs themselves, but who obviously know the bloggers. Now I’m seeing new faces on campus, with a stray parent or two in…

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When Search Engines Become Answer Engines

A major change over the years has been a declining emphasis on using search to identify good sites as such. Rather than hunt for sites to explore and use in depth, users now hunt for specific answers. The Web as a whole has thus become one agglomerated resource for people who use search engines to dredge up specific pages related to specific needs, without caring which sites supply the pages.…

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This Headline Is Not for Sale

It’s not surprising that marketers love IntelliTxt while many journalists despise it. AlwaysOn columnist Rafe Needleman called IntelliTxt “pretty bad news” from an ethics standpoint “because it blurs the line between editorial content, which readers should expect to be free of commercial influence, and advertising, which we know is paid-for and biased.” –Adam L. Penenberg –This Headline Is Not for Sale (Wired) The “IntelliTxt” ad service inserts inline links into the…

When Blobjects Rule the Earth

Blobjects are blob-shaped objects, because of NURBS and meshes and splines and injection molding and CAD-CAM. They’re highly curvilinear consumer items designed on workstations, and then they’re generally blasted into being in a burst of injection-molded goo. Blobjects are the period objects of our time. They are the physical products that the digital revolution brought to the consumer shelf. Blobjects were impossible until the early 1990s. Then they got cheap.…

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED Casting News

Michael Keaton (“Batman”) will join Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) in Disney’s “Herbie: Fully Loaded” according to Variety, but the film’s writers might be its brightest spot. Herbie is a car with a mind of his own, but don’t let that fool you–this is no “Knight Rider.” –HERBIE: FULLY LOADED Casting News (TD) My six-and-a-half-year-old son is a big fan of the Herbie series.

Kids, Play With Your Food

In an effort to educate the nation’s neediest children on nutrition, a new project uses the familiar medium of video games to broadcast its message. The Fantastic Food Challenge, a package of four computer games, is designed to teach people who get nutrition aid such as federal food stamps how to make better use of their food. Because so many young adults played such games as kids, they ought to…

Many engineers lack a four-year degree

In computer and math science, holders of high school diplomas and associate’s degrees make up approximately 40 percent of employees. In engineering, 20 percent of workers have less than a bachelor’s degree. The proportions are much smaller (10 percent or less) for occupations in the life, physical and social sciences. –Ed Frauenheim –Many engineers lack a four-year degree (CNET\MyWay) Thanks for another good suggestion, Rosemary. Incidentally, I’ve been blogging less in…

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It's Just the 'internet' Now

Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the “I” in internet. At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net. Why? The simple answer is because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually, there never was. –Tony Long –It’s Just the ‘internet’ Now  (Wired) Thank goodness. I occasionally capitalized Internet internet when used as a noun — probably more than…

Net Publishing Made Profitable

The books are written by a small stable of independent authors, who receive 50 percent royalties, a rate unheard of in traditional publishing. Edited collaboratively over the Net, the books are published “within moments of going to press” as small, downloadable PDF files. Costing $5 or $10, the books come with free updates for readers — the electronic equivalent of second and third editions. The books are nicely laid out…