The Command Line in 2004

The X-Monkey comes from a line of monkeys originally bred by the military for the purpose of driving tanks. It’s a good fit, because the modern Apple sedan is actually a tank in a fancy shell. The X-Monkey’s only drawback is that he can only drive a car from Apple. Show him any other vehicle, and he won’t even know how to operate the door lock. Meanwhile, the free-thinking Linux…

Okay, I'll Bite [Tsunami Relief Links]

Anders Jacobsen is offering to donate $1 for every blog posting a link to his page and the following tsunami relief organizations. You can add mine to the list, Anders! I tell you what I‘ll do. I‘ll add my own $5… –Okay, I’ll Bite [Tsunami Relief Links] (Wordmunger) Link-whoring with a social conscience. This I like. Anders Jacobson International aid organizations: UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) United Nations’ World Food Programme…

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The Bane of the President's Existence

A few months into my new job as a “new media journalism” teacher at Seton Hill University, a small liberal arts school in southwestern Pennsylvania, I was at a fancy on-campus dinner event, where the university president was working her way through the crowd, laying on the charm. I heard her relate a slightly off-color anecdote about a local celebrity. After the punch line, as the laughter was fading, I…