Laurie Garrett's memo to Newsday colleagues

Long gone are the days of fast-talking, whiskey-swilling Murray Kempton peers eloquently filling columns with daily dish on government scandals, mobsters and police corruption. The sort of in-your-face challenge that the Fourth Estate once posed for politicians has been replaced by mud-slinging, lies and, where it ought not be, timidity. When I started out in journalism the newsrooms were still full of old guys with blue collar backgrounds who got…


Ward & Newt & Tenure

At Kansas State University, the contracts of all faculty members were terminated after a Populist victory in state elections in 1896. Many professors were hired back, but Republicans were removed from the economics department and senior administrative posts. A few years later, Republicans regained control of state politics and did their own purge of the university. — Excerpt from The Development of Academic Freedom in the United States, Hofstadter and…


Atlanta Nights [Will PublishAmerica Publish Any Old Thing?]

Yvonne poured herself a drink and melted into the chair across from Callie. She brushed a strand of moltenly hair from her eyes and proceeded to carve the ham. Callie watched intently. Juice streamed from the ham in rivulets like saliva drooling from the fierce jaws of a wild dingo poised over the dead carcass of its prey in the dingo-eat-dingo world. –Travis Tea –Atlanta Nights [Will PublishAmerica Publish Any…


A God in Colchester

Instead of just putting my CV on the Web like everyone else, I kind of think I would like someone to make a fan site for me, possibly something like the one created for Hasselhoff. Oh, yeah! Check out my experiments with facial hair in the 90s. Instead of building temples to ourselves — which is something best left to academic administrators — maybe professors should all have “Web shrines”…


Drive-by Blogging

–Drive-by Blogging (Google) Weblog portfolios are due soon, so there’s more activity than usual on my students’ weblogs. Moira mentioned that fellow student Evan Reynolds had used the term “drive-by blogging” to describe the sudden rush of blog entries that fill in the gaps and fulfill the requrements of the weblog portfolio assignment. That was a new one to me.

The FUD-based Encyclopedia: Dismantling fear, uncertainty, and doubt, aimed at Wikipedia and other free knowledge resources

For the uninitiated, FUD stands for ?Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.? It is a term popular within the free software community, used to describe the use of lies and deceptive rhetoric, aimed chiefly at free software projects. It is an accurate term. In brief, the goal of FUD is to make money when the free software competition cannot be defeated fairly in the marketplace. This can be done by scaring consumers…

[Babylon 5 Movie Project Tanks]

If they can do a Brady Bunch movie, you can be sure that sooner or later, somebody’s going to do a B5 movie. The only thing I can say without equivocation is that when that day comes, as the rights-holder, I will make darned sure that it’s done right, because I’d rather have no B5 movie than one that doesn’t live up to what fans and I myself would want…


Revenge of the Blog People!

A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web. (Though it sounds like something you would find stuck in a drain, the ugly neologism blog is a contraction of “web log.”) Until recently, I had not spent much time thinking about blogs or Blog People. –Michael Gorman –Revenge of…


Dennis G. Jerz

–Dennis G. Jerz (IF Wiki) My entry on the IF Wiki. Thanks, Dswxyz, for compiling it. Has it been that long since I entered the IF Comp? I miss Troy Sterling and Melody Sweet (characters from my game, “Fine-Tuned: An Auto-mated Romance“). Incidentally, I just found this SynTax walkthrough for Fine-Tuned, which was reviewed and included in issue 82.


Checkmate in Four

Checkmate in Four (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) My seven-year-old son whipped my butt in chess last night. He’s beaten me before… once when I was paying attention to fending off an attack deep in my territory, and he suddenly popped his rook out from behind a row of pawns, pinning down my king. I’m embarrassed to say that he did the exact same move on me yesterday, so he actually beat me…