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Search Engine Interfaces

They avoid books, libraries, and librarians. They love Google. (We love Google.) Why? Maybe it’s the speed of getting thousands of potential answers in a split second (Fig. 11). Maybe it’s the seeming simplicity of the list, or the delight in the reduction of a complex question to a series of puzzle pieces to be (apparently) easily assembled into something new. Maybe it’s the appearance of neutrality in the list,…

Bill Gates Urges High School Restructure

I recently spent a day shadowing my daughter who is a freshman in a local public high school. The high school that she goes to is considered one of the better high schools within the district (made me cringe to think what must be happening in the schools that are considered bad). An interesting twist on my attendence is that this was the same high school that I graduated from;…

Video game concerts draw packed crowds

“We never envisioned that we were going to be playing video game music,” conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya said, drawing appreciative laughter from audience members, many of them in their teens and 20s and decked out in everything from tuxes and gowns to jeans and T-shirts. It was a scene many orchestras would envy at a time when classical groups continue to struggle financially, and when some are branching out to try…