Personalized Google News

–Personalized Google News (Google) A great little addition to Google’s incredibly useful news aggregator. I deleted the “sports” section, and added sections containing keywords that I always find myself googling. The search I created for “weblog” isn’t very useful, but I’ll play with the interface later. There doesn’t seem to be a way for me to access this from a different computer — it seems to be driven by cookies. Still,…

Evaluating Blogging

Our students, especially the ones who are required to be in our classes and are, therefore, required to blog or do whatever else we ask of them, are generally going to be concerned about the grade they get – possibly even more concerned about the grade than about what they learn. –Nancy McKeand –Evaluating Blogging (Random Thoughts) Nancy is reponding to a comment I left on her earlier post, “Blogging is…

The Blind Fragging the Blind

The demand is such that the niche has grown from text-based games coded by hobbyists to between 30 and 50 professional audio-game developers who sell 3,000 games a year, experts estimate. Most of these games run on ordinary PCs and are often joystick- or keyboard-controlled. The player dons a pair of headphones, and elements of the game are delivered in stereo to help players shoot aliens on the left or…

Interviewing: The Ignored Skill

No matter how disgusting, shocking, horrifying or abberant the person, the topic or the interview, your demeanor is ALWAYS one of neutrality. Then, don’t betray that trust – ever. The first glimmer of judgment, shock or negative emotion the person glimpses in you – they’ll shut down. They may keep talking, but not about anything worth writing about. I laugh every time I see broadcast media do a confrontational interview.…

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

Blogging clearly isn’t going to help that proportion of people who aren’t really up to their job, or who are prone to inarticulate flaming, or both. But then, those people tend to have career problems anyhow. Put it another way: not blogging won’t protect you from career-limiting moves, and if blogging provokes one, well, you were probably going to do it anyhow. You have to get noticed to get promoted.…