Terrorism or Stupidity?

Because Grinnell is a small college, it‘sclear that many students make postings that assume a lot of knowledge on the part of readers, and the postings range from serious to silly – with many appearing to be the kind of thing a college student might write after a beer or three. Another Grinnell student sent an e-mail message saying: ?The post looks very bad when read out of context, but…

Columbia Rethinks Journalism Education

Columbia is introducing a new journalism curriculum. But it is doing so in a separate program, maintaining its old program, which has many of the characteristics Bollinger criticized. The new program is a one-year M.A. degree that draws more heavily on the liberal arts and broad areas of study, rather than the traditional, one-year M.S. program at Columbia, which focuses on specific skills like news writing. –Scott Jaschik –Columbia Rethinks…

Blogging the C's

In 1999, I wrote about the conference in my first online journal, but since I composed entries under a pseudonym, I wrote in vague terms and ended up saying very little. Whenever I met another blogger, the encounter always felt somewhat clandestine; blogging was something we did in a back room and certainly not something we would talk about in mixed company. In 2005, however, bloggers kept their laptops open…

Usability of Websites for Teenagers

Many people think teens are technowizards who surf the Web with abandon. It’s also commonly assumed that the best way to appeal to teens is to load up on heavy, glitzy, blinking graphics. Our study refuted these stereotypes. Teenagers are not in fact superior Web geniuses who can use anything a site throws at them. We measured a success rate of only 55 percent for the teenage users in this…

Cops with Six Legs

Most biologists who have considered insect societies see them as models for studying altruism, with the workers looking out for the common good. But according to Wenseleers, the new work suggests that the more appropriate image is that of oppressed workers in a police state. –Susan Millius –Cops with Six Legs (Science News) While I spent an enjoyable Easter Sunday afternoon watching the classic giant ant movie Them, I’m hardly an…

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Nerd Watch Museum

The Nerd Watch Message Board is up and running! Visit an online community of LCD wristwatch collectors to socialize and share information about digital watches. –Nerd Watch Museum (Pocket Calculator Show) I had a calculator watch in high school. It had a touch screen. This was in about 1984 — it was awesome. I daydreamed about being able to play text adventure games on a watch, and I even sketched out…