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Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest: 2005 Results

The woods were all a-twitter with rumors that the Seven Dwarves were planning a live reunion after their attempted solo careers had dismally sputtered into Z-list oblivion and it was all just a matter of meeting a ten-page list of outlandish demands (including 700-threadcount Egyptian cotton bedsheets, lots of white lilies and a separate trailer for the magic talking mirror) to get the Princess Formerly Known As Snow White on…

I'm, like, totally there!

Don’t get all more-grammatical-than-thou. “Like” and “totally” can help establish ironic distance. Using the present tense to refer to something past or future can lend immediacy and emphasis. A caveat: Use sparingly if you’re over 30 and don’t want to be seen as one of those pathetic old types who chat up teenagers at the mall. I mean, ick. –Jay Heinrichs –I’m, like, totally there! (Figures of Speech — It Figures)…

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Here's why you can't buy the News Journal at Wal-Mart

I might understand it if Wal-Mart said I ought to fire Mark because what he said wasn’t accurate. But that isn’t the case. Mark accurately reported that there are 10,000 children of Wal-Mart employees in a health-care program that is costing Georgia taxpayers nearly $10 million a year. Shouldn’t we talk about that? –Randy Hammer –Here’s why you can’t buy the News Journal at Wal-Mart (Pensacola News Journal)

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The REAL Swastika: The logo of modern evil has a benign ancient face

As a Jew, the swastika is an image that should repel me. But as a decades-long lover of Eastern religions, I understand the history and true intent of this ancient symbol. In the East, the swastika is actually supposed to bring good luck. How did this ancient symbol of cosmic benevolence become a modern logo for evil? According to scholars, the swastika may be as old as 10,000 years. –Eileen…

What Every Game Developer Needs to Know about Story

Now, the notion that story doesn’t matter is worst with the industry old-timers. “Just repeat that 30 seconds of gameplay, and you’ve got it,” I’ve heard. Or worse: “We’ve never had to worry about of that story stuff before.” Maybe that’s okay for a small audience of addicted gamers, but the new charter for platforms like Xbox 360 is to appeal to a mass audience, not necessarily people who have…