Blues for Robots

_ Humans are basic units of economics. _ Humans are souls trapped in the physical prison of the fleshly body. _ Humans are physical bodies dyspeptically infested by parasitic souls. _ Humans are information just like everything else in the universe. _ Humans are the orphans of the animal kingdom. _ Humans are goooood eatin?. _ Humans are a failed experiment. _ Humans are basically sets of genitals. _ Humans…

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The U.S. Custom House in Salem: Introduction

Hawthorne’s description of the Custom House emphasizes the nearby dilapidated wharves and decayed wooden warehouses crumbling to ruin and his office “cobwebbed and dingy with old paint.” Hawthorne offers us an almost gothic Custom House, a fitting element in the introduction to a romance novel. The Custom House is, in fact, an airy, handsome structure, flooded with light. This is characteristic of Federal period buildings. Hawthorne does recognize these qualities…

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Wanted: Minority Game Programmers

“It’s been said that a bunch of nerdy white guys are creating these games,” Armstrong said. “The problem with a bunch of white guys creating the games is that the story isn’t being created with balance.” Roughly 80 percent of video-game programmers are white, according to preliminary results of an International Game Developers Association survey. About 4 percent of designers are Hispanic, and less than 3 percent are black. –Wanted:…

'Dateline' Visits Missing-Persons Coverage

Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, JonBenet Ramsey, Elizabeth Smart and now Natalee Holloway all became household names because of the way television news divisions, particularly the cable networks, extensively covered the story when they went missing. Each had another common trait: they were young, white, pretty and female. Some have questioned how they became stories, when more than half of missing people are male and nearly three in 10 are black.…

Measuring the Blogosphere

If the blogosphere continues to expand at this rate, every person who has Internet access will be a blogger before long, if not an actual reader of blogs. The conventional media – this very newspaper, for instance – have often discussed the growing impact of blogging on the coverage of news. Perhaps the strongest indicator of the importance of blogdom isn’t those discussions themselves, but the extent to which media…