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Student Sanctioned For Comments On Homosexuality

A complaint was filed against Miner because he used the word “subhuman” when writing about gay people. The university’s Judicial Affairs panel found that those remarks violated the school’s university code of conduct. [...] As punishment, Duquesne University made Miner take the offending blog off his online profile. We checked that profile and the blog is gone, but Miner is also supposed to write a 10-page paper on homosexuality in…

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Blasts From the Past: What today's game designers can learn from Space Invaders.

For the last decade, most game companies have been governed by one obsessive idea: that making games more lifelike?more three-dimensional and hyperreal?will make them more fun. But this hasn’t worked. Even the crappiest game today has an elaborate 3-D world you can wander around and marvel at the superb rendering of shadows, the elaborate tattoos on the characters, or the lens flares when you look up at the virtual sun.…

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The Uncanny Valley

The uncanny valley itself is where dwell monsters, in the classic sense of the word. Frankenstein’s creation, the undead, the ingeniously twisted demons of animé and their inspirations from legend and myth, and indeed all the walking terrors and horrors of man’s imagining belong here. In essence, they tend to be warped funhouse-mirror images of humanity, and many if not most share one or both of a pair of common…

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Welcome to my Blog

This is Denny Hastert and welcome to my blog. This is new to me. I can’t say I‘m much of a techie. I guess you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks. But I‘m excited. This is the future. And it is a new way for us to get our message out. –Speaker of the House Denny Hastert –Welcome to my Blog (Speaker’s Journal) Found via Slashdot,…

But I, for one, do not believe that journalism’s future is gloomy. In fact, I think that when we look back on the early years of the 21st century, we will recognize it as a period of exploding opportunity for journalists and the start of an exciting new era for journalism. I also think it’s quite possible that we’ll look back on these years as a period when a better…

How to Fight Those Surging Splogs

At first glance, it seems like a regular blog. But look closer and you’ll see there’s something very odd about the blog’s content: It’s very familiar. Too familiar. That’s because you wrote it, six months ago, on your own blog. The rest of the content doesn’t make sense: The same word repeated over and over again. There are ads all over the sidebar for products like Viagra and mortgage loans.…

High school bans blogging

Officials at Proctor Jr.-Sr. High School have banned access from school computers to an Internet site that students have been using to post to weblogs, or blogs. Principal Chris Sousa said the decision to block the site from school was made because blogging is not an educational use of school computers. –Brendan McKenna –High school bans blogging (Rutland Herald)

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We Need Humanities Labs

I wonder how an English professor would feel spending a week in a physics lab. Not about the scientific work, but about the frequent, ongoing interaction between students and peers, post-docs and faculty. Scientists see each other in the lab, if not daily, then at least weekly. They have frequent lab meetings, colloquia and interaction with scholars at other universities around joint research. –Gina Hiatt –We Need Humanities Labs (Inside Higher…