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Why Can't Anyone Tell I'm Wearing This Business Suit Ironically?

On the 8:12 a.m. commuter train, everybody just assumes I’m one of them. So does my secretary, my assistant, and every single one of my colleagues at the law firm, where I’m now a partner. I even married this clueless girl from Connecticut?loves shopping and everything?and we have two ironic kids. I swear, they look like something out of a creepy 1950s Dick And Jane reader?I even have these hilarious…

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Today's Gumshoes Dust for Fingerprints, Then Read Blogs

Blogs are the latest form of electronic information that law enforcement is examining as part of investigations, and experts predict they’ll become even more relevant as their popularity grows. “We have to look at that as a new medium to solve crimes,” said Cmdr. Christopher Vicino of the Pasadena, Calif., police department. “We would be able to use them, not so much as evidence, but more for investigative leads.” –Catherine…

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Volunteers work smoothly for Operation Santa Clause [sic]

–Volunteers work smoothly for Operation Santa Clause [sic] (Tribune-Review [Online]) Dear Santa, For Christmas, what I need most of all is a good copyeditor. Love, Pittsburgh Live.co Okay, okay… To err is human. I shouldn’t be so harsh on whoever typed the headline. It’s gloating blog entries like this that annoy professioal professional journalists and make them think of bloggers as “the enemy.” But as I deal with the final crush…

Not Just Child’s Play

All of the professors interviewed agreed that the Civ3 gods created a universe in which war goes a long way. The gods, of course, are the game designers who determine the algorithms by which history, in the game, will progress. So in order for the game to accurately portray the inputs that spit out world history, the game designers had “better create a damn complex algorithm,” says Alexander Galloway, an…

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Please, PLEASE stop

Don’t write the sentence “There has been very little research done on games” in any more papers or articles or theses and essays UNLESS you also have a full bibliography that cites those few existing works. I don’t care how many authorities you cite who may have written those words quite recently. Because yes, gamestudies is a new field, and therefore does not have entire library shelves to themselves, like…

Purple Cow Parodies

In Bovine majesty she stands, Her purple tail she swings, The amethyst cow, To my heart somehow, Perfect joy she brings. –Purple Cow Parodies (Purple Cow) What if Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, John Keats, William Wordsworth, or Rudyard Kipling saw Gelett Burgess’s elusive Purple Cow? Parodies by Susan and David Hollander.

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NBC leaves Matt & Katie to twist in wind

In a matter of minutes Thursday morning, while they were in Herald Square hosting NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a balloon crashed in Times Square, injuring an 11-year-old girl and her disabled older sister. Lauer and Couric didn’t mention the mishap. [...] Couric and Lauer spent the last 10 minutes of the coverage reading from the sappy script, although they did note viewers at home were seeing…

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Best Geek Novels Written in English

So far, 132 people have voted for the best geek novels written in English since 1932, in spite of Survey Monkey’s rubric saying free polls were limited to 100 responses. The top 20 is therefore as follows, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of votes. 1. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams 85% (102) 2. Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell 79% (92) 3. Brave New…

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Web Logs in the Post-Secondary Writing Classroom: A Study of Purposes (PDF)

Turning to a few student samples we can see this concept exemplified even more. Below is a quote from one of Dennis Jerz’s students. This is one of the student’s first postings, and you can see his/her enthusiasm about designing and creating a blog. September 08, 2004: LOOK AT ME, I HAVE A BLOG! I have a blog now. My very own. It’s like a baby — mine to mold,…

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Example Instructor Professional Home Pages

Each of the following uses a weblog or content management system to manage the site and/or really breaks traditional conventions in other ways, changing the way that the teacher establishes their professional ethos in comparison to the more traditional forms seen above. –Example Instructor Professional Home Pages (Introductory Composition at Purdue: Technical Mentoring) Just doing a little egosurfing to remind myself that I do have a professional identity that extends beyond…