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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…

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CNN drops PS3 price story as Stringer comments are confuted

Comments published in a CNN article yesterday purporting to be from Sony CEO Howard Stringer regarding the planned pricing for PlayStation 3 have been removed after it emerged that he had not said anything on the question. […] So where did the information come from, then? The culprit appears to be a Hollywood Reporter article on another interview with Stringer, which appeared a few weeks ago and also appeared to…