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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…

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…

Story Framing: Four Vital Ingredients

Framing a story is like building a house. Just as you determine how many rooms the house should have, you focus on the main idea of your story and what you want to say. A poorly framed story is vague and pointless, and your writing suffers. Good adjectives cannot make up for a bad story or bad idea. “This is a tool (not a rule) to get a handle on…