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The Hard Way to Learn and Program

The Hard Way to Learn and Program Aggression is the only way to accomplish anything. If you want a port, grab it, if you want a channel, fight for it, if you want a channel off, flood it, if you want a MOO, make yourself uncomfortably toaded over and over again. If you want a port, play up to sysadmins, then stab them in the back, take the machine over,…

State of play: is there a role for the New Games Journalism?

Subjective journalism does NOT mean glorifying the writer. Notice how, by the end of “Bow, Nigger” we know everything about the player’s experiences, the thoughts, feelings and theories that emerge during the short light saber battle, but we know nothing about the author him/herself. It’s subjective, but it isn’t self-publicising. It isn’t autobiography. Hunter S Thompson’s own best work — in my opinion — was his political journalism in which…

Sinclair Letter Turns Out to Be Another Exposé

The story was “Boston,” Sinclair’s 1920s novelized condemnation of the trial and execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants accused of killing two men in the robbery of a Massachusetts shoe factory. Prosecutors characterized the anarchists as ruthless killers who had used the money to bankroll antigovernment bombings and deserved to die. Sinclair thought the pair were innocent and being railroaded because of their political views. Soon Sinclair…

WashingtonPost.com Extends Free Content Window

WashingtonPost.com will now offer articles for free for 60 days, instead of the previous 14, before putting them behind the paid for subscription wall. –Pamela Parker –WashingtonPost.com Extends Free Content Window (ClickZ News) Hooray! I have in the past few years consciously avoided blogging many good Washington Post stories because 2 weeks is simply not long enough.

Wealth from worship

The idea that religion can bring material advantages has a distinguished history. A century ago Max Weber argued that the Protestant work ethic lay behind Europe’s prosperity. More recently Robert Barro, a professor at Harvard, has been examining the links between religion and economic growth (his work was reviewed here in November 2003). At the microeconomic level, several studies have concluded that religious participation is associated with lower rates of…

A race to the wire as old hand at Morse code beats txt msgrs

The race to transmit a simple message, staged by an Australian museum, was won — at a dash — by a 93-year-old telegraph operator who tapped it out using the simple system which was devised by Samuel Morse in 1832 and was the mainstay of maritime communication up until 1997. Gordon Hill, who learnt to use the technique in 1927 when he joined the Australian Post Office, easily defeated his…

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23,040 Bridges

In the game, you listen to a story about someone’s death and the events leading up to it. There are five characters in the story; your job is to rank them from most culpable for the death to least culpable. The trick is that the story should be balanced in such a way that any ordering is defensible, and thus each listener’s list shows something about that listener. But that…

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Freedom of speech redefined by blogs: Words travel faster, stay around longer in the blogosphere

Jessica Prokop thought the textbook for her class at Seton Hill University was biased and that its author “seems like a bitter man.” In the annals of student rants, nothing extraordinary there. Except she didn’t just blurt out those words in her journalism class. She blogged them. Soon, the author himself was responding all the way from England, pledging to re-examine an upcoming edition given her critique. Junior Mike Rubino…

Federal agents' visit was a hoax

The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for “The Little Red Book” by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story. –Aaron Nicodemus –Federal agents’ visit was a hoax  (South Coast Today) This does not come as a surprise to me. Kudos to Nicodemus for posting a follow-up to the original story, in which he reported on flaws…