Video-Game Characters Denounce Randomly Placed Swinging Blades

“We are here to demand an end to the shockingly casual placement of dangerous blades in our places of work,” said Tomb Raider star Lara Croft, who estimates that she has lost more than 600,000 lives to spinning, falling, swinging, and suddenly appearing blades this year alone. “This kind of thing has been going on since the days of Pitfall Harry, and it has got to stop.” –Video-Game Characters Denounce…

So I have a blog

Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn’t demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discource through communal authorship. [...] So this is for all the…

Frosty Returns

Frosty Returns (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Last week we watched “Frosty Returns,” a 1990s sequel to the 1960s “Frosty the Snowman.” I don’t see how you could say Frosty returns in the sequel, since this one is set in what appears to be a completely different town (someplace that has a long tradition of celebrating “Winter Carnival,” where all references to Christmas are carefully avoided), and concerns the animation of a completely…

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Agents' visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior

A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s tome on Communism called “The Little Red Book.” Two history professors at UMass Dartmouth, Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand, said the student told them he requested the book through the UMass Dartmouth library’s interlibrary loan program. –Aaron Nicodemus –Agents’ visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior  (South Coast Today) I’ve…

Why do I love online publishing?

Why do you love online publishing? Here’s why I do: As an American, I feel so fortunate to be alive at a time when, 200-some years after the ratification of the First Amendment to our nation’s Constitution, the people of this country finally have a medium at their disposal which allows any person to speak and be heard by a global audience. If freedom of the press belongs to those…

Teen Guilty Of Manslaughter After Online Confession

Blake Ranking wrote “I did it” on his blurty.com journal three days after the October 2004 crash that caused a friend’s death and left another seriously injured. He had previously told investigators he remembered nothing of the crash and little of its aftermath. –Teen Guilty Of Manslaughter After Online Confession (AP | The Pittsburgh Channel.com) If you choose to exercise your right to free speech, the First Amendment does not promise…

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What we learned this semester

On the last day of class, I handed out index cards for our last collaborative piece of writing. I told my first year students to write something they learned this semester, in any class or in the residence hall. Then we shuffled the cards together and read them aloud. Here is what one class came up with: –What we learned this semester (Writing as jo(e))

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Why I Am Teaching at SVU — and Why SVU is Important

I saw one ray of hope — a “popular writing” program at Seton Hall University, where nontraditional students (i.e., grownups with day jobs) could earn a degree and, more to the point, gain serious professional training without having to attend a university full time. The fact that one school had dared to attempt such a thing suggested that maybe, someday, the teaching methods and subject matters I had developed over…

''Thank You Very Much. That's All the Time You Have''

If they want to deliver a written paper, they need to understand that, no matter how short they think it is, the odds are against their finishing it. They need a conclusion they can jump to when they get the five-minute warning. That conclusion must be brief. Rather than reading a full paper, it’s better to summarize it and have copies of the full paper available. Presenters could also tell…