Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun

According to the study, north European women evolved blonde hair and blue eyes at the end of the Ice Age to make them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for scarce males. –Roger Dobson and Abul Taher –Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun (Times Online) The authors conclude by stating, “A study by the World Health Organisation found that natural blonds are likely to be…

Numbers to Live By

Judith Moran, director of the Math Center at Trinity College in Connecticut, “started life,” she said, as an art major. Now, like several of the faculty members questioned, Moran said she wants all students to be able to assess numbers in The New York Times. Trinity students also get their quantitative feet held to the fire on day one, with quantitative literacy assessment. Students who fail any part of the…

Making Happiness in West Egg and Simburbia: An Inquiry into Consumption in The Great Gatsby and The Sims

The freeform world of both the Jazz Age and the DotCom explosion create surreal intoxicated hilarity, and both The Great Gatsby and The Sims allow the participants to immerse themselves in the experience. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, affords us some distance from this world and critical insight into the excesses of this culture. In contrast, The Sims reinforces what Peter Plagens has called the ?ecology of evil?…

Student Reaction to Google Placement

Student Reaction to Google Placement (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) While preparing for my Intro to Literary Study class, I thought that, since I introduced the “Claim, Data, Warrant” concept last week when I was very sick, I’d better revisit the topic to make sure the presentation was effective. I Googled claim data warrant (without quotation marks) and looked for handouts. To my surprise, a blog entry that I wrote last week was…

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My Half-Life 2 Mod Begins

My Half-Life 2 Mod Begins (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’ve finally knuckled down and started making a serious effort to teach myself how to create a Half-Life 2 mod. A “mod” is a user-created expansion to a commercial game. Perhaps the most famous of these is Day of Defeat, a total-conversion mod that turned Half-Life (a sci-fi horror FPS) into a WWII military simulation. To get some sense of what it’s possible…

Reading, writing and blogging: Goochland teachers show off students' work, share learning tools on Web logs

With a few clicks of a mouse, Pleasants can navigate the Web site for Goochland County’s Byrd Elementary School and access the Web log kept by her daughter’s third-grade teacher, Ellen Robinson. As all Goochland teachers have been required to do this year, Robinson keeps a school district-sponsored Web log, or blog — a kind of diary of her class’s activities. –Lea Setegn –Reading, writing and blogging: Goochland teachers show…