WOW: the Text Adventure

Welcome to World of Warcraft: The Text Adventure. You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully. There is an elf with an exclamation point above her head here. >Talk elf “Alas,” she says. “There is a great darkness upon the land. Fifty years ago the Dwarf Lord…

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For once, blame the student

Colleges keep complaining that students are coming to them unprepared. Instead of raising admissions standards, however, they keep accepting mediocre students lest cuts have to be made in faculty and administration. –Patrick Welsh –For once, blame the student (Yahoo!/USAToday (will probably expire)) This essay is written by a high school teacher frustrated by the lack of motivation many of his students show. Every year, I have had parents come in to…

Study: Reading key to college success

In complex reading passages, organization may be elaborate, messages may be implicit, interactions among ideas or characters may be subtle and the vocabulary is demanding and intricate. The ACT isolated reading complexity as a critical factor by analyzing the results of the 1.2 million high school seniors in 2005 who took the well-known ACT college entrance test. Based on that test, only 51 percent of students showed they were ready…

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Classic Arcade Sounds: Hear for Yourself

In late 1982, my best friend had a Sony TCS-310 Stereo Cassette Recorder. Audio cassette tape was the affordable recording media at the time and one wintery November day while on our way to the arcade ‘Just Fun’ in Ithaca, NY, we came up with the idea to record video game sounds. –Daniel P. Hower –Classic Arcade Sounds: Hear for Yourself (CoinOpVideoGames.com) Visuals, schmizuals! We don’t need no steenkin visuals! Thanks…