'Star Trek' inspired real inventions

Based on Shatner’s book “I’m Working on That,” in which he explored the connections between “Star Trek” technology and real science, “How William Shatner Changed the World” takes the tongue-in-cheek approach the actor often applies to what he considers the over-serious fandom of the TV shows and movies. –‘Star Trek’ inspired real inventions (AP | The Cincinnati Post) I’ve always got time for some Shatnology. Shatnolotry?

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1UP: Perspectives from Scholars/Practitioners of Video Games

1UP: Perspectives from Scholars/Practitioners of Video Games (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 1) I arrived early at this session and spent some time reconnecting with Matt Barton, whom I know from previous conferences. Barton is working on a book on graphic adventure games, and gave me some suggestions on what I might do with my interactive fiction work. I really enjoy his work on Armchair Arcade. Another early arrival was Matthew…

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Newsweek Educational Program

Newsweek Educational Program (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 1) A big part of the CCCC convention is the exhibit hall, where publishers offer their latest titles. I peeked in before the exhibit hall opened, and found the chaos very interesting. The exhibitors work for hours to set up booths that I might spend 2 seconds glancing at as I walk by. The scene reminded me of how much goes into preparing…

900 Newbies

900 Newbies (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 1) According to one of the Newcomers’ Orientation Committee volunteers, there are 900 first-time attendees signed up for this conference. A staff member at the registration desk said there are 2800 people already registered, and they expect about 3400 in total. I think it’s a great idea to have a table in the registration area, specifically to make first-time attendees feel welcome. My first…

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Leeroy Jenkins Meets the CCCC Program

Leeroy Jenkins Meets the CCCC Program (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 1) The wireless internet access at the Palmer House Hilton charges an hourly rate, so I’ll batch-post my notes to my blog when I get back to my hotel. As is always the case with live blogging (or near-live blogging), these will be rough notes that I took during the speaker’s presentations. These notes will be colored by my own…

Conference on College Composition and Communication — Day 1

Conference on College Composition and Communication — Day 1 (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) It’s a little after midnight on March 23. The fancy-schmancy hotel where the conference is taking place charges an hourly rate for internet access, so I didn’t liveblog. But here are my entries for the first day of the conference. Preface Leeroy Jenkins Meets the CCCC Program 900 Newbies Newsweek Educational Program 1UP: Perspectives from Scholars/Practitioners of Video Games…