Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 5 — Brass Columns, Detailed Ceiling, Chandelier in a Blocky Opera House

Because I was away at a conference all week, I didn’t have much time. I had already found some good trees and begun work on the ceiling of my test room, but I figured I had played with that test room enough. But in about four hours today, I created this room from scratch. The textures were part of packs I had already downloaded, of course. I’m working on trying…

E-mail and text 'replace writing'

The decline of handwriting and the rise of e-mail and text messaging has been highlighted in a new survey of media consumption in the digital age. It suggests that half of written communication is by e-mail, 29% by text message and just 13% by pen and paper. –E-mail and text ‘replace writing’ (BBC) But take a look at this detail about methodology: “The IPA TouchPoints survey was based on 5,000 people…

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Calling All Bloggers

Calling All Bloggers (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) Mike Edwards and Clancy Ratliffe led a very productive special interest group on weblogs.The project I had agreed to work on last year, seeking NCTE support for proposing some sort of official statement about the professional and pedagogial value of weblogs, fizzled. The NCTE had its national meeting in Pittsburgh in November, but this meeting had a very narrow focus. When I…

Imagining a Transformed Reality: On the Web, Over the Airwaves, Around the Globe

Imagining a Transformed Reality: On the Web, Over the Airwaves, Around the Globe (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) In this panel, three experienced comp instructors from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock report their experiences getting students to think outside the box. The presenters asked everyone to pull their chairs into a circle, and in that environment I felt uncomfortable typing away on a keyboard, so I only jotted brief…

Changing Literacies/Changing Mindsets: Communicating Across Digital Difference

Changing Literacies/Changing Mindsets: Communicating Across Digital Difference (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) I had written a different session down in my conference planner, but I’m glad I want to this one. Sally Chandler brought two of her undergraduate students from Kean University, and together they presented what they learned about the nature of research with a teacher who came of age in the world of print tried to teach students…

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The History of the Future of Writing

The History of the Future of Writing (CCCC 2006 Chicago — Day 3) These are rough notes, typed as the presenters were speaking, and lightly edited back in my hotel room before being posted online. Helen J. Burgess Washington State University. “Whatever Happened to My MOO?” Administered Appalachia Moo, had fun building and coding, “absolutely no fun interacting with anybody in it.” Likes coding objects. Talking about how moos are disappearing.…

Conference on College Composition and Communication — Day 3

Conference on College Composition and Communication — Day 3 (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I spent some time shopping for books and taking long coffee breaks (though I don’t drink coffee), so the blogging isn’t quite as detailed as last time. Still, today I got a good idea for the panel I’d like to propose for next year, and I found myself saying that someone needs to write an annotated bibliography of weblog…