History Of Rock Written By The Losers

“Rock is so important to me,” Harris said, gesturing to a cabinet where he files articles concerning all of the live shows he attends and detailed transcriptions of interviews with artists who live only blocks away. “If I couldn’t write about music and collect music, I have no idea what I’d do instead.” The social misfits who chronicle rock seek not only to log facts, but also to influence public…

Wikipedia Ripe for Political Dirty Tricks

In Georgia this week, the campaign manager for a candidate for governor resigned amid allegations he doctored the Wikipedia biography of an opponent in the Democratic primary. Morton Brilliant was accused of revising the entry for Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor to add his son’s arrest last August in a drunken driving accident that left his best friend dead. The information was accurate and had been in the news. –Shannon McCaffrey…

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The Real Reasons Students Can't Write

When I find significant errors in student writing, I chalk it up to one of three reasons: they don’t care, they don’t know, or they didn’t see it. And I believe that the first and last are the most frequent causes of error. In other words, when push comes to shove, I’ve found that most students really do know how to write — that is, if we can help them…

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RandomVisitor

I have written about how traditional chess engines are constructed and about how they go about figuring out what moves to make. I have speculated on how Rybka, a new and powerful chess engine is constructed. I have written a software specification for a new way to estimate the value of a chess position, or a new “evaluation function”.My task now is to convince everyone that my speculation is sound.…

Murtha to speak at May commencement

Congressman John P. Murtha will be the keynote speaker at this year’s commencement, Saturday, May 13 at 11 in the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center on Seton Hill’s Greensburg campus. –Alexandra Nseir –Murtha to speak at May commencement (Setonian) I have heard both faculty and student grumblings about Murtha, who is, depending on who’s talking, either pro-labor or anti-business, pro-life or anti-woman, pro-Iraq withdrawal or anti-American, and pro-2nd-Amendment or a gun nut.…