Key & Compass – IF Games Index

–Key & Compass – IF Games Index This is an incredibly efficient, beautifully constructed index to interactive fiction games, with icons indicating platform, awards, and additional information. I wish I could click on the award icon and be taken to a list of other games that shared the same award. Actually, clicking on any icon ought to filter out the results that don’t share that quality — for instance, if…

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The disasters that have occurred so far have been on the local or regional level. They have been horribly damaging to lives and properties in the regions in which they occurred, but they have not been the paradigm-shifting harbingers of doom that the pessimists, like Kunstler, continually warn about. In fact, so far the pessimists have been 100 percent wrong 100 percent of the time. The fact is that since…

It's all about me: Why e-mails are so easily misunderstood

First and foremost, e-mail lacks cues like facial expression and tone of voice. That makes it difficult for recipients to decode meaning well. Second, the prospect of instantaneous communication creates an urgency that pressures e-mailers to think and write quickly, which can lead to carelessness. Finally, the inability to develop personal rapport over e-mail makes relationships fragile in the face of conflict. –Daniel Enemark –It’s all about me: Why e-mails…

The Exhausting Job of Teaching

Even though I had to use many strategies to sell semiconductors in Silicon Valley, it was nothing compared to the brain power I’ve had to use to teach a subject to college students well. A decade ago, I found advertising challenging. Dreaming up new ways to sell a product or service to corporate executives was exhilarating; still, it was nothing compared to finding ways to reach a student population of…

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CMU uses game maker's characters to interest girls in computer programming

“If you walk into a roomful of middle school girls and say ‘Do you want to learn how to program a computer?’, only a few hands will go up,” says Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Randy Pausch. “But if you walk in and say ‘Do you want to learn how to tell a story and make a movie?’, all the hands go up.” –Mark Roth –CMU uses game maker’s…