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One good quest deserves another

I’ve been hunkering down in my little home office here more often than ever recently, all because I’m on a quest. No, I’m not crossing swords with evildoers or standing defiant before a salivating dragon while searching for some sacred bauble (well, not unless you count the occasional bouts in Bethesda’s Oblivion). I’m penning my way through forms and applications and standing defiant before an open mailbox about once a…

The Road to Ruin

Grand Theft Auto and its progeny — nearly a dozen sequels and spinoffs, including this fall’s GTA IV — let players live out their fantasies. But few videogame fantasies match the real-life adventures of Rockstar Games. Almost a decade ago, a gang of young prep-school-educated Brits invaded New York with a then-outrageous dream: to make video-games hip. They would elevate a medium built on Mario and Pok√©mon into something defiantly…

Maraka

–Maraka (YouTube | Saturday Night Live) “Pump your hands to make the balloon fill up. Pump them harder. Come on! Harder! What’s wrong with you? There! You did it!” “Can you help me decide if Robert Blake was innocent?” “Don’t question it, just do it!” Wonderful spoof of “Dora the Explorer.”

Heroic Secret Service Agent Takes Question Intended For Bush

White House Secret Service Agent Anthony Panucci is being called a hero after intercepting what could have been a critically damaging question aimed directly at President Bush during a press conference in the Rose Garden Tuesday. –Heroic Secret Service Agent Takes Question Intended For Bush (The Onion (Satire)) I love the graphic that indicates the question injured a Fox News reporter who was standing nearby.

Blogs turn 10–who's the father?

Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log. It’s just not quite clear who. It may not be one of the Internet’s grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate, there are some serious bragging rights to be claimed by the first person who provably laid fingers to keyboard in the traditional bloggy way. –Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache –Blogs…

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President's Blog

Jim Towey is writing a blog to communicate with Saint Vincent students and to share the fruits of his experiences as their leader. These will be posted from time to time as his schedule permits. Click on this link to reach the archive and the latest posting. –President’s Blog (Saint Vincent College) The president of St. Vincent College has a blog. It’s really just a series of essays (no comments or…

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Star Trek / Mission Impossible Prop Mash-up

Star Trek / Mission Impossible Prop Mash-up (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) While riding the train back from a conference, I spent some time watching early episodes of Mission Impossible. This screen capture shows the characters prepping for a mission. Because I recently designed 3D models of Star Trek furniture in order to teach myself Blender 3D, my eye immediately picked out the funky curves of the chairs in this scene. Paint the…