From Bloomsday to Doomsday

Jorn Barger, a Joyce enthusiast whose many creative electronic endeavors include coining the term “weblog,” offers this animated map of Dublin, showing the progress of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the “Wandering Rocks” chapter of Ulysses. The chapter takes place on June 16, which has of late been celebrated as Bloomsday. Last week was the Feast of Corpus Christi, which in the medieval town of York, England was celebrated…

Adventure/Colossal Cave Home Page

I designed this site to enable those of us who are having difficulty in solving Adventure / Colossal Cave to work together to solve the game. This is not a hints site, and there is no spoiler space. Information is presented as fully as I can, though the information in the walk through tends to be less detailed and that in the object, people, and places pages to be more…

How to talk to the press

The best interviews I’ve had were with people obviously familiar with my work. A great interview with a reporter feels like a natural conversation with a friend you’ve never met. They’ll ask you questions that you haven’t answered a hundred times before, and really dive into your experiences that led to something newsworthy. A good interview will feel open ended and go wherever the conversation leads. A good reporter will…

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Jolie accused of hypocrisy over press 'gag'

The New York premiere of the film, on Wednesday, was held to support the organisation Reporters Without Borders, which defends journalists against persecution and combats censorship and laws that undermine press freedom. But several journalists covering the premiere objected when Jolie’s lawyer demanded they sign pre-interview contracts limiting exactly what they could and could not ask her. –Catherine Elsworth –Jolie accused of hypocrisy over press ‘gag’ (Telegraph) Bravo to the reporters…

Negotiators: Ages Nine and Five

Negotiators: Ages Nine and Five (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I have a nine-year-old and a five-year-old who love each other to death, but do occasionally bicker. I tend to be far more impatient with the older child, since he is much more capable of finding something else to entertain himself. I generally remind him that, if he wants something that his sister has, he has to offer to trade something else. If…

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.” –100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know (Houghton Mifflin Books) Hmm… the editors’ description of the list is very different from the…