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Suicide Bombing Makes Sick Sense in 'Halo 3'

Clive Thompson, from Wired: I know I’m the underdog; I know I’m probably going to get killed anyway. I am never going to advance up the Halo 3 rankings, because in the political economy of Halo, I’m poor. Specifically, I’m poor in time. The best players have dozens of free hours a week to hone their talents, and I don’t have that luxury. This changes the relative meaning of death…

Makin' Bacon

Scott McLemee writes about an intellectual brownout that came to him during a party, when he was asked to comment on a book he knew well. People who consume two or three books a month, for example, might be less susceptible to moments of total overload than those who read two or three a week. Some situations require learning to handle texts like a meat packer carving up pigs on…

Holocaust survivors share tales at Seton Hill – Tribune-Review

Patti Dobranski, Tribune-Review “The secret state police were at the door. They came to arrest my father. On Nov. 9, at 8:30 p.m., I lost my German citizenship. I said ‘Let’s get out of this hellish country.’ I just wanted to go somewhere else.” But Nov. 9, 1938, was more than Blaustein’s personal hell. It would become known as “Kristallnacht” or “The Night of Broken Glass,” full of screams of…