Greensburg science center planned

Joe Napsha writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Downtown Greensburg could have a hands-on science center for children and adults at the former Mellon Bank building if two natives can make their dream a reality. An interactive science center would feature a wide range of exhibits featuring sight, sound, motion, light and gears — “anything with science involved,” said Douglas Lingsch, 43, a businessman who lives in Bedford in Bedford County.…

The Plagiarized Field Manual, Part 1

Mike Edwards, a civilian instructor at West Point, reflects on the academic reaction to a new army field manual that plagiarizes large swaths of complex material, sometimes verbatim, from published sources. Part 1, Part 2. The scandal, though, is this: according to anthropologist David Price, the published version of the Army’s FM 3-24 on Counterinsurgency is deeply and thoroughly plagiarized, particularly in its Chapter 3, which patches together a wide…

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Wil Wheaton’s Geek in Review: A Mind Forever Voyaging

Author, blogger, and unrepentant geek Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley “The Writers Make Me Save the Ship Every Other Episode” Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, uses an interactive fiction trope for a little comparative media analysis. LOOK >A twisty maze of passages, all alike, is behind you. You face a wall with four doors. EXAMINE DOORS >There are four old doors: Movies, Television, Books, and Games. (Misleading title……

Success! Found our soldier…and he's alive today! – Nelson Foto | Learn : Teach : Grow (And Happy 2nd Anniversary to Our Members!)

Someone bought a collection of old slides from a second-hand shop, scanned them and posted them online, then got in touch with the photographer — who had tossed them into a trash bin 30 years ago. I was an artist in Vietnam and served with the Department of Information, Mac Headquarters. During my time there I shot hundreds, if not thousands, of 35 mm slides and photos. Years ago we…

A Bite of the Bagel – New York Times

In the New York Times, Maureen Dowd reflects on the show biz writers’ strike. Hillary Clinton had the bad luck to fumble a debate before the writers’ strike knocked late-night comics off the air. “I shudder to think what’s happening to all the kids who keep in touch with world news by listening to reports of late-night comedians,” said David Thomson, the film historian. I watch so little TV that…

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AP says "Web log" but real bloggers say "weblog"… and Google says "glarbifulous"

Well, Google didn’t say “glarbifulous” on its own, but I had a good reason to search the internet for a nonsense word. In order to confirm my feeling that the Associated Press’s preference for “Web log” is far less popular online than the traditional “weblog,” I did a quick Google search. 12,900,000 Google hits for ["weblog"] I expected that. For years, my own blog has been ranked anywhere from 99…