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Hello, Santa? I have some naughty children to report…

After watching the children until about 2pm today, I rousted my wife from the bedroom so she could give them a late lunch. While I was fiddling with my blogging templates and sort of puttering around until it was time to go to campus (I’m volunteering to serve dinner to the students during the big “Christmas on the Hill” dinner party), I heard an unusual amount of screaming and thumping…

Frotzophone

Adam Parrish: The Frotzophone is an interface for making music with interactive fiction. The topography simulated in the game is used to generate sound, as is the player’s path through the game. A Frotzophone “performance” looks just like playing a text adventure; but in addition to playing a game, you’re also playing music. Here’s a sample of the Frotzophone’s audio output. This sample was generated from playing the first part…

Battle of New Orleans

This morning when my nine-year-old son got up, he buried his nose in a book on the War of 1812, and every so often he shared some detail: “Did you know the British liked to shoot together? They would say, ‘Ready! Aim! Fire!’”  He knew that the Battle of New Orleans was a decisive American victory, and he knew the battle took place after a peace treaty had been signed…