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Icons, Icons, Icons

I’m fairly proud of myself because last week I did something I’ve been wanting to do for years… I made little tiny icons, and put them in the right place on my two main websites.  Now you should see them in your browser bookmarks and tabs. Incidentally, I love what Firefox 3 does to the address bar.  Whenever you start typing, the bar fills up with suggestions based on pages…

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Web Usability 101: Don't Break the Browser

I’m not a big fan of SHU’s content-management system, Jenzabar, but because the service was recently overhauled and upgraded, I thought I’d give it another chance. How frustrating — the site breaks the “go back” button.  Every time you try to go back, it dumps you into a general screen, and of course then you can’t “go back” to where you were before. If the site has to break the…

Famous Programmers From Adleman to Zimmermann

Look who‘s up there with Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper: Famous women programmers are Adele Goldberg, who worked at Xerox PARC laboratory and wrote a number of SmallTalk books, Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field who wrote the first compiler, Ada Lovelace, credited as being the first programmer, Emily Short, who played a major role in the development of the interactive fiction development system Inform 7, and Pamela Crossely,…

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Two-Year in Hell

Inside Higher Ed goes to hell. Job Listing #666. University of Hell at Seventh Circle. Visiting Assistant Professor, two years (with possibility of converting to tenure-track position at culmination of two-year appointment). Beginning September 2009. Teaching load of forty-three courses per semester, with no more than thirty-nine preparations (i.e. instructor will teach more than one section of some courses). No official committee duties, but will be expected to contribute occasionally…

Immune Attack

Federation of American Scientists (FAS) makes a First-Person Shooter (FPS). Whoever wrote the description of the game won’t get a job at PC Gamer anytime soon, but the game itself looks interesting. Players navigate a nanobot through a 3D environment of blood vessels and connective tissue in an attempt to save an ailing patient by retraining her non-functional immune cells. Along the way, students learn about the biological processes that…

Get Out of Your Own Way: Studies Show the Value of Not Overthinking a Decision

Science Journal (WSJ): “We think our decisions are conscious,” said neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, who is pioneering this research. “But these data show that consciousness is just the tip of the iceberg. This doesn’t rule out free will, but it does make it implausible.” Through a series of intriguing experiments, scientists in Germany, Norway and the U.S. have analyzed the distinctive cerebral…