The effects of addition can lay whole families to waste…

I read the blurb for this article four or five times, trying to figure out what it was about. The effects of addition can lay whole families to waste…  (Register) I should think that subtraction causes more stress on the family unit than addition, and disagreements over multiplication can probably cause division. You never know… some shady characters might try to establish, right in your neighborhood, a lab for cooking…

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Disney accused by Catholic cleric of corrupting children's minds

“The message behind every movie and book, behind every theme park and T-shirt is that our children’s world needs Disney,” he says. “So they absolutely must go to see the next Disney movie, which we’ll also want to give them on DVD as a birthday present. “They will be happier if they live the full Disney experience; and thousands of families around the world buy into this deeper message as…

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Idlewild's Story Book Forest Improves Its Signage

In the past, I have pointed out copy-editing weaknesses at Story Book Forest at Idlewild Park, in southwestern PA.  When I was last there, shortly before Halloween, my son stopped in his tracks and said, “They repainted the Little Miss Muffet Sign!” And he was right… they repainted some of the signs. Just now, when I was clearing out my camera’s SD card, I noticed I had a set of…

Involuntary Moral Reformation in Babes in Toyland

My family saw the American Family Theater‘s production of Babes in Toyland this morning. Barnaby the Bumbling Villain, sneering from under a painted-on handlebar mustache as he gloats over his possession of the widow’s mortgage, pursues the heroes to Toyland. There, after much stock-character humor (cunning disguises, stunning surprises… lovers divided get coincided) the climax comes as the heroes pin Barnaby down, tickle him, and force him to eat a…

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New Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development

“It might surprise parents to learn that it is not a waste of time for their teens to hang out online,” said Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author. “There are myths about kids spending time online – that it is dangerous or making them lazy. But we found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical…

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Collaborative Academic Writing: Exploratory Thoughts

As a professor, I collaborate with other authors all the time.  But I rarely assign collaborative writing assignments. I often ask students to critique each other’s papers or beta-releases, but that’s not the same thing as having them collaborate to create a single, coherent document. I’m teaching a literary criticism class next term. The last time I taught it, students expressed a lot of frustration at how long it took…

Students as Game Creators

Young people around the world are learning, in their pre-teen years, to use tools like Game Maker, Click & Play, Stagecast Creator and others to build simple games. As they move into their teens and twenties kids learn to master and use Flash, modding tools, and even sophisticated tools like C++, game engines and graphics tools to create the complex, sophisticated games they imagine and design. Many of these students…