File:ADVENT — Will Crowther's original version.png – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gaah! Is there anyone out there who’s experienced with Wikipedia templates, who can help me resolve this mess? I uploaded a screenshot of Will Crowther’s original Colossal Cave Adventure (freeware, c. 1976), but the Wikipedia copyright-protection policies are written for current programs (where the visuals are much more important). Licensing This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software, and the copyright for its contents is most likely held by the…

Learning about Web 2.0 and Web Design

A former student writes: I need to find a simple book that sort of explains the trends of Web 2.0. Nothing too techy, but something that would talk about what makes it special, what people are doing with 2.0, and the best ways to utilize its philosophies.  Basically, my company is moving towards plenty of web work now that  I’m here (I’m the only designer who can do Flash and…

Risks of Admissions Marketing on Facebook

Admissions officers are looking for the “silver bullet” to uncover the secret to social networking. But, as this latest controversy illustrates, there is no magic solution in a space whose content is controlled by users, and policed by a community. To be part of the conversation of any social network to the point you can nurture your institution’s brand name, you have to bring value to it first. —  Usher…

10 Things about the Working World I Wish I Knew in College

Let’s face it–each new stage in life brings dramatic changes that are difficult to anticipate. No matter how smart you can be in college, you will still get surprised by the working world. I faced these surprises myself. I thought the working world would be hard since it lacked the freedom I had at Stanford. I was wrong. During my first job, I had much more free time than during college in part because I…

Ray Bradbury's National Geographic Essay

I like to think of the cosmos as a theater, yet a theater cannot exist without an audience, to witness and to celebrate. Robot craft and mighty telescopes will continue to show us unimaginable wonders. But when humans return to the moon and put a base there and prepare to go to Mars and become true Martians, we–the audience–literally enter the cosmic theater. Will we finally reach the stars? —…