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SCSU professor takes video games to new level

The St. Cloud Times gives retrogaming its due, with this profile of Matt Barton. The most common misconception about video gamers is that they are young teenagers who absorb everything negative that the most violent games offer. Matt Barton has another take. The 30-something English professor at St. Cloud State University considers himself to be a more accurate reflection of today’s typical gamer. And he’s out to educate the rest…

XeePhotoshopLoader.m – xee – Google Code

Best. Comment. Ever.         while([fh offsetInFile]+12<=imageoffs)        {                uint32 sign=[fh readUInt32BE];                uint32 marker=[fh readUInt32BE];                uint32 chunklen=[fh readUInt32BE];                off_t nextchunk=[fh offsetInFile]+((chunklen+3)&~3);                // At this point, I’d like to take a moment to speak to you about the Adobe PSD format.                // PSD is not a good format. PSD is not even a bad format. Calling it such would be an                // insult to other bad formats, such as PCX or JPEG. No,…

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F-Secure says stop using Adobe Acrobat Reader

I am not a fan of Adobe Acrobat Reader, though I do read a lot of PDFs. With all the Internet attacks that exploit Adobe Acrobat Reader people should switch to using an alternative PDF reader, a security expert said at the RSA security conference on Tuesday. Of the targeted attacks so far this year, more than 47 percent of them exploit holes in Acrobat Reader while six vulnerabilities have…

Fool All of the People, All of the Time

Fascinating story of a forger who tricked both the Nazis and the Allies. Sounds like a great subject for a non-fiction novel. Brought in for questioning, van Meegeren refused to give up the name of the painting’s rightful owners and was sent to prison on charges of treason, a crime punishable by death. Six weeks on death row and van Meegeren cracked, announcing somewhat histrionically that he’d painting the thing…

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Time to Develop a New Motivational Strategy

I never actually had to teach my son to read. He went smoothly from being read to, to reading along, to reading on his own.  The transition for my daughter has been a little rougher, so in the last year or so, whenever Carolyn showed an interest in reading, I’ve praised her for her accomplishment. Last weekend we were driving to Denny’s for a family treat when she read some…

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Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview

My former student Mike Rubino sent me this link to a wonderfully awful new media course description. String me up by my USB dongles if I ever teach a course like this. As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words…