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Free Educational and Fun Online Games for Kids

I don’t usually link to sites that collect a bunch of links and serve them up on a page full of ads, but this is a pretty good list from Squidoo. Here you’ll find the educational sites where my kids play online, and that are most often recommended by other parents who value fun learning games for their children. Jumpstart Online Virtual World PBSKids Sesame Street Disney Preschool Nick Jr.…

Schwarzenegger to foe: (Veto) 'you'

In California, the governor’s office reacts to hearing of a vulgar message hidden vertically in the first row of letters in this gubernatorial veto. As The Swamp puts it: “My goodness. What a coincidence,” a shocked, shocked Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear is quoted by the Associated Press as saying. “I suppose when you do so many vetoes, something like this is bound to happen.”

Living on $500,000 a Year

What can be learned from Fitzgerald’s tax returns? To start with, his popular reputation as a careless spendthrift is untrue. Fitzgerald was always trying to follow conservative financial principles. Until 1937 he kept a ledger–as if he were a grocer–a meticulous record of his earnings from each short story, play, and novel he sold. The 1929 ledger recorded items as small as royalties of $5.10 from the American edition of…

They Grow Up So Fast

A few years ago, my daughter was thrilled to receive a hand-me-down fanny pack. (See the price tag hanging on my spiffy new one?)Earlier this month, when my wife took the kids on a family visit for about 10 days, my daughter cried for me at night.

Oh my gosh! I am creating web pages

Will I miss Geocities? No, not really. In 1998 or possibly 1999, I was teaching web authorship as part of a freshman composition class, and this page from a student project made me keep the “make a Geocities home page” and “make a creative hypertext” project around, even though every semester, a certain chunk of students complained about it. The plug has been pulled on Geocities, but I’m preserving a…

New book: basic skills for the multimedia journalist

Looking forward to this promising resource. I’ve wrapped the blogs up,  tidied them up, corrected & updated them and put them into 1 handy ebook for you to download and take home. It means you have have an all-in-one desktop reference to giving your multimedia journalism more spark, and getting in the entrepreneurial mindset. Chapters include: video, audio, storytelling and branding. It’ll be available from Monday, it’s 100% free and…