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Guys Still Hog Role of Intellectual Heavy Weight

The space that used to belong only to men grows ever smaller. However, the statistics about who is portrayed in the media as knowledgeable “talking heads,” about who is credited with writing the most influential books and who gets bylines in the most respected intellectual magazines seem to change very little. In a year that saw new books by Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, Helen Benedict…

Atari Video Games

Atari Arcade is the place to find beloved Atari classics including Asteroids and Lunar Lander. You can play them all here online, any time and free of charge. —Atari.com My kids came over to my laptop, attracted to the chirps and beeps of these games.  My 11yo son shooed me away from the keyboard and started playing Adventure.

Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart

OK, asking 250 students to post questions on Twitter during a class doesn’t risk life or limb. But it can cause ego damage if the mob of students in his course on personal finance gets disorderly online. —Chronicle Teaching with technology changes the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship, putting more control in the hands of the students. This can be disorienting for students who are used to traditional methods, but…

Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact

Fascinating new development, as Microsoft and big media align themselves against Google. [T]he Financial Times has learnt that Microsoft has also approached other big online publishers to persuade them to remove their sites from Google’s search engine. News Corp and Microsoft, which owns the rival Bing search engine, declined to comment. One website publisher approached by Microsoft said that the plan “puts enormous value on content if search engines are…

Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism

X-altruists are compelled to good, even when doing so makes no sense and brings harm upon them. The cannot tolerate injustice, and go to extreme lengths to help those who have been wronged, regardless of their personal relationship to them. Now, I am not speaking of the guy who helps an old lady cross the street. I am speaking of the guy who throws himself in front of a speeding…

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Death to the file, long live the URL

Part of an Ars Technica review of Google’s new operating system. Longtime Ars readers may be familiar with my periodic rants about the increasing disutility of the “volume/directory/file” metaphor for modern networked machines. Saving files, copying them, syncing them–this is all pointless clerical work that I want my computer to do for me. Bravo.