Webcamgate case resolved. Badly

Amazing. The educators who used school-provided laptops to spy on teenagers — snapping pictures of them while they were sleeping or not fully clothes–are still on the job, and the taxpayers get to pay the legal bills. There’s a science fiction trope where aliens do something their unearthly mindset considers virtuous, but anyone with normal human emotions finds horrifying: “Smile, Earthlings! When we release our genetically engineered virus, you’ll only…

Livetweeting the 1970s Buck Rogers Movie

Soon I will start tweeting the series pilot for the 1979 Gil Gerard Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. #buckrogers 7:44 PM Oct 15th Just from the promo, my son recognized a reused laser sound effect from the original Battlestar Galactica. #buckrogers 7:54 PM Oct 15th I had totally forgotten the flying-through-four-light-blobs warp effect. #buckrogers 7:57 PM Oct 15th I had not forgotten the opening song. But I had forgotten…

Subtext

     “I am learning about subtext,” he said.      She raised an eyebrow. “You?”      “Yes, me.” he said, casually stretching. “It means the words say one thing, but there’s a more important meaning hidden between the lines.”      She watched him. “Subtext sounds so… interesting,” she said, uncrossing her legs.      He sat next to her. “It can be tricky,” he said, looking into her eyes. “But we could…

Those Evil E-mails

This entry comes from a podcast sponsored by a Lutheran ministry group.  At about 11 minutes in, the presenters discuss a handout that was originally submitted by a student, but that I have continued to maintain over the years.   What kind of e-mailer are you? – Is your electronic correspondence short and to the point, prompt, respectful and without error?  Martin and Sallie talk about e-mail best practices and share…

Kindle Version of Follett's 'Fall of Giants' Priced Above Hardcover – NYTimes.com

I bought far more eBooks on impulse when they were all $9.99.  When they break above $10, I have to think before I buy, and I buy less. The skirmish over prices is possible because of deals that publishers negotiated with Amazon this year that allowed the publishers to set their own prices on e-books, while Amazon continues to choose the discount from the list price on hardcovers. That upended…

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GET LAMP: Documentary on History of Computer Games Screened at Seton Hill University

Documentary filmmaker Jason Scott will present GET LAMP, a documentary on word-driven computer games, at Seton Hill University, 7-10pm Tuesday (Oct 5). Scott is a digital entrepreneur with a Twitter account devoted to his cat Sockington (with nearly 1.5 million followers). He regularly gives convention speeches on such topics as Wikipedia and digital archiving. GET LAMP at Seton Hill University