Delicate ethical questions regarding the Tahrir Square assault

Respecting the privacy of an employee who is the victim of a heinous crime is a laudable motive. And using the criminal actions of some small part of the crowd to characterize the whole crowd is irresponsible. Still, CBS News knew of a public sexual assault in the wake of Mubarak’s downfall, yet its reporters continued to file reports that centered on celebration. Some women journalists, like WGBH’s Callie Crossley,…

Life’s too short to muck with e-news sources that disable copy-paste

Life is too short to muck about with electronic news sources that don’t let me save text, email annotations, and blog excerpts. I can understand restricting the free stuff that’s given away on web sites, but punishing paid subscribers by taking away the flexibility and mash-up-ability of etext? This is all rather amusing, not unlike watching Time-Warner stumble from the laughable to the ill-advised AOL merger. It sounds like…

Smartphone App Makes Book Citations a Snap – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Quick Cite, which costs 99 cents and is available for both iPhones and Android-based phones, uses the camera on a smartphone to scan the bar code on the back of a book. It then e-mails you a bibliography-ready citation in one of four popular styles—APA, MLA, Chigaco, or IEEE. via Smartphone App Makes Book Citations a Snap – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Civilization IV song wins Grammy Award

While there’s an instrumental theme from Civilization III that’s even catchier, I was happy to run into an old friend. For the first time ever, a music score from a video game has won a Grammy Award, as Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” from Civilization IV won the Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)”. While it may seen strange for a game released in 2005 to win a Grammy for…

Shipwreck that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick found

The shipwreck lies off French Frigate Shoals in the blue waters of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. Melville completed “Moby-Dick” in 1851, drawing on an Essex crew member’s account of the remarkable event. The twice-cursed Pollard retired from whaling, became a watchman and lived to be almost 80. Melville met him in Nantucket shortly after completing “Moby-Dick.” CNN

Science Fair Victory

In this photo from the front page of today’s Latrobe Bulletin, my daughter explains her “Endangered Art” science project for the judges. She created numerous identical paintings, kept a control in a safe place, and exposed the others to various threats (sunlight, temperature change, the grubby fingers of children).