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Kindle author responds to criticism of her spelling with “poisenous venom”

How writers should not respond to criticism. It started when Big Al himself posted a review of a self-published novel by British writer Jacqueline Howett called The Greek Seaman. He starts off with a friendly bio note of the author and offers a link to her own blog, and gives a short objective description of the book, before getting on to his review. He calls the book “compelling and interesting,”…

Jason Scott’s New Gig

Great news from the world of digital archiving. That is in fact the main office of the Internet Archive, yes, that Internet Archive, and yes, this has really happened… It primarily means I can stop thinking about where my next meal is coming from or live in terror of getting sick and start thinking where the next cache of must-save data and computer history is. I am still going to…

Professors With Personal Tweets Get High Credibility Marks

I’m not sure my students really need to read what I tweet while I watch episodes of the 1979 Buck Rogers shows, but it’s very interesting to see how Twitter impacts the perception of a faculty members’ professional ethos. The researchers created three accounts on Twitter for three fictional “professors” named Caitlin Milton, Caitlyn Milton, and Katelyn Milton. One account was filled personal tweets (“Feeling good after an early morning…

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them » Malcolm Coles

Some people don’t seem to get it. Here, in 2011, are 15 sites I’ve not featured before, all of which try to prevent you linking to them (usually restricting the “right” to link to just the homepage or else requiring written consent). YOU’RE ALL IDIOTS. I have, of course, linked to them – click the company name to see the T&Cs. (Update The NUS have tweeted me to say they’ve…

Katie Couric Likely Leaving CBS News; Scott Pelley a Leading Replacement

Highly-paid superstars aren’t preventing the exodus of TV viewers. The mind boggles that the fight to keep TV news profitable led CBS to pay Couric $15 million a year.  That expense would provide an attractive living wage to 150 experienced journalists, or 300 cub reporters in feeder markets. Pelley, a Texan who began his career at a station in Lubbock, is the opposite of a celebrity journalist. A White House…

Computer Games Don’t Rot the Brain: They Help Us Learn – Atlantic Mobile

All games, from Starcraft to Scrabble to Angry Birds and beyond, provide players with complex problem spaces to explore in ways that are both fun and challenging. These spaces might take on the tone and texture of an ancient civilization, horror film, intergalactic space station, or mafia headquarters. When designed well, games can evoke a sense of transformation and change, as players push against the limits of the rules in…

T.M. Camp | Adventure

A touching, nostalgic look at “Colossal Cave Adventure.” Books are words on a page, sure. We follow along and visualize our own version of things, as much as the author’s descriptions will allow us the freedom to do so. But even the movies can change those, though. Whether we like it or not. And long after the closing credits fade, we might find ourselves dodging box office artifacts during a…

Riverton woman says editing Potter books was top-secret job

Susan Jeffers had a job like that. She was the copy editor for a few books you may have heard of: “Order of the Phoenix,” “Half-Blood Prince,” and “Deathly Hallows.” Each title, in case you just got back from Mars, begins with the words “Harry Potter and the …” Pretty good gig, was it? “It was an incredible honor for me,” says Susan, who lives in Riverton. “I love these…