Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband Caps Begins Monday

Come Monday, AT&T will begin restricting more than 16 million broadband users based on the amount of data they use in a month. The No. 2 carrier’s entry into the broadband-cap club means that a majority of U.S. broadband users will now be subject to limits on how much they can do online or risk extra charges as ugly as video store late fees. –Shed a Tear: The Age of Broadband…

Portal 2, Dragon Age 2, and dirty filthy lies- Destructoid

Great analysis of a media-savvy joke embedded into the tutorial of Portal 2. Now, if you’re anything like me, you laughed harder at this moment than nearly any other in Portal 2. Obviously, people with brain damage who jump when asked to speak are funny, so there’s definitely that level of comedy. But there’s also a sense that a brilliant joke has just been told to you — one that…

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Superman Renounces [SPOILER] in Action Comics #900 – ComicsAlliance

From a “realistic” standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.While this wouldnt be this first time a profoundly American comic book icon disassociated himself from his national identity — remember when Captain America became Nomad? — this could be a very significant turning point…

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Handling Overzealous Student Questions – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the next class session, I tried a different approach: The first words out of my mouth were “How many of you have questions?” Almost every hand went up. “Okay, take out a piece of paper and write them all down.” After about five minutes, I started class and explained everything that I had to explain that day. If a student raised a hand, I asked them to add their…

LiveTweeting Buck Rogers, “The Planet of the Amazon Women”

4/26/11 22:47 Soon I’ll be livetweeting another episode of the 1979 #BuckRogers 4/26/11 22:51 The Planet of the Amazon Women may have nothing to do with the plot, but it’s a great title. #BuckRogers 4/26/11 23:00 A planet of desperate women… #BuckRogers 4/26/11 23:01 In the #BuckRogers timeline, NASA launches the last of its shuttle-like craft in 1987. 4/26/11 23:02 From the previews, it looks like there will actually be…

On Language Nerds and Nags

The other day I was asked if a letter should read: “Staff members at the Local Planning Council, with whom we’ve worked for over ten years” or “Staff members at the Local Planning Council, which we have worked with for over ten years.” My response was something people don’t want to hear. I said that there’s no clear answer. Both are correct. “But which is more correct?” I was asked.…

The incredible floating fire ant

Creepy-cool description of emergent behavior in ant colonies — complex survival strategies that develop when relatively dumb individual insects interact with each other in surprisingly complex ways. Back in the lab, Mlot deposited colonies of 500 to 8,000 ants in large beakers. When gently swirled, each colony spontaneously formed a sphere. Mlot dropped these spheres into water, and the amazing social behavior of ants became evident. The ants on top…

“No Day But Today”: A look at Jonathan Larson’s Word Files | The New York Public Library

Doug Reside writes an informative blog about the digital legacy of the author of Rent. Like paper palimpsest drafts in which a revision is written over an early text (which is itself still visible), Jonathan Larson’s Microsoft Word files provide scholars and artists a fascinating glimpse into his creative process.  For textual scholars practicing genetic criticism and lyricists trying to improve their craft by studying the practices of a master,…