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That Can Be My Next Blog Post

Okay, I’ve posted enough of these to Twitter. Here are some more that I’ll leave here. That Can Be My Next Tweet reads your recent Twitter posts and mashes them up. These are probably only funny to me, but I’m chortling uncontrollably. Here are some more of the best ones. P. G. Wodehouse co-wrote the Microsoft Zune. That’s a few weeks, some Seton Hill faculty meetings. At the 70s, when…

Well-Meaning Ben Franklin Reenactor Slams Videogames; My History-Loving Gamer Son Responds

While I was at home recovering from a brief but dramatic illness, my wife took the kids to an educational event at our local library. When my son (who turned 13 last month) returned, he told this story — another example of his intersection of interest in both history and video games. I asked him to type it up. I caught one spelling error, I’ve made the text more web-friendly by…

The Blue Marble Shot: Our First Complete Photograph of Earth – Atlantic Mobile

The incredible story behind an image we’ve all seen hundreds of times, possibly the most reproduced photograph in history It’s an iconic image we have all seen hundreds of times, possibly thousands, and probably the most widely reproduced photograph in history. Because it’s in the public domain it has been used for everything from car commercials to the Earth Day flag, printed on T-shirts, postage stamps, billboards, book covers, mouse…

AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit – Jeff Bercovici – Mixed Media – Forbes

Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini will file a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founder Arianna Huffington, and AOL, which acquired the news-and-blogs site in February. AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit – Jeff Bercovici – Mixed Media – Forbes.

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My 4Cs Story

I chaired a session on Friday, and gave a talk on Saturday — in the very last time slot of the conference. The Friday session went well, and sparked lots of hallway and online conversations; looking forward to proposing a related panel and/or SIG for next year. The Saturday talk was better attended than some late-Saturday-afternoon sessions I’ve attended, and the audience, though small, was attentive and welcoming. I renewed…

NASA – Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space

50 years ago. Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space   April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times (right) trumpeted…

The Poet and the Computer

The essential problem of man in a computerized age remains the same as it has always been.  That problem is not solely how to be more productive, more comfortable, more content, but how to be more sensitive, more sensible, more proportionate, more alive.  The computer makes possible a phenomenal leap in human proficiency; it demolishes the fences around the practical and even theoretical intelligence.  But the question persists and indeed…

Northwestern says star journalism professor lied – Chicago Tribune

Northwestern University officials blasted a heralded journalism professor Wednesday, accusing him of doctoring records and repeatedly lying to his department’s dean and the school’s lawyers. Star professor David Protess has been at odds with his university for months, but school officials launched their strongest offensive yet, saying his conduct could “undermine the integrity” of the university, its students and the news media. via Northwestern says star journalism professor lied –…

Writing Text, Writing Code, Writing Connections

Julie Meloni put together this panel. Whens he invited me to submit a paper, I had already committed to another panel, so I offered to chair. I started with the joke about how the computer programmer died in the shower. (He read the instructions: “Wash, rinse, repeat.”  I also invoked Cory Doctorow’s urgent plea, in Little Brother, that everyone has to learn how to code — even if they only…