Gamification: When two tribes go to work – Features, Gadgets & Tech – The Independent

Honestly, this does not sound good. In the short term, it will only be possible to alter the “flavor text” and not the substance. Since the producers ultimately control both the game world and the TV world, and can therefore nerf a gameworld city that e TV plot needs destroyed, or buff a game world NPC whose TV actor has been hired for a long contract. I’d find it very…

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Is Blogging Dead? Backchannel at Computers and Writing 2011

I’m hoping that the participants in the “Is Blogging Dead?” panel will aggregate the links to their 3-minute position statements, so that I can add them to this record. In the meanwhile, this Storify archive of the Computers and Writing tweets from session #e13 hints at what it was like to be on the backchannel during this lively session. (It looks looks like the iPad/iPhone version of this page is…

Low-tech but innovative table wedges. Six make a tight circle; more make an expanding donut.
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U Michigan’s North Quad Complex: A Media Cathedral

The North Quad Residential Complex at the University of Michigan is the ideal place for a conference on Computers and Writing. I’ll do my part to fetishize the awesome people-focused technology in this place. A team from Seton Hill University (Laura Patterson, Christine Cusick, and I) gave a workshop on teaching writing with iPads. I also participated in the panel, Making Writing Socially Engaging: Asking Why New Media Draws Us…

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Downloading Great Expectations

A few weeks ago, I bought an audio recording of Great Expectations from thebestaudiobooks.com. I bought it from a handheld iOS device, and so I when I received the download link by email, I didn’t download it right away. The next time I was sitting at my laptop and remembered the link, it had expired. I don’t actually need a Great Expectations audiobook, but for the price of a modest…

More code please, we’re geeks | cbd

Bradley Dilger’s talk from this morning’s Computers and Writing town hall. Reading code means language awareness — knowing how to read code, and where to find it, but also the different forms it comes in. We think first about markup and source code, but we need to consider standards, specificiations, documentation, APIs, and other texts which supplement code. In fact, much of code reading is these related texts. We know…

Bug Chucker – The Creators of Myst Take on 99¢ Gaming | Touch Arcade

In a way, Bug Chucker also suffers from the same direction problems most were able to overcome with the original Myst. Experimentation was as vital in that as it is in Bug Chucker and the senselessness of testing is every bit as grating. You’re never sure if what you’re doing is right. End of the day, I look at Bug Chucker as an interactive checklist. It’s an attempt by Cyan Worlds to do a…

Man tracks stolen laptop hundreds of miles away, calls thief – storify.com

This guy is Sean Power, a Canadian author and tech consultant. His laptop got stolen, along with a lot of other stuff. But he’s using Prey, free software that can track your computer. ReplyRetweet In my bag: my birth certificate, short form birth certificate, health card, cell phone, 17″ macbook, and $$ :/ seanpowerMay 12, 2011 at 23:37 ReplyRetweet Prey sent me a report & pic of a guy playing with my…