Tom Wayman’s FAQ on “Did I Miss Anything?”

I’ve long been a fan of Tom Wayman’s poem “Did I Miss Anything,” and I may have showed it to students once or twice, but I’ve never incorporated it into a syllabus, mostly because  the classroom is stressful enough without teachers unleashing their frustrations back at the students. Rather than use this poem, I include a “What should I do if I miss class?” section on the syllabus, and I…

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Particles found to break speed of light

More likely a measurement error than a scientific breakthrough. Either that, or I’m one of the fools the mad scientists are thinking of when, in the glow of their V-shaped sparky wire climbing arc thingy, they raise their rubber-gloved fists and scream, “Fools! I shall destroy them all!” A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos — tiny particles that pervade the cosmos — were fired over a period of 3…

Stage Right gets the season off to a sweet start

My daughter is a Oompa Loompa and a “bad nut” squirrel in this show. Stage Right kicks off a new group of theatrical productions this weekend with the ″sweet″ part of its ″Sweet, Hot and Wild″ season, an adaptation by Richard George of the classic Roald Dahl story, ″Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.″ The story is about candy maker Willy Wonka, who hides five Golden Tickets in candy bars, promising…

Online game Foldit helps find AIDS protein structure

An online game has helped determine the structure of an enzyme that could pave the way for anti-AIDS drugs. The game, called Foldit, allows players to create new shapes of proteins by randomly folding digital molecules on their computer screens. In the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, scientists write that they have been puzzled by the protein’s structure for over a decade. But it took the online community just…

A Beloved Car Of Cops And Cabbies Meets Its End

My grandfather, Joseph Jerz, worked as a tool & die cutter for Ford. After he retired, he bought a new Ford car every few years, and passed his previous car along to my father. So I ended up with a lot of experience driving Fords, and for my first few years at Seton Hill, I drive a wonderful, huge, blue Crown Victoria. The audio version of this story features hammering…

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A truly graphic adventure: the 25-year rise and fall of a beloved genre

In its sometimes-turbulent thirty-year history, the graphic-adventure genre has driven technology adoption, ridden at both the crest and trough of the graphics and audio waves, touched the lives of millions of people, and shaped the rise (and, in some cases, fall) of several big-name people and companies in the gaming industry. It’s a genre that has often been held back by its own insularity, suffering from an unwillingness to adapt…

Photographer’s Rights Page

The right to take photographs in the United States is being challenged more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, buildings, trains, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the…