Why Iceland Should Be in the News But Is Not

I wonder what kind of a government we would have, if laws were written as collaborative Wikis. Looks like Iceland’s new constitution came close. To write the new constitution, the people of Iceland elected twenty-five citizens from among 522 adults not belonging to any political party but recommended by at least thirty citizens. This document was not the work of a handful of politicians, but was written on the internet.…

You Look Like You Could Use An Elizabethan Adventure On The Holodeck

I posted this several years ago, but it’s worth a repost. Look ye! A fair lady has dropped her scented handkerchief and now laughs into her sleeve as I stoop to proffer the sundry to her coquettish hand. Is she the young and flirtatious Anne Boleyn, brought once more to life by the holodeck’s vast historical reference files and human emotion/behavior probability matrix? Or is she that comely ensign from…

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DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Forward to the Past: Nostalgia for Handwriting in Scribblenauts and The World Ends with You

I might be able to use this in my “Media and Culture” class next term. The handwritten word or the hand-drawn line is a material object as well as a sign — as is whimsically demonstrated in the silent cartoon “Comicalamities” (1928), where Otto Messmer draws Felix the Cat in pen, and Felix then starts to behave independently and interact with his creator. By writing with pen and paper, one…

Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I is beautiful but hard to watch – HitFix.com

No, I’ll never watch any Twilight films, but I will enjoy reading reviews of the Twilight films. Perhaps the single funniest thing that I’ve seen happen as a result of the popularity of “Twilight” is that horror sites run stories on it now. Horror sites. “Twilight” is to real horror as cotton candy is to real food. But only if the cotton candy is spun out of arsenic and crystal…

Cracking the BBC’s Code at Bletchley Park | Magazine | Wired.com

Some people have taken in The Code passively, by simply watching the broadcast episodes; some have played the Flash games as casual gamers; some have turned their hand to real-world exploration or artistic photography for the Prime Number Challenge; some have used pen and paper to individually work out the classic puzzles; some have turned their talents to creating spaces for group problem-solving, and others have collaborated in those spaces.…

Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos • The Register

As you are probably aware, you cannot side-load or run any Google app that requires a login on the Kindle Fire. That means no Gmail, Google+, Google Voice (I need to text my peeps) or Google Docs. I should have carefully researched the Amazon app store before I bought the Kindle Fire. I falsely assumed that since you built the Kindle Fire to run Google’s operating system, Google apps would…

Gamasutra – News – Pac-Man Fever’s Gary Garcia Passes Away

Gary Garcia (pictured on the right), one-half of pop duo Buckner & Garcia and co-creator of early ’80s hit single “Pac-Man Fever”, reportedly passed away at his home in Englewood, Florida yesterday. Long before MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, and other geek-themed musical acts made a living out of video game songs, Buckner & Garcia rose to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts with “Pac-Man Fever”, a Pac-Man parody of…