Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer?

Since 9/11, Islamic terrorists have killed just 17 people on American soil, all but four of them victims of an army major turned fanatic who shot fellow soldiers in a rampage at Fort Hood. (The other four were killed by lone-wolf assassins.) During that same period, 200 times as many Americans drowned in their bathtubs. Still more were killed by driving their cars into deer. The best memorial to the…

The ten most popular eCN stories of the year | eCampus News

Seton Hill’s successful implementation of iPads made the eCampus News top 10 popular stories: Campus survives the ‘iPad jitters’ Putting Apple iPads in the hands of every student and professor on a PC-based campus required some convincing, but a year later, Seton Hill University officials said the tablet program has changed the way classes are taught… The ten most popular eCN stories of the year | eCampus News. In addition,…

Texts for “Video Game Culture and Theory” (January 2012)

Required Books Recommended: buy Amazon’s Kindle versions, available via the iPad Kindle App. (You are, however, free to purchase a paper version instead, and if you want an ebook but prefer a different ebook reader, you are welcome to seek out other editions.) The AISN is for Amazon’s Kindle edition; the ISBN will help you find other copies from other sellers. Koster, Raph. A Theory of Fun. (AISN: B004D4YI52 or…

Griffin Run Cycle, Blender Griffin Part 4

What started out as random green cubes turned into some kind of shrubbery. I spent too much time fiddling with the bushes. They’re good enough. I’ve cleaned up the Griffin’s eyes, and added some camera motion so we zoom in on his face. His wings waggled back and forth too much last time, so I toned that down a little. It’s really more of a strut than a run, because…

My Daughter’s Synesthesia: “S” Is Always Red, and “T” Is Lime Green

According to a color-picking test at synesthete.org, these are the colors my daughter perceives when she sees or thinks about letters and numbers. As you can see, each time the test flashed a random letter or number, she didn’t always adjust the sliders to find the exact same colors. For one item (I forget which) she kept saying something like, “Where is blue-purple-green?” and she said the shade of gray…

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Planning an Unscripted Documentary

She tells her students to begin by writing a one-sheet description of the project. This description will not be perfect or final, but it will set the filmmaking process into motion. Briefly sketch your themes, story, characters, and the filmmaking style you would like to use. (A good way to start choosing a style is to list the names of a few existing films that use a style that feels…

I know that look.

This was my 9yo today. She doesn’t get into fights with other kids, just with us — about going to bed, or getting up, or drinking out of a cup with a creepy pirate on it, or doing any lesson other than theater or art. Beyond throwing an eraser or stuffed animal in huffy anger, my daughter is not violent. But that look… victorious and unrepentant, following her own moral…