Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division

“We think it’s a terrific time to be making investments in the leading brands behind providing Moodle services,” [Blackboard’s] Henderson told Inside Higher Ed on Monday. In a blog post, he called the growing popularity of open source “the most important new dimension shaping the LMS market today.” Henderson acknowledged that some advocates might look upon Monday’s news as a corporate attempt to subvert the open-source movement. “Longtime participants in the open and…

They Might Be Giants fans recreate ‘Apollo 18′ track by track — as text adventures | The Verge

If you were to draw a Venn diagram including fans of They Might Be Giants and those of interactive fiction (“text adventures” to the layperson), chances are there would be some significant overlap. From that overlap springs Apollo 18+20: The IF Tribute Album, which is in fact not an album, but a collection of interactive fiction commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the Apollo 18 album’s release. Each of the 38 games in the collection is…

Academic Journals — Finding Them Online (with EBSCOhost) — Jerz’s Literacy Weblog

To find the best academic sources for your paper… Close this web page. Walk, drive, skateboard, ride your unicorn, or otherwise physically go to your library. Talk to a reference librarian. You’ll save yourself time and aggravation, and you will get better results. Maybe your unicorn is tired, and you can’t get to a library just now. I can still try to help. –Academic Journals — Finding Them Online (with EBSCOhost).

Video game nation: Why so many play

Since its November release, Skyrim has won award after award and led reviewers to call it the “greatest role-playing video game ever made.” In its first month, it made $650 million, almost double the entire year’s gross in the United States for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the bestselling movie of 2011. Gamers know this. Why don’t you? C’mon. You don’t. One surprising thing about the video…

ASCII by Jason Scott / FaceFacts

After taking a whole bunch of new high-quality images, I found myself running out of space on my production machine. I briefly toyed with the idea of uploading a big chunk of files to The Cloud — thinking I could just get it back if I ever needed it —  but then the voice of Jason Scott beat that idea senseless.  Here is one of his milder anti-cloud rants. I…