Video games ‘teach dyslexic children to read’

Playing games which require children to follow fast-moving events, track moving objects and pay attention to all areas of the screen teaches them to draw meaning from written words, researchers explained. Dr Andrea Facoetti of the University of Padua in Italy, who led the study, said: “Action video games enhance many aspects of visual attention, mainly improving the extraction of information from the environment. –Video games ‘teach dyslexic children to…

Are Grading Trends Hurting Socially Awkward Kids?

One might argue that the new emphasis on sociability is precisely what autistic spectrum students require. Don’t they, more than anyone else, need to develop their communication and collaborative skills? And in our increasingly social 21st century, aren’t these skills more important than ever before — both for life in general, and for jobs in particular? The problem is that the kinds of jobs that autistic students aspire to —…

The Joy of Text – Page 4 of 4

I’d like this article better if it weren’t divided up into four ad-generating chunks, but here’s the payoff: It’s not all about colossal caves and twisty little passages any more. Here are a few IF highlights that show off how varied the genre can be, from card-based trips to the ‘Neath to hunts for lost pigs. –via PC Gamer.

David Mahokey stars as Jesus.

Alas for You (Godspell, Stage Right)

Three weeks ago tonight, I got an email from the director saying he thought he could use me in the cast. A whirlwind of rehearsals, a week of run-throughs, three performances, and we’re done. Wow! The first act of Godspell is almost entirely fun and games, but the second act quickly moves through the confrontation with the Pharisees (depicted in this number) the betrayal of Judas, the passion and crucifixion.…

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Verizon Forced Me to Remove Parentheses, Quotation Marks, and Apostrophes from a Customer Service Complaint Email

When I finally found a way to contact Verizon through “email” (really a form to fill out), I typed out my complaint. I have separate internet and telephone accounts; for some reason, the payments I try to make to one account are being applied to the other account, so one account is overdue and the other has credits. I wrote a detailed email, using quotation marks around the menu items…

Len Deighton’s Bomber, the first book ever written on a word processor.

The talented and insightful scholar Matt Kirschenbaum tells a wonderful story. Deighton stood outside his Georgian terrace home and watched as workers removed a window so that a 200-pound unit could be hoisted inside with a crane. The machine was IBM’s MTST (Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter), sold in the European market as the MT72. “Standing in the leafy square in which I lived, watching all this activity, I had a moment…

“Godspell” is sure to entertain audiences of all ages and faiths

That’s me in the white shirt, with a tie around my head. The show opens tonight. Anthony Marino, artistic director for the performing arts group and professional theater company Stage Right! in Greensburg, has played the role of Judas in the classical musical, “Godspell” eight times. He is about to take stage for the ninth time in the role. “’Godspell’ is a favorite of mine,” he said. “It’s one of…