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The 19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition

Welcome to IFComp 2013, the competition for short text adventures! The games are available! You can play them online or download them for offline play. About the Competition For the last eighteen years, the members of the Interactive Fiction community have held a yearly interactive fiction competition. For fans of the old Infocom games as well as for newcomers to the genre, the competition is a chance to enjoy some of the best…

Facebook, Twitter battle in ‘real-time’ arena

“Real-time” conversations are emerging as the new battleground for competing social networks Facebook and Twitter, and for their advertisers. While Twitter has been beefing up its ad business in advance of its stock market debut, Facebook has been adding features such as hashtags – words or phrases that represent a topic of discussion – and lists of topics that are currently “trending” as popular, both of which have long been…

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11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

Remember MySpace? Not so long ago, practically every teen in the world was on it –- and then many left for Facebook. Now, as Facebook’s popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new “it” social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools…

Comedian punches reporter who tweet-heckled him at ‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’ contest

The tweets in question were pretty mild. In my journalism class, we’ve been talking a bit about the value of having a thick skin and taking the high road. Here’s an example of what can happen in the real world. Stand-up comic Dan Nainan, a comedy club road warrior whose credits include performing for President Obama, was arrested for allegedly punching a reporter in the face Wednesday night after his…

The iPhones of Fall

For Apple, “change” no longer refers to revolution. It refers to fashion. Apple is becoming more like Prada and less like Edison. This has been the case for some time, it was just harder to notice as the iPhone was undergoing large-scale adoption. But in retrospect, Steve Jobs’s keynotes functioned more like catwalks than like product demos. And the Apple Store has always been a boutique as much as an…

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches Fire” Prank

Brilliant. The combination of a looks-too-good-to-be-true video, the patina of respectability that comes when a TV talking head introduces the clip, and the internet as a means for spreading links illustrates just how easy it is to fool lots of people — including professionals who should know better. I did show the original video to my family for a laugh. Jimmy Kimmel Reveals “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches…

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Star Wars, Star Trek And V Author Ann Crispin Passes Away

As a high school student, I wrote a fan letter to AC Crispin, in which I critiqued her capitalization. (She gave me the address of her editor, Ann O’Malley, who agreed to critique a few sample chapters of my in-progress novel.) Crispin wrote several early Star Trek novels, as well as the novelization of the 80s miniseries V, and some early Star Wars novels. I confess I did not read…

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Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you

I am intrigued by the possibility that Miley Cyrus’s alleged “performance” at VMA was intended as a criticism of the pro-date-rape sentiment of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” but I suspect we’re just witnessing the latest celebrity breakdown. Here’s a mommyblogger who calls it as she sees it. Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your…

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MTV VMAs: Will Smith Family’s Reaction Was to Gaga, Not Miley (Video)

I didn’t watch the show, but I did see the aftermath on Twitter. I think it’s perfectly newsworthy to correct a misconception by presenting a video clip that contextualizes a still image that has been apparently mischaracterized by the media. Unfortunately, Viacom has apparently blocked the copy of the image embedded with this story. The image of the Smiths was indeed from Sunday night’s VMAs, but it was captured while the…