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Feature: History Lesson: the treasured past of LucasArts point and clicks

I played more of the Sierra point-and-click adventures than the LucasArts ones, but “The Dig” and “Full Throttle” were probably as important to me as half a dozen of my once-favorite TV shows or movies. (I’ve revisited these games by watching YouTube longplay videos.) There’s a fondness throughout the catalogue for the catalogue. Monkey Island pokes fun at obscure adventure Loom. Indiana Jones props cameo all over the place. Monkey…

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“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel’s Frozen ballad: It sends the wrong message.

This author is probably overthinking things, but I myself have been known to overthink musicals, so this is worth blogging. It turns out that Elsa is wrong — unleashing her powers in this particular manner brings disaster on the people she was trying to spare (though of course she also wants to flee their judgment, so her flight is not solely altruistic). I love thrilling to Elsa’s race up the…

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The Formation of Love

Relationships start with a period of courtship: on Facebook, messages are exchanged, profiles are visited, posts are shared on each other’s timelines. The following graph shows the average number of timeline posts exchanged between two people who are about to become a couple. We studied the group of people who changed their status from “Single” to “In a relationship” and also stated an anniversary date as the start of their…

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What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles

Beyond their music itself, their greatest strengths were clarity of image and the way they balanced. It’s a truism that no pop format is any good unless it can be expressed in one sentence, but the Beatles went beyond that, they could each be said in one word: Lennon was the brutal one, McCartney was the pretty one, Ringo Starr was the lovable one, Harrison was the balancer. And if…

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Utility Tactical Waist Pack Pouch Military Camping Hiking Outdoor Hand Waist Bag: Sports & Outdoors

Really. These things aren’t at all associated with nerds. Look at the manly color. Look at the size of those straps. Guys who wear this use metal filings as toothpaste. Chuck Norris wears these in memes! For God’s sake, would you look at the keywords! There’s no reference to how convenient these pockets would be for SD cards, extra batteries and cables, LED flashlights, or slide show remote controls. No, I’m not overcompensating.…

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Rethinking TV news, Part III: First, kill the stand-up

I’ve told my journalism students that TV is not my favorite medium, but we are doing a unit on video journalism nonetheless. They have to know, and be experienced in, the conventions of television journalism if they are going to have a chance of escaping (and maybe transforming) its worst effects There is *no* reporting to be done at the bridge. None. There are no officials there. There are no…

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Learn to code? No: Learn a real language

I don’t see learning to code as a substitute for learning another human language. True, computer programming is learning a “foreign language” in the sense that you are trying to map how you give instructions in your native tongue to how a digital recipient recognizes what you’re trying to say in its highly structured vocabulary and syntax. That’s great for honing logical thinking, accomplishing tasks and maybe even making a…