LOL Trek

—Stephen Granade —LOL Trek (Live Granades) I was vaguely aware of the lolcats phenomenon, which involves remediating the famous “Hang in there, baby” cat poster as if the cats themselves were writing the captions. Never did I expect it to be unleashed on the beloved Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” (which has earned it a spot on my blog.)

Fort Bend school trustees put off video game appeal

A Chinese student was transferred from his high school to an “alternative education center” (?) after his parents found he had designed a Counterstrike mod with maps based on his school. Two parents learned of the map he made from their kids, and they informed his parents, who in turn reported him to the Fort Bend Independent School District administrators. —Fort Bend school trustees put off video game appeal (Houston Chronicle)…


Digg Takedown, Obama Takeover, Army Blog Squeeze

Digg Takedown, Obama Takeover, Army Blog Squeeze (Jerz’s LIteracy Weblog) This is the last week of classes, and I’ve got deadlines galore (3 conference proposals, an annual report, a departmental proposal, and an article submission that I’ve been sitting on for a week). So I won’t have much to say, but I still thought it was worth noting the story of Digg’s attempt to silence user-submitted articles about cracking HD-DVD security.…

Business magazine fails to heed its own tech advice

On the night of Monday, April 23, the magazine’s editorial system crashed, wiping out all the work that had been done for its June issue. The backup server failed to back up. —Richard Pérez-Peña —Business magazine fails to heed its own tech advice (International Herald Tribune) What makes this a “dog bites man” story is the fact that Business 2.0 publishes an annual “101 Dumbest Moments” feature, in which the magazine…

Map of Online Communities

—Map of Online Communities (XKCD: A Webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language) Thanks, Josh, for the suggestion. (This is just an excerpt from the full map.) I’m going to have to give this site some attention when grades are in… I wish the artist could draw people instead of stick figures, but the jokes are clever, sweet, and geeky.