CMU professor gives his last lesson on life

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Miki Louch. When he was a boy, Dr. Pausch said, he had a concrete set of dreams: He wanted to experience the weightlessness of zero gravity; he wanted to play football in the NFL; he wanted to write an article for the World Book Encyclopedia (“You can tell the nerds early on,” he joked); he wanted to be Captain Kirk from “Star Trek”; and he wanted…

Dan Rather Files Lawsuit Against CBS

Words fail me. The LA Times is among many sources reporting that… Longtime CBS anchor Dan Rather filed a $70-million lawsuit today against his former employer, alleging that executives at the broadcast network broke the terms of his contract by marginalizing him in his final days at CBS News and forcing him to retire early.

Carnegie Mellon celebrates 25th anniversary of 'smiley face'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly. “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-),” wrote Fahlman. “Read it sideways.” Several years earlier, in 1979, the “tongue-in-cheek” icon -) failed to make a similar…