Media, Technology, and Education
GamesMaking MeaningWii

Wii Weaknesses

A recent positive experience I had with the Wii exposes a couple of weaknesses in Wii Tennis. Because they enjoyed playing with our Wii so much, Ann and Greg have…
DangersGamesWii

Back on the Wii Remote

I finally played with the Wii again today after staying away from it since my unfortunate encounter with a post (which you can read about here). My hand still isn't…
BloggingSociety

Blogging for Health

The June 2008 issue of Scientific American has an article called "The Healthy Type", which is about the therapeutic value of blogging. Research reported in the February issue of The…
DangersSociety

Did Robin Williams Say That?

Jeannette recently told us about an email that she received that is supposed to be a transcript of a "comedy" routine by Robin Williams. We discussed the fact that we…
Societytechnology and work

Hyperconnectivity

I recently wrote about being connected while traveling and said that I didn't think it was necessarily a good thing. A recent study suggests that too much connectedness, called hyperconnectivity,…
DangersGamesWii

A Tale of Wii Woe

I suffered my first (and, I hope, only) Wii injury last night playing tennis by myself against the computer. Because I was only going to play a match or two…
Making MeaningSocietyWii

Wii Fitness Age

The Wii has a lot of features that you can use with the basic set up. One of the most popular seems to be the fitness test that comes with…
GamesMedia

King of Kong

A few weeks ago, Ann, Greg, Evelyn and I went to the Red River Theater in Concord and saw King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. I was prepared to…
PhilosophyTeaching

Interdisciplinarity?

Ian Bogost's keynote presentation at this year's Game Developer's conference is about the notion of interdisciplinarity. Interesting stuff.
GamesSociety

Games for Little Ones

The other day, Evelyn and I were in BJ's in Tilton buying large quantities of gum and soap when I spotted a display of games for the Wii. I've been…
technology and work

Email Problems

We have been having some email problems on campus this week. I'm not sure what's happening but I do know that our email server will be updated in some way…
Making Meaning

Desktop Layouts

My friend Ann (who, despite being one of the most astute critics of the technological life that I know (or maybe because of that fact--don't you love the parenthetical to…
GamesSociety

Games as Rhetorical Tools

My friend Beth sent me information about a game that has been making some headlines in England and France. It's called Miss Bimbo and apparently there are about a million…
Media

Online Viewing

Living in central New Hampshire means that access to independent cinema can be problematic. I've been a NetFlix subscriber for about 4 years--I've appreciated the range of their offerings and…
MediaSociety

iPods and the “Real World”

There have been a number of stories in the past few weeks linking a rise in violent crime rates to increased popularity of small electronic devices like the iPod. The…
GamesTeaching

War–A Game-like Activity

I teach a class called Creating Games that fulfills the Creative Thought requirement within our general education program. The class is focused on game design principles that can be used…
GamesWii

Buying a Wii

So is it strange for a 45-year-old woman to covet a Wii? I've been intrigued by this game system since I first saw one two years ago. So I finally…
Games

Dance Dance Revolution

One of my favorite ways to pass a cold New Hampshire evening is to play Texas Hold'em with a group of friends. One Saturday night in late January, I went…
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