Media, Technology, and Education

Game Design Education

I belong to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) which has a fairly active listserv.  The most recent discussion on the listserv was prompted by Brenda Brathwaite’s rant at the most recent Game Developers Conference, which ends today.  Brathwaite is a well-known game designer, educator, IGDA board member, and author.  She wrote one of my favorite game…

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Facebook Security

Robin pointed out an article about Facebook security today that made me think about some things that everyone who browses the web should know about but which the article unfortunately neglects to discuss.  The article is about the fact that, until today, Facebook has been available only through the hypertext transfer protocol (“HTTP”) and not through the…

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iTunes Annoyance

I bought a 3rd generation iPod Touch awhile ago and have been an enthusiastic supporter of Apple’s various music players ever since.  I had owned another brand of mp3 player previously but when I made the switch to the iPod, I gained the convenience of the iTunes store.  I think that is one of the…

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I have been sick for about 10 days.  With what started out as a cold.  It still amazes me that, with all our sophisticated technology, we cannot figure out how to cure the common cold.  And then for me, the common cold typically turns into a sinus infection.  I am allergic to many of our…

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Popular Culture and TIA

I just finished watching the five episodes of the BBC miniseries The Last Enemy.  Ann had recommended it because it is about computers and privacy and also because Benedict Cumberbatch (of recent Sherlock Holmes fame) is the star.  I mostly liked the series but there were a couple of things that really bothered me about it. The…

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More About Net Neutrality

This entry was inspired by Meg, who asked some great questions after I posted my last entry.  In that entry, I explained what the net neutrality debate is about and why consumers should care about the FCC’s recent ruling requiring that traditional ISPs cannot discriminate the traffic that they carry over their wires.  This is a…

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Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care

The debate about net neutrality has been around for a while.  I taught my students about it back when I was still in the Computer Science Department, during the Bush administration.  Today, finally, we’ve gotten a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission about this “controversial” subject.  But to understand the FCC ruling, we first have…

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Kid Poker

I am huge fan of Texas Hold ‘Em poker.  It is an interesting mix of skill and chance with a bit of human unpredictability thrown in and as a result is an extremely difficult game to master.  My favorite player (when I watch the game on TV) is Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu.  He is ranked…

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Zero Views

Recently, my favorite NPR show, On the Media, had a story about an interesting blog called Zero Views.  The blog celebrates “the best of the bottom of the barrel” by posting the funniest YouTube videos that no one (NO ONE–hence the name “Zero Views”) has watched.  I found several things about this story that are worth…

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Running on Battery

I have had my laptop for about two and a half years.  When I first got it, it could run for three and a half to four hours on battery power.  Now, two and half years later, fifteen minutes on battery power is pushing it.  I know that rechargeable batteries have a limited life span.  But I’m still surprised…

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Google and Privacy

A story about Google and privacy on NPR last week caught my attention because it seemed so strange.  And now that I know what the real story is, it still seems really strange to me. Google Map’s Street View function is very cool.  It provides street-level camera views of many locations.  In Boston, for example, you could…

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Original Research–Good or Bad?

I recently rewatched Julia, the 1977 film starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave.  It is based on a chapter in Lillian Hellman’s memoir, Pentimento: A Book of Portraits.  That chapter tells the (probably fictional) story of Hellman’s longtime friendship with Julia, a girl from a wealthy family who grows up to fight fascism in Europe in…

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