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Differences in Media

I've been thinking lately about the differences between media types.  This thinking was inspired by the new movie Disgrace based on J. M. Coetzee's novel of the same name.  I…
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Corpus Libris

Interesting "ongoing photo essay on books and the bodies that love them" at Corpus Libris.  I like this photo a lot.
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The Ambassador of Semiotics

I heard Madeleine Albright this morning on Morning Edition, the fifth or sixth interview I've heard with her since Sunday morning.  Albright just released a new book and the ensuing…
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The Decision Engine

I've seen a couple of commercials on TV for Microsoft's newest product, Bing.  Microsoft claims that Bing is a "decision engine."   What exactly is a "decision engine"?  According to a press release from…
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NeMLA 2010

There have been quite a few stories that have captured my attention in the nearly six month break that I've taken from writing entries in this blog.  I will be…
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Failed Predictions

Predicting the future is a notoriously difficult endeavor and yet there is never a shortage of people willing to play the game, especially at the end of a year.  Many…
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FaceBook Revisited

In honor of the recent release of the remake of Brideshead Revisited, I thought it might be interesting to revisit FaceBook.  I've been using FaceBook for nearly a month now…
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Game or Sport?

While we were in Barcelona, I picked up the European (Summer Journey Double Issue) edition of Time magazine because it's about the games that people play around the world. A…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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