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Geek stampede

So, the original story goes something like this: girl buys laptop, laptop comes with (gasp!) Linux, Linux isn't compatible with her High-Speed Internet or her college classes. Girl drops out of the college.

The original article isn't great journalism …

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On the need for game criticism

Greg Costikyan has been saying this for a decade or more, but this is well-written at least:

The truth is that, for the most part, we don't have anything like game criticism, and we need it — to inform gamers, to hold developers to task, and to …

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Nerdcore in the NYT

The New York Times has a spiffy article on Nerdcore Hip-Hop:

It could have been any other hip-hop show, but little details seemed off, like the songs that sampled the epically cheesy rock band REO Speedwagon, or that name-checked detritus from 1980s-era …

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I remember, when I was just a little bit younger, feeling that anything (jet packs, colonies on other planets, alien species) was possible; and not only possible, but idling just around the corner. And, simultaneously, that there were mysterious

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Cool quote

On the other hand, just muddling along is expensive, dangerous, and depressing.

- From an interview with Bjarne Stroustrup, credited as the inventer of C++.

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"Against Entropy"

The worm drives helically through the wood
And does not know the dust left in the bore
Once made the table integral and good
And suddenly the crystal hits the floor
Electrons find their paths in subtle …

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Places to Go, People to Be

(Or: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, volume 2006)

This year, our "big summer vacation" incorporated both our families, the Dublin Irish Festival, GenCon, and both Liz & my high school reunions (we went to different schools - in different …

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