25 January 2010

Terror for the Hearing Impaired

Yes,the zombie song, Re: Your Brains, is now available with ZSL (Zombie Sign Language).

Remember! The undead are equal opportunity destro- ermm... employers. Well, okay, except for those snooty, perfectly coiffed, perfectly emo, unholier-than-thou vampires. Ever notice how they never go after ugly people? Elitist bloodsuckers.

24 January 2010

QiQi Studios

QiQi Studios is a truly awesome Second Life machinima studio out of China. The art work, the production values, and the ideas are all simply awesome.

See their work, be impressed.

You can also find them in Second Life in China and China West sims.

Want!

The bookbook!

23 January 2010

Promotion

Just in case you have any doubts that cats aren't slowly taking over the world, step by step ... cat gets promotion.

22 January 2010

Broadacre City is One Step Closer

NASA Unveils All-Electric Personal Flight Vehicle

I think I liked Wright's ornithopters better. Well, it will redefine the problems with drunk driving if nothing else.

And when you need to recharge it in the middle of nowhere because you forgot to stop at the station: Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

19 January 2010

Flintstones

Yeah, yeah, looks like a bad Photoshop job, but is a real place.

Details via TreeHugger.

18 January 2010

Publish or Perish

Being a book reviewer is beginning to convince me that the publishing industry might be a better place if more academics picked the perish option instead. Can one get tenure for picking the perish option? Maybe schools should give it some thought. Especially those with publishing units.

Think of it as akin to the government paying farmers to leave fields fallow to help prop up the value of agricultural produce. Rewarding faculty for not publishing (just teaching) in order to prop up the value of academic produce, or at least that portion of it that is in print. Particularly because academic produce has a very long shelf life and people are really still working on digesting products that were marketed a century or more ago.

If we don't take such a drastic action, are we at risk of a knowledge bubble collapse? We may already be approaching that point. Certainly, people are throwing new academic produce out there faster than it can be digested by anyone, thus limiting it to smaller and smaller targeted markets. The problem with targeting these small markets is that academic produce, as with all produce, is unhealthy if one consumes too much of one type, instead of consuming a balanced diet of knowledge. This means that the glut of specialized knowledge contributes less and less to the overall health of the knowledge economy and its consumers.

14 January 2010

Language Lessons

The true international language of the world!

Well ... you'll just have to click it to find out.

10 January 2010

Obsessive Diagnosis Disorder

Is the compulsion to diagnose things other than the statistical mean as aberrant a psychiatric disorder?

You will become mentally ill in 2013 via boingboing.

The Americanization of Mental Illness from the New York Times.

06 January 2010

Allow me to communicate at you with my languaging skills

Found on the InterWeb:

"Anyone else who texts me first is at their own risk that I don't really care about what they have to say. If I did, I would have texted them first."

It is to laugh,
It is to cry,
It is to scream and wonder why.