CNN had a blurb today about a new federal study that reveals no benefit to deploying computer-assisted learning programs for students. It's a malnourished blurb written by the Associated Press but to me it illustrates one of the things wrong with education in America -- namely that people believe there is some silver atom bomb that will solve our problems.
Later this month I'm going to be giving a lunchtime-presentation on Web 2.0, updating everyone on the latest web sites and apps that have been released since my last talk on the topic a year ago. I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations about sites to talk about this year. The audience is college faculty, staff and students.
Last time around, I talked about:
Yesterday was too frantic to write a proper Game Day column, but The Order of the Stick Adventure Game was too much fun not to write about.
Paizo Publishing®, LLC announced the creation of a new line of classic science fantasy novel reprints called Planet Stories. With large printing houses distancing themselves from backlisted novels, Planet Stories brings back some of the long forgotten classic inspirations for much of today's science fiction and fantasy genres. Planet Stories will be available at your local book or hobby store and will retail for around $12.99 each.
My gaming group is thinking about restarting our long-slumbering Battletech campaign, in which we play a group of mercenaries known as the Hellfire Aces. In the campaign's earlier iteration, we didn't go much deeper than that -- we were the Aces, we were for hire, and we blew things up. This time around we're looking to add a role-playing component to turn it into more than just a a fragfest between giant robots.
I had the oddest sensation last week. I felt like myself. Like my old self. Like I was in college.
No, I'm not nearly as spry at 35 as I was at 22, but my waistline is now nearly the same, and it's the strangest sensation to "remember" how it felt to sit in a chair without my gut bulging over the waist jeans. Mind you, I was never particularly fat, but losing 23 lbs. changes the way everything fits, how you carry yourself, hell, even how you sit.
I should have done this years ago.
News of the new science fiction webzine SpaceWesterns.com opening for submissions leads of Radio Active #47 as I'm not only a fan of the zine, but one of the volunteers helping to read through its slush pile. The mail bag has responses on my debate over getting a notebook vs. a desktop computer, and as that debate draws to a close I spend some time geeking out over my latest web toy, Twitter.
In Netheads, I take a look at the Steve Jackson Games official Fnordcast and Roll 2d6 in a Random Direction podcasts and discuss the new Double 0 RPG beta. This week's musical interlude is provided by the band Boxed Octopus and their geek song "Science Boy".
Technically, there's no Game Day for me this week -- while the guys are getting together for some Battletech, I'll be joining some friends from work for a Tivo-fueled Battlestar Galactica marathon. I don't know if we can get caught up in one night … but we're going to try.
At some point I want to do a few formal "No Game Day" posts, directly inspired by Berin Kinsman's posts of the same name, for these weeks when I can't play. I've even got Paranoia XP sitting next to me as I write this, in anticipation of doing exactly that.
A series of guided tours to the future ... as imagined by the past. Lots of retro art galleries -- with explainations -- of futuristic topics like transport, food, cities, war and atomic power from the point of view of those living in the mid-20th century.