The Null Device
A Christian Fundamentalist warning about how Pokemon leads to role-playing and necromancy:
Strange as it may sound to American ears, demonic possession is no longer confined to distant lands. Today, government schools from coast to coast are teaching students the skills once reserved for the tribal witchdoctor or shaman in distant lands. Children everywhere are learning the pagan formulas for invoking "angelic" or demonic spirits through multicultural education, popular books, movies, and television.
Ted Nelson's theoretically groundbreaking, if practically moribund, Xanadu hypertext system is now open source. Maybe we can expect to see a lot of discussion of enfilades.
Yesterday's Suck also has a good article about educational curricula, Kansas style:
In addition, students will be made to memorize the table of the elements (air, earth, fire, and water), with advanced students studying the action of these elements in the astral and ethereal planes. Franklin's theory of "electricity" will be taught to advanced students.
Good Filler about writing and being a writer.
Time.com's polling for the top 100 phonies and frauds of the century.
Candidates not present in the top 20 include Ayn Rand, Timothy Leary and Pat Robertson.1 Geraldo Rivera 16.66 1311 2 L. Ron Hubbard 15.36 1209 3 O.J. Simpson 14.43 1136 9 J.R. "Bob" Dobbs 2.56 202 12 Bill Gates 1.95 154