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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

While I was home over winter break, I found myself in the mood to read something new.  A few years ago my family moved houses, and since I was leaving for college soon after I only kept books that I really loved—but thus had already read. So, the pickings on my bookshelf were pretty slim. […] Continue reading

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Podcasting — The Future of News Media

With the increasingly shortening attention span of the average person, the printed newspaper has become the least popular medium for news. News is now transmitted through a variety of different formats — such as television, internet, and video — and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that still reads the morning paper. Hell, I cannot … Continue reading “Podcasting — The Future of News Media” Continue reading

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A New Age of Artifice

In the fall of 2011, Duke University’s undergraduate literary journal published a rather unassuming poem entitled “For the Bristlecone Snag” (“The Archive”). To the journal’s poetry editors, the poem appeared to be a typical undergraduate work, comprised of several unfulfilled metaphors and awkward turns of phrase. What the editors did not know at the time of publication, however, was that this poem was not written by a human… Continue reading

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Walking Simulators and the Importance of Narrative

In class on Thursday, one of the complaints that people had towards That Dragon, Cancer was that it wasn’t really a “game;” instead, it was more of an interactive narrative.  They went on to say that, since they were expecting a more gameplay-driven experience, the extreme focus on story and lack of choices that That Dragon, … Continue reading “Walking Simulators and the Importance of Narrative” Continue reading

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This is why I should never be a character in Science Fiction.

In my opinion, “Entanglement” was one of the most beautiful stories that we read this semester. The way that Singh wove together the brief snapshots of multiple lives was so satisfying to read. The ending left me with that “A-ha!&#822… Continue reading

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Etiquette

“Your Majesty, have you had a chance to look through the etiquette handbook that the Kadarowo so kindly sent to us?” “Hmm..I may have flipped through a couple pages.” “Your Majesty! We are meeting with the Kadarowoan Prime… Continue reading

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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice… I hold with those who favor environmental disaster.

The scenario is not an uncommon one.  It is X years into the future, and the world is about to end.  But how?  Many authors would descibe a “zombie apocolypse,” some with a more scientific approach to a virus or a disease that wipes out… Continue reading

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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice… I hold with those who favor environmental disaster.

The scenario is not an uncommon one.  It is X years into the future, and the world is about to end.  But how?  Many authors would descibe a “zombie apocolypse,” some with a more scientific approach to a virus or a disease that wipes out… Continue reading

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I’m sorry, what was your name again?

In my ten-something years as an avid reader and token bookworm, I had never had this experience before. On the first day of class, I came prepared with an annotated copy of “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov and the seemingly impossible goal of not making a fool of myself in front of other College Scholars. Everything seemed […] Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes of a Practical Cryptography Paper

While writing my practical cryptography paper, there have definitely been some challenges. The first and probably hardest part of my paper was choosing a topic. I had no idea what someone would want to read about that would directly relate to cryptography and didn’t know what advice I could give. Eventually, I settled on searching […] Continue reading

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