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July 28, 2010

Young’uns over-rely on Google

Eszter Hargittai and her team have done research that shows that digital youngsters are not as savvy as we would like them to be, over-relying on Google’s rank ordering of results, etc.

It’s important to have actual data to look at — thanks, Eszter! — even though it confirms what we should all probably know by now: When it comes to information, we’re a lazy, sloppy species that vastly over-estimates its own wisdom.

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David Foster Wallace’s typewritten eval

Jessamyn West took a creative writing course with David Foster Wallace in 1987 and posts her course evaluation. Nope, no footnotes.

For fans of DFW.

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Amazing physics engine

Tim Hwang points us to a video demonstrating an amazing physics engine.

Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 – Teaser from Thiago Costa on Vimeo.

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