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Entries from October 2008

ARGs in Charity and Education Conference

October 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Despite the real and growing interest in ’serious’ ARGs from companies and broadcasters, there hasn’t yet been a conference dedicated to the subject where people can share knowledge. There’s so much potential for what serious ARGs can do that I’ve worked with the guys at Law 37 to organise ARGs in Charity and Education, a [...]

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The Shadow War: Getting Boys to Read

October 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

How do you get boys to read? One way is to write entertaining and dramatic books, preferably including some violence. This is what Charlie Higson did for his Young Bond series of books, and judging by the fact that they have sold close to a million copies, it’s a pretty good strategy.
Of course, in this [...]

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Anathem and neologisms

October 6th, 2008 · 9 Comments

A lot of people are criticising Neal Stephenson’s new novel, Anathem, for containing vast quantities of invented words. Instead of mobile phones, he has jeejahs; for video, he has speely; for church, he has ark; and so on.
I had been warned about these beforehand, and yet I still became irritated during the first couple of [...]

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Austin GDC talk

October 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After becoming irritated about putting in a lot of work to prepare talks for conferences, and then for all that work to promptly vanish into the ether once my hour is up, I resolved to do something about it. I’ve bought a reasonably good microphone and have started recording the talks that I give to [...]

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