Two excellent articles in the  MAY 31 2001

Two excellent articles in the recent New Yorker:

lollipops for everyone!

- Absolute PowerPoint is about Microsoft PowerPoint and the way in which it has corrupted affected how people communicate in the corporate (and, apparently, grade school) world. Oddly enough, the article is very similar to this USA Today article from May 1999...I hope there's no plagiarism involved here. Also, I would be remiss in my duties by not pimping my ideal PowerPoint slide from a few months ago.

- Pimps and Dragons is a look at Ultima Online, an online multi-player role playing game that mirrors the real world surprisingly well. I had no idea. Fascinating stuff. In a related story, a major league baseball player named Doug Glanville hit two home runs off of Curt Schilling in one game because Schilling led to the demise of Glanville's character in an online game called EverQuest. Said Glanville: "Curt Schilling assassinated my lovable Dwarf Paladin in EverQuest, happily smiling as his character stood in the safety of the town guards. That can create serious internal friction." I swear I'm not making this up.

P.S. The New Yorker site Sucks (with a capital S, as you can see). It's almost impossible to navigate, you don't know what the hell is going on at any point, and there's no search function. Bad, bad, bad.

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