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The Black Curse has Arrived

Posted on Jun 13, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

The Black Curse board game has now been converted to an online JavaScript-driven web game.

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black curse, board game, javascript, shawn olson

Lady Beetles

Posted on Oct 15, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

Lady Beetles didn't swarm us this year, but next year they might!

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lady beetles, ladybugs, malasian multicolored lady beetle, malb, carnivorous insects, insect photos, adult corn root worm

Promoting Interest in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.

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education, interest

Role Playing Games

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The fear of role playing games is ridiculous. Many people think that role playing is evil. I think it is a great outlet that can encourage kids to think and analyze and be creative.

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role playing games, dungeons and dragons

Online Vs Print

Posted on Dec 30, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Essay on the values of web publishing over printed media relating to marketing.

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online, print, advertising, marketing

Problems with Journalism

Posted on Nov 21, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Some of the problems and misconceptions surrounding modern journalism.

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journalism, critique, critic, media, modern

Politics from the Porch

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

People wonder what the value of politics is. Inclusion in history, that's the value.

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local politics

A Yahoo Speaks Out

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An unpublished editorial where Shawn Olson responds to a crankpot reader.

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yahooism, censorship, prudish critics

Hole in my Heel

Posted on Jan 27, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

The story of how I survived a wound that killed legendary Achilles.

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achilles heel, severed tendon

Education in Debt

Posted on Dec 30, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The assumption that a diploma means educated is not well founded.

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cost of education, waste education, schooling, schools diplomas
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