Scrabble vowels gone missing

People making games beware: Scrabble vowel shortage revealed, thanks to faulty pseudorandomness. Also a tasty morsel of Scrabble trivia:

Alfred Butts invented Scrabble in 1931 after studying the front page of the New York Times for months to calculate how often each of the 26 letters in the Roman alphabet is used in English words. He settled on an appropriate score and number of tiles for each letter. There are 12 copies of E, the most common letter, and it has a value of 1; there is only one Z, but it has a value of 10.

Distributed picture-taking

An experiment in distributed storytelling: while attending South by Southwest, every time I went to take a picture, I was preempted by another, more photo savvy individual. So where’s my photo album? Take a tour with some of my friends:

Viral fact checking

Okay, so the mass media attention to weblogs has officially tipped, thanks to the blogger manifesto and a host of articles from microcontent news. Yesterday’s article in the daily standard, “Reading, Writing, and Blogging” is yet another of what will be the landslide of articles touting or discrediting P2P Journalism. What I found facinating from this one was the mention of Smartertimes, a site deditacted to fact-checking stories in the New York Times.

The most covered session in the West

Okay, maybe a *little* comment. The aforementioned panel went well, according to the feedback I received from some audience members. At one point Doc asked the question “Who here is blogging this panel right now?” to which Wes and Cam raised their hands. Actually, there were three people taking notes, and Doc was one of them!. I think that’s the first blog-while-presenting that I’ve ever heard. I nearly wet myself when I realized what he was doing. Anyway, heeeeere’s the shizz: