Challenges are energizing

Via Slashdot: Scientific American has an interesting article on the secret to raising smart kids that says that more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. In particular, attributing poor performance to a lack […]

gaming enthusiasm

Over on rock, paper, shotgun, which is a blog “run by people who somehow make a living by writing about PC games” Jim Rossignol writes about the new Steam games bundle being released, A Steam-Powered Orange. As he notes it is ‘scary’ to see a games developer release three new games on the same day. […]

Abstract, second draft

Here is another abstract, this time organised around the ‘thesis’ of my dissertation (previous chapter by chapter summary version here). It is too long and contains too many ‘glenisms’. I am posting it here because it is a very good summary of my argument for those who have been wondering wtf Glen has been on […]

diss abstract

First draft of an abstract for the new dissertation structure. I think I may have too much. Hmmm… Modified: Cars, Culture and Event Mechanics This thesis investigates the enthusiasm, scenes and cultural industry of contemporary modified-car culture in Australia. The introduction elaborates this study’s main keywords (“event”, “enthusiasm”, “modified cars”, “scene”), contexts and historical eras […]