Text Arc (Literary Concordance/Word Association Thingy)

“A TextArc is a visual represention of a text-the entire text (twice!) on a single page. Some funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary, it uses the viewer’s eye to help uncover meaning.” W. Bradford Paley –Text Arc (Literary Concordance/Word Association Thingy)TextArc.org) Extremely cool visual/spatial representation of an entire text… I want to play with this more. Thanks for the link, Jim.

Music 101 Exam Answers

Young scholars have expressed their rapture for the Bronze Lullaby, the Taco Bell Cannon, Beethoven’s Erotica, Tchaikovsky’s Cracknutter Suite, and Gershwin’s Rap City in Blue. In defining musical terms, they also demonstrate that they know their brass from their oboe. Music sung by two people at the same lime is called a duel; if they sing without music it is called Acapulco. –Music 101 Exam Answers“The Internet”)

Log Off, You Losers! Electronic Flatulence Must Cease!

“Put your hands in your laps. Close your eyes and ask yourselves: Is the e-mail I’m about to send necessary? And if not, is it at least fun? If you cannot answer yes to either of those questions–don’t hit that send button.” Stanley Bing [Bing offers an interesting list of guidelines, on which I’ll comment… Stop telling people you Will Do something. [Fair enough… either ask permission or announce a…

Geraldo, Eat Your Avant-Pop Heart Out

JENNY JONES: Boy, we have a show for you today! Recently, the University of Virginia philosopher Richard Rorty made the stunning declaration that nobody has “the foggiest idea” what postmodernism means.[...]JENNY JONES: Tell us how you think postmodernism affected your career as a novelist. ALEX: I disavowed writing that contained real ideas or any real passion. My work became disjunctive, facetious and nihilistic. It was all blank parody, irony enveloped…

Bad Medicine: Homeopathy is based on a 300-year-old mistake…

“[A] new trend is oxygen-fortified drinks to replenish your body with oxygen. It shouldn’t surprise you that breathing works better. Oxygen best enters the bloodstream through the lungs, not the stomach. You would need to drink about a litre of oxygenated water every 30 seconds to get a deep breath’s worth of extra oxygen, and this assumes you don’t pee.” Christopher Wanjek –Bad Medicine: Homeopathy is based on a 300-year-old…

The 2000-Year Old Menace

“These are desperate times, and desperate times call for desperation. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I am duty-bound to alert America to the clear and present danger posed by Mel Brooks. I first became suspicious of Mr. Brooks when the Enron scandal broke. My suspicions only grew as other examples of “aggressive accounting procedures” became public, bringing down such companies as Arthur Andersen and WorldCom. These fears…

They Should Have Used Another Typeface

Have you ever noticed that the letters “Tri” in cursive look an awful lot like “Fu”? Patricia Breen apparently didn’t when she designed this “???ck or Treat” Christmas ornament. –They Should Have Used Another Typeface (Nieman Marcus) This is better than the urban legend about the Nieman Marcus cookies.

Another Rainbow Hector for the World to Love

Most of my students probably know about my odd fascination with the Gund toy “Rainbow Hector.” My sister sent me the above link, which includes a story about a musical group in Trinidad, which includes a member named Gary Hector, who has a 10-year-old daughter named… you guessed it… Rainbow. (See the caption at the bottom of the page.) –Another Rainbow Hector for the World to LoveGuardian)

Oversimulated Suburbia

“I confess I sometimes don’t know whether to be happy or depressed when I dip into Sims world. Sometimes you get the sense that these Sims fanatics are compensating online for the needs that aren’t met in their real lives…. But the other and more positive sensation you get in Sims world is that some mass creative process is going on, like the writing of a joint novel with millions…

Beta Version ["The fastest-growing parts of my email inbox are spam and attachments"]

“Would I open a huge document-say a PDF book chapter from Amazon? I don’t know. What do I want on my computer versus what do I want bookmarked access to? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I need help in managing my attachments and getting more value from the megabytes of media material I’m sent.” In a poorly titled article, Michael Schrage reviews all the e-mail he has…