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Annotated Bibliography on Gender & Language

Not only does the author give examples that avoid sexist language, it differentiates between those which are stylistically desirable and those which are stylistically awkward. The site also explains the difference between gender neutral and non-sexist language, something that could be very helpful for students trying to understand sexist language. The author asks (but does not answer) the question of whether or not it is the job of the writing…

'Do not call' list faces more hang-ups

The House and Senate voted Thursday to grant the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national “do not call” list for telemarketers, but the move prompted a second federal judge to block the move. –‘Do not call’ list faces more hang-ups (CNN) An amusing side note… the judge who initially blocked the motion has been completely swamped with telephone calls and faxes from angry targets victims recipients of telemarketer…

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Crisis in Scholarly Publishing

The bottom line is that scholarly publishing isn’t financially feasible as a business model — never was, never was intended to be, and should not be. If scholarship paid, we wouldn’t need university presses. –The Invisible Adjunct –Crisis in Scholarly Publishing (Invisible Adjunct)

The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library’s catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound. –The Invisible Library I think I blogged this a long time ago. It’s not in my database, so it must’ve been before 2001. Since Rosemary suggested it, here it is. I…

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New Doctor Who TV series

Doctor Who is coming back to BBC One in 2005. It will be a new live-action series, written by Russell T Davies. –New Doctor Who TV series  (BBCi/Doctor Who News) My son Peter will be thrilled, as will my wife. She has old videotapes from her teenaged years, and pulled them out to amuse our son. I’d much rather have him watch shows with plenty of action, convoluted plots, and…