Web sites vanish so fast scientific papers just can't keep up…

Dellavalle’s concerns reflect those of a growing number of scientists and scholars who are nervous about their increasing reliance on a medium that is proving far more ephemeral than archival. In one recent study, one-fifth of the Internet addresses used in a Web-based high school science curriculum disappeared over 12 months. | Another study, published in January, found that 40 percent to 50 percent of the URLs referenced in articles…

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The New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age

If students cannot find the answers but must make the answers, they are less apt to pass off others’ ideas as their own. The secret is to pose or ask students to pose questions or problems and decisions which have never been adequately answered. –Jamie McKenzie –The New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age (From Now On) This article, from 1998, was prophetic. It argues that…

'That Damn Bird'

There are some things that the birds do that, colloquially speaking, “just blow us away.” We were training Alex to sound out phonemes, not because we want him to read as humans do, but we want to see if he understands that his labels are made up of sounds that can be combined in different ways to make up new words; that is, to demonstrate evidence for segmentation. He babbles…

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Plagiarized Essay

Dear Professor Jerz, Associate Vice-President Rodd Webb has forwarded me your concerns about the reproduction of your work on a York based website without proper citation. I am writing first of all to apologize for York’s delay in responding to your concerns. The essay has now been removed from the website, and the issue of plagiarism will be pursued according to the Faculty of Arts’ quite stringent regulations and procedures…

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My son wants a plastic pie for Christmas.

My son wants a plastic pie for Christmas.Literacy Weblog) Our toy kitchen has one plastic pie, but my son Peter wants another one, so that he and I can pretend to have a pie fight like the one in The Great Race. He has asked Santa on two different occasions (once at church, once in the shopping mall). It’s an odd request, but since it involves me, very sweet. (Ugh……

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The Scholarly Lecture: How to Stand and Deliver

It’s a peculiarity of scholarly life that everyone is expected to be able to deliver a lecture well, but almost no one is trained to do it….If you put your bulleted ideas up on slides, your audience will look at the slides, not at you. You’ll also be teaching them that What You Have to Say Can Be Summarized in a Few Words. Can it? –William Germano –The Scholarly Lecture:…

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Making Slow Progress on MT Resurrection

Making Slow Progress on MT ResurrectionLiteracy Weblog) Dave my ISP has made a copy of the whole blogs.setonhill.edu website the way it was this morning, and backed up the last working version of the site (from about five days ago, when comments stopped working). Already I’ve gotten five e-mails from bloggers reporting that they can’t log in or that their entries are disappearing. That can’t be helped at the moment,…

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003)

Hugh Kenner, the literary critic who died on Monday aged 80, wrote on subjects as diverse as geodesic mathematics, the cartoons of Chuck Jones (creator of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd) and the effect of modern technology on literary imagery; he was best known, however, as a leading authority on American and Irish modernist writers, in particular Ezra Pound and James Joyce. –Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) (Telegraph) Kenner’s book The…

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Our MoveableType Installation Should be Renamed StuckType

Our MoveableType Installation Should be Renamed StuckTypeLiteracy Weblog) Drat, drat, drat, and darn! I’m sorry to report that blogs.setonhill.edu is even more busted now; apparently since about noon today it’s been impossible to post new entries. I feel sick to my stomach about the terrible timing — especially for those students whose blogging portfolios are due next week, and even more especially for Karissa (who had hoped to blog her…

On Secret Iraq Trip, Bush Pays Holiday Visit to G.I.'s

In one of the most secretive presidential trips in American history, George W. Bush flew to Baghdad under intense security on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with United States troops and to thank them for standing up against the “band of thugs and assassins” they are fighting in Iraq. –Elizabeth Bumiller –On Secret Iraq Trip, Bush Pays Holiday Visit to G.I.’s (NY Times) This was a genius PR stunt on a slow…