The Crucifixion (in Lego)

“They struck his head with a reed and spat on him.” — Mk 15:19 –The Crucifixion (in Lego) (The Brick Testament) This site, by “Rev” Brendan Powell Smith, features Lego illustrations of Biblical passages — including many that you don’t often see in kiddie books, including the Dueteronomy passages on rape, bestiality, incest, homosexuality, transvestism, and “how long to hang somebody”. I’m fascinated by the scowling face of the rapist who…

Wikipedia: Community Portal

Wikipedia is both an encyclopedia and a wiki community. You can edit articles on Wikipedia right now! Learn how to contribute with the tutorial (or just play around in our sandbox). For more information, post comments at the Village Pump, read the Help directory and our policies, contact other Wikipedians, and keep track of what’s going on. –Wikipedia: Community Portal (Wikipedia) I’ve created or added to a handful of Wikipedia articles…

Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart

[It’s a visual site with little text to quote.] –Don’t Buy It: Get Media Smart (PBS Kids) Found via watercoolergames, where the “make a cereal box” utility was featured. I couldn’t get that to work on my computer, which is too bad, because I really wanted to make a Jerz’s Literacy Weblog cereal box, and maybe a cereal box icon for each of my classes in the fall. I don’t know…

[Criminalizing Writing]

How can we ask our students to read great literature and then criminalize them when they respond, on occasion, with the angry bitterness of Hamlet? Clearly, we’re not dealing with the proverbial “isolated incidents” here. FEAR ITSELF is loose in America and it needs to be addressed, strongly, powerfully, by all of us who teach composition and encourage written expression. –John Lovas –[Criminalizing Writing] (Jocalo’s Blog) An important set of observations……

How to become an obnoxious internet cam whore in five easy steps.

Writing bad poetry is easy when you disregard meter, pace, and rhyming scheme. Just make sure to follow a few simple guidelines: 1. Never write about anything cheerful. Remember, you are a tortured artist. Be one. 2. Be sure to use the following words at least once per sentence, no fewer than 50 times per poem: lament, loathe, soul, darkness, bitter, agony, despair, misery, anguish, pain, suffer, woe, hate, death,…