Overusing the Em Dash (Slate)

The problem with the dash—as you may have noticed!—is that it discourages truly efficient writing. It also—and this might be its worst sin—disrupts the flow of a sentence. Don’t you find it annoying—and you can tell me if you do, I won’t be hurt—when a writer inserts a thought into the midst of another one that’s not yet complete? Strunk and White—who must always be mentioned in articles such as…

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For Seton Hall Hill students and professors, iPads open new paths

Because the headline gets the name of the school wrong, it’s a little hard for me to assess this objectively. I’m glad Katie got so much space to share her experiences, and very glad this story mentions the importance of training and tech support. The story of my students reading Emerson’s Nature is a little abbreviated — it was actually a student who noticed the sunset, not me. “I just…

NASA’s Spirit Rover Completes Mission on Mars

If by “completes mission” you mean “makes us all sad by dying,” well, okay. It is not scientific or logical that I am sad because a cool little robot is dead on another planet, but it is human. This press release from NASA suggests that PR professionals are also apparently living on another planet, where the only use of language is to construct a reality distortion field to prevent anyone…

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Working Towards a Resolution

Looks like all the content has been removed from literacyintheclassroom.com. This is good news for the other bloggers, who, like me, had no idea that entire blog posts were being republished by jacksonfish.com in order to support an ad for astorybeforebed.com. I am waiting to see whether jacksonfish.com actually publishes the comment that I left about an hour ago, which is still listed as “awaiting moderation.” (If you do publish…

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Dear Jacksonfish.com: Please contact me to discuss your plans for compensating me for this use of my intellectual property.

Here’s a comment I left on the jacksonfish.com website. Hello. I’m a blogger who was surprised to find that your site, literacyintheclassroom.com, scrapes my RSS feed and republishes my content in order to serve up ads for astorybeforebed.com. At least three of the bloggers whose content appears on that site did not give you permission. Please contact me to discuss your plans for compensating me for this use of my…

‘Tears in Space Don’t Run Down Your Face’ : Discovery News

That line sounds like the title of a great blues song. The second verse isn’t quite so poetic. “Tears in space don’t run down your face,” he said, according to lead spacewalk officer Allison Bollinger who described the problem Feustel encountered when out on the spacewalk with astronaut Mike Fincke. “They actually kind of conglomerate around your eyeball,” via ‘Tears in Space Don’t Run Down Your Face’ : Discovery News.