Grammar Girl : How Do You Tell If Something Is True? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Thanks for the link, Karissa. The article begins, “It used to be we thought that people who went around correcting other people’s grammar were just plain annoying. Now there’s evidence they are actually ill, suffering from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder/oppositional defiant disorder (OCD/ODD). Researchers are calling it Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome, or GPS.” The Hallmarks of a Scientific Study It goes on to talk about a real gene known to…

Literature is the new Latin

“But I’m going to be a video game designer!” protests one of my Grade 10 English students. “I don’t need to be able to read novels or write essays.” The way the game is rigged right now, in order to gain admission to a reputable video game design program in a traditional post-secondary institution, one must have a high English mark, still the one Grade 12 credit that almost all…

Neverending stories

The reason they survive to this day, Zipes suggests, is because the classic fairy tales—such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, which all have analogues in cultures throughout the world—are perfect examples of “memetic” engineering. Drawing on the notion of the meme coined by Richard Dawkins, Zipes imagines the elements of fairy tales competing for mental space over generations of cultural evolution, until only the fittest tales survived. And what…

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RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event – English – YouTube

Department of Homeland Security-funded video. Part of me hopes it’s more effective than the infamous “duck and cover”  cold-war films, but that’s probably the part of me this video is carefully designed to mollify. I must say the chevon design theme looks cool, and the “Run > Hide > Fight” very nicely emphasizes the hierarchy of the evidence. Note how the announcer gets really aggressive when he punches the word…

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library

Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States. The design won the International Interior Design Association’s 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. MSR stripped out the old ceiling and walls of the building, gave the perimeter walls and bare warehouse ceiling a coat of white paint, and set to work adding glass-enclosed spaces, bright architectural details…

Opting Out of the ‘Rug Rat Race’

When you talk today to teachers and administrators at high-achieving high schools, this is their greatest concern: that their students are so overly protected from adversity, in their homes and at school, that they never develop the crucial ability to overcome real setbacks and in the process to develop strength of character. American children, especially those who grow up in relative comfort, are, more than ever, shielded from failure as…

Inform 7 Exploration – New Media Projects (EL405)

Before class, Watch this 10-minute introduction to Modern Interactive Fiction. Watch this 2-minute trailer for a documentary film on interactive fiction. (Optional: a version of the film is available online: GET LAMP… I’m featured at the 12:30, 17 minutes, and around 41 minutes. You may appreciate the snark I offer at 49 minutes.) In order to understand what Inform 7 is all about, you really need to watch someone play a text adventure…

Interactive Fiction In The iOS Age: A Text-Based Love Story

I’m about to introduce interactive fiction in my “New Media Projects” course. I’m glad to find further evidence that the genre continues to be discovered and shared. If you start playing IF and search for people with the same interests to chat with, good resources, and help of any kind, the intfiction forum is the perfect starting point. This website is the first and best resource for all things IF.…

Elly Noble -- Snow White The Musical -- Sep 21-23 -- Stage Right Greensburg
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Elly Noble Reflects on Stage Right’s New “Snow White”

What’s it like on your first day rehearsing for the starring role, joining a cast that’s already been working hard for a week? Yesterday, Elly Noble started rehearsing for “Snow White: The Musical,” part of Stage Right! Greensburg‘s professional theatre season, Sept 21-23 at the Palace Theatre. I managed to pull Elly aside for a few minutes to get her reaction.  I also caught the moment the artistic director got…