Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time


Here goes. I’m doing this. Wish me luck or at least just being able to remember earlier than this on Tuesdays

Originally posted on TWO WRITING TEACHERS:

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC bloggers.

Yesterday was the last day of the March SOLSC, but we are back already for the Tuesday SOL! Can you believe it? The month of March went by so fast and writing everyday fueled many of us with a fresh writerly life. I hope you will join us every Tuesday here at TWT for Slice of Life to keep the community alive and keep yourself writing. The rules are the same. Write your slice on your own blog, link it here at TWT on Tuesday’s and comment on at least three other slicers!

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”  Leonard Cohen

April is National Poetry Month. Check out Anna’s post from yesterday to see some ideas. I hope you will carve out a moment at least once this month to share a poem. There are so many ways…

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Neil Postman – Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection


Originally posted on Critical Thinking Snippets:

Neil Postman’s classic essay Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection. Contains a handy taxonomy of forms of bullshit, and some useful “laws” such as: Almost nothing is about what you think it is about–including you.”

I’ve copied it here in this post just to help ensure it remains easily available on the web.

“Bullshit and the Art of Crap-Detection”

by Neil Postman

(Delivered at the National Convention for the Teachers of English [NCTE], November 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.)

With a title like this, I think I ought to dispense with the rhetorical amenities and come straight to the point. For those of you who do not know, it may be worth saying that the phrase, “crap-detecting,” originated with Ernest Hemingway who when asked if there were one quality needed, above all others, to be a good writer, replied, “Yes, a built-in, shock-proof, crap detector.”

As I see it, the…

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Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow.



language use, writing, computers and the internet — this post is SO CWL or PWP, not to mention other social media destinations. I’ll start here thanks to WP’s Reblog feature — low hanging fruit and all that. Thanks +Ian O’Byne and #TechCrunch

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Let’s talk about doge, but first let’s talk about the late great David Foster Wallace, who 13 years ago wrote a classic essay about modern English* entitled “Tense Present,” which, realistically, is better than anything I will ever write, so I should maybe just point you to it and end this post here.

But I won’t. Not least because I strongly suspect that if DFW had not taken his own life five years ago, he would already have updated “Tense Present” for the modern era. He almost would have had to.

It is instructive that his essay includes the phrase You don’t (despite withering cultural pressure), have to use a computer, but you can’t escape language. That may have been true, just, in 2001, but it is not true today. You cannot escape computers any more — and that fact has affected language in a…

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Your chat bot, yourself



looking for a break from coming up with fresh Facebook updates?

Originally posted on Bryan Alexander:

what would i say? is a fun Web experiment, a bot that generates simulated Facebook status updates based on your own Facebooking.  Connect with Facebook, and the bot attempts to be you, combining randomly selected bits of your writing.

Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.

Here’s what it looks like in action*:

Facebook: what would i say?

A sample update.

The results are very diverse, and can be quite entertaining.

Some make an uncanny kind of sense, and actually have decent grammar:

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Blogs and Connected Educators



an “about blogging” companion piece to @CogDog’s command to stop dithering and just blog. I think I posted it here but can’t remember. Nebbish quote comes to mind: one of these days I’ve got to get organized (my addition: but may not live that long)

Originally posted on My Island View:

A Weblog, or a Blog, as it has become to be known, is a form of writing that entered the scene with the advent of the Internet and personal publishing. It could be described as a digital magazine feature article or a digital news article depending on the content. What makes it unique however is that it is personally published without needing permission from anyone except the author. The author becomes the publisher and determines what will be posted, which is the digital term for being published. The authors of blogs are Bloggers.

Now that we have established what a blog is, what does any of this have to do with Connected Educators? Blogs are having a profound effect on Journalism most specifically, and other industries in general. Blogs are becoming more than just a tool for information. By being able to comment in real-time about a post, the readers…

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Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls



Yet another better source on privacy information that the ubiquitous Facebook chain letter spam of alarm notices issuing instructions and asking visitors to post a comment indication that they have followed. This suggests the seemingly well-intentioned practice may have originated as a clumsy traffic / ranking booster. Now its presence on profiles marks the user more novice than dispenser of expert council

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

“Who can look up your Timeline by name?” Anyone you haven’t blocked. Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they’ll be searchable. It deleted the option from those who hadn’t used it in December, and is starting to push everyone to use privacy controls on each type of content they share. But there’s no one-click opt out of Facebook search.

To be fair, the “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” feature was likely misunderstood by lots of people. At first glance, you might assume it means that strangers can’t find your profile. But that’s incorrect. There have been lots of ways to navigate to your profile, like clicking your name on a photo you’re tagged in, finding your name in a friend’s friend list, or combing through Likes on a mutual friend’s News Feed post.

With the roll out of…

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Finding my blogging voice



I’m in a (re)finding my voice (again) patch lately…sometimes writing too much for or on behalf of others does that. Becoming the voice of X seems like a form of possession.

Originally posted on Learning out in the Open:

Human growth theory suggests that we all go through stages of development.  Do you suppose that blog writers have their growth stages too?  I think so.  We are not born fully mature bloggers. It seems to me that it must take a while to find your own blogging style, to find your VOICE.   I read recently that  a writer needs to write 4 or 5 novels before truly finding his/her voice.  I wonder how many blogs I have to write  before I find my authentic blogging voice?

I found a blog yesterday that keeps me coming back-  it’s funny, informative and visually appealing.It’s natural and real.  www.upcyclededucation.com   When I read it I feel like Jen Lara is in the room with me..chatting away. I can hear her voice and her laugh.

Jen has an authentic blogging voice.  I want to be like Jen when I mature as…

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A question for student bloggers



the question and points broached here are not just for “students” (unless defining students more broadly as any learners, formal or informal) or student bloggers…off to share and hack the idea for my purposes…

Originally posted on Salad of Many Herbs:

It’s the beginning of a new semester, and I’m working in a course that requires all students to blog in public, including for assessment.  Sorting out what equivalence and quality means in this different environment has been a administrative headache, but an interesting one.

But there’s a conflict that I’m trying to figure out, as I’m reading some wearycomments from students reviving their course blogs. For me, learning very cautiously to write in public in a way that isn’t tangled up with the endless quantification of academic productivity has been really liberating. It’s created a space for me to think for myself, to write directly for an audience of people whose opinion I value (no offense, academic journal readers), and it’s preserved a quiet space away from the hustle of my obligation to others.  I think I’ve become a better writer through doing it in public, without the…

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Stories of Conflict and Love: Field notes from Colombia, Part 5: The honesty of street art


See on Scoop.itflânerie

My fascination with street art stems from my impression of it as an honest medium of expression: It cannot easily be directed or manipulated by anyone other than the artist herself. For similar reasons, it cannot easily be censored or controlled.

See on www.storiesofconflictandlove.com