February 2010 Archives
- My handwriting slants forward, which suggests that I am self-controlled.
- The letters in my words are partially connected, depending on the letters, which means that I am a shy, idealistic person who does not find it easy to have relationships.
- The spaces between my words are wide, meaning again, that I am shy, cautious and thoughtful.
- Because my lines of text are close enough that my descending letters intersect with my ascending letters, I am organized.
- When I write, I typically use black ink, which suggests that I am conservative and stick to tradition.
- My capital I is typically larger than my other capital letters, which means I am a person who holds a high opinion of myself.
- My t's cross in the middle, which suggests that I'm not very original. :-(
- My lines slant upward, so I'm energetic, optimistic and assertive.
- My descenders take up more room vertically, which means that I have a tendency to be bossy.
- My flow of writing is heavy, which indicates that I take what life gives me and run with it.
- It's all about control was my first entry for EL 336. In this entry, I addressed the idea that the writer has a lot more control over the reader than I expected. Bolter's article really provided insight for me about the written word.
- Two Translations--Two Opportunities was a blog that dealt with two different translations concerning Homer's The Illiad.
- Wanna remember something? Write it down was my response to Plato and Sophocles claiming that writing ruins memorization. I disagreed and argued my point whole-heartedly.
- TechKnow was one of my best blogs this in this portfolio. I illustrated what technology has done to me with an anecdote. I admit that my iPhone does more harm than good and also admit that I send way too many texts per month.
- Revive Shorthand! was another good blog entry that dealt with, you guessed it, Shorthand. I talked about how much of an asset knowing Shorthand would be. I then explain my brief experience with Shorthand via good ol' Nancy Drew video games. I finished the entry with an introduction to the Livescribe pen that records audio and syncs it to notes written on paper.
- Podcasts saved Oral Tradition is pretty self-explanatory. I talked about how technology is technically a vicious cycle and brings back old traditions.
- Impromptu Power-outage Response was an extra blog that I wrote to tie in with previous class discussion. I shared my experience with going without power for several hours during the huge snow storm a few weeks back.
- Analyzing Writing is more Rewarding was an entry written in response to Ong's article. I disagreed with him and explained that I see more value in figuring out the meaning behind a writing than I do in simply asking a speaker what he means by what he is saying. The second option seems like the easy way out.
- Hiding Behind PowerPoint was a blog in which I argued that too many people use PowerPoint because the thought of a completely oral speech frightens them. I also discuss how much I appreciate that my classes at SHU are mostly discussion and rarely involve PowerPoint.
- Storing Oral Information? was a blog entry in which I questioned exactly how orality is stored. The only concrete answer I could find was memorization, or writing. So, I really never answered the question, but I did bring up that the first real form of written language was the cuneform. Props to me for remembering something from last semester in WCT I.
- Verbal Interaction was a blog where I reflected on how much children's communication can show us about ancient civilizations.
- I Think it's Deja Vu In this entry, I referred back to a previous class where I'd already talked about methods of memorization. I mentioned that music lyrics are easier to memorize than prose because of their rhythmic patterns.
- I joined Megan in discussion on Maddie's blog entry, Capturing avid listeners with Aesopic fables I mentioned that I'd rather read poems aloud than silently, because they're technically meant to be seen rather than read, even though there is a lot of value in studying the text of a play.
- In Tiffany's Controlled Readers & Listeners, I kind of disagreed with Tiffany, because I've always felt that readers were in more control because they can interpret texts differently.
- Megan's Homer and the Illiad. See Xenoblogging below.
- Chelsea's "Technology is my native tounge..." I expressed a lot of interest in Chelsea's reflection of her media fast. And we shared a brief conversation about her experience.
- TechKnow I shared a brief conversation with Chelsea.
- Revive Shorthand! Dr. Jerz and I discussed the usefulness of the Livescribe Pen.
- Analyzing Writing is more Rewarding Sean and I shared a brief conversation concerning our problem with the quote I disagreed with.
- Storing Oral Information? Tiffany and I discussed how we are both guilty of being spoiled by our ability to be able to write.
- I Think it's Deja Vu Erica and I shared a conversation about memorization methods.
- TechKnow was my only timely blog entry. However, the majority of my entries were written at least before class discussion, aside from the day when I missed class due to the snow storm.
- TechKnow - The Link Gracious - I linked to Maddie's entry on this blog entry, because we blogged about similar topics.
- Homer and the Illiad -The Comment Primo. Megan and I discussed why we liked specific versions of the translation, because we didn't agree initially.
- Chelsea's "Technology is my native tounge..." -The Comment Primo
- Latin vs. Anglo Saxon This entry was actually for EL 200, but the topic definitely fits in with EL 336 so I thought I'd include it in this blog.
- Impromptu Power-outage Response was not an assigned blog entry. I wrote it because I thought my experience tied in nicely with what we were discussing in class.
But if you mindlessly obey all the rules all the time, you risk becoming so obsessed with them that you tie yourself in knots. And sooner or later, you will impose those rules--real or not--on others. After all, what good is learning a rule if all you can do is obey it?
--Williams, Lesson 2 pg. 11
This quote reminded me back to my high school days as a writing assistant/ copy editor for the school paper. When I was a junior, my AP English teacher had his own strict set of rules. Apart from insisting we handwrite everything except for final drafts, there were certain words he insisted we avoid like the plague. For example, he would actually doc points if we used the word "how" anywhere in a sentence. I can't even remember his reasoning behind this--all I know is that even now, almost 3 years later, I still hesitate when I type the word "how" in a sentence. He also had a problem withis using the word "it," because it was too vague. He's got a point...what exactly is it?
Years later, I still struggle with these made-up rules. I don't follow them as closely as I used to, but as a consequence, I sometimes feel guilty when I'm writing, even lazy. And, I've been know to pass these rules on to my peers during peer reviews. They probably hate me when I mark up their papers, but I can't help it. I want them to benefit from my reading, so I'm harsh sometimes.
I was really intrigued when Williams brought up the rule against starting a sentence with select words, such as "and," "but," or "because," because I almost always fit at least one of those sentences into my papers. It's just the style I write in, I guess. And quite frankly, I don't plan to change that just to fit some rule that's basically obsolete.
As for replacing "because" with "since" at the start of my sentences, I don't foresee myself doing that anytime soon, because I personally don't like the way it sounds. I guess it's just a style preference.
On a side note, the "fewer" vs. "less" rule brought be back to memory lane again. Has anyone else noticed that all grocery stores are gramatically incorrect when they have "12 items or less" signs? If they were to follow the rule, it would be "12 items or fewer," but I guess that's too long or something? Plus, it just sounds weird...even though it's correct. Go figure.
- passive voice
- use of the words "it" and "thing" What is it? What is a thing? Wayyyy too vague
- lack of transitions from paragraph to paragraph