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March 2, 2005

Port My Folio

So far, so good. Midterm is heating up, but at least spring break is on its way.

But before we get to loosen up (and I can post something -other- than a plethora of academic assesments and the like), there is a blogging portfolio to attack. Haven't done one of these in awhile...

Ah, a blogging portfolio. Not what it used to be (printing whole forests and considering joining Green Peace just for my conscience's sake...), not exactly a breath of fresh air (when I'm cooped up in a computer lab for three hours because my PC is on the fritz... Thanks, SHU network), but I do enjoy blogging so I will therefore port my folio and thus I present to you my blogging portfolio, an extravaganza.

  • First, I've got to say it again: I'm so happy to be back! Just the campus atmosphere and seeing great people everyday has made me so much more joyful than I was chained up at home. Well, I wasn't literally chained up, but it sure felt like it sometimes... or until I got my driver's license and my car I guess. But being back at SHU is really wonderful--thanks for the welcome!

  • There are a lot of new bloggers out there, and I felt that someone should welcome them... and that they ought to be given a chance to fit into this ever-growing blogosphere.

  • The Adding Machine really gave me my first trip into academic blogging since April of 2004... I explored the numerical side of the play (though I'm still not sure why... I loathe mathematics!), and I was commended for my unique approach to the storyline :-)

  • The title of my entry on "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" played catalyst to a decent discussion. Although it may not have always been literary or pertinent, it was nice to have more than two comments... I had thought my readership plummetted from my absence in school life...

  • "Jury of Her Peers," which (like "Bernice Bobs Her Hair") I had read before, gave me an opportunity to dig into a particular facet of the story--the mention of the bird and its role in the story. Although at the time the story takes place the actual bird is already dead, Minnie Foster was still alive--but the bird in her, her freedom, was brutally murdered. Just like her husband.

  • Maybe it was because I posted it so early in the morning (1:23 am), or maybe no one had anything interesting to say in reply to this post on The Great Gatsby, but I sure do hate when I can't get any response... Makes me think that I'm doing something wrong. Gah.

  • For what the previous entry on Gastby lacked, this follow-up entry let me explore more of the character's personality. I got a really interesting spam comment that actually sparked me to write a little more on the topic. Who knew.

  • A third and final entry on Gatsby really got some sweat rolling about the weather... I seem to have been linking to Moira like it was my job in my Fitzgerald stint; we connected on many issues, and she's got a way of wringing ideas out of obscure places--that's talent.

  • I got a little conversation rolling when I discussed translation as a disservice to literature in-depth. I did my class presentation on this topic, so I was really passionate about it... I think maybe I was a little "over-the-head"s of some; although, I tend to be notorious for that. Sheesh.

  • I really couldn't get enough of that last topic on translation... I blogged about it again, and I got pretty excited that I could link up information from other classes with what I was talking about in my blog (and, thus, presentation). Overzealous? You tell me; I can't judge that from where I stand.

  • Sure, sure--this is alll recent stuff, this conversation--but what a conversation! I'm still having a great time with the fact that the interdisciplinary bug has bitten me twice in two weeks because I'm groping the knowledge I have of the art representing Judith to match the topic of "Judith of Bethulia." I love my History of Western Art class, and this poem's title had me screeching to a hault because of my instant connection to the painting we'd just studied (and been tested on).

    Although, I have learned that I failed to explore another region that apples to my post: there is a Book of Judith in the Catholic Bible. Now, I never would have known this unless I read it on a blog. That sounds unbelievable, but I'm not Catholic, so I really wouldn't have known.

  • Most recently, I've started to ring some bells and whistles discussing poetry. Multiple poems link to multiple other assigned poems in multiple ways. I couldn't leave "Judith of Bethulia" alone, so I blogged on that in relation to "Daddy." So many other people are making other connections--I'm astonished. This is one of the reasons that I adore blogging: I get the opportunity to read smatterings of thoughts and opinions I might not otherwise be acquainted with and pluck thoughts from them to mold into my own.

    In an almost uncharacteristic move, I openly disagreed with Tiffany... and I'm sticking to my guns. There's been quite a bit of talk about the poem "Daddy," and that makes the anticipation for class tomorrow heightened. Beautiful.

  • Finally the approach that I took to examine Frost's "Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same" was a Biblical one. This idea spawned after I commented on Moira's blog (thanks for being my think-tank, Moira!). I did a bit of research and picked my memory about verses to site. Gina and I discussed the poem a little while we were in the process of blogging. Computer labs can be a hassle when youre PC isn't working, but at least I got a good conversationalist and fellow blogger/classmate to chat with :-)

    I'm really enjoying reading and responding to what others have to say about all the poem's we're reading for tomorrow's class. So many have written about connections between two or more poems that I'm anxious to see what will become of these groupings.

    Coverage. Depth. Interaction. Discussions. Timeliness.
    And that's a wrap. Rap. Rat? Rats...
    Wow, it's quittin' time...!

    *EDIT: In all my bodacious blogging last night, I sort of overlooked the xenoblogging commenting portfolio issues.

    The listings of the requirements sound more like Starbucks' sizing options, but I'll continue with daydreams of a caramel mochiatto or a frappuchino...

  • Primo: Not only was I first to comment to Sue, but I brought her to some understanding by inviting her to my blog for more information on "Judith."

  • Grande: I'd like to reference my comment for "Informative" as Grande as well, but incase that's not permitted, here's a big one to Tiffany where I learn something new thanks to the blog experience.

  • Informative: Holly's entry on the "World Trade Center" got me to think about other great landmarks, and I spilled what I knew about the Eiffel Tower and its similarities as a once-greatly-disliked landmark.

  • Link Gracious: Althought I didn't use an actual link for Tiffany, in Maggi's blog I kept discussion going, and referenced something Tiff said to provoke things a bit.

    Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 2, 2005 11:33 PM


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