Gee, they’re swell!

I may not have been writing much (or at all!) lately, but I was definitely still reading as much as I could. I just don’t feel normal unless I’m reading something. Here’s a run-down of some of the best pieces on language I found over the past few weeks. So after the barbecues, fireworks, and hangovers, maybe you’ll have something entertaining to read to get you through the post-holiday letdown.

Though I only linked to one or two posts from each blog, I strongly suggest you stick around these sites and go through more of their posts. They’re all quite awesome.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Swirling thoughts and a link.

In rem jurisdiction and in personam jurisdiction. Strict scrutiny or rational relationship. Two-part test for long-arm statutes. Selective incorporation via the 14th Amendment. Stare decisis.

Quiz on run-on sentences. Grading final drafts for evening class. Grading rough drafts for Saturday class. Definition essay organization. Principles of revision and editing. Checking, always checking, for plagiarism.

Codfish cakes. Beer. Vacuuming. Maybe some fruit or brownies. Beer. Finding paper plates. Beer. Continue reading

The dinosaur has gone live.

Last week, I hinted at a new project I was working on that would satisfy my desire to write about things that are not necessarily related to language or linguistics. I obviously have a lot to say about those subjects, and I don’t plan on giving them up, but I can’t ignore all the other ideas that swirl around my poor restless brain on a daily basis.

This morning, I posted the first real entry for my new blog, A Modern Day Dinosaur. Go check it out and tell me what you think!

The name of the new blog comes from the feeling that I have that I am somewhat at odds with much of mainstream society. I’ve long wondered why I always seem to be the last person on the block to get a new gadget or see the blockbuster movies. Sometimes I feel I’m missing out, but mostly I’m fine not being part of the vanguard of change. It lends me an objectivity, a different perspective on the behaviors and lifestyles I see everyone else participating in, and then I write to figure out what I’ve observed.

Now, I’m not saying that I have turned my back on society, gone completely au natural and am living as a hermit off the grid somewhere in the Badlands of South Dakota (as cool as it might be to live in a place known as ‘the Badlands’.) I love my computer and I use my iPod Nano on a regular basis. But it’s increasingly obvious to me that I’m not ever going to be waiting on line for the next version of the iPhone to be for sale, nor curl up on the couch to read for hours on a Kindle. I don’t even have or want a Kindle. I won’t say I’ll never have one, but I can guarantee I’ll be subjected to a lot of exclamations of, “WHAT? You don’t have a Kindle??” before I ever get one.

It’s okay, you can tease me if you want! I’m used to it.