Archives: April 2007

Black Box, #2

Someone is building that little black box that I’ve talked about before. It’s not anonymous, certainly, but it has cheapness in mind, and it’s a step in the right direction.

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Last wisdom tooth

On Thursday night part of my last wisdom tooth (the remaining upper one – I never had lower ones) cracked. I went to the local dentistry school on Friday to see if they wouldn’t pull the damn thing for cheap. Part of being a graduate student is not having health insurance, so I tend to

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Super Columbine Massacre

My post on VT got me thinking about Super Columbine Massacre RPG, which I remember seeing on Dennis Jerz’s blog some time ago, but I never got around to playing it. There is an unwritten rule in the gaming universe – a rule that doesn’t always fly in literature – that you can only comment

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Reflections on VT

I’ve had a few days to think about Virginia Tech. I’ve thought off and on whether or not it would be a good idea to say anything. So many people, so many comments and opinions online already – what can I hope to add? When I first heard the news, I thought of two things.

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Hot Fuzz

In academia, one argues politely and constructively. In the realm of movies, however, I feel no such civilized restriction. So I can safely say this reviewer of Hot Fuzz is an idiot – and not only an idiot, but an ignorant idiot. Reviewing movies is one of the easiest jobs in the world. It’s almost

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Additional repairs

I have been reminded some other pages were still missing from the site – Formal Rants and also Fiction. This is further evidence of how scatter-brained I am. I thought the rants were lost at first, but I fortunately found a backup. A few panels on Harry Potter at PCA/ACA reminded me briefly of the

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Walter Ong’s Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology

Ong’s R,R, and T has been sitting on my desk for a month. I can’t even remember the cite that I checked it out for anymore, though I’m positive it referred to the late chapter on Romantic Difference and Technology. When I was in Boston, though, one of the few attendees at our panel mentioned

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Mary Carruthers’s The Book of Memory

Memory is one of the five canons of ancient oral rhetoric – the others being invention, arrangement, style, and delivery, not necessarily in that order. Their relative popularity seems to ebb and flow – delivery had a high point in the 19th century with an elocutionary fad, for example, and accounting for invention was the

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Wikipedia, Dr. McCoy, and Freud

I have some book summaries I could be posting (I read almost two quite large tomes today alone) but for some reason, it’s the trivial that always rises to the top. I have issues with Wikipedia. Issue #1 is personal, in that every time I post a change there, it gets removed, regardless of correctness.

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Back from Boston

My trip to the PCA/ACA conference is Boston is over. I was supposed to get back into Memphis late Sunday night, but my flight was canceled. I persuaded (isn’t it fortunate I’m getting a degree in rhetoric?) US Airways to give me hotel and food vouchers, and I stayed a night in the Embassy Suites

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