Archives: March 2010

I want to see that flowchart

Times Online, concerning the remarkably chill recent meeting between Obama and Netanyahu: Newspaper reports recounted how Mr Netanyahu looked “excessively concerned and upset” as he pulled out a flow chart to show Mr Obama how Jerusalem planning permission worked and how he could not have known of the announcement that hundreds more homes were to

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On big fucking deals

Yes, the new health care law is, in fact, a big fucking deal. Fresh off a grammar class yesterday, though, I have to point out that ‘a fucking big deal’ would make the relationships in the noun phrase a bit clearer. ‘Fucking’ seems to be modifying ‘big’, not the other way around; otherwise, Biden is

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Triage

At 4Cs. The style workshop yesterday (Wednesday) was pretty good, and I think some sort of joint publication will come out of it. That aside, the rest of the conference is leaving me feeling rather distant. It may simply be that I am homesick, and I would be rather be hanging with H and the

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CCCC Louisville

I will be attending CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) this March 17-20, in Louisville, KY. I have a panel talk on Friday the 19th at 9:30 on biblical source criticism and rhetoric, and I’m part of the style workshop at 9:00 am, speaking (heh) to prose rhythm on Wednesday, March 17th. If you’re

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That’ll do it

I was looking forward to the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 for the PC this month. I saw it in a store today, even. I didn’t buy it, though, for two reasons. One, it was sixty bucks. Fifty is high for a PC game, but ok. Forty is reasonable. Thirty is a bargain. Sixty is

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Pragma-Dialectics and Wrenches

While in the midst of boning up on argumentation theory, I recently read Fallacies and Judgments of Reasonableness: Empirical Research Concerning the Pragma-Dialectical Discussion Rules by van Eemeren, Garssen, and Meuffels, a welcome emperical investigation of pragma-dialectical theory that contains, among other things, a restatement of the commandments of the pragma-dialectical method. In short, P-D

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Heh

It was pointed out to me today that p. 373 of the third edition of the Penguin Handbook uses an article of mine – “Whatever Became of the Paragraph?” as an  example of an “article in a scholarly journal.” I thought that was pretty funny. That piece has a habit of turning up in the

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