Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The RGM has insomnia.

Blogger shows me the ten most viewed posts of the past day, week, month, etc. Usually this is a list of the most recent posts, but occasionally it includes a random older post. Why, for example were there 40 views of this yesterday?


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  1. a. The site is dying (always).
    b. The duck.
    c. I don’t know, but you’ll probably get mail complaining about it.
    d. Throughout history, there have been many examples of things that cannot easily be explained.

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    1. I assume that item D was meant to read like something a student would write.

      "Oh?" I'd write in the margin. "Weren't the things themselves (as opposed to just the examples thereof) not easily explained?"

      And then, in conference, I'd offer a more concise phrasing: "Many things have defied easy explanation," after which, the student would revise and resubmit:

      "Ever since the dawn of time, there have been many things that have have not been easily explained."

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    2. **"In these times today, we become aware that there have been many things (since the dawn of time) that have not been easy to explain."

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    3. Should I be happy or unhappy that I fail to write like a student? (Which is indeed what item D was an attempt at).

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    4. Oh, I'd say it was more than mere attempt. Throughout the entirety of past history, there have been a great many of examples of times where, as regards the involvement of writing such as a student, when the use of certain particular constructs is incorporated into how the syntactic phrasing is effected, the end result is the same but different in it's own unique kind of way.

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    5. I was making a sort of personal homage to an English teacher of mine in High School who took one of my papers up to me and said "What the fuck are these?" Pointing to parentheses.

      "Uh... Parentheticals?"

      "What the fuck? Are they some kind of bizarre viking rune? I hate them. I don't ever want to see them on any paper ever again. It's called commas. Not these... fucking Wiccan incantations you call 'parentheticals'."

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  2. Alice the AdjunctMarch 9, 2016 at 4:31 AM

    Insomnia? Me, too. What awfulness. There's always Lifetime movies. At least for me.

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  3. It may also interest the group to note that a post (linked below) has been getting actual comments over the years!

    WTH: WGU

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    1. Not only that, it is one of the top ten posts ever on the page. It's the Western Governors name, I'm sure.

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    2. I figured as much.

      Also idea for the page banner:

      "Where the stakes are low and the morale is lower."

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