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  • Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing

    11/12/2016 9:06:16 AM PST · by JimSEA · 12 replies
    New Science ^ | 11/9/2016 | Alison George
    cave paintings Spot the signs: geometric forms can be found in paintings, as at Marsoulas in France Philippe Blanchot / / Hemis/AFP By Alison George When she first saw the necklace, Genevieve von Petzinger feared the trip halfway around the globe to the French village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac had been in vain. The dozens of ancient deer teeth laid out before her, each one pierced like a bead, looked roughly the same. It was only when she flipped one over that the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. On the reverse were three etched symbols: a...
  • Oldest Egyptian writing on papyrus displayed for first time

    07/14/2016 3:35:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/14/16 | AFP
    Cairo (AFP) - The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials said Thursday. The papyri were discovered near Wadi el-Jarf port, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Gulf of Suez town of Zafarana, the antiquities ministry said. The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo during King Khufu's rule to build the Great Pyramid, intended to be his burial structure. One document...
  • The Unsolved Mystery of Mr. (Charles) Dickens

    06/28/2016 3:39:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 27, 2016 | SEAN FITZPATRICK
    June 9, 1870. Charles Dickens sat writing at his desk. He had been laboring more than was his custom on his latest book. Though the story was progressing well, Mr. Dickens was not feeling well. His left hand clawed at the air. His left foot dragged on the ground. And though he had recently retired from public performances with a final reading from Pickwick, his pen scarcely ceased its scratching. A profound and perplexing mystery was unfolding beneath that pen and Mr. Dickens’ knew it well. If only his readers might know it as well.It had been five years...
  • Discovery of 410 wooden tablets gives glimpse into life of London's first Romans (ed)

    06/01/2016 7:41:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    An archaeological dig has turned up the earliest known handwritten documents in Britain among hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets. Some 410 wooden tablets have been discovered, 87 of which have been deciphered to reveal names, events, business and legal dealings and evidence of someone practising writing the alphabet and numerals. With only 19 legible tablets previously known from London, the find from the first decades of Roman rule in Britain provides a wealth of new information about the city's earliest Romans.
  • EPA Administrator: ‘We Rock’ at Writing Rules

    05/11/2016 5:05:32 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 32 replies
    cns news ^ | May 9, 2016 | By Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the EPA is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment. “If anybody knows anything about EPA and writing rules--we rock at it,” McCarthy said at the Climate Action 2016 summit held last week in Washington, D.C. "We do them legally. We do them on the basis of sound science. And while there is a pause, there’s no pause in the action in the United States towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. We are going in...
  • Legislation would require cursive writing in schools

    03/26/2016 1:26:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Insisting it's good from everything from civics to brain development, state lawmakers want to require students to know how to read and write in cursive. Legislation on the desk of Gov. Doug Ducey would mandate that schools include cursive reading and writing in their curriculum. Specifically, students would have to show by the end of fifth grade they are "able to create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting.'' But, unlike a requirement that students know how to read by the end of the third grade, there is nothing in the law that says students who can't display that...
  • These Are the 100 Most-Read Female Writers in College Classes

    02/25/2016 12:44:36 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Time ^ | February 25, 2016 | David Johnson
    Toni Morrison and Jane Austen are among the most-read female writers on college campuses, a new TIME analysis found.
  • The Earliest Known Abecedary

    10/24/2015 5:58:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    A flake of limestone (ostracon) inscribed with an ancient Egyptian word list of the fifteenth century BC turns out to be the world's oldest known abecedary. The words have been arranged according to their initial sounds, and the order followed here is one that is still known today. This discovery by Ben Haring (Leiden University) with funding from Free Competition Humanities has been published in the October issue of the 'Journal of Near Eastern Studies'. The order is not the ABC of modern western alphabets, but Halaham (HLHM), the order known from the Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Arabian and Classical Ethiopian...
  • Pat Buchanan puts the horse before the cart

    08/31/2015 6:58:29 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Vanity | 8/31/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Patrick Buchanan is usually a great writer. He must have had Scrooge's indigestion when he was writing today about the consequences to the GOP of impotently voting against Obama's Iran Deal…he thinks their veto response will demonstrate whether or not the Repubs can govern. "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!" Charles Dickens, "Christmas Carol"  Buchanan goes off on a tangent about Nixon in China after the ChiComs had killed so many Yanks in...
  • Nostalgia is overrated

    02/13/2015 8:12:33 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 12, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Nostalgia is overrated, a Harvard psychologist says. “The bad-dominates-good phenomenon is multiplied by a second source of bias, sometimes called the illusion of the good old days,” Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker said at a forum sponsored by the Cato Institute last November. “People always pine for a golden age.” “They’re nostalgic about an era in which life was simpler and more predictable.” And Dr. Pinker has some cold water to throw at them, metaphorically speaking, of course. “When I told people that I was writing a book on why writing is so bad and how we might improve it,...
  • Calling all Christian writers!

    01/14/2015 2:06:56 PM PST · by binowski · 40 replies
    The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences. Representing more than half of all U.S. news readers, this segment is consistently underserved by newsrooms that either overlook or do not report on readers' core values.
  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • 30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate

    07/18/2014 11:34:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 81 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 8, 2014 | Arianna Rebolini
    30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate
  • What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

    06/02/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT · by windcliff · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-2-14 | MARIA KONNIKOVA
    Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate...
  • Cursive writing returns to Toronto Catholic schools

    03/15/2014 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Fri Mar 14, 2014 | Kristin Rushowy
    When kids put pen to paper, chances are they are printing. But Toronto’s Catholic board, hand-wringing over the handwriting skills of its students, is now looking to make sure all of them learn cursive. Parents have told her their children can’t sign their name, “or they have been handed a handwritten note and can’t read it,” said Trustee Ann Andrachuk. She proposed a recent motion—unanimously approved—asking board staff how to reintroduce cursive in all schools, and how early children should start learning it. […] Across Canada and the United States, concerns have been raised that cursive is becoming a lost...
  • Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

    02/21/2014 5:24:09 PM PST · by Zeneta · 186 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | February 21, 2014 | Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D
    Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore? Is it just me, or are student competencies like basic writing skills in serious peril today? Granted, I am about a decade in to my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private, four year school) the papers are coming from. It’s not just that students aren’t demonstrating critical thinking skills in their writing, basic competencies like proper syntax, spelling, and even proper structure like paragraph indentation and how...
  • Maya Angelou on why Mandela is admired (Another BARF Alert)

    12/06/2013 2:28:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | December 6, 2013 |
    UNDEFINED NAN, NAN, NAN:NAN AM|Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou recalls the struggles Nelson Mandela faced during his life and explains why Mandela is one of the most admired men of his time.
  • Professor: Students Held Sit-In After Complaining Grammar And Punctuation Corrections Were Racist

    11/23/2013 8:44:31 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 119 replies ^ | Daily Bruin
    <p>Current and former students in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies expressed their support for professor emeritus Val Rust following a demonstration in one of his graduate classes last Thursday.</p> <p>Student demonstrators alleged that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the graduate school, including in Rust’s classroom. Organizers told the Daily Bruin last week that they decided to host the demonstration after a recent report examining racial discrimination among the university’s faculty stated that UCLA’s policies and procedures do not sufficiently address racially motivated instances of discrimination.</p>
  • Tom Clancy never flunked English at Loyola

    10/09/2013 7:39:37 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 7 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Oct. 7, 2013 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    It certainly makes for a good story: a scrappy kid from Baltimore flunks out of an English class at what is now Loyola University Maryland only to become an international bestselling author. The problem is that the oft-told tale concerning Tom Clancy is just as fictitious as Jack Ryan. “It was an urban legend that just wouldn’t die,” said Carol Abromaitis, the English professor accused of giving Clancy an F in her class. For decades, Abromaitis urged English majors to let others know the truth. Her efforts bore little fruit. “One major said to me, ‘Of course not. It makes...
  • ACT: 1-in-3 high school graduates unready for college math, science or writing courses

    08/21/2013 1:23:25 PM PDT · by JeffAdams_MI · 22 replies
    WASHINGTON — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday. The company’s annual report also found a gap between students’ interests now and projected job opportunities when they graduate, adding to the dire outlook for the class of 2013. “The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company’s education division. The ACT reported that 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready...
  • Elmore Leonard: Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

    08/20/2013 11:10:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 16, 2001 | Elmore Leonard
    WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.
  • 7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]

    07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    mental floss ^ | Mark Mancini
    A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs... 1. On Benjamin Franklin “His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.”2. On Alexander Hamilton “That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!”(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)3. On Thomas Paine's Common Sense “What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.”(For more...
  • Is cursive writing dead?

    06/28/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 287 replies
    A single sentence, uttered in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, has catapulted an issue into the national spotlight. When asked if she could read a letter in court, witness Rachel Jeantel, her head bowed, murmured with embarrassment, "I don't read cursive," according to court testimony. Is it any surprise that cursive -- the looped, curvaceous style of handwriting that's been a mainstay of education for generations -- is all but dead? [15 Weird Things We Do Everyday, and Why] "Cursive should be allowed to die. In fact, it's already dying, despite having been...
  • The Spy Novelist Who Knows Too Much

    02/02/2013 11:11:04 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert F. Worth
    Last June, a pulp-fiction thriller was published in Paris under the title “Le Chemin de Damas.” Its lurid green-and-black cover featured a busty woman clutching a pistol, and its plot included the requisite car chases, explosions and sexual conquests. Unlike most paperbacks, though, this one attracted the attention of intelligence officers and diplomats on three continents. Set in the midst of Syria’s civil war, the book offered vivid character sketches of that country’s embattled ruler, Bashar al-Assad, and his brother Maher, along with several little-known lieutenants and allies. It detailed a botched coup attempt secretly supported by the American and...
  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Dr. Gregory Benford

    10/10/2012 11:04:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Freehold ^ | October 10, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    This week the Enquiring Hitchhiker has several new interviews. The first of these is with  Dr. Gregory Benford. Dr. Benford is one of the leading authors of hard science fiction working today. His novel In the Ocean of Night was one of my first introductions to the idea of artificial intelligence.
  • Freedom, Imagination and Story – Essentials of Good Entertainment.

    08/31/2012 7:47:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Freehold ^ | August 31, 2012 | Ed Raby Sr
    ... what then makes for good entertainment and what qualities does that entertainment have? What causes me to like something when I watch it? What excites me enough to drop money on something and go watch it? ...
  • Help Me Write a Book, Will ya!

    06/05/2012 8:46:29 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 22 replies
    Revolting cat! | 06/05/2012 | Revolting cat!
    Will ya? For the past six months or so I have been meeting each week with a young Chinese economics scholar from mainland China, discussing life in the United States, and helping him with his English which is excellent as far as vocabulary and grammar, but rather dismal in the pronunciation department. This is my volunteer work contribution to the betterment of mankind, as I tend to avoid those typical volunteering activities such as "teaching children of prisoners to read", preferring instead, as has been my habit in other areas, to try to subvert the dominant paradigm. (Today, seeing a...
  • Cursive writing: Lost art or useless skill?

    10/30/2011 5:16:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2011 | Cara Fitzpatrick,
    When asked for their John Hancock, future generations might print it in block letters or scrawl some scribbles across the page. But odds are, they won't sign their name in cursive. They might not even be able to read it. Cursive, with its graceful loops and perfectly joined letters, seems soon to join the typewriter, VCR player and flip-phone as relics of a past age. Keyboarding skills, not cursive, were included in the Common Core, a set of national academic standards adopted last year by more than 40 states, including Florida.
  • Israel Calls for Continuing Aid for Palestinians (barf)

    09/15/2011 5:52:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Alert Network ^ | 16/9/11 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Israel is urging the international community to continue aid to the Palestinians just as U.S. lawmakers are contemplating an aid cutoff if the Palestinians press for statehood at the United Nations. An Israeli government website on Thursday carried a report saying the Palestinian Authority already faced economic and fiscal woes, in part due to a decline in donor aid. "Israel calls for ongoing international support for the PA budget and development projects that will contribute to the growth of a vibrant private sector, which will provide the PA an expanded base for generating internal revenue,"...
  • DeMint to Obama: Deliver in writing

    09/04/2011 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/4/11 | CNN Producer Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said Sunday he wants a jobs plan in writing from President Barack Obama, not just another speech. "I am so tired of his speeches, it's going to be hard for me to watch," DeMint said on CNN's "State of the Union." A written proposal from the president would enable Congress to decipher the cost and the American people and businesses to weigh the plan, said the South Carolina Republican who is a favorite of tea party conservatives. "Without sending something in writing, the president makes all of these grand gestures, and then it doesn't...
  • Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2011 Results

    07/29/2011 2:43:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2011 Results
  • Illinois erases state's last writing exam

    07/06/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | Tara Malone Illinois erases state's last writing exam 11th-graders will no longer take the test — saving state $2.4 million By Tara Malone, Tribune reporter July 6, 2011 Illinois high school juniors no longer will be tested on writing skills during the state's standardized tests every spring, eliminating the last Illinois writing exam and shaving about $2.4 million amid budgetary shortfalls. While students might welcome being spared the sweating over topic sentences and persuasive verbs, many educators worry the essential skill could get short shrift in Illinois classrooms as a result.
  • Feds must stop writing gibberish under new law

    05/19/2011 12:21:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    KWWL ^ | 5/19/11 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    Feds must stop writing gibberish under new lawBy CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Updated: May 19, 2011 2:34 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is rolling out a new official language of sorts: plain English. That's right: Pursuant to regulations promulgated thereunder and commencing in accordance with a statute signed herein by President Barack Obama, the government shall be precluded from writing the pompous gibberish heretofore evidenced, to the extent practicable. That sentence contains 11 new language no-nos. Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil...
  • Some Sage Advice for the Conservative Blogger

    05/11/2011 10:24:05 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 7 replies
    Conclub ^ | 05-10-11 | Dave
    So you finally decided to take the big step, to wade into the debates of the day, and lend your ever-so-wise voice to the great political public square. You’ve decided to become a political blogger. Now what? And what can you learn and expect as you step forth to ideological battle and proclaim the truth as you know it? I have blogged from a conservative point of view for many years, both as an individual as well as in a group blog format, and in that time I like to think that I’ve learned a few things about blogging along...
  • Th Art of Language

    04/22/2011 5:59:02 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 28 replies
    The ability to speak, to use verbal representations of our thoughts, is one of the most striking differences between humans and animals. True, animals communicate with each other but there is no reason to suppose they are sharing anything more than an expression of feelings. It is not language in the sense humans use language, their thoughts. Since we also use language to to explain our thoughts, to ourselves and others, we should also be concerned with the clarity and skill with which we use language. With that in mind I would direct your attention to what two writers said...
  • Deconstructing Composition

    03/24/2011 10:30:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Colleges and universities pride themselves on producing erudite citizens. Nevertheless, by nearly available benchmark, they are failing in this regard, although they don’t seem to realize it. “While M. B. A. students’ quantitative skills are prized by employers, their writing and presentation skills have been a perennial complaint,” Diana Middleton wrote in The Wall Street Journal on March 3, 2011. “Employers and writing coaches say business-school graduates tend to ramble, use pretentious vocabulary or pen too-casual emails.” “Meanwhile, the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the Graduate Management Admission Test, says average essay scores on the GMAT fell to 4.4...
  • Death by Deconstructionism

    01/24/2011 3:18:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2011 | Larrey Anderson
    The talking heads continue to yap about the source of the savagery driving Jared Lee Loughner. Many on the left have tried, and failed, to pin the blame for the Tucson massacre on the Tea Parties or, just as ridiculous, on Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, the 900-pound gorilla in the interrogation room remains unquestioned and unchallenged. Its name is "deconstructionism." Deconstructionism is historical relativism on crack cocaine. The "theory" is being freely and openly distributed to almost every college student in America. Courses in most of the humanities typically include the works of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. In fact, it...
  • U.S. citizen believed to be writing for al Qaeda website, source says

    07/18/2010 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 2+ views
    cnn ^ | 7/18/10 | Paul Cruickshank
    (CNN) -- A senior U.S. law enforcement official has told CNN that U.S. intelligence believes the principal author of the new online al Qaeda magazine is an American citizen who left for Yemen in October 2009. The magazine -- called "Inspire" -- appeared last week. Running to nearly 70 pages online, it included articles on bomb-making and encrypting electronic messages, as well as an interview with fugitive Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al Awlaki.
  • Success, But Not in the Gulf

    06/13/2010 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 13 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    When you’ve been writing weekly for 16 years, occasionally the question comes up: what on God’s green Earth am I going to talk about now? I was going to write about the Jones Act. That Act requires that ships operating in American waters be American-owned with American crews. Not stated in the law is its real purpose. The maritime unions have a headlock on American shipboard workers. So, the Jones Act requires, in reality, that all ships operating in American waters generate dues for the unions which translate into funds to elect Democrats. Skimmer ships are sitting idle in foreign...
  • Author writing about Palin moves next door to her

    05/25/2010 5:36:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies · 1,922+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/25/10 | MARK THIESSEN
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor—a writer penning a book about her. Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla. McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It's tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.
  • Not-So-Silent Cal Wrote With Eloquence (contrasts with Obama)

    11/30/2009 8:51:45 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 4 replies · 408+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2009 | RYAN L. COLE
    Recently, the new head of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, gushed that "if you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar." He skipped right over Calvin Coolidge.
  • Cursive Writing Is Fading Skill, But So What? [Oh, Really?]

    09/19/2009 12:48:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 1,662+ views
    AP Report ^ | September 19, 2009
    Cursive Writing Is Fading Skill, But So What? Fewer school emphasize ‘penmanship’ as computer use increases A student practices both printing and cursive handwriting skills at a classroom at the Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston, W.Va. . Bob Bird / AP [Pic in URL] CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston resident Kelli Davis was in for a surprise when her daughter brought home some routine paperwork at the start of school this fall. Davis signed the form and then handed it to her daughter for the eighth-grader's signature. "I just assumed she knew how to do it, but I have a piece...
  • As cursive fades as a skill in school, parents fret, but experts are slow to worry

    09/19/2009 6:07:19 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 127 replies · 3,778+ views
    AP ^ | 9/19/09 | TOM BREEN
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston resident Kelli Davis was in for a surprise when her daughter brought home some routine paperwork at the start of school this fall. Davis signed the form and then handed it to her daughter for the eighth-grader's signature. "I just assumed she knew how to do it, but I have a piece of paper with her signature on it and it looks like a little kid's signature," Davis said. Her daughter was apologetic, but explained that she hadn't been required to make the graceful loops and joined letters of cursive writing in years. That prompted a...
  • Roaring sea tale takes worst writing honors

    06/30/2009 6:49:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 1,200+ views
    philly ^ | Jun. 29, 2009
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A shambling sentence about sea fellows who bellow took top honors in an annual contest celebrating bad writing. David McKenzie, a 55-year-old Washington man, won grand prize in San Jose State University's 27th Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with this: "Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it...
  • Carvings From Cherokee Script's Dawn

    06/23/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 498+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | John Noble Wilford
    The illiterate Cherokee known as Sequoyah watched in awe as white settlers made marks on paper, convinced that these "talking leaves" were the source of white power and success. This inspired the consuming ambition of his life: to create a Cherokee written language. Born around 1770 near present-day Knoxville, Tenn., he was given the name George Gist (or Guess) by his father, an English fur trader, and his mother, a daughter of a prominent Cherokee family. But it was as Sequoyah that around 1809 he started devising a writing system for the spoken Cherokee language. Ten years later, despite the...
  • Vanity -- What is the best editing/proofreading software?

    06/18/2009 3:11:13 PM PDT · by Ronin · 11 replies · 885+ views
    June 20, 2009 | Ronin
    I have been working as an independent professional rewriter and editor for many years and have recently began upgrading my resources and skills to handle science and medical technical papers, etc. I have heard some good things about Stylewriter, but I have also heard it takes a long time to get used to and the settings are difficult to manage. I have also seen online advertisements for a product called White Smoke, that seems much easier to use, but I have no idea of how capable it actually is. I know Free Republic has a great number of writers and...
  • Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can't be read

    05/29/2009 9:14:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,621+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 27 May 2009 | Andrew Robinson
    WRITING is one of the greatest inventions in human history. Perhaps the greatest, since it made history possible. Without writing, there could be no accumulation of knowledge, no historical record, no science - and of course no books, newspapers or internet.The first true writing we know of is Sumerian cuneiform - consisting mainly of wedge-shaped impressions on clay tablets - which was used more than 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Soon afterwards writing appeared in Egypt, and much later in Europe, China and Central America. Civilisations have invented hundreds of different writing systems. Some, such as the one you are...
  • Writing fiction with Dragon Naturally Speaking software?

    02/15/2009 3:51:24 PM PST · by StAntKnee · 18 replies · 1,131+ views
    Vanity | Today | St Ant Knee
    I've written several books using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and have pitched to my agent a book on how to write a novel using the software. It'd be useful to hear how others have fared. Any experiences with the software that would contradict my very good experience?
  • A Novel of America -- Writing an Epic "live" on the Internet

    12/31/2008 3:47:03 PM PST · by Vendek · 17 replies · 347+ views
    A Novel of America ^ | December 31, 2008 | Errol Lincoln Uys
    I collaborated with the late James A. Michener on his South African novel, The Covenant and later went on to write my own epic on Brazil. My plan for A Novel of America is to follow the same plan Jim Michener and I used in crafting our books, with a key difference of letting these multilayered tasks unfold on the Web. Much of my work is presented blog-style: current entries reflect a search for ideas big and small that will inspire and shape my story of America. As I go along, I share "Working Notes," "Research Links," "Images" and "Maps"...
  • Write Like Toni Morrison

    11/25/2008 2:19:07 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 20 replies · 750+ views
    Organizations and Markets Blog ^ | 11-22-2008 | Peter Klein
    Remember the Universal Translator? Peter Wood, in like manner, provides a useful guide to translating regular English prose into the style of Nobel-prizewinning author Toni Morrison, probably the most frequently assigned writer on US college campuses. The basic rules: Misuse common phrases Embrace inconsistency Omit words to create more forceful expression Mix up parts of speech Chop in self-conscious micro-sentences He provides some wonderful examples. For instance, this office memo: Just to remind you, I will be out of the office Tuesday to meet with our supplier, Acme Explosives. Please finish your work on the 2Q budget and let the...