Friday, April 23, 2010

Additional Course Link

I added another Course Link to the links gadget in the Writing Studio Blog sidebar a few days ago. It provides direct access to a webpage listing class members' blog handles and links to their blogs.

The blog handles may help you recognize your classmates and peers when they leave comments on your blogs. The links will help you find their blogs and comment on their posts.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Startup Labels (example)

Startup labels:

  • books, brainstorms, drafts, essay prep., essays, free-writing, graphics, links, media, movies, outlines, quickposts, reviews, [revisions,] typing, websites
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Follow-on to questions on "Can you use chopsticks?"

This post comprises a screencast showing initial stages of building a mindmap from questions included in comments on the post, "Can you use chopsticks?" (pab, Speechable) (2010.03.13). If you use headphones or speakers, you can listen to the soundtrack, as I explain the steps involved (5 minutes).

I've used the map to group the questions into clouds relating to one aspect or another of the graphic representation in that post. When I answer those questions, at the end of this post, I'll answer them together, and each group of answers will become a separate paragraph (or more) at the end of this post.

For a full-blown viewing of those early stages in mindmap development, click here:  2010-04-20_1149

The next graphic shows the mindmap in a more or less finished form. If you click on the graphic, you will get a full-size view of what's in each cloud.

Below is a response to comments on a previous post ("Can you use chopsticks?"..., 2010.03.13) composed of answers to the questions in the mindmap clouds above. The composition process involves moving from lists to maps, and from simple answers to paragraphs. Here goes....

The picture I posted in the "Can you use chopsticks?" post showed an omelette that I'd filled with fermented soybeans instead of cheese. Though when I first encountered fermented soybeans, I found their texture rather off-putting, and even now if I'm not careful eating them, the stringy contrails they leave can get stuck in my beard, I find them not only healthy, but tasty, too. If I may say so myself, of course my omelettes are delicious. If not, why would I make them? They're quick and quite easy to make.

My favorite way of eating omelettes used to be smothered in ketchup. Now, however, I prefer something spicier, so I use a southwestern North American style hot sauce, salsa, and I season the egg and milk mixture that goes into the omelettes themselves with dried red peppers! After Nami had asked about spicy Korean style pickled cabbages, I decided to try that instead of soybeans, and that was delicious, too.

Friends and I used to joke about using chopsticks being a good way to lose weight. However, the better I get at using them the faster I can eat. Nevertheless, I usually eat omelettes with a fork, as you may see in a series of pictures to follow from my cell-phone cam.

The other bit of tableware that was visible in the snapshot and graphic in that "Can you use chopsticks?" post was a medium-sized plate decorated with a character from Beatrix Potter stories, namely Tigger, who has long been one of my favorites. I've enjoyed his self-description, "The wonderful thing about Tiggers...," for almost as long as I can remember. The only such storybook character of which I have a longer memory is Owl, but I'll save that for another story.

As far as the characters that Aya, Yuka and Ryota mentioned in their comments go, I know two out of three,  Anpanman and Snoopy. Snoopy has been around since I was a child, long, long, ago, in newspapers before animated feature shows. I used to like drawing him dancing and perched on top of his doghouse. Anpanman might be easier to draw, but I never was too keen the animated series in which he starred.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Add Startup Labels to Your Blogs

The purpose of this activity is to enable you easily and quickly to label other posts on your blogs with appropriate labels. Labels, in addition to the reverse timelines on your blogs' home pages and archives, give blog visitors quick and easy access to posts of interest. The set of labels below includes those your classmates, peers, and I want you to use help us find and review your writing assignments.

Here's what I'd like you to do first:

  1. Create a new post entitled Startup Labels;

  2. Copy and paste the labels below into the body of your post;

  3. Copy and paste the labels below into the Labels field at the foot of the editing window, with commas between them;

  4. Preview your post, to make sure you have included all of the startup labels (15); and

  5. Publish your post with a word count in square brackets at the lower left corner.

Startup labels:

  • books, brainstorms, drafts, essay prep., essays, free-writing, graphics, links, media, movies, outlines, quickposts, reviews, [revisions,] typing, websites
Next, you need to go to the blog Dashboard > Settings > Layout > Page Elements view (direct from Customize link in the top right side of the page frame on your blog's home page). In the sidebar area, click Add a Gadget, and select the gadget for Labels. The Configure Labels pop-up window offers several options; if you show All Labels, Alphabetically, they will be easy to find and use. 
Don't forget to save the changes you've made to your sidebar!
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Writing_III-IV_10-11_Syllabus (word list)

From a snippet of the syllabus for Writing III-IV, I've generated a word list in Visual Thesaurus that shows each of the words with:
  • a thumbnail image of connections to related words, and
  • a sentence or two of context from the source document.
Following contexts in which the words appear in bold typeface, some listings include lists of other Visual Thesaurus word lists in which the words also appear, though none do for the three listings in the screen capture (above). To discover other lists of words that might merit further investigation of keywords, please browse the actual list:

(list of 87 words)
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