2,406 Matching Annotations
  1. Sep 2021
    1. Impregnable of eye —

      Unseen. Unable to be "breeched" is what impregnable meant early on from the French. Question: why is it important for us to know that these poetic chambers cannot be seen? Makes them special. Makes poetry special. That seems a bit infantile as an argument.

      Also might be a play of wit: you cannot breach what you cannot see. You cannot come to know what you cannot see. Or perhaps Dickinson is arguing that prose is so plebeian as to believe that what you cannot see does not exist where poetry makes clearer what is impregnable to eye.

    2. Here is a really spot on journal article that addresses why poetry and metaphor might be superior to prose: "A Fairer House than Prose: Poetry, Science, and the Metaphors that Bind".

      I think the references to Ricoeur and Lakoff/Turner/Johnson are apt and useful as well as practical.

    3. than Prose —

      She judges that poetry's possibilities are better that Prose's certitudes. In "Proverbs of Heaven and Hell" Blake wrote a similar axiom: The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    4. fairer

      In what sense fairer? Shakespeare does this ambiguity thing: fair as in beauty or fair as in business or neither or something else?

    5. Possibility —

      The possibility of Archimedes with his lever and fulcrum, ""Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the earth." Begs the question which is Dickinson, the lever or the fulcrum. Is the poem the lever? Is the poet the fulcrum? And what is being moved?

    6. The spreading wide my narrow Hands

      Blake and Dickinson connnected throught the "ancient of days"

    7. To gather Paradise —

      Reminds me of Blake's invocation at the beginning of "Milton"

      Come into my hand

      By your mild power; descending down the Nerves of my right arm From out the Portals of my Brain, where by your ministry The Eternal Great Humanity Divine planted his Paradise,

    1. If only
    2. To take in our worldinstead of take from.

      taking in not taking from.

    3. sweet innate beauty

      This abstraction doesn't work for me.

      peer through that sweet splash peer through its sweet splash sing through that sweet splash.

      Just experiment toward the concrete and see if it works better. If not, do whatevs.

    4. Maybe one day

      Love the tentative rhythm and intent that seems to imply maybe never.

  2. Aug 2021
    1. When they asked me would I like to contribute I said no, and when they had collected more than they needed, I gave them as much as I had.

      Reminded of the contrariness of the story of the prodigal son. The goal is not to disagree, but rather just to be.

    2. Mad Farmer

      Didn't John Berryman have a series of poems about a 'mad farmer'? Or maybe he was just a mad poet.

    3. way to come to the truth. It is one way.

      Notice all the caesuras in the poem?

    4. preparing a comeback


    5. It is one way.

      Berry has an extraordinary unfinished way of ending this poem with a voice that is high and then low, "one" and then "way" and which is another iconoclastic bombastic Truth.

    6. reaped, as I knew, by luck and Heaven’s favor

      No truer words than the realization that we are the sum of our destinies and the gods who has driven us mad.

    7. I have planted by the stars in defiance of the experts,

      Today is August 30, 2021:

      'tis a poor sign

      for planting.

      The stars are in Gemini,

      the arms.

      Just weed and cut and dock and castrate


      or not.

      Who the hell is the mad poet

      and farmer of words,


      or some rubbish Muse?

      I thought so.

    8. in defiance of the experts

    9. so be it

      Echoes of Amen.

    10. exits and come out at entrances

      resonates with stage directions

    11. contrariness is my inheritance

      Hilarious half-rhyme of contrariness and inheritance, worthy of someone rapping off the dome.

    12. Don't forget to listen to Berry.

    13. Directions

      The sheer gall of me offering directions to reading a Wendell Berry poem. Just enjoy, you are immune from guilt or shame when you approach the poem with same creative play that Berry intends. Get messy or go away.

    1. plant seeds for trees we may never see,

      This is a valid metaphor for sharing with older voters.

    2. To the very wealthy in America, I have good news: your lives will be better if the rest of us are healthier, better educated, and a little better off.

      Why should the rich take this leap of faith. What they believe in is Mammon, not mutual aid.

    3. "Trickle UP."

      Recycling the failed terms of the Republican part seems a dead headed approach.

    4. Our economy needs work as well.

      This seems secondary here. I thing it is primary.

    1. Peace (pushing twisting pulling),
    2. Lord only knows what the original poem, Jalynn Harris, would think of all of this. I hope she’d be honored that her poem about writing sparked writing.

      I think that one of the hidden issues with social annotation is that it is not quite social enough. It cannot bridge the final mile of personal connection. What I mean is that there are lots of non-automatic actions that have to happen before the poet gets to look at the rhizome we have grown. It is an alive thing, that its poet/mama doesn't even know exists.

    3. So, here’s what I did to get the poem to twist its shape:

      This shared set of directions makes me happy.

    4. I used an online blackout poem maker.
    5. I had missed the first time through .. it’s tucked on the corner of the page).

      I am not sure why my user experience drew me to her explication after I had read it aloud.

    6. uncovering

      So much depends upon a poem glazed with rain water scuffed from oblivion.

    7. National Writing Project,
    8. an Odd Poem

      As opposed to an "even" poem?

      Even poem : haiku :: Odd poem: __

      Make sure you check my notes on the Flickr pic.

    1. What are we doing here? Socially noting this marvelous poem. Filtering it through our own experiences in whatever idiosyncratic manner that seems apt.

    1. learning how to write is undoubtedly important, children (and teachers) must also experience the powerful reasons why we write: to foster social relationships, engage in civic responsibility, and share information.

      This process of moving toward the "why" is very idiosyncratic, very personal. And it is manifold not monolithic. I move through many reasons "why" I write. At one point in my life it was how I made my living. Now it is more a way of surfing a creative crest. The reason why we write must emerge from the writer. We can waste a lot of time and talent by pruning away adjacent possibilities by suggesting that there are not an unlimited variety of "whys" for writing.

    2. we must also explain why to write

      We must help them discover why others write and how that might be a way toward writing. Writing is too chaotic an act to think that a reasonable explanation might be enough to get young 'uns to adopt it is as a way of acting in the world. I have always been astonished by how few of my students to adopt Richard Rhodes' advice: words are like a life rope. Or that words are like trim tabs. Or that writing is a creative vehice that can carry them a mile a minute down the road.

    3. But writing instruction in schools remains stagnant.

      Begs the question: why stagnant? and what do we mean by stagnant? like swamp water? These kinds of water are often the most full of life:turtles, single celled creatures, salamanders, leeches...

    4. The idea here is to share notes, ideas, directions, stories, experiences with explaining why we write. And we want to comment on the author's purposes. Empathy with purpose and audience might also be helpful. In other words, how might we share this empathic point of view: explaining why we write.

      Create more page notes if you want to add to or correct the general instructions in this note. Write your own dang instructions.

    5. local authors and issues

      I agree that local mentor texts are the best, if you can find them. Not many rural mentor texts.

    6. ncludes curated texts

      Start with student self-curation using analog versions of hypothes.is (paragraphs on half sheets of paper with plenty of room for sharing). Move on to Hypothes.is or NowComment to do digital annotation.

    1. CB Insights estimates that by 2024, more than 149 trillion gigabytes of data will be created every day.

      There is no way to even make this count in my brain. I can't account this. Nope.

  3. Jul 2021
  4. www.nwp.org www.nwp.org
    1. learning, critical thinking, and active citizenship.

      Writing is essential to thinking.


    2. Writing is the currency of the new workplace and global economy

      No, the finance metaphor is so fraught with capital and considerations of the bottom line that I really buck against this. Writing at its best has never been about using it as a currency. It is not BitCoin.

    1. tap our imagination and storytelling skills

      Are our skills a pool of whiskey? Hell, why not.

  5. Jun 2021
    1. where is the class conflict that should 01:36 be central to 01:37 a wildly unequal moment such as this

      The essential question: where is the class conflict that should be central to a wildly unequal such as this?

    2. at this point it takes literally winning 00:54 a million dollar 00:55 lottery to be able to achieve that 00:56 american dream just think about that

      I am thinking about that. There is no way to build wealth in the middle class--the class-based party system no longer works for these folks. Remember $7.50/hour for working couples only gets you to $15/hour. And why do people forget to lop 30% off the top of that at least for all the taxes that middle class folks pay (sales, FICA, Medicare, state, local)

    3. the paper is titled brahman left versus 01:57 merchant right changing political 01:59 cleavages in 21 western democracies 02:02 1948-2020
    1. Comparative Manifesto Project
    2. a “Merchant right” and a “Brahmin left”

      1In India’s traditional caste system, upper castes were divided into Brahmins (priests, intellectuals) and Kshatryas/Vaishyas (warriors, merchants, tradesmen), a division thatmodern political conflicts in Western democracies therefore seemto followto some extent.

    3. new set of stylized facts on these preference

      I have no idea what this means. Here is Wikipedia to the rescue (if you can trust that source): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stylized_fact#:~:text=In%20social%20sciences%2C%20especially%20economics,have%20inaccuracies%20in%20the%20detail.

    4. trace itback to longer-run structural changes

      Like the institution of slavery, Jim Crow, the new Jim Crow for African Americans?

    5. xenophobic “populism”

      I love this term. As opposed to "economic populism"? Or do they come together some way?


    6. (Alvaredo et al.,2018).
    1. I came here from Remi Kalir's comments on his article. I expected to see some comments from him here, but maybe later.

    2. “The tyranny of the quantifiable is partly the failure of language and discourse to describe more complex, subtle, and fluid phenomena, as well as the failure of those who shape opinions and make decisions to understand and value these slippier things. It is difficult, sometimes even impossible, to value what cannot be named or described, and so the task of naming and describing is an essential one in any revolt against the status quo of capitalism and consumerism”. — Rebecca Solnit (2014, p. 97)

      Wanted to "translate" your opening quote from Rebecca Solnit here. Or maybe recontextualize.

    1. hey suggest annotation presents a vital means by which academics can re-engage with each other and the wider world.

      I suggest that the real power of annotation is not necessarily with academia. We need to go beyond academics and find ways to engage with others outside. For example, I have tried to engage Matt Taibbi on his substack article: https://hyp.is/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftaibbi.substack.com%2Fp%2Fcongratulations-elitists-liberals&group=__world__

    1. huffing horseshit into headlines

      Gotta love the alliteration, but more than that I appreciate how Matt gives us a dense set of concrete examples from The Daily Beast.

    2. Putin “apologists.”

      I tried to create a Google ngram using Putin "apologist" and red baiting, but got nothing for Putin apologist. Instead I used useful idiot and red baiting. Here is the result: https://www.screencast.com/t/xQqJvJ0nA

    3. journalisming

      There is a website called, "Journalisming is a Verb".

    4. “Is Glenn Greenwald the New Master of Right-Wing Media? FROM HIS MOUTH TO FOX’S EARS?”

      I can hear them responding when anyone pushes back, "I was just asking" and then "Can't you take a joke?" Who writes these headlines anyway?

    5. Horseshoe Theory

      In case you didn't know here is a definition.

      And here is one I hadn't heard of, an alt to horseshoe, the fish hook.

      Or to take it to its humorous extreme, the pretzel theory:

    6. Izvestia circa 1937

      1917 not 1937, but I can't imagine there would be much difference.

  6. Apr 2021
  7. Mar 2021
    1. Ed Armbrister

      I was a big Cincinnati Reds fan growing up. this guy was part of what the broadcasters called "The Big Red Machine". I think one year they set the record for total wins or came close to it. This guy was part of that era. I felt a pang of sadness.

    2. How many people die planetwide every year?
    3. the Hypothes.is extension called “Fetch”:

      Browser extension for fetching and formatting Hypothes.is annotations into markdown bullet points, ready for copying into Roam, Notion or similar apps.

      Here are our annotations so far fetched by Fetch:

      • Muse Matters

        • Source: https://impedagogy.com/wp/blog/2021/03/19/muse-matters/

          • ^^Please respond in any way you wish to the blog post. I will take our responses and share them in another blog post as well as use the responses for remix, sharing, and other creative uses. Please tag your responses if it seems appropriate.^^
            • Muse
          • ^^Reminded of Chapter 11 in The Odyssey: I am likely going to retire this year and I find resonance in this as it appears that I will be accepting a "voluntary" buyout at the end of this fiscal year. My long sea journey, 25 years worth in teaching, will be officially over. Hence...the appeal to propitiate the gods, to let all the pain go, to ask forgiveness of the implacable Poseidon. ^^
            • then convert that
          • "then have them convert that"
            • describe how you might go about creating a poem, short story, or play from the blog post. 
          • ^^I am always a little surprised by how few students choose this option. I should ask them. ^^
    4. describe how you might go about creating a poem, short story, or play from the blog post. 

      I am always a little surprised by how few students choose this option. I should ask them.

    5. then convert that

      "then have them convert that"

    6. Muse

      Reminded of Chapter 11 in The Odyssey:

      I am likely going to retire this year and I find resonance in this as it appears that I will be accepting a "voluntary" buyout at the end of this fiscal year. My long sea journey, 25 years worth in teaching, will be officially over. Hence...the appeal to propitiate the gods, to let all the pain go, to ask forgiveness of the implacable Poseidon.

    7. Please respond in any way you wish to the blog post. I will take our responses and share them in another blog post as well as use the responses for remix, sharing, and other creative uses.

      Please tag your responses if it seems appropriate.

    1. Here's an example of a teacher

      Am I missing the link somewhere in plain sight?

    2. ts potential to democratize and fundamentally change the way people interact with information.

      These are values worth the money and time to inculcate, are they not?


    3. reading process

      Hypothes.is and close reading are synonymous. But the idea of "response" as a concept is utterly changed by this social annotation software. Like using the video response below.


      Or this:

      Or this:


    4. are just discovering it,

      I know exactly what you mean. My experience? There are very few tools worth adopting for the long haul, ones that repay the time invested. Hypothes.is is a worthwhile investment of time and talent. I would not advocate for its use to my students if I did not think it was a net gain in the brain.

    1. What do they mean by "the left" and how did they measure this?

      definitions not clear or carefully written, for example, the left.

    2. to sell a book

      bad motivations for writing imlied

    1. Recent studies by researchers at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution compared the text of job listings with the wording of A.I.-related patents, looking for phrases like “make prediction” and “generate recommendation” that appeared in both. They found that the groups with the highest exposure to A.I. were better-paid, better-educated workers in technical and supervisory roles, with men, white and Asian-American workers, and midcareer professionals being some of the most endangered. Workers with bachelor’s or graduate degrees were nearly four times as exposed to A.I. risk as those with just a high school degree, the researchers found, and residents of high-tech cities like Seattle and Salt Lake City were more vulnerable than workers in smaller, more rural communities.

      Who is at greatest risk for job disruption? According to Brookings and Stanford it is: men, white and Asian-American workers, and midcareer professionals

    2. Sales of automation software are expected to rise by 20 percent this year, after increasing by 12 percent last year, according to the research firm Gartner. And the consulting firm McKinsey, which predicted before the pandemic that 37 million U.S. workers would be displaced by automation by 2030, recently increased its projection to 45 million.

      Big bucks and growing.

    3. Mr. Vega said, “they don’t really care, they’re just going to do what’s right for their business,” Mr. Vega said

      Yes, the sociopathy of no empathy. From Biden all the way down...

    4. “Automation is more politically acceptable now,” said Raul Vega, the chief executive of Auxis, a firm that helps companies automate their operations.Before the pandemic, Mr. Vega said, some executives turned down offers to automate their call centers, or shrink their finance departments, because they worried about scaring their remaining workers or provoking a backlash like the one that followed the outsourcing boom of the 1990s, when C.E.O.s became villains for sending jobs to Bangalore and Shenzhen.But those concerns matter less now, with millions of people already out of work and many businesses struggling to stay afloat.

      Astonishing chain of logic

    5. Covid-19 has led some companies to turn to automation
    6. the appeal of R.P.A. bots

      cheap, easy to use and compatible with their existing back-end systems.

    7. Independent experts say that major corporate R.P.A. initiatives have been followed by rounds of layoffs, and that cutting costs, not improving workplace conditions, is usually the driving factor behind the decision to automate.

      cutting jobs not improving working conditions--yes, too true when bottom line thinking is king.

    8. Most of this automation is being done by companies you’ve probably never heard of. UiPath, the largest stand-alone automation firm, is valued at $35 billion — roughly the size of eBay — and is slated to go public later this year. Other companies like Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism, which have Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola and Walgreens Boots Alliance as clients, are also enjoying breakneck growth, and tech giants like Microsoft have recently introduced their own automation products to get in on the action.

      Companies big into "robotic process automation"

    9. The trend — quietly building for years
    10. recent advances in A.I. and machine learning have created algorithms capable of outperforming doctors, lawyers and bankers at certain parts of their jobs.
    11. These robots are here to merge purchase orders into columns J and K of next quarter’s revenue forecast, and transfer customer data from the invoicing software to the Oracle database.

      [site something thatbots are doing in rhetcomp that might mean the beginning of the end

    12. The robots are coming.

      The chatbots are coming for me and my job.

    1. In this post I’m sharing:

      Just a fantastic template to use for my blog/newsletter.

    2. earch of new story ideas

      Why use Reddit?

    1. No one we knew had ever stopped a train.

      None of my friends have stopped a train.

    2. Power

      This is a poem about power.

    3. In a dry ditch Watching through the green thickness Of grass and willows.

      We were watching through the vegetation.

    4. Hardly daring to breathe, I waited Belly-down with my brother

      My brother and I were in a nearby ditch on our bellies hiding and not breathing so as to remain hidden.

  8. Feb 2021
  9. Jan 2021
    1. The course theme

      I know my students want more than courses, more than Carnegie units, more than what I give them. Every once in awhile something shines through. Learners want paths with mad skills to help them get through, to shine through, to bore through the pandemic, the climate debacle, the ongoing extinction event. It is hard to argue for general education in the face of an extinction event that is happening NOW! Nero fiddles, the orchestra on the Titanic plays a waltz, and we offer courses.

      Maybe and morosely, Howard Beale is still right after over 40 years:


      Or if you want a model for how we might all just wing it, listen to The Boss improvise here with his band and 50,000 people. Now that's a fucking Pandemic University:


    2. We[e/a]kly Message
    3. You guys interested in little nitpicky correction suggestions? If so, I have a few.

    4. It’s a new round of NetNarr for 2021.
    1. Another is Bellingcat’s online journalism investigation toolkit.

      I made a copy of this and I wlll get rid of Bellingcat's links because, you know, Bellingcat is a CIA cutout.

      Crazy how so many Western media outlets treat @Bellingcat as a reliable, independent source without mentioning that it receives ample funding from Western states & cutouts. A UK gov't agency even privately noted that BC is "somewhat discredited." https://t.co/RsCKOto2Ns

      — Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 15, 2020
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    2. You can share, below👇 if you know someone who might like this. 🎁

      BTW, this is a nice interface for sharing.

    3. hundreds of these free little apps

      Whoa! Super organized site with lots of ways to find these little apps.

    4. toppings on a spreadsheet sundae.🍨🍦

      One of my fav toppings is to use Google Forms. Sheets is integrated completely there. In fact this is practically my only use case for google sheets so I am grateful for discussion of add-ons and other uses.

    5. I use sheets for organizing lists of people, topics and grades, as well as managing budgets, ideas and plans.

      Use case #1. How might I use it? How might others use it?

    6. in the 📊 business world

      Why do you use a sprinkling of icons in your newsletter. I really like it.

    7. Simple ways to do more with spreadsheets

      For me the key is use cases within my discipline--teaching and how students can use them. I don't like to teach stuff that won't reap students dividends in productivity, learning, sharing, gathering info effectively, time saving.

    1. hope must not depend on feeling good

      An imperative, but is the assertion true? If I compare this hope to the treacly hope of politicians (Obama comes to mind), then I think it is right to assert this. Berry's hope is 'grown=ass human" hope.

    2. as you would ask them for care toward your place and you.

      Echo of the Lord's Prayer.

  10. Dec 2020
    1. but if we use their salaries as the measurement of progress, it washes away all the color of their experiences and reduces everything to a comparable number.

      This is what Scott calls legibility.

    1. In the era of global capitalism, imagining the lives of others is a crucial form of solidarity.

      Too true. We start with a common humanity. That's why I teach humanities: writing, research, literature and all the tools needed to understand humanity.

    1. n


    2. Live By

      Do you keep the promises you have made and lay them up against your daily actions to see how they square? Is this what we mean by ethics and reflection?

    3. Promise

      Is Ortiz talking about a promise made or about the promise implied by our very identity, our very selves.

  11. Nov 2020
    1. The much maligned gatekeepers of the past could exert editorial control only over a particular type of content that flowed through a particular medium

    2. Third, content collapse puts all types of information into direct competition.

      We (meaning, just plain media jills and joes) do not stand a chance of getting on a soapbox much less speaking in this media maelstrom.

    3. The computer flattened everything.

      Hence the ever increasing importance of books like Nick Sousanis' Unflattening.

      Here is a comic that describes the same issue of content collapse and promptly describes one solution--unflattening.

      Here is Sousanis' blog. Worth every minute.

    4. Content collapse, as I define it, is the tendency of social media to blur traditional distinctions among once distinct types of information — distinctions of form, register, sense, and importance. As social media becomes the main conduit for information of all sorts — personal correspondence, news and opinion, entertainment, art, instruction, and on and on — it homogenizes that information as well as our responses to it.

      Do we see this in the margins of tools like Hypothes.is? Is every annotation indistinct and homogenous? At least with an outline you get an idea of the hierarchy of thoughts. With the "tray" in Hypothes.is. Or do some forms predominate. For example, is a video more weighty because of its use of image and sound and text? I think this content collapse turns the Hypothes.is tray into a stack, all the same. I reckon that means we have to assign our own weights. Can we do that using tags.

    1. n’t think anyone can doubt that in this country today we are menaced – intolerably menaced – by a lack of vision

      Fast forward three score and more years. What does that menaced look like now? End of empire, failed state, apocalypse--is this what it looks like now. Is this the best we could have done given almost 70 years since Baldwin wrote this? I find we have even less vision now than then. Surely, exponentially less hope. Again, what good is reform when what is needed is a revolution.

    2. e discovers the shape of his oppression

      This phrase applies to us all. Baldwin speaks of black children here learning about who and how oppression is represented in their lives. The idea that oppression has a shape to be discovered reminds me of this:

      There is a difference. The shape of oppression actively brutalizes the one who is touching it. And DuBois would argue that it shapes the one who is oppressing as well.

    3. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around.

      I marvel that many of us even got work given that the Socratic attitude is anathema to being "civilized" or socialized in the conventional ways Baldwin suggests.

    4. what I think to be the entire purpose of education in the first place.

      Is Baldwin talking educational reform or revolution?

    5. There is no point in pretending that this won’t happen.

      To play devil's gadfly here, what could motivate me, older/white privileged dude, to give up his meal ticket and his family's meal ticket in order to "go for broke" for James Baldwin? Abstractions don't work for me. Solidarity comes close, but it is still a teflon ball, doesn't stick.

    6. go for broke.”

      Here's a resource for understanding this idiomatic expression.

      (Too bad you can't embed very much in these annotation boxes.)

  12. Oct 2020
    1. The idea here isn’t prediction, but to encourage thinking about possible futures.

      I think this makes this fall in the category of values. What do we value that we want to be drawn toward in the future. Feedforward.

    1. How To Write This Poem

      begin here …with TIME

      where words

      are layered with text

      where the pen

      etches into screen …

      then go here …


      … only to leap from one place

      to another,

      where my mind goes

      I hardly every know,

      only that it ventures forward …


      … heard by hearts,​​

      and scattered stars,

      ​​where I see the sky fall,​​

      you find the debris …

      our thoughts.


      Might we be permitted them?

      The dragonfly

      rarely yields her ground

      to the critics among


    2. Kevin's Response

      How To Write This Poem

      begin here …with TIME

      where words

      are layered with text

      where the pen

      etches into screen …

      then go here … https://www.vialogues.com/vialogues/play/61205

      ... only to leap from one place to another, where my mind goes I hardly every know, only that it ventures forward ...


      … heard by hearts, ​​and scattered stars, ​​where I see the sky fall, ​​you find the debris …. ​​https://nowcomment.com/documents/234044

      Your thoughts?

    3. Books

      Do you have a bookshelf? What percentage of the books that you own are paper and what digital?

    4. a gleaming, predacious dragonfly.

      I haven't even spoken of rhythm. Each of the last three lines has three syllables. I don't know why. Explicating rhythm is so difficult for me. As a poet I don't articulate it often to myself. Mostly, I step back and hold the line in abeyance. I needed something with weight at the end to serve as an anchor for the flexing light and heat of the rest of the poem. What better image than the dragonfly, the top of the foodchain insect predator on my farm.

      And predacious is exactly the sound and sight of them flying commando next to me on a tractor as I mow a field.

    5. page to page,

      Almost ended the poem here, but that muscular, flexing I spoke of above really attracted me. The meteor and minnow skipping on the surface. Implied here are the images of fingers.

    6. skimming

      I am drawn to the minnow metaphor, the meteor metaphor, the ardent heart making words do more and better, to carry more with less and less.

    7. catalytic

      A catalyzing agent encourages two to get together as one, the physical "fire" of a book--how it fits into our senses as real-- and the abstract--its content of words, sentences, paragraphs that re+mind us to turn and re+turn to them for warmth and purpose. All fires are practical and useful.

    8. heartsardent

      I adore the assonant fit of ardent and heart. I keep a copy of the OED handy, a digital version. My paper copy is at school. Ardent comes from the Old French verb "ardere". The OED mentions "ardent spirits". The word has slowly and inexorably shifted from concrete toward the abstract--just like the poem where the books move form concrete, physical things toward the abstract and toward me. Re+mind and re+turn both make us consider physical moves. Like dance, a perfect entanglement of concrete and abstract.

    9. burning bright as meteors

      I thought about using "fireflies" or "lightning bugs" instead of meteors. I still might. I just liked the idea of a paragraph flashing across the sky, a spectacle of wow burning up in the sky.

      Then I thought about another kind of bright, the silvery flash of minnows, a-leap as they are chased by larger fish, in the morning light. Passionate and seeking safety, burning to survive. I feel something animal in the poem flexing its muscles. And that word--minnow, something very like ...well, I don't know. The word fits for me emotionally.

    10. Paragraphs

      A physical container for ideas and words--paragraphs. Are we crossing over into abstraction and metaphor. Yes. Metaphor in the original Greek meant "to carry over". That is what I am trying to do, carry the reader over from their world to mine, a world of magic in text.

    11. bursting to light and heat

      More physical imagery. When they are lit they give off heat and light, but the word "blaze" above, with its ambiguity, should give a strong hint that I am doing more than create a sensorium even as important as we all think of that--the touch, smell/taste, sight, sound, and heft of books.

    12. Spine and margin and cover and leaf

      More physical images to accent the sheer physical power of books. And then...light and heat as if on fire.

    13. return

      Re+turn should bring to mind re+turn. Hidden under this is the argument I am making for physical books. I have been walking by my bookshelves for thirty years, turning toward them over and over again like compass needle to north. They are my lodestone even though for many they would be an albatross. Have you ever picked up a box full of encyclopedias? Yeah, dense with epistemologies.

    14. blazes

      This word is ambiguous. It has several meanings. This is what poet thinking is all about for me--subverting the routine. First, the word is about fire, right, but if you have every looked at my posts (count on two hands my very fine viewership) you know that I write about trail blazes. I want the word to be a fork and to mean both of these simultaneously. My poems are designed to carry a lot of freight. What do you think about ambiguity?

    15. lit

    16. ethical blazes

      What ethical blazes have books kindled in you? Most poetry tries to freshen the language. Most poets are work necromancers. They bring what is routine and everyday back into clear and plain air. This is called a metaphor. Values don't really burn, but I am trying to conjure up a feeling here where what we believes has the intensity of a fire. I am trying to do that with a few words and not a lot like here. Maybe poetry is all about translation and summary put together. What do you think poetry is supposed to be or do?

    17. what we love

      What do you love? What values do you live by?

      For me, I have books that remind me that there was a reason that moved back to the land over 30 years ago. One of my books is A Continuous Harmony by Wendell Berry. Here is a recent reading from that book where I talk about my values. Books remind of these values.


    18. remind

      Have you ever thought about the word re+mind? To "mind" again? What does that mean? Poetry is meant to de-cliche words and expression. That is a mental model to keep in mind as you remind yourself with this filter in mind.

    19. Step One: 

      Use Hypothes.is to annotate the poem. I have seeded the poem with questions and comments that you can reply to.

    1. Instructions for navigating page and for working with the poem.

      1) Read the poem and annotate with Hypothes.is

      2) Listen to a recording of the poet performing the poem. Respond in Hypothes.is

      3) Read our discussion of the poem in Hypothes.is

      4) Then join others reflecting on what others say.

  13. Sep 2020
    1. spectrum

      Big mistake making empathy and rationality as two points on a linear scale.

    2. a super rational parent you want to empathize with your kids and be emotional and understanding with them

      This is wrong. Empathy is rational. It makes logical sense for example to empathize with your reader if you are a writer. Seeing the world through their eyes makes the writing better for them. Logical, yes?

    1. Free Riders

      Yeah, not really caring about the free riders. What a bunch of losers they are. And when it comes to applying what they learned, they well and truly, aren't they.

    1. over time. Theinnovative programs we’ve studied are using three main approaches to measure the size of students’ networks: relationship mapping, checklists, and student surveys

      How can I do this, too? We shall see. However we might measure, it must be something that is simple and sustainable over an entire semester or school year.

    2. . All young people come to school with existing relationship assets.

      Too true. Too often we label learners as "at-risk" or "underachieving" or "underprepared" when we really should be looking at their "assets" (although I despise the adoption of finance metaphors to human beings). Maybe fortes or blessings might be better.

    3. Without broad, diverse networks, less-connected students will be at a distinct disadvantage to their better-connected peers.

      I work with my students from this assumption. How do I measure the quality of their learning networks? Are their social networks the same as their learning networks? What combination of bridging, bonding, weak, strong connections are best for each student. Definitely not one size fits all.

      Makes me think about Dave Snowden and the kinds of "networking" stories that we need to be gathering from our students. I ask students to reflect each week on their research work, perhaps part of the reflective work each week should be a reflection on who they gathered information from.

    4. But broader research on social capital and emerging practices on the ground would counsel against focusing solely on strong relationships. Although the descriptors sound like value judgments, stronger isn’t always better. Sociology research has shown that “weak ties,” or those with whom we interact less frequently, can also offer real value by providing access to new information, supports, and opportunities that our stronger-tie networks lack.11 T

      Points to how carefully we must approach the "naming" of phenomena. Applies also to the measuring as well. I am not opposed to measuring,but we have to be just as careful that what we are measuring actually points to some causative pulse/event/thing. Really unfortunate that the connotations inherent in "Weak" and "Strong" are so overwhelming emotionally.

  14. Aug 2020
    1. look at all I have—

      A different kind of nothing? A something that looks like nothing?

    2. privilege is an aggressive form of amnesia . . .

      a form of forgetting what we never knew?

    3. Aristotle: what is and isn’t the good life 
    4. didn’t speak money

      Money talks, bullshit walks? Listen to Brother Randy. Your call.


    5. in the coming I got a lot.

      implied word here is "riches", but a different kind of rich. As she says later--hunger, cold, no privacy.

      Hinting already that the word 'privilege' is a fucking minefield, a different mine for a different class of privilege, but all quite harmful.

      Yeah but wouldn't you rather be comfortable? Comfortable in your privilege Uncomfortable in your privilege

    6. Failed Essay on Privilege

      on whose terms? What I mean was this an assigned essay for a class that was evaluated and judged 'failing'? Or was this a failed understanding of what privileged means?

    1. (bell hooks  1990, p. 149-150).

      I don't mean to trivialize this, but I can resist thinking of this scene in The Big Lebowski

      Careful, there's a beverage here man.

      It seems everyone in this movie could define themselves as 'marginal' or marginalized. Margin and center are spatial. Without one you could not have the other. One person's margin is another's center. Where does this leave us?

    2. We share our labor of love

      Here's something to share from the margins--George Carlin. Like Carlin, we in the margins need is to crash into the open and yoke academic power (good ideas, clearly expressed, and openly political) to systemic change. Open education seems too tame to do that. Prove me wrong.


    3. ask important questions, s

      Here's another question:

      Why does the open education movement seem unable to break through their margins to take on the man?

    4. Therefore, we are cautious about rhetoric concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion, asserting that these only have meaning when concomitant processes are genuinely embraced to avoid further marginalizing the marginalized.

      I do not understand this.

    5. the voices from the periphery

      What if, like me, they are voices considered to be in the center, assumed to be full of while privilege, not on the margins and not wanting to imagine much less create alternative, new worlds? I would argue that as an adjunct, someone over 65, and a farmer at the end of a half-mile hollar, that I am mos def on someone's damned margins. And who's to say otherwise.

      John Seely Brown even talks about how the margins of open education create their own margins:

      Open source communities have developed a well-established path by which newcomers can “learn the ropes” and become trusted members of the community through a process of legitimate peripheral participation. New members typically begin participating in an open source community by working on relatively simple, noncritical development projects such as building or improving software drivers (e.g., print drivers). As they demonstrate their ability to make useful contributions and to work in the distinctive style and sensibilities/taste of that community, they are invited to take on more central projects. Those who become the most proficient may be asked to join the inner circle of people working on the critical kernel code of the system. Today, there are about one million people engaged in developing and refining open source products, and nearly all are improving their skills by participating in and contributing to these networked communities of practice.

      (Seely Brown, John, and R. P. Adler. “Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0.” Educause Review, vol. 43, no. 1, 2008, pp. 16–20.)

    6. a central location for the production of a counter-hegemonic discourse

      So... if the margin can also be the center, then who and what is at the margin of this marginalized center? I suspect I am there. So who is at my margins and what are they countering? This map is an undiscovered territory.

    1. This is a rather large island. We have a map to the side called a Table of Contents. I am sure there is hidden treasure, but I don't have a map. Where shall I start?

    2. Open at the Margins

      Everything about this begs for this to be annotated here.

      First, the title says for us to "open at the margins". It is an imperative, a command. And sure enough, there is a tool that opens at the margins.

      Second, Pressbooks is designed to be opened at the margins with Hypothes.is.

      Third, this is where the conversation begins if that is what the authors and editors want. So often we say we want a discourse, we want to share, but we don't do the extra work that now needs doing. It is as if the gardener planted the seeds and walked away from the hard work that Voltire advocated for at the end of Candide: cultivating these gardens.


    1. FAscinating how infrequently the authors join in to the margins. Why is that? Some might consider it a snub. There are all manner of issues that arise when authors don't reciprocate. Dishonorable?

    1. How to annotate literally everything

      One very important video annotation tool is missing: vialogues.com This tool has been around for nearly a decade and is served by Columbia University. I hope it never deprecates. It is awesome. Why don't more people know about it?

  15. Jul 2020
    1. Creative collaboration & communication features for your web and mobile apps.

      Sooundeth worthy.

    2. We hope Covid-19 will be behind us sooner rather than later.

      Sooner. Yes, sooner.

    1. My syllabus is not a “contract.”

      If it is a contract, it is one of "adhesion" and not enforceable.

    2. Because annotating a syllabus enables learners to share their curiosity and concern, over time.

      How can teachers keep track of the syllabus throughout the semester? Is there an RSS feed for anytime the syllabus is annotated?

    1. Yet, what may be radical about the DIY ethos is that learning relies on these mutual support networks, creativity is understood as a trait of communities, and expression occurs through collaboration.

      Learning grows from the soil of mutual aid. Creativity is only expressed within communities. Creative expression comes through collaboration.

      Summed up correctly and fairly? I ask a question of my community. Can anyone help me.

    2. call this "learning by doing" is too simple, since we will not learn as much if we separate what we are doing -- making a podcast, modding a game, mastering a level -- from the social context in which we are doing it.

      Thinking out loud about one's work, what we are doing, is inferior to thinking out loud about the social context we are working within? That's disturbing. Where is everybody? If this is social bookmarking then where the hell are the social bookmarkers. I wasiInvited to share, but nobody here. Maybe I was mistaken.

      These spaces are like desert isles, monads, not social at all. What is the social context when you are alone. A radio station that mistakenly thinks it is broadcasting but no one is listening? A tree falling the forest and no one adjacent?

    1. Drawing on those emerging practices, this paper offers a framework for measuring social capital grounded in both research and practice.

      Wonder how Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework would work here.

    2. right. In turn, schools routinely leave students’ access to relationships and networks to chance.

      Relationships are terrible complex with many variables. I am not sure I want schools too interested in them. Do they understand the social capital that is generated inside of those relationships? Will measuring that increase their understanding?


      Some things can't be counted or we just don't know how to count them?

    4. Emerging practices for measuring students’ relationships and networks

      Feels very "quantum effect".


  16. quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com
    1. I watch as poems

      The eye watches,

      unblinking as a poem

    2. but always broken in two

      They only know themselves through the other.

    1. Final exams.

      Has anybody tried to do a semester walkthrough using a screencasting tool and a presentation tool of some kind? I think that might be a valuable tool for first year comp students.

      Or maybe a short simulation like Clark Aldritch uses:

    2. Office hours.

      Be aware of how Zoom and the online scheduling tool Calendly and Google Calendar integrate, hand-in-glove.

    3. Provide students with a weekly to-do list

      I discovered how valuable this was for students last semester. I did a weekly screencast and walkthrough of the course which I also did synchronously on Monday. I also had a checklist for those who use the damned things.


    4. learning outcomes

      But never forget what Einstein is purported to have said, but was probably said by William Cameron:

    5. Here is a place to add more possible guidelines:

      1. Provide a scratchpad each week where students can reflect on the week on progress or regress.

      2. Get lots of quick feedback from learners with Google Forms.

      3.Introduce the idea of feedforward to students and teachers.

    1. because most of us have so little idea of what our classes will be like beyond the fact that they will undoubtedly be very, very different.

      Amen to that.

    2. once-in-a-generation challenges await educators this fall


    3. How Can I Connect with Students and Build a Classroom Community From a Distance?

      The ultimate practical question for fall of 2020.

    4. How can we connect as learners to build our classroom community? Distance doesn't matter, but the "we" does, more than a wee bit, it does.

    1. “In every tablet there are as many grains of luck as of any other drug. Evenintelligence is rather an accident of Nature, and to say that an intelligent mandeserves his rewards in life is to say that he is entitled to be lucky.”E. B. WHITE, 1943

      So amazing.