2,292 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2022
    1. It’s quite a thing to feel guilty for such a long time. I

      Yes, a real challenge to put yourself in his shoes. In all of these, the empathy hat is in full display. Would love to know the process here.

    2. I had arrested Thelonious Monk.

      Story has lots of resolutions and still trying to figure out if there is one big one.


    3. you get blown a change from a licorice stick or a rat-a-tat from a tub

      What about writing with lots of jargon or in this case hepcat argot.


    4. , I assure you.

      The words ring a bit...off key?

    5. bad note

      An alternate title and fits with the original. What is a bad note if you are automatically hip?

    6. a clunker
    7. finger zingers

      rhyme perfect

    8. jazz with cats

      Lyrical assonance with jazz and cats

    9. Automatically Hip

      This is the middle of a haiku. Here is the rest.

      Dad said, don't worry, "Automatically Hip" is stamped on your genes.

    10. he page note can function as a general guide. When I teach I use it as a place to share possible instructions. For example, I want to share a close reading of John's work so that we can be a bit better prepared for the meet on #nwpstudio for First Chapter Friday with John McCaffrey. Or as John writes in the short afterword in the story, "If you really want to know the real story: what I felt, why I did what I did, why I didn’t do what I could? Listen. Listen close. It’s the only way."

    1. Instructions: do all of the items below in your own way as a way of respecting and rewilding the work.

      Read aloud (SING!).




      Make sense of.

  2. Dec 2021
    1. Holloways

      Here is a YT version of the Road Goes on Forever:


      Here it is started a few minutes in:


      Here's a Spotify link:


      Here's a Spotify embed code:

      <iframe src="https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7yIKCNRQqITi3yNWXTdmB5?utm_source=generator" width="100%" height="380" frameBorder="0" allowfullscreen="" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; fullscreen; picture-in-picture"></iframe>
    2. unstructured routes

      Here's a poem video from my own channel, not monetized and no ads.


    3. ‘desire paths‘

      Here's an offiicial music video for the Spice Girls that I am trying to include in this annotation.


    1. invited others along

      Always, always, always. This was my chief facilitation discovery during #clmooc. When connecting, participation is always assumed. In teaching, an invitation to participate is always a given. You can assess your assignment by asking yourself, "Will the class feel this is an assignment or an invitation to participate?"

    2. I wondered if I had pirated

      Lord, grant that I may be regarded as a pirate without portfolio, sailing the seas forever.

    3. Trailblazing is always worth the time.

      feels like there is not certain time signature---that is rewilding. Text on top of text with sound-that is rewilding It is also a particular kind of remixing that reweaves surprise into the mix. The brain needs and loves this kind of synaptic exercise.

    4. you know, I liked the results very much

      That feeling of self satisfaction is a happy end per se. I think it is a characteristic of rewilding if you are looking to assess that.

    5. I pulled out my keyboard

      Really appreciate how you get the idea that rewilding is often about creating some new niche, a new ecology for an existing idea to live in combined with the willing suspension of disbelief that what you are doing is even adjacently possible.

    6. So I did.

      This is exactly what I feel when I re-wild. I need to constantly remind myself (note: re-mind so close to re-wild) that the world is shiny and new forever if we will have it be so. The directions for rewilding can be surprising but they can also be very clear and extensive. I suppose the only rule is that you make the rewilding, even those you get from others, your own.

    7. creative ‘hike’ of art and remix through words and poems and stories and media

      In other words, a feldgang?

    8. I began to shift my left hand, too, moving the pattern of hand-drop around a bit, but intentionally not paying attention to where my fingers were landing. Eyes closed now. My attention was on the sound, and the small gaps where dissonance and tension opened up into something clearer, and my simple melody lines of my right hand continued to dance over the top of those “chords” of my left hand.

      I love how the words just swing and sway here. I sense a big kraken of a poem in this paragraph.

    1. Each year,

      Make sure you date these so your older son can see the chronology, if that is important to you. More importantly, keep writing these Christmas Missives forever. Who wouldn't want a mother's reflections. They are like a mother's hands, warm and tender and caring. I would give up a lot to have a handful of letters tied in a bundle. What a legacy? Plus,you are teaching your child the way to be a proper ancestor

    1. Here is a poem response:


      your own personal

      wailing wall

      in the failed infrastructures


      paper & ink


      the gaps

      in the fatigued


      and wood

      and concrete

      in our own selves,

      prayers buried


      broken selves.

    2. to fit my words in

      Your own personal wailing wall. We could all create a version for sharing our joys and unjoys.

    1. Just a general note of thanks. I think maybe an e flat?

    2. Weaving threads Wavering time lines.

    3. Felt Patchwork

      Yes, a felt board animation? I would love to see this done as a felt board movie.


    4. Searching landmarks

      Perhaps each day might be said to have a landmark. I do write down at least one storyworthy moment each day. I use a Google Form to do this and I revisit these stories regularly, more often now that I have more time to reconsider. Story landmarks.

    5. Harlequin

      harlequin, n.

      (ˈhɑːlɪkwɪn, -kɪn)

      Forms: 6 harlicken, 7 harlaken(e, -keen(e, -kin, arlequin, 7– harlequin.

      [a. Fr. harlequin (1585 in Hatz.-Darm.), arlequin, ad. It. arlecchino.    The Italian word is possibly the same as OFr. Hellequin, Herlequin, Herlekin, Hierlekin, Hielekin, Helquin, Hennequin, a devil celebrated in mediæval legend, esp. in la maisnie Helequin, Harlequini familia (Miège), a company or troop of demon horsemen riding by night. Of this the ultimate origin is possibly Teutonic. See Diez, Mahn Etymol. Untersuch., Godefroy, Skeat.]

      I. 1.I.1 a.I.1.a A character in Italian comedy, subsequently in French light comedy; in English pantomime a mute character supposed to be invisible to the clown and pantaloon; he has many attributes of the clown (his rival in the affections of Columbine) with the addition of mischievous intrigue; he usually wears particoloured bespangled tights and a visor, and carries a light ‘bat’ of lath as a magic wand.    (In reference to quot. 1590, it may be noticed that the arlecchino is said, in Italian Dictionaries, to have originally represented the simple and facetious Bergamese man-servant. Cf. the stage Irishman.)

         1590 Nashe Almond for Parrat Ded., Taking Bergamo in my waye homeward‥It was my happe‥to light in felowship with that famous Francattip' Harlicken, who‥asked me many particulars of the order and maner of our playes.    1606 Day Ile of Guls ii. iii, Like a Harlakene in an Italian comedy.    1607 Day, etc. Trav. Eng. Bro. (1881) 56 Here's an Italian Harlaken come to offer a play to your Lordship.    1612 Heywood Apol. Actors ii. 43 To omit all the Doctors, Zawnyes, Pantaloones, Harlakeenes, in which the French, but especially the Italians, have beene excellent.    1676 Dryden Epil. Etheredge's Man of Mode, Those nauseous Harlequins in Farce may pass.    1704 Addison Italy (1766) 68 Harlequin's part is made up of blunders and absurdities.    1727 Fielding Love in Sev. Masques ii. i, A man of sense acts a lover just as a Dutchman would a harlequin.    1756 Foote Eng. fr. Paris i. Wks. 1799 I. 107 A bundle of contradictions, a piece of patch-work, a mere harlequin's coat.    1757 Smeaton in Phil. Trans. L. 204 As if an harlequin had leaped thro' the window.    1759 Johnson Gen. Concl. Brumoy's Grk. Theat. (R.), They represented‥a complete tragedy or comedy in the same manner as dumb harlequin is exhibited on our theatres.    1778 J. Q. Adams Diary 28 Apr. Wks. 1851 III. 146 In the evening we went to the Italian comedy, where I saw a harlequin for the first time.    1817 Byron Beppo iii, Harlequins and clowns, with feats gymnastical.    1858 Hawthorne Fr. & It. Jrnls. I. 81 The papal guard in their‥party-colored dress‥looking not a little like harlequins.

      b.I.1.b transf. A buffoon in general; a fantastic fellow.

         1878 Carlyle in Ld. R. Gower My Remin. xxvii. (1883) II. 175 [He called Beaconsfield] ‘that melancholy harlequin’.

      2.I.2 A small breed of spotted dogs. So G. harlekin (Grimm).

         1774 Goldsm. Nat. Hist. III. viii. 286 The mongrel kind‥the Dutch mastiff, the harlequin,‥and the Dane.

      3.I.3 More fully harlequin duck. A northern species of duck, Histrionicus minutus, with fantastically variegated plumage.

         1772 Forster in Phil. Trans. LXII. 419 Anas. A. Histrionica‥Harlequin Duck.    1863 Kingsley Water Bab. vii. 269 Swans and brantgeese, harlequins and eiders.    1876 Smiles Sc. Natur. xiii, The Harlequin‥and the Eider duck visit the loch occasionally in winter.    1884 Harper's Mag. Apr. 706/2 Harlequin-ducks of the gayest plumage.

      4.I.4 The Oriental or noble opal. Also attrib.

         1873 C. Robinson N.S. Wales 62 Opals‥Amongst the polished stones are some of the harlequin class.

      II. 5.II.5 attrib. or as adj. Having the characteristics of a harlequin or of his dress; burlesque, ludicrous; particoloured.    harlequin china, harlequin service, harlequin set, a name given to a set of cups, etc., of different colours and patterns.

         1779 Wilkes Corr. (1805) V. 223 A formal declaration of war by harlequin heralds.    1806–7 J. Beresford Miseries Hum. Life (1826) vi. i, A china Shakspeare and Milton in Harlequin jackets.    1859 Helps Friends in C. Ser. ii. I. Addr. to Rdr. 10 At this Harlequin period of the world what is written one week may seem obsolete the next.    1871 Mrs. Whitney Real Folks xiii. (Cent.), She had six lovely little harlequin cups on a side-shelf in her china-closet‥rose, and brown, and gray, and vermilion, and green, and blue.

      6.II.6 Comb., as harlequin-leap, harlequin-preacher; harlequin-looking adj. Also harlequin bat, an Indian species, Scotophilus ornatus, of pale tawny-brown, variegated with white spots; harlequin beetle, a South American longicorn beetle, Acrocinus longimanus, with particoloured elytra; harlequin brant, the American white-fronted goose, Anser albifrons gambeii, also called pied or speckled brant; harlequin bug Austral., either of two bugs with brightly-coloured markings, Dindymus versicolor or Tectocoris diophthalmus; harlequin cabbage-bug, an American hemipterous insect, Murgantia histrionica, having brilliant markings; †harlequin deer, ? a particoloured fallow deer; harlequin duck: see 3; harlequin (eye)glasses, spectacles, spectacles with the frame tilted upwards at the corners (named from their resemblance to a harlequin's mask); harlequin fish, (a) Rasbora heteromorpha, a small cypriniform fish found in Thailand, Malaya, and Sumatra; (b) Othos dentex, the scarlet rock cod, a perciform fish found along the coasts of south and west Australia; harlequin-flower, a name of the South African genus Sparaxis, N.O. Iridaceæ, with great variety of colouring; harlequin fly, a fly of the genus Chironomus; harlequin garrot, the golden-eye duck or pied wigeon, a species of Clangula; harlequin (Great) Dane, a Great Dane having a black and white coat; harlequin moth, the magpie moth, Abraxas grossulariata; harlequin opal = harlequin n. 4; harlequin pigeon, an Australian Bronze-wing pigeon; harlequin ring (see quot.); harlequin rose, a variety of rose with striped petals; harlequin smiler, Merogymnus eximius, a small Australian perciform fish; harlequin snake, the coral-snake and other species of Elaps, so called from their variegated colouring of orange and black.

         1865 Wood Homes without H. viii. (1868) 176 The magnificent insect which is known to entomologists as the *Harlequin Beetle‥belongs to the wood-burrowers.    1882 Stanford's Compend. Geogr., Central Amer. 128 The most deadly enemy of the gum-elastic tree is‥the well-known ‘harlequin beetle’.

         1945 K. C. McKeown Austral. Insects xv. 81 The commonest and best known species [of Pyrrhocoridæ] is the striking red and black insect popularly known as the *Harlequin Bug (Dindymus versicolor Sch.), found throughout Australia, and attacking apples and other fruits.    1970 T. E. Woodward et al. in Insects of Australia (C.S.I.R.O.) xxvi. 450/1 Tectocoris diophthalmus (Thunb.), the ‘harlequin bug’ of Queensland, attacks the bolls of cotton, and is common on other malvaceous plants.

         1872 C. V. Riley in 4th Ann. Rep. Missouri Entomol. 35 *Harlequin cabbage bug.

         1778 Eng. Gazetteer s.v. Ickworth, A park well stocked with the fine *harlequin-deer.

         1945 ‘L. Lewis’ Birthday Murder (1951) i. 7 Her *harlequin eyeglasses became crooked on her pointed face.    1961 Wodehouse Service with Smile ix. 130 She was regarding him austerely through her harlequin glasses.

         1956 M. West Gallows on Sand x. 115 A school of *harlequin fish flirted away from my descent, their tube-like bodies flashing blue and gold, their ugly faces smiling like a circus clown's.    1959 Times 3 Mar. 7/1 The ‘guinea pigs’ in these experiments are inch-long harlequin fish‥from south-east Asia.

         1900 Miall & Hammond (title) The structure and life history of the *harlequin fly (Chironomus).    1956 Nature 17 Mar. 534/1 The family Chironomidae has scarcely been studied at all in New Zealand.‥ Known colloquially as the ‘Harlequin fly’, they are, it seems, almost ubiquitous.

         1863 Baring-Gould Iceland 162 A magnificent *harlequin garrot floated unmoved within a stones throw.

         1800 *Harlequin Dane [see Dane 2].    1909 Daily Chron. 28 July 7/1 A black and white or harlequin Great Dane.    1948 ‘Sigma’ in B. Vesey-Fitzgerald Bk. Dog ii. 420 When smart men drove a well-appointed turnout, a Dalmatian or harlequin Great Dane was necessary to complete the picture.

         1813 Examiner 1 Feb. 69/2 A *harlequin-leap through a window.

         1835 Willis Pencillings I. xv. 111 The *harlequin-looking Swiss guard.

         1887 Col. & Indian Exhib., Rep. Col. Sect. 70 Some specimens are of a rare kind, known as ‘*Harlequin’ opals.

         1847 Leichhardt Jrnl. vii. 227 We saw two flocks of the *harlequin pigeon (Peristera histrionica).

         1760 Jortin Erasm. II. 195 Stories of a *Harlequin-Preacher, who used to surprise his audience with his monkey-tricks.

         1877 W. Jones Finger-ring 414 *Harlequin-rings‥were so called because they were set round with variously-coloured stones.

         1876 T. Hardy Ethelberta (1890) 194 They were striped, red and white, and appeared to be leaves of the *Harlequin rose.

         1955 A. Ross Australia 55 ix. 118 Sharks‥whose presence causes‥coral trout and *Harlequin Smilers suddenly to evaporate.    1964 T. C. Marshall Fishes of Great Barrier Reef 326 Harlequin Smiler Merogymnus eximius.

         1885 C. F. Holder Marvels Anim. Life 131 The coloring of the *harlequin [snake]‥is exceedingly rich.

         1940 Optometric Weekly 19 Dec. 1262 The *Harlequin spectacle frame is protected by patents.    1962 J. Braine Life at Top xii. 154 Her harlequin spectacles didn't make her expression any less severe.

      Hence harlequina, -ess, a female harlequin. harlequiˈnesque, harleˈquinic adjs., having the style of a harlequin. harleˈquinically adv., after the manner of a harlequinade. ˈharlequinism, the performance of a harlequin; action characteristic of a harlequin. ˈharlequinize v., to convert into a harlequin; to dress or do up in fantastical colouring.

         1867 *Harlequina [see harlequinade a.]

         1882 Stevenson New Arab. Nts. II. xii. 222 His blouse was stained with oil colours in a *harlequinesque disorder.

         1785 in Cornh. Mag. (1883) June 718 Humorous and characteristic masks; among the best of which we reckon‥a whimsical *harlequiness.

         1804 Miniature No. 4. 14 (title) Ode to the Rainbow, in the genuine Fantastical, Unmeaning, *Harlequinic Style of Sentimental Sonneteers.

         1824 W. Taylor in Monthly Rev. CIII. 47 The Tale‥is‥so *harlequinically metamorphosing.

         1808 Edin. Rev. XII. 203 The philosophical *harlequinism of that valiant knight.    a 1852 Webster Wks. (1877) I. 345 In popular governments, men must not‥be disgusted by occasional exhibitions of political harlequinism.

         1876 R. Broughton Joan ii. viii. III. 225 The small dining-room‥is travestied indeed and *harlequinized like the rest of the house.

    6. Space sensitive

      What is this space sensitive to? Time? I fill in the space with a color, a series of marks that make one thing inside the other thing. An advent calendar, a babushka, a recursion.



    7. [No color – black]

      I think you touch the issue here. Is transparency also the absence of color? Would that make black and transparent the same? The 'calendar' where you mark off the days is much the same.


      Am I just marking time with an X to note the OBVIOUS or does the filling in represent something more generous, more interesting, and more nuanced that is emerging from my future. What could that be? What could I want it to be?

    8. [Color selections? [moods/seasons/emotions/earth]

      As above. Tone.

    9. [no more words]

      why couldn't I have filled the boxes with words...or something else like smells or tastes or textures. Yes, make an NFT of a month's retirement with snippets of textures,

      Any buyers? Any excuse to create something and share it. Give it a go, Simon. I might even buy it.

    10. [CAPITALS]

      Lovely understanding of the OBVIOUS. Capitalizing is an obvious convention like punctuation or other mechanics that is noticed usually only by proofreaders or...artists. Art helps make us experts in the art of noticing. Thanks so much for noticing. Whether the use of capitals is effective, well...that is another centipede, isn't it?


      To day of separation re tire ment feedforward.

    12. [WIDE diagonal column]

      An "X" on the "x"?

    13. Maybe I had this in mind all along. Don't know. Maybe this is all just a critique of the neoliberal state. You would not believe what a tornado makes of a tickytacky house.


    14. shaky lines after X

      Shaky X must be a kind of chrosome.

    15. Color sensitive?

      I considered before the Great Filling In that I might color code and be sensitive to mood, but I paused at imposing that much meaning onto the empty polygons. Are you wishing I had? I might try that next time unless a tornado rides me to ground.

    16. Time sensitive?

      Everything is time sensitive until it isn't.

    17. Intention/Mark making.

      De-markating? I make empty polygons that be presenting and representing I know not what. Dumb mud scratchings by a dumb mud trawling polywogynal animal.

    18. X [marks a crossing of lines]

      A quartering of the universe


    1. patient perscpective; caregiver perspective; poetry.

      I love keyword use and tagging. It makes me feel...more anchored.

    1. Gone. Fishing.

      We all know the cliche "gone fishin'" don't we. A shepherd like me might use the expression "gone woolgatherin'". It is the reason for the dead metaphor, 'a penny for your thoughts". In this case note the period between gone and fishing in my poem. Gone [full stop]. Fishing [full stop] . It is an imperative retort.

  3. Nov 2021
    1. And they take the bus home.

      Here is a response to the dark poem above, a counterpoise, a balance, a re-leveraging.

      Hold that darkness for a moment

      we all might learn something.

      Be opposed.

      Hate humanity, but love every Karen, Chad, and Lenny.

      Wash your hands in them.

      Wash your hands with them.

      Be steeped in solidarity.

      Keep on!

      Beckett wrote in "Waiting for Godot,"

      “ESTRAGON: Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!

      VLADIMIR: Did I ever leave you?

      ESTRAGON: You let me go.”

    2. They have washed their hands for you.

      I used to think

      that even the worst of us

      are worth fighting

      and even dying for.

      I used to stand in grocery lines

      and think that the whiny stranger

      trying to pass off

      expired coupons for pork rinds

      was worth not passing judgement over.

      I used to think

      every one of these lives

      had weight and mattered,

      obese with meaning

      if only because they were humanity.

      I wash my hands of them.

      I wash my hands of you.

      We are all on our own.

    3. another leather boundBook, a gimlet with a lavender gin, breadSo good when I taste it I can tell youHow it’s made.

      The fact is that all of these wishes are not little wishes at all. Consider what it takes to produce leather bound books and gin and really good bread. So, perhaps the poet is being a bit ironic here, saying they are simple and meaning the opposite.

    4. Of Kansas where going to school meansAt least one field tripTo a slaughterhouse.

      I am reminded that in rural Kentucky where I live, when I taught high school fifteen years ago, it was an excused absence for boys to go hunting in season.

    5. whose side you’re on

      Billy Bragg's version of this classic union song:<br> https://youtu.be/vbddqXib814

      And the Kronos Quartet, too: https://youtu.be/3guwqZpimbk

    1. Yet, both English teachers and the educators who instruct them struggle with how to assess digital multimodal creations.

      My question would be "why". Why assess? Why put these into some hopeless Procrustean bed? Just observe and sing, off-key or not.

    1. Here is a poem I netted from your poem. Letting go


      Sun and shadow




      A maybe moment.

    2. the yellows of this blanket

      the carpet in the picture that you can only pick up with your eyes and a metaphor.

    3. Cuddling

      I love the word cuddle. Sounds exaclty the way it means.

    1. buried words

    2. who make us think

      An invitation to a thinking sumo match. Pushing, pushing, pushing then release.

    3. our lonely scribes







    4. the depth and reach of a hard-fought poem

      It is so easy to plant the seeds too deep or too shallow or too early or too late.

    5. the margins of our writing life

      All our writings

      are at the margins

      and part of using words

      is passing over

      theose liminal thresholds

      and planting


      in our own gardens.

    6. imagining such desolation

      I think that if Oppenheimer had practiced using his imagination in contemplating a nuclear weapon that perhaps we might not have used it. Then we would not be the only country in the world to have used nukes in war.

    7. we might be forgiven

      Might is the operative word. People hate poetry in the worst kind of way. They look at, if they do at all, with the quiet disdain of of noting its irrelevance and moving on.

    1. there are two important parts to my definition the first is the idea of war and the second is the idea of 00:01:52

      War and interpretation.

    2. so it means something is politicized when action and speech in 00:01:27 that area have to be interpreted against the backdrop of some standing conflict so for example the ostentatious inclusion or removal of a text from my syllabus can constitute a way of positioning 00:01:39 myself in a culture war i might be providing assurance to my allies i might be provoking my enemies okay so there are two important parts to my definition the first is the idea of war and the second is the idea of

      definition and example. thank you.

    3. politicized they mean that action and speech in that area have to be interpreted against the backdrop of some standing conflict

      a first run at the definition of 'politicization' (hell, it sure doesn't look right on the page as letters)

    1. After seeing so many reasons why projects fail, especially as they involve more people and more ambitious goals, I can understand why America has not solved its racial wealth gap, inequality, structural racism, or urban violence problems, after many decades of attention being given to them.  

      This is the reason why I write what I write: to be part of this profound ecosystem of connection. Thanks to Dan's analysis now have a way to use this new mental model.

    1. The problem occurs in two flavors — the slime mold flavor and the military hierarchy flavor. The latter is worse, so you should try to be like slime mold.

      I have always uncritically extolled slime-mold, but now I see they both have issues. They are both problematic, one is worse than the other. Pick your poison?

    2. In the non-spy world, things tend to go wrong with a whimper rather than with a bang.Things going wrong with a bang make you sit up and pay attention, and switch into emergency action mode with the right level of urgency and clear priorities. Things going wrong with a whimper drain you of energy and motivation and draw you into a spiral of demotivation and general suckage.

      The relevant quote. In plague times it doesn't matter what your profession is--it all went bang and boom.

    3. management science fiction

      Nice, new genre. Fit that right next to cli-fi.

    4. overcome coordination headwinds

      This sounds like a 21st century skill par excellente

    5. I’ll explain why it’s Good Stuff, but first a little detour through one of my favorite shows, Burn Notice, which I’ve been rewatching lately. It’s salient, I promise.

      This is Rao's flex--he connects the unconnected. It is a great mental model. He did the same thing with Ricky Gervaise and The Office

    6. Coordination Headwinds

      To generate value, you have to decide how something is valuable to you. If you are working in a network/institution/job, those values are largely preset. This invitation to connect via annotation is about as value neutral as possible. It is of value to you, right, and you define that.

      My values here?

      1. understand and apply a new term in a new context
      2. discover a good Internet rabbit hole
      3. share with others why I value certain annotated text
      4. to reciprocate
      5. to find others who like to reciprocate

      You can share my values if you like or you can lay out your own in a page note or respond to this page note.

  4. Oct 2021
    1. What do we know about the brain? It weighs about three pounds, has 86 billion neurons, controls the movements of our bodies, and produces consciousness. And although it only accounts for about 2% of our body weight, it uses 20% of our body’s energy.

      Facts. But are they accurate facts? what is left out when you state the facts?

  5. Sep 2021
    1. Truth's

      Now it's capital T.

    2. Tell

      Another way into the poem is to look at what Dickinson wants to pay attention to because of repetition. The "t's" for example in the first line. Tell, truth (lower case!),tell,it slant

      Also this is advice to the poet, but remember she is telling this truth (lower case) to us slant so we need to be careful about jumping to conclusions about what the truth is.

    3. Success in Circuit

      Success /Circuit: repetition of s and soft c in an echo. Iambic af.

    4. Tell all the truth but tell it slant

      One stance to have is to be aware of Dickinson's metacognitive journey in most poems. So...what is D's overarching point about poetry as a craft, as a vehicle, as a way of being and knowing?

    5. every man be blind

      Dunno why. Am reminded of this quote-- “An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.” Ghandi

    1. This

      Well...she does point to this as her occupation, what she is occupied with. So fun. She is occupied and she occupies. Noun and verb. She is occupied by possibility and she occupies that possibility.

      I love the term "adjacent possible" as applied to poetry. Here is Stuart Kaufman's definition and Steven Johnson's application in his book Where Good Ideas Come From. In poetry the adjacent possible is metaphor. Poets like Dickinson play the metagame by jamming house next to poetry. What sparks fly when you do that? Can they help you fly?

    2. eye

      I=eye? This possibility didn't occur to me until I heard the reading by Al.

    3. Of Chambers as the Cedars —

      This is an example of one of the 'possibilities' Miss D mentions. She uses a simile that the house's chambers, inner rooms, are possibly rooms but tree-like, cedar like. Maybe an adjacent mention of the Cedars of Lebanon.

    4. the fairest —

      Never hurts to flatter the reader.

    5. For Occupation — This —

      And this is what I do, this is what poets do: we gather Paradise. Again a reference to Blake's invocation in "Milton."

      I use this invocation every morning when I write. It is the adjacent possibility of the creative act and I dwell in it to draw power from it and I advise you to share it with me:

      O Muse, Come into my hand by your mild power descending down the Nerves of my right arm, from out of the Portal of my brain where by your ministry the Eternal Great Humanity Divine planted his Paradise.

    6. The Gambrels of the Sky

      The gambrels are the trusses that hold up the everlasting roof and they, the gambrels, are "of" the sky. The sky holds itself up forever and a day. The hint that the gambrels might refer to a horse's rear legs is interesting. Perhaps the idea that poetry is alive, kinetic, and awake unlike the static house of prose.

    7. an everlasting Roof

      We all know that the roof is the most vulnerable part of any house once the foundation has been established. Only the house of poetry has an everlasting roof.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. fairer

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

    12. 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?

    13. The spreading wide my narrow Hands

      Blake and Dickinson connnected throught the "ancient of days"

    14. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Jul 2021
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Apr 2021
  11. 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.

  12. Feb 2021
  13. 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.