Welcome

Welcome to my blog, where I post infrequently about books I'm reading, cool things I've found on the internet, poems I've liked, and other things that catch my attention.

Website

Over on MetaFilter, beagle posted an appreciation of languagehat's blog, which has been running since 2002; beagle notes that there have been "posts on a daily basis virtually all of those twenty years."

languagehat is one of my favorite members of MetaFilter, and I am always happy to see his name appear as I'm reading threads there.

Somehow I completely failed to know that he had a blog.

It is, unsurprisingly, wonderful.

Topics

The latest delightful Wordle-inspired puzzle game is Redactle, "a daily browser game where the user tries to determine the subject of a random obfuscated Wikipedia article, chosen from Wikipedia's 10,000 Vital Articles (Level 4)."

I did pretty well on my first two attempts (game #10 and game #11). It takes me a while to solve them, though, so I'm not sure how often I'll take the time out of my day to play. Sure is fun, though.

Learning Resource

This is a really great channel - the content is really understandable and well-presented (and interesting!) -

43 - German Elementary School - What's Elementary School in Germany Like

was a really interesting look at grade school.

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Book
Author
Rosemary Kirstein
Started
Finished

This was a really good book.

I really liked all three of the main characters (although I wished Will had a better understanding of people ... but then, he's young). I liked the world, I liked the idea of steerswomen (although I had a really hard time disencumbering myself of the idea that the whole thing was about woman cowboys in the Old West), I liked the mystery Rowan was trying to solve, and her interactions with the other steerswomen and her friend the baron.

Book
Author
Emma Straub
Started
Finished

I liked this a lot - and was surprised by how much I liked this, especially since I had such a hard time getting started with it.

The book starts with a death, and each time I started it, I just didn't feel up for a book that starts with a death. But the last time I tried, I didn't really have anything else I wanted to read more, so I just kept going.

Learning Resource

I would hope that everyone studying languages knows about the FSI courses - the comprehensive language courses developed for the Foreign Service Institute, freely available because of the vast public treasure that is the public domain.

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