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.

Learning Resource
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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.

Poem

I think this is the first poem of Sharif's I've read.

Her use of the word relief made me go look it up in a dictionary to learn all its meanings.

I can't remember the last time I read about tanners; it reminds me of learning about Butcher Town in San Francisco, a neighborhood and a time I've come across only rarely in reading about the history of the city.

The quick, almost abrupt ending is such a shift from the rest of the poem, that long history and then sudden (but also long, just compressed) change.

 

Blog entry

Yet another one that's not giving me much to go on.

So today I think I'll try some topic words - I bet I'll get a lot of 0 results, but maybe it'll point me in the right direction.

System is usually a pretty reliable word; 7 hits - and hmm, "of the █████ system" sure makes me think solar system. But no; 0 hits for solar.

Blog entry

This is another one that's not giving me much to go on.

So I'll start with some fairly common words, once again trying to go a little faster than I sometimes have in the past.

many and all show up in most articles, and we do get a few hits here. Nothing for perimeter, which I tried just because of all the outside and inside visible words.

Some random guesses: type and first - oh, but I guessed square up there to go with perimeter, and that gave me only 3 hits, but one of them is

Book
Author
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Started

I love this book. I'm wending my way through it, taking my time, taking time to appreciate Kimmerer's stories and images, her experiences and understanding.

One of the images that stays with me the most is her standing waist-deep in a river, for hours on end, recording the layers of mosses growing on the cliffs edging the river. I love reading about the specifics of her field work.

Art

After discovering April Gornik at the Dayton Art Institute's site and beginning to explore her paintings last week, I was looking forward to spending time with more of her work.

Today I'm looking at Light Before Heat. The thumbnails for Gornik's large paintings from 1980-1987 show lots of darker images - which I love - but that meant my eye was drawn to the exceptions, like the lovely, light-filled (light-made?) Light Before Heat.

Blog entry

This one isn't giving me a lot of immediate ideas to go on, so I might just try to brute-force my way through some common words to see if they give me any hints.

I've been spending a little more time on Redactle than I'd like (I mean, it's fun, and I'm learning some stuff, and I enjoy watching how I think), so I might try to do this one a little more quickly.

Blog entry

When I think of dictionaries, I think of Merriam-Webster; I don't know why, but it's probably because of the presence of Webster in the name.

But when reading the poem "Now What," I wanted to look up the word relief, and after first going to the Merriam-Webster site (and being slightly surprised by the first definition, which seemed obscure), I got curious about what the hive mind at MetaFilter had to say about dictionaries.