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October 30th, 2007

Sent to me by a friend...



I worked from home today, and once again, got a ton of editing done. Yay!



The UPS guy delivered my new sound machine at about 3:30 today. By the time I got to the door, he was back behind the wheel of his truck, which was parked behind my car.

"I've heard of a dermatome. What's a nematome?" he called out to me. (That's what it says on my personalized license plate.)

After I explained the sniglet that nematome is (nematode + tome), he explained to me what a dermatome is. Off we both went—older and wiser for the exchange.



Class was class tonight—Verbal Data Analysis. I am so far behind in this class, and I find myself following the lesson, but totally lacking confidence that when I finally do catch up, I'll be able to (or remember how to) apply all these things we're learning to the project I'm working on.

I'm just going to keep plugging away at it. That's all I can do.



I went to Helios after class, where I read one of the two remaining readings for tomorrow's class, for which we're supposed to post to the discussion board by midnight.

I did get the one posted. The other article I'm just going to have to read tomorrow, and bring my thoughts to class instead of posting on the discussion board.

This was one of my posts, which was kind of fun.

This was the question we were to answer: "Hauser presents four rhetorical styles that Hariman found in "political culture" (pp. 259-61). Which of these might be found in the cultures of science and technology? Can you suggest an additional style for those cultures not described by Hariman?"

My response: When reading about the courtly style, particularly this line, "Those who are courtiers strive to be in proximity with the monarch because that is a sign of status," I immediately thought of Swales' establishing significance and situating, a lot of which is done by aligning one's ideas, hypotheses, and conclusions with great fore-researchers (a word for you, Sandy) noted in the field of inquiry in which one is researching. This feels "courtly" to me, in the realm of science.

As for an example in technology, I think perhaps these "technologies" suggest a courtly style:


 

 

 

 

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