Midwest Walking Series, w.6

The Midwest Walking Series marked its sixth installment today, with a stroll out to the NE destination of Royal, IL.


Skater Haters

It's been a few years since I've put up a post about skater haters, anti-skateboarding signage, no skatebording signs, and the like. Here's my current review of different types of "no skateboarding!" signs.

There are the Signs That Make Skateboarding Look Cool.  I like these the most, as the coolness of the images cancels out the skater-hater message of the signs.



There are the Signs that Make Skateboarding Look Totally Uncool




There are The Signs That Are All Text, Very Serious, and Sometimes Legally Fallacious



And then there are the signs that have been modified to say something new:



Another weird group of signs ban the board (metonymically) as a symbol of the larger activity:  


Book (TM) Promises to Increase Enjoyment and Slow Down Reading Time

With the introduction of Spritz, the new reading app geared toward speeding up reading time via a ramped-up cavalcade of methamphetaminic language,

I'm reminded of Book (TM), the once common technology that is particularly good for such things as slow reading, nap-based reading, pleasurable meandering through words, rereading, and even letting one's eyes drift about the page. Of course, Spritzers have outlawed the Book, so we'll have to just remember those good old days of print.


Composition Theory and Practice Syllabus Online

My new/newish English 481, Composition Theory and Practice syllabus is online just in time for classes to start tomorrow. The course has been a work in progress since I first taught it in the fall of 2005.
Looking back, I think my website for the course was cooler back then, what with the scrolling live-feed and all, but I've added some fun new activities and a few new books to the course.