Posted by on Tuesday, January 6, 02015 at 07:50 PM to Autoludography.

Who By Unolytics

Eleventh is a quiet blogiversay; we can celebrate it with a whisper. Dailiness yields to infrequency, ambivalence, monthliness, forgetting. But I haven't missed a blogiversary in ten years, so why would I skip the eleventh?

This time around I spent part of the evening rivaling Is. in a few hands of Uno: deal seven cards apiece, turn from the stockpile until setting down a numbered card, and pick-flip, pick-flip, pick-flip, pattern-matching until someone wins. Until Is. wins, mostly. And we kept track again in a Google Spreadsheet, a why-not? carry-over from the spreadsheet micro-lessons and practice I mentioned the other day--basic stuff like sizing cells, entering data, cascading rudimentary formulas. This is what it amounted to:

Unolytics

Leonard Cohen supplied a soundtrack for a few rounds, so we modified the scoresheet with team names from titles among his greatest hits. Who By Fire outdid So Long, Marianne, ten hands to six. No need to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

Posted by on Sunday, January 4, 02015 at 06:15 PM to Unspecified.

In This Dream

In this dream, some kind of simulacrumby glitch struck my U's research-focused marketing push; the banner hung, repeating images, like the Hollywood Square grid dangling from the parking garage. This is what parking garages dream of?

Marketing Glitch

I don't know what kind of comment this is on tomorrow's start of the semester, a visual rhetoric grad class, an online style class (piloting, or rather crash-imminent-piloting Canvas), a metric crap-tonne of meetings).

Besides semester-readying, after this photo and its Photoshopping (in consultation with Is.), I was thinking more about What's the right time for acclimating to the kinds of photographic worlding (knowing, seeing, capturing for altering and then circulating) a program like Photoshop makes possible? Comparable but parallel and thus only but so relevant a thread of thought on Excel, too, spreadsheeteracy or whatever, which we spent some time on over the holiday break, too. Another entry someday, teaching spreadsheets with Unolytics, making kiddo enter the data.

Already ambling, but the blog's next year (oof, yet another) needed a nudge, an anything whatever to bump everything into 2015. This is it.

Posted by on Monday, December 1, 02014 at 01:47 PM to Dry Ogre Chalking.

Somehow

Somehow, the dark sun will illuminate us. (555)

This, leafing again through Sirc's "Godless Composition, Tormented Writing," for tomorrow's grad class, third to last of the semester. Reading this line again makes me think that Bataille's wonderment is thick in the ground just beneath the site where the still-unbuilt hacienda would if it could one-day stand.

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