> I thought you said, Ellen, that you were going to withdraw. I hope you
> as you seem to have a certain humour which is a leaven to some of the
> one reads.
Ah, well, thank you very much. I only sub when I'm not teaching, in other
words, during school vacations. I'm compulsive about reading the mail in
the inbox. If I'm not subbed, then I can just scan the archives and I don't
feel compelled at all to read anything unless something particularly looks
interesting. So, I subbed again as soon as I turned in my final grades, but
I'm going to have to unsub sometime in the near future because I'm supposed
to be working on a grant this summer. I've been out of school 3 weeks and
haven't done anything measurable, so I have to eliminate distractions. This
is a great deal more fun than creating a course for Distance Education
(course taught over the web). It's a matter of not having much
self-discipline, so I have to muster the discipline I have to eliminate
distractions. Very complicated.
> Yesterday afternoon, I spent a long time trying to find a poem by Kipling,
> on the net or web, [as yet I have been unable to discover which is which.]
You could enroll in my Distance Ed course in the fall and learn the
difference. However, to be very brief about it, the internet is the
collection of computers connected to each other via a network all over the
world. And, intranet is a collection of computers within an organization
connected to each other via networds. The World Wide Web is a particular
way of putting information on the internet with the hypertext markup
language (or some other mark up language) that produces documents in a
graphic format with links and such. The original internet was US Military
and only a few computers. When it expanded, it went to universities where
researchers were able to quickly disseminate their research to colleagues
all over the world by slapping it up in text-based version. It was often
accessed by a system called gopher and it was much more difficult to find
information unless you knew who had it and where it was stored. There were
search engines such as you know today that would find information for you.
That isn't to say there weren't gopher searches, but they were complicated
affairs and mostly just researchers used them. In the early '90s, SGML (the
original markup language gave birth to HTML, and the WWW took off.....at a
rather astonishing rate. You can be "on the net" (as in e-mail) and not be
"on the web".
I can't think of a way to make this ob-celt.
I'm sure you're all heartbroken to know it's raining in Indianapolis and the
start of the Indy 500 is delayed. I know I'm crushed. It's really blacked
out locally, but I've got satellite so I could watch it if I were terribly
interested. However, true to form, I'm not going to watch the race or work
on my grant. I'm not even going to answer any more e-mail. I'm going to
read a book which takes place in New Orleans, where I consider home, AND
involves past life dreams. Not very edifying, nothing Celtic, but very
entertaining. Maybe I"ll work on my grant tomorrow. Or look for the
Kipling poem on the web. Or, search for the next iteration after
Neanderthal (Australopithicus was always my personal favorite to SAY). But,
I'm going to bed to read junk now. This IS a holiday w/e in the United
States, after all. Working would be inappropriate.
You should be able to do a search on the phrase, by the way, and find it.
In learning how to use the web for research, I had my students do a search
on 'Twas brillig and the slithy toes... It was very disappointing to
discover none of them had read Alice in Wonderland. They just thought I'd
lost my mind. However, they found the whole poem, the author, and the book
by using the whole phrase.