cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by hjhipster After being inspired by William Berry’s interesting idea around making current event memes I decided to sketch out an idea I’ve been thinking about for a long time but never got around to. Scottish psychologists, after failing to find evidence that humans could see into the future, urged their colleagues “not to venture too far down the rabbit hole,” and Til, a rare earless rabbit born at a small zoo in eastern Germany, was crushed under a cameraman’s shoe shortly before a press conference that had been scheduled in the rabbit’s honor. “We are all shocked,” said the zoo’s director, Uwe Dempewolf. “No one could have foreseen this.” -Harper’s I’ve wondered about ways to mesh current events and English/Civics by juxtaposing news events and quotes similar to Harper’s Weekly Review (when it’s done well). I struggle with the high bar for entry but it opens up some interesting ideas about context, quoting, humor, juxtaposition, irony etc. that would be interesting to apply. There’s a lot there but it would also require some real work to make it accessible. It’s hard to show good examples in our district because the Harper’s stuff tends to be politically charged and fairly sophisticated. To do it right would require widespread reading, memory and […]

State of the Union Address Tag Cloud

I thought we posted on this last year.  Jason Griffey takes The State of the Union address and remixes the top 75 words into a tag cloud.  Now that he’s done it two years in a row, it could be an interesting look at the state of affairs over the last two years. 2008 Address 2007 Address via BoingBoing


Reading of Constitution/Declaration

Debra Jean Dean, a voiceover artist, has released a creative commons reading of both The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.  Beautifully read, totally free to share, cut, and remix with attribution. The Constitution The Declaration via BoingBoing