Internet Detritus

Techno Terror

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McSweeny’s is full of English goodness. “When A Stranger Emails” makes for a nice “ruin-the-story-with-technology” project. So many stories/movies/poems could be ruined by technology. For instance, take W.C. Williams’ This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Replace it with –

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Words Matter – Calling All Chubbies

There is plenty more proof that word choice matters over at Retronaut.


If you’re a history teacher, you probably want to check out the beautiful images from Here’s the larger original. It would actually make for a pretty good writing prompt as well.

And even more randomly

7 people who hated Pride and Prejudice – help your students realize they aren’t alone. Analyze the critiques. Write your own. Write critiques of other books by other authors.

Colder than absolute zero “Oddly, another way to look at these negative temperatures is to consider them hotter than infinity, researchers added.” – That’s pretty close to either Monty Python or poetry.

And in an attempt to deal with my lack of patience I plan to either tattoo TTT on my arm or at least put up a poster. Since it’s a Scandanavian grook by physicist Piet Hein, I won’t have to use a cute kitten image for the background.

Put up in a place
where it’s easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it’s well to remember that
Things Take Time.

Comments on this post

  1. Luke said on January 5, 2013 at 12:52 am


    Again and again, I love what you do here.

    Please, oh please, make “Internet Detritus” a regular thing.


    • Tom Woodward said on January 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Ha! Well I can’t turn down a request like that. It is the kind of thing I like. Knowing that it is actually interesting to someone else should help inspire me. Thanks.