Objects in Mirror

Objects in Mirror: October 22, 2007 Archive

For the love of language

Posted at 8:08 AM on October 22, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Check out the Grammar Grater podcast and online discussion. From host Luke Taylor's most recent article:

We at Grammar Grater are not advocates of correcting people’s spoken words—it’s enormously rude. But here in the safety and objectivity of this podcast, we can examine usage more closely and without hurting anyone’s feelings.
Don't leave Luke and the Grammatis Personae Players to examine language usage on their own! Language is a living, evolving system and if you use it you might just have an opinion on it.

Have a grammar or usage question that's grating on you? Send it to Luke, or join the online discussion: Grammar Grater: Painting a Picture.

Select a Candidate

Posted at 8:14 AM on October 22, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

If only online dating sites were this easy to use... Try your hand at Select a Candidate to find out which candidates most closely align with your views. You don't have to vote for them (the tool isn't meant to tell you exactly who you should vote for) but it may shine a little light on the candidates... or even on you.

Try your hand at Select a Candidate or review MPR's politics coverage collection.

Are you taking charge of your Internet presence?

Posted at 8:15 AM on October 22, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

"I hate that my Internet self is slow and lame." - Julie Siple writes in Taking charge of your Internet tail:

"In some ways, you are what Google says you are. Anyone can throw your name into a search engine -- potential employers, potential dates, anybody -- and think they know you, even if you've never met."

Do you care what turns up on your name in an Internet search? Is there something you wish wouldn't appear? Join the online discussion: Are you taking charge of your Internet presence?

An introduction to Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate

Posted at 11:26 AM on October 22, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

What do you know of Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate?

Gather regular Edward Nudelman published this article about Simic to MPR's Minnesota Readers discussion group. I found it to be a great introduction to the poet and his work. Beyond a brief bio and bibliography, Nudelman actually highlights examples of Simic's poems in a way that gives the casual poetry reader a chance to get to know Simic.

*Read the full article and join the online discussion: Charles Simic
*Visit Minnesota Readers, MPR's discussion group for literary pursuits
*Resource: Edward Nudelman's blog

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