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@Kit: I'm neither expert nor fan, but a friend of mine who watched it had a theory that may interest people: zie reckoned it was affected by what Davies's 'vein of gold' was. 'Vein of gold' is Julia Cameron's phrase for an artist's natural story, their source of imagination, their touchstone. A theatre-professor friend of mine says much the same thing, without the "vein of gold" phrase, which I like ("I'll have that from you as well." - William Shakespeare). He often groups Spielberg's early movies together this way.
@MercuryBlue: I suspected that's what it meant, but wanted to be sure. I'll check out the scripts tomorrow. Despite the fact that I desperately want to read the Doctor Who discussion, I'm skipping past it so I can finally go to bed. :-( -- JayH
By the way, how do you set up a killfile for this place? On a related note, in lieu of a killfile, sometimes I wish the TypePad software would put the "Posted by" at the *top* of the comment. Because I might not want to killfile someone (assuming I learn how :-) ), but just not read their comments on a particular topic, or on a particular day (e.g., "Jay's in a bad mood, just steer clear of him for a while"). -- JayH
storiteller: Can we post links to commonly referred to ideas in the FNEs? Love this idea. Someone else mentioned, possibly in this thread, that there's a wide variety of education levels here concerning various social issues, and since it can get tiresome to explain the same things over and over ("If you're adding two numbers with different signs..."), it might not be a bad idea to have a 101. Or, if you feel the existing FAQ and FNE are a 101 already, then a 102, I guess. I am not in bed. Why is this?
@Literata: I thought MadG's first response to the clueless on the Seuss thread was strong but not aggressive or abusive. I don't see that as "immediate," especially because she did give a warning that she would unload next time. I recall feeling that her initial response was aggressive and borderline abusive. I don't know if I'd feel the same way re-reading it, but that's how I felt about it then. In light of that, "Next time I nuke" felt a lot like when someone is shouting at you, and you ask, "Why are you shouting?" and the response is, "That's not shouting! DO YOU WANT ME TO SHOUT, HUH?" I hope I'm clear here: Since I've been away a while, I'm taking at face value MadG's statements that, at the moment, she's short on patience, and not draw any conclusions about her overall style. I'm only posting this so that it's clear, Lit, that your perception of MadG's initial post in the Seuss thread is not universal.
Also: I don't know what "ableist" and "anti-ableist" mean. And I'm not sure about all the dollar signs, either... I get the sense it's some sort of scripting language reference, like a macro sub or something? But it's 12:30am and I'm tired. -- JayH
Oh, I should probably add - last time I posted, months back, I think I was going by "JayH." I'd still like to go by that, but the only way I can seem to sign in is with FB (which I don't want connected to *anything* else I do) or Twitter (and TypePad is asking my consent to read all my tweets, bank statements, and possibly palms) or my Wordpress account. So, yeah, this is JayH. And I guess I'm sticking my head above the parapet, too. I came back after a long absence because I figured this'd be a good place for interesting discussion of Harold Camping. And the first thread I read was the Seuss one. And I'll come out and admit that it felt to me like MadG was "nuking" (her word) right from the start, despite her statement that she wasn't nuking yet. I got about 1.5 pages into the comments before I stood up, went to bed, and promptly failed to fall asleep for an hour because I was so mad and upset. I was literally dizzy, I was so upset. (Literally literally.) And I just wanted to write an angry post to MadG, the content of which I won't reproduce here. I'm glad I followed good netiquette and waited until I'd had a night's sleep, because when I was next able to come to the thread, I saw MadG's further comments - some more moderate, some specifically mentioning that she had been physically ill, and I would certainly hope to be empathic to situations when physical ailment leads to short fuses. But I will say that pretty much everything Gela said describes how I feel, too. OTOH, I have posted in the past, and have learned a lot from those people who have patiently explained to me what is probably obvious to everyone else. Wow, I'm all over the place. So I'll finish up with a comment for MadG, if she's reading: As part of my college job, I spend a lot of time tutoring remedial math. Sick of explaining the same things over and over? I get it. Oh, do I get it. -- JayH
@cjmr *is really glad she didn't pick the Seuss thread to read as a first one back after a long break* I, alas, did.
bekabot: (Sometimes their work was so awesome that they were able to transcend the barriers, but that was pretty rare. Madeline L'Engle was an example of this.) Thank you for mentioning L'Engle, because I was racking my brain trying to remember the books I owned and loved as a child. I could think of Green Eggs & Ham, The Monster at the End of This Book, the Winnie-the-Pooh books, and, later, things like the Phantom Tollbooth. So for a moment, I was wondering if I'd enjoyed any girl/woman-protagonist stories. But I loved A Wrinkle in Time, and it never bothered me that the lead was a girl. Oh yeah. Alice in Wonderland, too. Never bothered me that she was a girl. Read and re-read that book many times. On the other hand, I owned Hardy Boys 1-50 and, somewhere along the way, one (1) Nancy Drew, and for whatever reason I had no interest in Nancy Drew. I think I was "aware," at some level, that it was a book intended for girls. Plus, I already had the HB series going, and might very well have felt like ND was just HB all over again.
Jenny Islander: @mmy: The bright-kids enrichment class I was in during my higher single-digit ages included a lot of brain stretchers. Here's one: [...] Question: was the brain-stretcher written on paper, or read out loud? And if the latter, was your teacher a man or woman?
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