While I carefully husband my remaining megabytes (renewed 24 September) I will be writing entries that are not hypertexts. My typical entry has been a hypertext, and that I think is fair enough. After all, I am writing in a hypertextual medium, even if few take advantage of that hypertextuality by following the links. You may get a bit of reflection in the next few days about blogging, none of which will pretend to any authority, though I have been nattering on the Net for a while now.
Last entry I was astounded myself by that figure of 2000+ posts, even if they are spread across three blogs and represent over two years — longer, in fact, for some entries on the English/ESL blog and the Big Archive. Still, that is two or three — sometimes more — posts a day. Many of the posts are short, of course, often no more than a link to something that took my fancy and a quick comment. Other posts, the ones I once called “Topsy posts”, have just grown and grown, sometimes quarelling with feedback, sometimes quarelling with myself, sometimes refining and expanding, and sometimes going way past what is reasonable for my very patient readers.
So that is what you can expect: a few almost link-free entries, all composed offline on Windows Live Writer, which I thoroughly recommend you try — it’s free — then quickly spurted up to the blog.
I had a break during coaching today as one coachee could not come. I needed to get some “resources” (as we call books and things when rationalising the expense as “tools of the trade”) for Year 6-7 transition for the new coachee who is in Year 6. Naturally that is not all that tempted me. I also bought Andrew Metcalfe and Ann Game (eds) Teachers Who Change Lives (Melbourne University Press 2006) to make me feel good about being a teacher. It features interviews with Raymond Gaita, Stephanie Alexander, Drusilla Modjeska, Greg Chappell, Shane Gould, and Justice Michael Kirby. I think I would commend it to Aluminium and The Rabbit. I couldn’t pass Ian Lowe’s Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option (Black Inc Quarterly Essay Issue 27 2007) to assist with resisting propaganda on that subject; finally and also political is Andrew Charlton, Ozonomics: Inside the Myths of Australia’s Economic Superheroes (Random House Australia 2007) which is, according to Joseph Stiglitz, “extremely convincing.” Given our government places its economic “safe hands” at the core of its sales pitch, a bit of critique by someone far less ignorant than I would seem very useful. It also looks like a book I might understand.
If you want to link to any of those, do your own Googling!