Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hartmann on Air America

I've recently heard the news that Thom Hartmann, author of my illustrated book We the People: A Call to Take Back America, is replacing Al Franken on Air America Radio. This could mean good news for our book (which at three printings since March of '04 is doing pretty well already), but it means even better news for radio listeners.

Thom was already doing well on his decently distributed show (beating Limbaugh in some regions), and he's a delight to listen to, entertaining, rich with knowledge, and open to a good healthy debate with all who have an opinion to voice. Pretty much the same qualities I like to believe our book has.

Monday, January 15, 2007


What with my winter break coming to a close, I've been tending to some general housecleaning issues. I've recently updated my selection of "notable" blog posts as well as the ever useful Reference Bibliography. You'll also find (or perhaps have already found?) that I've filled in the tags for all my blog entries, which should help people find postings they're most interested in. Also, I'm debating pulling down some of my essays from the downloadable readings in anticipation of some upcoming publications, as well as general thoughts on the change and current status of my thinking. I'm not making any changes just yet, but if anything happens I'll make an annoucement here first probably.

Over break, I also discovered that amazon finally has a page selling my book Early Writings on Visual Language. If you buy from the seller with the name remarkably similar to mine, you'll essentially be going one extra middleman than buying from my site. However, if you already own the book, I encourage you to leave a review — negative, positive, or indifferent.

Finally, now that I'm back in Boston, regular updates of my current Meditations comic "Life is where Love is" is now back on schedule every Tues. and Thurs. ... at least until it ends. Then I'll see how i feel about future postings given my workload and energy this semester.

Speaking of which, it looks to be a good courseload coming up. I'm hoping to become more competant and comfortable with stats, am taking "Psychology of Language" and am my advisor's TA for "Syntax." Plus, I'll finally start getting to run my brainwave experiment! I'll also be speaking at a few conferences coming up. Definitely one in Boston, and maybe one in Connecticutt (still deciding on that). All in all, it looks to be a good semester...

Friday, January 12, 2007

LSA and Reductos

The last week has been utterly crazy driving up and down California visiting friends. I spent last weekend at the Linguistics Society of America conference, where I randomly ran into my TA from the first linguistics class I ever took back seven years ago at Berkeley. One of the sessions spurned a fairly good brainstorm for my visual grammar project. Now that I'm in a psychology program I was left thinking only "now how can I do this in an experiment?" I think I have a good idea for how, but we'll see what my profs think when I get back to Boston.

In other news, Grant Thomas has taken the "Reducto" graphic poem type proposed in my Comixpedia article and is applying it in a series of poems. It's fun to see someone playing with the ideas actively, so go check it out!