Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29

JOURNAL TOPIC: (today's tunes: "Taking Care of Business" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive; "Taking Care of No Business" by Jimi Hendrix)

What is it about routine that makes our lives both easier (more efficient) and harder to change (put down that third bag of Hot Cheetos!)?  Describe a routine you want to start, describe a routine you want to stop, and describe a routine you want to continue.

1. Journal
2. Lecture: Great Expectations

1. Read this quote:
"What is it that makes you want to write songs? In a way you want to stretch yourself into other people's hearts. You want to plant yourself there, or at least get a resonance, where other people become a bigger instrument than the one you're playing. It becomes almost an obsession to touch other people. To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases. A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack." -Keith Richards
2. Answer this question in a post to your blog entitled WHAT'S THE STORY?
Why did Charles Dickens write the novel you're reading/reviewing? What in your analysis of literary techniques led you to this conclusion? (Make sure to include textual support illustrating Dickens' use of at least three techniques we've studied/discussed this year.)
3. Watch Dr. Tony Williams's Gresham College lecture on A Tale of Two Cities (below); take notes and post them to your blog (Title: Tale of Two Cities Lecture Notes)


  1. Is there some other way I can watch this video? It's not loading for me and I clicked on the link below the video and I'm still unable to view it...

    1. Bummer! It's working on my laptop... if it doesn't work after the usual fixes (clearing cookies/cache, changing browsers, finding a different machine etc.) see if you can get the notes from someone, or ask if they can embed it on FB or another platform to share.

  2. Yeah I would say change browsers. I like was telling you the other day Internet Explorer is lame. It never seems to want to cooperate. When I use Internet Explorer the posts don’t always show up but as soon as I switch over to Google Chrome the headaches are gone because it is all there.

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  4. Hmmm, love the enthusiasm. The way he speaks really makes you want to hear more of what he is saying because the way he speaks is so inviting, and so lively, that 53 minutes and 57 seconds just flew by, an hour well spent... great video!!!... haha