Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Word of the Day


(slang) A person who deliberately or inadvertently prevents a man from seducing someone.

I wanted to take this girl to my room, but her roommate was being too much of a c**kblock.


The force of synchronicity bids Dawn writes about the declining standards of English teachers in Singapore while Zach writes about a radical new method of teaching English via visual formatting.

In an effort to address a potential space-time rupture, I add a hasty effort to improve my readers' vocabulary, on a subject close to my heart.

I only pray my efforts are enough.


Tome said...

It is too late. Or rather there is no rupture, only rapture.

Have you read The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher yet? Read it and wonder no more why we turned out the way we did.

*dances to his private drummer*

Zachary Drake said...

That is one of my favorite slang terms.

Anthony said...


I've never let school get in the way of my education.


It is mine too.

-ben said...

IMHO, Visual-Syntactic Text Formatting (VSTF) is a bunch of crock. Call me cynical and old school but it is nothing more than a band aid for the truncated attention span of the MTV generation. When someone effectively pulls off a VSTF of Joyce's Finnegans Wake (or even the famous section in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury) then I will reconsider it.

-ben said...

Jessica Fung also blogged about this:


Anthony said...


I don't think an easier learning tool is necessarily a bad thing. Nor a good thing. I think we -might- need to seperate the tool from the politics here.

I agree that any tool that will purportedly make learning easier inevitably will become a politicised issue. However, if the studies are indeed true and not half-cocked, I think that any tool designed to make learning easier should be used.

This is of course with the attendant warnings about developing mental discipline, but it's not like existing methods develop this very well either.

Ballista said...

It's very simple. Learning is essentially the establishment of an enduring neural network. Intense short-lived stimulation can create one as much as yelling into someone's ear can create a ringing sensation which lasts, or as much as flashing a laser into someone's eye can cause enduring blindness. But effective learning requires building on the foundations of the initial net, preferably with riffs, variations, extensions, widgets and elaborate fantasy structures like flying buttresses.