Friday, July 23, 2010

Quote of the Day, or maybe the Whole Week

John Wilkins: "Correlation doesn't imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing 'look over there'."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

myStanza Goes Live

Well, poetry lovers, here it is. The iTunes screen shot scrolls horizontally, but it gives you a nice sense of the look and feel. If you wonder whether iPhone Apps can mean more than games, check it out. We're not asking much ($3.99) mainly because good actors don't work for peanuts, but I'm hoping we can sustain enough of a draw to build an extensive media library. The key here I think will be to draw students of English as a second language, in addition to students of literature.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

John Henning, R.I.P.

He was only 73, but was the most familiar face to me on the local nightly news in Boston.

More here.

Friday, July 02, 2010

The Tragedy of Pascal

Thony Christie has a nice post on the 17th century genius:
Pascal’s religious fervour deprived the world of his mathematical abilities but not of his astounding intellect. The main centre of Jansenism was the Port-Royal Cloister in Paris and it was from here that the Port-Royal Logic was issued, an important textbook in the history of logic. Originally published anonymously in 1662 it was attributed to the Jansenist theologians Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole but it is now accepted that Pascal played a significant role in its conception. In France Pascal is most celebrated not as a mathematician but as an author of literature, his Provincial Letters and his Pensées are both regarded as classics of French literature and although both are intrinsically religious even a deist like Voltaire called the Letters the best-written book that has yet appeared in France.

Having been a child prodigy, a scientific genius and a literary giant Pascal completed the requirements necessary to become a bona fide legend by dying tragically at the age of 39.