June 15th, 2019

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A couple of pages from a textbook on English language and literature for A-levels students:





I think this description of poetic meters, with a notation that does not really correspond to how a line is pronounced, is confusing. It’s unfortunate they don’t make use of a more sophisticated prosodic theory. But most importantly, don’t they completely misrepresent the meter of Byron’s The Destruction of Sennacherib here? It’s perceptively an anapestic tetrameter; and they mark and talk of it as if it were an iambic hexameter.

(Also, as they inform the students, the terms masculine and feminine rhyme are "plainly sexist".)

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Another extract from the same textbook (couldn’t find the text of the poem online; so took a photo of the page):





I was pleased when I got the joke about the salesman’s phrase ("a marvelous aid offers assistance with your hearing problem?"), but very confused by the analysis that follows the poem ("the alliteration and consonance of the sibilants in line 1 are contrasted with the hard consonants..." "harsh alliteration 'bricks and bats'... complete the cacophonous picture"? "like the biblical figure Simeon in the Temple of Jerusalem"? I don’t get those associations at all).

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I am amazed by the people who are smart enough to join Google, but even more amazed by the confidence of the people who decide to leave Google (and Netflix, in this case):



On the other hand, I heard Googlers have to write code in some online code editor, because it cannot be checked out locally. That’s why there is so much enthusiasm among Google developers for the latest Chromebooks. I wouldn’t ever want to have to do that.

On the yet another hand, he worked on RxJS and Angular projects, which are open-sourced and definitely can be worked on locally.