Monday, January 26, 2009

Extra credit opportunity! VanCougar boot camp

Go to this. Get a free lunch. Learn about The VanCougar (the WSUV newspaper) and its intersection with language, texts and technology. Post about what you learned (particularly in relation to our class and its various topics) on our Google group. Get 25 extra credit points. Any questions?

This from Dean Baker, the VanCoug adviser:

"The semi–annual WSUV-Vancougar journalism boot camp is coming again. It's on Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you and your students are invited.
Featured this time will be Steve Lane, Columbian photographer, and Michael Andersen, Columbian reporter. We'll talk about "Getting the story." The emphasis will be on conceptualizing, interviewing, reporting, and writing the story. The location probably will be the same as last time, the FSC conference room. But editor Katie Wells is still nailing that down. It's free. There's a free lunch and all are welcome. Those who plan to attend should e-mail Katie at"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Enemy Mine - translation clip

A film clip to help you visualize the translation process. This movie, by the way, deals quite a bit with the foundations of language.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chat Wittgenstein and get extra credit

Students in this class get the unusual opportunity over the next two weeks to participate in a custom-designed beta test of new software being developed by And earn extra credit in the process (up to 20 points).

The site's founder, Dan Doernberg, and I have collaborated on setting up the next two readings, Wittgenstein's aphorisms 1-79 from "Philosophical Investigations," in this software for this test.

The first document is at:

Aphorisms 1-36

The second at:

Aphorisms 37-79

To participate, you first will need to sign a waiver in class Wednesday night and return that to me.

Second, you'll need to create a free account at

To do that:

Go to the ElectionDocs home page:
Click on the "login" link (upper right-hand corner)
Click the "Create a New Account" link
Fill in all the required information (uploading a photo is optional) and click the "Sign up" button.
After submitting your information, our software will send you a confirming email; click on the link given after the line "Visit this URL to activate your account". Once this is done your new account is active.
Click on “Log In,” and then enter the same username and password you chose earlier. Only if you're working from a secure, private home computer should you click the “Remember Me” box to remember your password information. In general it's best to enter this information each time rather then use this shortcut.

B) Accessing the Documents

Once the account is set up you can go directly to the two documents through the links above.

On those, you'll be able to post comments line by line and interact with the comments from your classmates on specific sections of text.

Highlight either the "whole document" icon, the paragraph icon or the sentence icon to comment on the text at any of those levels (I've placed a comment on each level as examples). The Document Focus and Comment Focus links switch the views. Ideally, we'll get some back and forth comments among us, about specific parts of the text.

To earn the extra credit, you'll need to make significant posts about the content. A significant post should be at least 50 words, but as long as you want. And, most importantly, it should convey some idea or question or comment you have about the text, with your own original interpretation included. These posts can start threads or continue threads.

I will give up to 10 extra credit points for each of the two batches of aphorisms (2 points per post), for a total of 20.

I will demonstrate this in class Wednesday, Jan. 21, and go over any questions then.

Please give it a try. Thanks!

- Brett

Monday, January 12, 2009

To order the course pack ...

Here's what University Readers sent:

"Dear students,

Your custom course materials for DTC 375 published by University Readers are now available online at I have carefully selected the readings included in this course pack to provide you with a more relevant, custom learning experience. Please purchase this course pack to stay on top of your readings. Doing so will help you be successful in this class.

The course pack price is $81.35, and includes materials that we will use in class daily, so you should purchase your own copy. Also, please keep in mind that our institution adheres to copyright law, so any copyrighted material should not be copied or duplicated in any manner.

To purchase the course pack, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Log on to

Step 2: Click on the white "STUDENTS BUY HERE" button located in the "Student Store" section (upper right-hand corner of the page).

Step 3: Create an account or log in if you have an existing account to purchase.

Step 4: Easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the rest of the ordering process. Payment can be made by all major credit cards or with an electronic check.

Orders are typically processed within 24 hours and the shipping time will depend on the selected shipping method and day it is shipped (orders are not shipped on Sundays or holidays). If you experience any difficulties, please email or call 800.200.3908.

Kind regards,


P.S.: after purchasing, you will also be emailed instructions on how to download a FREE 20% PDF to get started on your required readings right away.

Friday, January 9, 2009


To Language, Texts and Technology ... Please get your course pack right away from University Readers (link on the left under class materials). After you click on that link, go to the University Readers student store (link on upper right of page) and then fill out the registration. That will give you access to the course pack, which is $81.35. Then, please join our Google group (link under forums; I'll need to authorize your membership). Please let me know if you have any questions,

- Brett Oppegaard,