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I want to write a Rhapsody scrobbler. It’s already been done as a desktop application, but I don’t want to boot up another application while I’m playing music. I want to do it as a hosted Web service.
Have you ever compiled long lists of words you thought were awesome (don’t lie, I’ve met two or three of you)? Do you love words such as “phthisis” and “tantamount” simply because they 1) sound awesome and 2) look awesome? Do you drool at the possibilities of using them in some obscure poem/technical document/research thesis to the cheers and unadulterated praise and raw jealousy of your peers and professors?
Then Wordie is your Web site. Think of it as a social network for word geeks. Awesome.
After weeks of being stuck in a really deep rut, I’ve finally stumbled upon something that’s decently interesting with regards to the state of the Taiwanese blogsophere (this is an assignment for my International Media class). I’m finally following up on what I previously discussed with regards to the state of the Taiwanese blogosphere. I’ll be running a textual analysis.on Chinese and English blogs as they cover the controversy over the closing of the Losheng sanitorium.
The Losheng (ï¿½Ö¥ï¿½) sanitorium, a structure built to house lepers during Japan’s occupation of Taiwan (still housing many today) is a memorial to Taiwan’s history (also serving as a reminder of suppressed human rights). In 1994, a plan was drafted to build a rail yard for the MRT transit system over the sanitorium, effectively demolishing and destroying it. The scheduled demolition date was April 15, 2007, but an extraordinary upswell of protest (largely coordinated and managed online) managed to raise money and awareness of the decision, pleading to preserve the sanitorium out of respect for remaining patients and preservation of a historical location. A day before the 4/15 deadline, the decision was delayed and reconsidered. Two things are significant about this:
So that’s the theoretical start to a paper that gets harder to write the longer I do research. Dang, what a week.
Way back when I started blogging soph year of high school (it’s been five+ years!), I pointed out that the public act of blogging helped me “get my thoughts straight” and gave me a “lil sense of closure at the end of the day.”
Things have changed. Life’s been busy. It’s been hard finding time to pause, reflect and put metaphorical pen to paper.
I try to be as candid as possible but I have to be honest: it’s hard here. I might attribute it to the blinding lights of Xanga and its close-knit community that is both a blessing and a curse. Here I find an audience, but at times I know I must hold back. Maybe that’s okay.