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James E. Anderson
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The focus of MELO is the large class, but this should be useful in the smaller class, too.  I need to look into the LO concept more.
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My "Life After Carbs" blog finished July with 60 posts and over 70 comments; it's averaging 50 visits a day.

I'm scaling back from blogging every day, though. That wouldn't be a realistic pace going into the fall semester. My plan is to post a minimum of three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and on the weekend. But I'm not ruling out more posts.

As for my weight loss itself -- which is the main point -- I have stalled at 222 pounds. My goal is to weigh 215 on Labor Day. Could be a nail-biter.
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My latest post on Life After Carbs.
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Games on G+, huh? There goes the neighborhood!

Don't get me wrong, I like games. But one thing I hated about Facebook was getting notices about a friend's progress collecting imaginary cabbages or delivering imaginary pizzas. I was never moved to help my friends with any of these tasks, or to play any games myself.

(Notice how I write about FB in the past tense? Interesting. It wasn't a deliberate choice, but somehow it seems right.)

I like complex strategy and war games. I like history based games. I like to play against the computer, mostly, because then I can go back and try a different plan and see how it works. I also like to design levels and scenarios. In fact, I like that as much as playing the game.

Oh, well. At least with G+, I can stick all the game players in one circle, and give it a disparaging name.

That'll fix 'em!
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I would like a shirt like this, but then I am big enough that I might be mistaken for a thug.  A real old thug, anyway.
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The Great Phony Debt Ceiling Crisis of 2011 is now over. Are you relieved? Was any thing useful accomplished? I can't see that anything was. The deal kicks any real debt cutting down the road. If it is done, it will be done by a future Congress, not this gang of bickering children.

So maybe something was accomplished!
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The universe is vast and amazing. Keep that in mind at all times!
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After reading several posts and comments on G+ about a bombing and/or shooting in Norway, and getting a less than clear picture of what happened, I went over to Google News and found a couple newspaper accounts, such as this one from the LA Times. Much more coherent. Not necessarily more accurate, interesting or complete -- and certainly not as interactive. But more coherent. The old media (insofar as a newspaper's online version can be called that) has its place.
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Blogger, writer, teacher with a taste for low carb and high tech
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The impact of technology on writing, learning and teaching is a major interest of mine.

A member of the faculty at a public university for more than 20 years, I mainly teach composition, research, rhetoric, and business communications. Other subjects I've taught include introductory linguistics, technical writing, and college reading and study strategies. 

Recently, I helped develop and teach a first-year experience course that aims to make students more skeptical consumers of the arguments they encounter online, on TV, and in print.

I frequently teach online, and also manage a computer-equipped classroom.  Computer programming and web design are among my hobbies. I am the webmaster/ chief editor of the website of the Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO), AFT Michigan 6244 -- a union local that I helped to organize in 2002-03 and that represents about 1500 faculty members.

At Life After Carbs, I blogged about my experiences following a healthy, low-carbohydrate way of eating. 

At James E. Anderson: A Writer's Blog, I track my efforts to write fiction and record my insights into the writing process.
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I have two brilliant children (grown up now), a lovely and loving wife, a well-trimmed beard, and 50 fewer pounds than a couple years ago!
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  • Indiana University
    M.A. in English Language; A.B.D. in English Language with a Specialization in Rhetoric and Composition
  • University of Michigan-Flint
    A.B. in English
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