Rolling Stones of Broken Beliefs

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( Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, November 21, 2011) I live within walking distance of DeVargas Center on the north side of town. Two or three times a week I’ll walk by the mall, or to the mall, depending on my needs or curiosities. Yesterday my curiosities led me … Read on …

Learning is for Noobs

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(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) I first heard the term “Internet” at a Halloween party in 1993. An attractive friend of a co-worker, cutely disguised as the Cat in the Hat, mentioned that she was writing her Masters thesis in Computer Science about “how to access … Read on …

Adherence to Appearance

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(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) Two decades ago, I took a “self-improvement” seminar in Dallas. The seminar leader, an out-of-towner, commented in the beginning that, “I’ve heard Dallas is all about looking good.” I recalled that observation last week while I was reading about the year-long … Read on …

Indian Market: Why this and not that?

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Originally posted at my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (8.22.11) Yesterday I sauntered down to town to stroll through my third Indian Market. I’m a looker, not a buyer or collector, so my eye is less critical and less easily captured. If pressed to honesty, I’d have to admit I’m there for the … Read on …

The Cross that Came Before

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This was originally posted on my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (submitted July 23, 2011). I’m not proud to admit that I live on the computer. Every day, I create, modify, copy, move, and otherwise manipulate dozens, if not hundreds, of many different types of computer files. It’s a storage, backup, and configuration management … Read on …

(Supremely) Bad Words

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Special to the Star-Telegram Every three decades or so, there’s a federal case over broadcasting bad language. The most recent was on Election Day before the Supreme Court. Note: in the original print edition (image below), the headline was “Actually, the Constitution is pretty clear on things.” I objected to the editor afterwards and the … Read on …

Semantic pollution fouling the airwaves

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Special to the Star-Telegram Chesapeake Energy’s impressive and expensive PR campaign has folks asking questions. Lots of questions. One of the overlooked and under-reported aspects related to drilling in the Barnett Shale is the negative impact to our local linguistic environment. We’re not talking particulate matter here. This is the worrisome increase in measurable propagandulate … Read on …

But what if …

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Special to the Star-Telegram The local community had an opportunity to go beyond talking about race. Instead, we passed to avoid the front page, content to be merely a footnote. Today is graduation day at Texas Christian University. I teach a class in general semantics there, and seven of my 46 students will walk across … Read on …

India: A Report

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Read an English translation of an original Gujurati language news article. Read an account of one presentation here in the 20 November edition of the daily newspaper DNA (Daily News & Analysis).   Thanks to underwriting from Mr. Balvant K. Parekh, Chairman of Pidilite Industries Ltd, IGS Board President Andrea Johnson and I spent more … Read on …

A Fence Sieve Language

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(Published in the July 2007 edition of ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Volume 64 No. 3) A culture cannot be discriminatingly accepted, much less be modified, except by persons who have seen through it—by persons who have cut holes in the confining stockade of verbalized symbols and so are able to look at the … Read on …

A long, winding stream

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Don’t like feeling like a fish flopping on an August sidewalk? Don’t give up hope. Next week, I begin a new job. I’ve been invited by the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University to teach a course in general semantics. There’s a bit of irony in this. In 1979, … Read on …