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September 22, 2006

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Wilson

I believe #1 has been invented, but it goes under the name of "dry-erase markers."

Karen Lofstrom

5 and 6 have been invented -- they're e-book readers. I have read many humongous Victorian three-deckers on my Clie PDA with backlight, which turns itself off when I fall asleep holding it. I'm told that the iRex iLiad is a fine e-reader, and has a screen much larger than the tiny PDA screen.

Many Victorian works are out of print and unavailable except as e-books. Go Distributed Proofreaders!

Later material is less apt to be available as e-books, unless it's "unofficial." I bought all the Harry Potter books in hardback (from the UK) and then read them as pirated e-books. Much easier on the wrists.

Wegie

Assuming suitable compliance (ha!), the in-bed reading of the huge books in section 5 can be accomplished by leaning them against a suitably[1] comatose cat.

[1] The cat in question is undoubtably the most obliging and dopey (it took him three weeks to learn how to use a cat flap) feline of all time, and will sleep for 23 1/2 hours a day. Results with my rather more assertive Glaswegian cat cast some doubt on the method being generalisable to the set of all cats.

JBJ

At our school, the administration decided that the chalk dust was gunking up the multimedia stations in the smart classrooms, so they swapped *all* the chalk boards in the building for whiteboards w/dry erase markers.

That most of the chalkboards were not in smart rooms mattered not.

How many faculty members spent the better part of a year learning the difference between dry erase and permanent markers I'll leave as an exercise for the reader.

Chet Scoville

The Norton Anthology is now available in multi-slim-volume format, so (5) is at least possible. And you can order a somewhat manageable paperback of the Riverside Chaucer from the UK.

As for the rest, well, we can dream.

Lazygal

Why wear black? It's a uniform: everything goes with it. Like Garanimals for adults. Just, well, more basic.

Anne

Some days I do not wear black. I can go for weeks without using the chalkboard much. But if I am all in black--especially spiffy black--there is a huge likelihood that I will a) write all over the board and b) spend the last twenty minutes of class leaning back against it. This likelihood increases if class precedes lunch with a Dean or dept. chair...

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