blog postsThe Internet: It was 40 years ago today that the series of tubes went liveOct 29, 2009 7:45 pm4049 views I began writing this online message 40 years to the minute when the internet went live.Fined for driving while Spanish in Dallas, fired for working while Spanish in TaosOct 27, 2009 11:30 am4205 views English-only is back in the news this week. In Dallas, even a hint of Spanish in your voice can get you fined, and in Taos, New Mexico, a smattering of Spanish on your name tag can get you fired.Two thumbs up? Researchers predict by 2013 we'll all be tweetingOct 25, 2009 3:30 pm1755 views Researchers are predicting that Twitter is going global: in just four years, everyone on the planet -- some 10 billion people -- will be tweeting.The Noun Game -- a simple grammar lesson leads to a clash of civilizationsOct 24, 2009 5:30 pm48544 views Everybody knows that a noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. It's one of those undeniable facts of daily life, a fact we seldom question until we meet up with a case that doesn't quite fit the way we're used to viewing things.It's National Writing Day: I wrote today, did you?Oct 20, 2009 11:00 pm5248 views Senate Resolution 310 proclaims today, Oct. 20, as the National Day on Writing. Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Day on Writing seeks to promote personal, professional, and civic writing in all its forms and celebrates writing by establishing a National Writing Gallery to display all the writing created on National Writing Day.Whatever is, you know, the word that Americans hate mostOct 12, 2009 10:15 pm4167 views A recent poll finds that "whatever" is the single most annoying word in English, followed by the common phrase "you know."Blogging for pay: Federal Trade Commission to make bloggers tell allOct 7, 2009 4:30 pm1829 views The Federal Trade Commission has issued new rules requiring bloggers to disclose any compensation they may receive for product placements, endorsements, and testimonials.Celebrate Banned Books Week: Read now, before it's too lateOct 1, 2009 12:00 pm3739 views This week is Banned Books Week (Sept. 26 - Oct. 3), celebrating the freedom to read.