Tuesday, October 11, 2011


  I resisted owning a computer for many years.  Now my shiny ( recertified) Macbook pro is the possession I most value.  I don't mind schlepping the children to endless birthday parties if I can connect to the universe and get some work done.

Recently,  our other computer, the family PC, crashed exactly at the moment when I was saving a document.  Ever since Hurricane Irene blew through, the machine has been out of sorts; I think that this latest crash signifies the end.  The machine has become unreliable, so I ordered a recertified one from  Newegg.  I don't want to spend the money or utilize more conflict metals, but it will be nice to have a shiny new (or at least new to me) portal through which to enter many aspects of my life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Standard Pronunciation

I've been talking and reading about accents and pronunciation a lot lately.  The really cool thing to know is that everybody has an accent. Even those folks who talk on NPR, even  members of the British royal family have accents.

I just spent two hours playing around with the International English dialects on this site and on this one too.