Monthly Archives: May 2009

Wordle: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Wordle - Shakespeare's Sonnets

What Is Google Wave?

Google Wave is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year.”  According to an article, “Google’s Wave Consolidates Core Online Features in One Tool,” on, it “consolidates features from e-mail, instant messaging, blogging, wikis, multimedia management and document sharing.”  For more information, see “Google Wave:  A Complete Guide” at Mashable and the following videos:

Video: “Google Wave: Natural Language Processing

Video: “Google Wave: Live collaborative editing

Video:  “Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009

Video: “Google Wave Founding Team Interview

Video: “[OSTI] Deep Web Video”

Video:  “[OSTI] Deep Web Video

Office of Scientific & Technical Information

Links for 2009-05-28 []

Technical Communication Twine

I started a Technical Communication twine.  Please join me in adding useful links and information.

My Twines

I joined Twine more than a year ago, but I didn’t get around to exploring it until this week.  I’ve joined the following twines, “interest networks”:

I subscribed to RSS feeds for all of them and tried out the bookmarklet, which doesn’t seem to allow the user to specify which twine to add the item to.

I can see how Twine could be useful for my second-semester composition students.  They could find or create twines related to their research topics.

Links for 2009-05-23 []

What Is Wolfram|Alpha?

Wolfram|Alpha is a “computational knowledge engine.”  It “is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.”  To use it, you “enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer.”  Examples of computations and an overview video are available on the website.



Resources for Self Publishing


  • Carroll, William.  Self Publishing Made Easy.  San Marcos, CA:  Coda Publications, 1999.
  • Fry, Patricia L. The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book. 2nd ed. Ojai, CA: Matilija Press, 2007
  • Poynter, Dan.  Self-Publishing Manual:  How To Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book.  15th ed.  Santa Barbara, CA:  Para Publishing, 2006.
  • Rich, Jason R.  Self-Publishing for Dummies.  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley, 2006.
  • Ross, Tom and Marilyn.  The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book. 4th ed.  Cincinnati, OH:  Writer’s Digest Books, 2002.
  • Sander, Jennifer Basye.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Self-Publishing.  New York, NY: Alpha Books, 2005.
  • Start Your Own Self-Publishing Business:  Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success.  2nd ed.  Irvine, CA:  Entrepreneur Press, 2007.



  • IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association)
  • SPAN (Small Publishers Association of North America)
  • SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network)





Video: “How to beat Google”

Video:  “How to beat Google