Wednesday, September 29, 2004

if only i were an english teacher 

actually, if i were an English teacher, the world would be seriously off-kilter. But in that off-kilter universe, i would be soooo pleased to have the National Association of Comics Art Educators site which is chock full of study guides and syllabi and lots of other resources for treating comics like any other art form. as it is, i think i'll be spending a chunk of time browsing thru their helpful links page -- so much to learn!

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Friday, September 10, 2004

Distinctions i never knew of 

I always thought the words "jail" and "prison" were interchangable. Not so, explains Neil Gaiman:

Jail is the place that you hold people who are awaiting trial

Now, not that i am one to not trust the esteemed Mr. Gaiman, but i felt the need to check this out with my equally trusty on-line dictionary. And yes, Merriam Webster does generally agree:

JAIL: (1) a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody; specifically : such a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes -- compare PRISON

PRISON: (2) a place of confinement especially for lawbreakers; specifically : an institution (as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes -- compare JAIL

color me enlightened!

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