Three out: serial commas, barcamps, and babies eating lemons


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And on the 20th day, they clicked three times before they rested. Who thought this one up? The 31 Day Comment Challenge became silly today with Three Links Out. We had to go to a familiar blog, click on a link, click on another link there and after landing and dusting off, look around and leave a comment. What did I find?

Well it all got surreal to be honest. On the first couple of blogs the links came to a grinding halt just two clicks out … dead end stuff. PS, lots of blogs don’t have Blogrolls, so you have to plough through postings to find a likely link. So, back I went to ground zero … my own Blogroll. From here I decided to go a blog premised on good design and great ideas, and find where that led. OK. Here I went again, feeling a bit like Doctor Who in the Tardis. You know the bit where he jiggles all the levers and doesn’t know where he’s landed till he emerges blinking into the sun/moon/other light of a planet somewhere.

My finds: I had no idea about the punctuational rule of the ‘Serial Comma.’ I’m keen on following and eliminating wandering apostrophes (hey, I’m an academic!) but this one got me interested. I don’t expect that you, dear reader could be as interested as I, but if you’re keen you could go here for more on this phenomenon. Did I leave a comment? Oh no … there are some things best left to lie undisturbed. When it comes to rules of grammar or punctuation … tread softly intruder.

Back to go. On the penultimate outbound click I found Steve Hargadon. His name was someone vaguely familiar to me; this was enough to prompt a final decision. This landing on Steve’s blog proved enormously useful, and ended with another link for my stash. The theme was ‘unplugging’ and was all about collaboration in e-learning, and mentioned those odd things I keep reading about: Barcamps and unconferences. Here it all was with a cookbook approach on how to set up one of these flexible Web 2.0 gatherings. Good stuff and useful. So, not so silly after all. Yes, I left a comment.

And then to finish the task, I went looking for something weird. Well, as weird as I could find in a three click quest. Where to start? OK, back to a blog that is ‘different.’ It took me to a promise of a YouTube on ‘Babies Eating Lemons.’ I got there but found a copyright block had been slapped on said video. Probably a good thing too I heard the babies cry. So where to then? Well nowhere. By this time I felt I really was wasting time, and besides I thought the whole idea had become a little too frivolous. There was far better stuff happening out there on Twitter!


6 responses to “Three out: serial commas, barcamps, and babies eating lemons”

  1. Sue Waters Avatar

    Haven’t decided how I feel about this tasks but feeling a bit emotional clicking on your blog. Just left a comment about your week in a sentence relating to large green frog when click on your web page and what did I see? My mind is permanently scared by the green frog and there is a green frog in your header 🙁

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Green frog army {seesmic_video:{“url_thumbnail”:{“value”:””}”title”:{“value”:”Green frog army “}”videoUri”:{“value”:””}}}

  3. Ken Allan Avatar

    Tena koe Kate!

    “Serial Comma”. What a hoot!

    Shades of Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, except it was a Panda, not a green frog.

    Ka kite
    from Middle-earth
    (where some green frogs live)

  4. Ken Allan Avatar

    Hey! That’s not fair!
    Where’d green frog go?
    It was there a moment ago

  5. Kate Foy Avatar

    Evening Ken. The headings are rotating in this theme. Actually though, the frog was embarrassed by all the attention and headed off to graze on the moths outside my window.

  6. Ken Allan Avatar

    Tena koe Kate

    My daughter, Hannah, kept a green frog for over 3 years. We fed it live moths, flies and other insects.

    These little creatures rarely live more than 18 months in the wild. I think Hannah’s froggy died at a ripe old age – probably of old age!

    Ka kite

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