Archive for February, 2008

Further Instructions on the website

A few tips:

1. You have to create a PAGE to contain the information you post on the website. DO NOT put your information up as a “POST” because it will not show up.

2. Basic instructions: Login to the Dublin by Lamplight site; click on “Write”; Choose “Write Page”; Give the page a name; Enter your text in the window; click Publish. mAKE SURE YOUR NAME SHOWS UP. THAT’S IT!!!!!

3. Anyone who has not picked up their package (I returned them on Wednesday) can retrieve it from Carol Anne at the Drama desk tomorrow.

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New Contract

Summary of what was decided in class today:

– Everyone has to create an individual page on the Dublin by Lamplight website by the end of Sunday, March 2, 2008, and write one entry. This entry should be a written statement (50-200 words) that reflects one small part of your research. Give it a title, make it legible, and check your spelling and grammar. This is a simple task to ensure that everyone has grappled with the site at least once. Remember that your login and password take this format: firstnamelastinitial (I would be natalieh) unless you changed it during the classes with Jenn.

– All individuals who make this posting will have their final website contributions extended to 11am, Wednesday March 19, 2008. I have set the deadline of 11am because I would like to show and discuss the website in class as a sort of ‘post-mortem’ on the entire project. Students who do not complete this task on time will be subject to a late penalty.

– If you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to email me. I am here to help out – don’t let the web side of things make you crazy.

– On Monday we will look at all of the postings, and make time for discussions. I will also discuss citation formats, so that we can all be using the same thing (MLA in-text citations).

– One final important note: I have changed the email listserv for our class. Now everyone who is in the class can post a message to the listserv, and it will be distributed to all members of the class. This should facilitate discussion. IMPORTANT: Only registered email addresses can be used to post; the listserv uses your Queen’s email address. To post a message to the listserv, address it to : DRAM319-L@Lists.QueensU.Ca

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February 11&13

I have updated the Schedule page to reflect what the class will be doing on Feb 11 and 13. There are no readings for this week. Instead, students will learn how to login and start constructing the website that will house the class project on Dublin by Lamplight. You can look at the site now, which is merely a shell of what it will eventually become. Students who have laptops are encouraged to bring them on both Monday and Wednesday

On Wednesday, the class will meet in Room 115. The goal of Wednesday’s class is to determine, as a class and in smaller research groups, the basic layout of the site. Right now you’ll notice that the ‘pages’ are named after the Groups – Group A, Group B, etc. This is not a very attractive or informative way to name pages, so students need to decide how the website will be structured. Having one page for each student is overwhelming, so the class needs to decide how to categorise their research into different areas that promote easy and clear navigation for website readers. Thinking about this in advance will help the class to get further on Wednesday.

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who knows all there is to know about the crying game?

Screening of The Crying Game (dir. Neil Jordan, 1992) 112 min.

THURSDAY FEB 7, 4:00pm

ROOM 102

ALL WELCOME! BRING MICROWAVED POPCORN!

Natalie will be available for an informal post-screening chat for any interested parties…

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Tom Murphy (Ray Dooley in Beauty Queen)

Laura M and I were trying to distinguish Tom Murphy (the actor who played Ray Dooley in Beauty Queen) from Tom Murphy the playwright, and were shocked to find that he had recently died. If you’re curious to read more about him, you can check out this obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/arts/25murphy.html

Note that the film he most recently starred in, “Adam and Paul” is a possibility for our screening series. I didn’t include it in the original poll because — if you think Beauty Queen is bleak — it is quite dire in its portrait of contemporary Dublin. However, I do have it if anyone is interested.

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