Science + English = Gaurav’s Nerdville

Gaurav in Science Chic

We are happy to introduce our first official Science Nerd to the Edupunk.  Gaurav Walia looks normal on the outside, even handsome, but on the inside…  Scientists are not known for being cool, they are known for having some of the coolest toys on the planet.  This class will contain weekly topics in the scientific realm.  Hopefully, it will prove to be a fun way to practice your more technical English vocabulary.

Gaurav will be offering classes on Sundays. He has not settled on a particular “fun” dynamic yet. He  hopes that you will come to his  experimental class so that you can help him discover “fun” for learning English. For WizIQ class links

Gaurav’s  bio page on WizIQ:

The original blog post and all things Edupunk can be found here:

Have you kissed a scientist today?

They need love and encouragement too!

here is this Sunday’s link:

Screen Casting Call

OK, I am ready to make another music video mashup thingy.  I need all Edupunkers to get their artistic mind in gear.  Get a marker and camera.  Put all together and send me the outcomes!  All can join,  keep the shots family friendly.  Here is the link to the album:
 Send your pics to me .

Best grammar rules, EVER!

from gryphonmountaindotnet

A new friend at WizIQ, Paul Rogers ( link here) has shared the only rule list I have ver liked for editing or grammar.  It uses humor and you must read the list carefully to catch the nuanced lessons.  Enjoy!  (here is the link to his Wiki)


Believe it or not, my idea of this writing workshop is an extension of our Karaoke ESL stuff.  We are developing another aspect of native fluency by writing in “real-time”.  Depending on your fluency, your responses will be short and phrasal (or chunked) in style.  As we are writing a running dialog in a movie script format, this will reinforce the speaking style of a native speaker.  However, we must also allow the left brain help.  The following left-brain rules are written in a way to allow our right-brain to work in partnership.

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalise.
15. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
16. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
18. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be ignored.
20. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
21. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
22. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
23. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
24. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
25. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
26. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
27. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
28. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
29. Who needs rhetorical questions?
30. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
31. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

This list would make a great class in itself!  Thanks Paul.

Obi Ben Kinobi is now Sith

Obi Ben Kinobi 2009

Last week in our Edupunk meeting we talked about free vs freedom at the Edupunk.  One in attendance was our dear friend Ben Stewart (aka Obi Ben Kinobi).  He has proven to be a valuable asset to me over the years.  He is our “mole” within the highest echelons of the Academic Industrial Complex. 


He blogged, quite well, about his take on my rants.  Here is his blog (click here)posting covering his response.  I fear that he may be spending too much time under the influence of The Dark Lord due to his desire to attain his Doctorate.  I fear we may have lost him. Here is a picture he submitted with his doctoral thesis:

Doctoral Candidate Benjamin Stewart

Flower creates a comic book Edupunk

I will need a little time to get the entire article imported here. Flower the head of our ministry of propaganda is creating a Prezi about The Edupunk. Until I get the HTML, here is the link:

Nope, could not copy her source code into this posting, you will need to click on the link above to view.  Sorry China it is on blogspot which is blocked there.