History has taught us that no matter how we change the
environment it is impossible to change the man...After all,
anybody is as their land and air is....If that is so, it is
wonder that Bob Dylan became such a luminous amalgam
of showmanship and aloofness, spirituality and desolation,
eloquence and exaggeration, individuality and
Journals: 250 words weekly Due: No later than 6:00am on Wednesdays. Grade Value: 20% Total
Weekly informal journals provide an opportunity for you to reflect on and respond to the readings and discussions, develop ideas for your papers, and continue our conversations after class. The journals also allow me to get to know your writing so that I can provide better advice and feedback on your papers. Finally, your journals are part of the class assessment process, allowing me to assess how well you are learning what I think I am teaching. In some ways the weekly journals will be the most important of the writing assignments. Your weekly journals should be no less than a full typed page (roughly 250 words), and they should be about some aspect of the class. Journals that stop only at "I like this; I do not like that" remarks will receive no credit. Instead you should use the journals as a way to engage Dylan and to try to understand some aspect of his work. The individual journal entries will not be graded, so the best approach is to try to have fun thinking about the work: speculate, venture, invent, try out new ideas, think through problems. These journals should be posted to the course listserve and are due by 6:00am on Wednesday, so that everyone has a chance to read them before class; journals not received by the start of class on Wednesday will not be accepted. Your "journal" grade will be based on the percentage of the total number that you actually submit. NO LATE JOURNALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
While its similarity to LISP will make it easier for LISP programmers to learn Dylan, C and Pascal developers weren't impressed with Dylan's LISP heritage. "The syntax is unreadable," said Howard Shere, president of Green Dragon Creations Inc., a Mac software company based in Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Nassi responded: "We are less concerned about the syntax than the underlying structure. There are other syntaxes that we can apply to Dylan." An ALGOL-like syntax and a Smalltalk-like syntax are possibilities, he said.
With a static language, programmers must write a complete program before they can compile and test it. With a dynamic language, the programming process is more interactive. A Dylan programmer will be able to design and test each object on the fly, as well as add and delete components without having to go through tedious recompile cycles.
However, he said, "We can develop implementation strategies that could take into account different power-consumption profiles for different machines." For example, on a machine where battery life is critical, such as a PowerBook, Dylan's memory management could use the disk drive less frequently.
Dylan had a
proficiency at learning
songs perfectly the first time he heard them which was
admired by his peers
that, along with tireless ...
Lyric poetry never gets far from its origins, except that some of its finest examples Medieval Latin, Provençal, Middle High German, Middle French, Renaissance which today are only read, were actually written to be sung. In the twentieth century, however, popular songs of great literary merit have become increasingly common for example, the songs of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in German, of Georges Brassens and Anne Sylvestre in French, and of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. It is interesting to note that, in periods when the culture values artificiality, the lyric becomes stereotyped. Then, after a while, the poets revolt and, usually turning to folk origins, restore to lyric poetry at least the appearance of naturalness and spontaneity.