Spring08: student web publishing galore

Today was a watershed day in my classes this semester: tonight, at midnight, the first web publishing assignment was due. And it's gone quite well - more or less 91 students (my current roster) have published their first webpages. Simple simple simple: just two pages, linked to each other, with some link to another website. We'll add images next week.

As usual, most of the students had never published a webpage before.

Even better: most students were surprised at how easy it was! Yeah!!!!!!

I've been doing this so long that none of the little glitches that come up surprise me too much, and if the students having trouble can just sent me a screenshot (oh the joy of screenshots!), I can diagnose the problem very quickly - a missing slash, ftp address in the wrong box, filename with an unfortunately upper-case letter, and so on.

It's still an entire 30 minutes until midnight, of course, so quite a few of them are still publishing (nothing like living dangerously). But I'm going to take a quick romp through the pages and share some quotes with you. Each person puts some favorite quote on their homepage, and here are some of the quotes that popped up this semester: it's a kind of snapshot of my students in the words they chose to represent themselves! I've pasted them in here below, in no particular order - it's not all of them, but you get the idea. I have such great students! :-)

Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.
-Robert Duvall

To the world you are only one person, but to one person you could be the world.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."

There is no time for cut and dried monotony. There is time for work.
And there is time for love. That leaves no other time. -- Coco Chanel

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep the streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. - Roald Dahl


What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. -- Helen Keller

"Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?"
- C.S Lewis

" The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing"

"We define ourselves by the best that is in us, not the worst that has been done to us."--Edward Lewis

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." -Vince Lombardi

"whenever i get gloomy with the state of the world, i think about the arrivals gate at heathrow airport. general opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but i don't see that. it seems to me that love is everywhere. often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, new friends, old friends. when the planes hit the twin towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. if you look for it, i've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around." -- love actually

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

"If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Even if you are on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers

"Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus."
~Susan Longacre

"There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love."
-Johnny Depp

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take". -Wayne Gretsky

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Leonardo da Vinci

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

"Your library is your paradise."---Erasmus

"If one wishes to lead the orchestra, often they must turn their back to the crowd"-anonymous

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.
-The Beatles

"If you're going through hell; keep going." Winston Churchill

"Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias."
Stephen Colbert

“...when the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something." - Robert Browning, 1855

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Morto un papa, se ne fa un altro.
('When one pope dies, they make another one'- the Italian version of 'Life goes on'.)

"Don't mistake fate for coincidence."

"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."-Mohandas Ghandi

"If you don't succeed, you can always change majors."

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