I’ve been working on my CELTA certification as of late, and that has kept me tremendously busy. I am enjoying the hell out of it, and I am rather nervous/excited to try to implement what I am learning into classrooms that I run. It will be an interesting change.
But that is what has been keeping me from this blog. That, or it could be the fact that I have always sucked at keeping this up.
Anyway, the EFF (who are awesome) released a delightful April Fool’s email.
I’ll quote my favorite part, and hope this convinces some people to keep up with them.
NSA Tells Public To Reduce Use of Passive Voice In EmailBoth style and national security are impacted by the use of passive voice, the NSA said today. Having spent many billions of taxpayer dollars to capture all private electronic communication, the agency is frustrated that poor writing habits are making this data difficult to analyze. “We strongly prefer short declarative sentences where the actor is clearly identified,” said an NSA spokesperson. “Instead of writing, ‘The protest will be attended by many activists,’ it would be better to write, ‘Known dissidents Amy Goodman, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald will travel by bus to the protest in Washington Square Park, New York, and will arrive at approximately 1:04 p.m. on April 1st, 2015.'” The NSA further suggested that instead of composing private email, citizens could instead fill out a webform at NSA.gov or travel to Bluffdale, Utah and share all of their most private secrets with the NSA in person.
Find the EFF here: https://www.eff.org/