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Arrival in the USA

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Hi all my friends... I have just arrived in Los Angeles in the first let of my visit to the USA. The main aim of this visit is to attend the WebCT Conference in Chicago where I am giving a ShowCase Presentation (that is the grand title!) on the use I have made of LiveJournal in Literature Teaching at university. I have to say in preparing for this presentation I was again very gratified to see how much good work many of you have been doing - and are continuing to do (even thought Semester has ended). Overall I think LiveJournal has added a fantastic new dimemnion to Literature teaching both in the way it has opened you up to each other and helped to release the creative genie from the bottle. As I speak some of you are even experimenting with video poetry on-line within LiveJournal!!!!
Now a few words about LA where I am spending a couple of days before heading further north to Chicago. It is of course mid-summer here... or nearly so! The Jacarandas are in bloom... in Sydney they bloom in November... here in June. And the streets here are full of Australian native plants. Lots of Eucalypts and Callistemons (Bottle Brushes). But this is a desert landscape here. It is much drier than in Sydney and generally I have a sense that it is more run-down and industrialized. My friend here pointed out the grey towers of Holywood set against the backdrop of high rocky mountains... but I didn't get this sudden urge to want to go over there and check out the realm of the stars!!
In fact as we speak I am on my way down to the beach at "Venice Beach" on out of town suburb where a friend of mine lives. I hope to check out the water temperature and wash some of the effects of the 12 hour flight out of my system.... But it is exciting to be in a new place... despite the jet lag... will talk again soon here... and maybe with some pictures if I get my act together....
Here is moi against a backdrop of the main beach in Los Angeles!...
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Date:July 2nd, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)

Is it just me?

I'll be intrested to see some other people get on the poetry/film bag wagon next semester, there's so much potential out there. With overlays, diffrent tones settings and use of text. The lines between text, art, film and music are being blurred.

Oh, I think you spelt dimension wrong.

(Sorry but it's a once in a life time opertunity to correct an English Professor on his spelling, at least for a dyslexic student)
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)

Re: Is it just me?

LOL :) I stand corrected.
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Date:July 4th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)

Re: Is it just me?

Hahaha! You're so cute. =)

Date:July 2nd, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)

Hey Dad!...

Hey Dad,

enjoy the beach - Have a swim for me!! it's so cold here today!!
and in reference to the previous comment - it's a good thing dad has access to spellcheck most of the time!!!!

Take care,

Lv Han
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
good man (re. not running to see the """"stars""""... we all know the real stars do not work in the daytime, rather they flourish in the depths of midnight wonder.
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Date:July 4th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)


Hey Professor :)
I have an important and urgent enquiry about my live journal 2 mark, can you please check your email and get back to me when you get the chance?
I hope youre having a wonderful break, take care and i hope to hear from you soon.

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Date:July 13th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Live Journal is the greatest innovation ever Michael. It's the one thing that always makes me happy. We need a website so all our friends can see it at their leisure, and for the whole world to appreciate our beauty. You will become extremely famous for this creative product of bliss. Can't wait for the lectures and tuts!
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