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Here’s a video by Zia about Hip Hop, Poetry, and Dyslexia


Homophone Checker and the Cult of Correctness in The ALESTLE

The Alestle giving some props to the Homophone Checker and making some good points about the “cult of correctness” that follows around English professors, teachers, and majors.

http://www.alestlelive.com/news/article_e9bc89c0-9cbb-11e2-85fe-001a4bcf6878.html


One of my poems, “Klimt Flashback” is up at MUSED

It’s got everything a poem should have: reference to a painting and Hamlet, a redhead, and death.

http://infertility.bellaonline.com/review/issues/spring2013/p014.html

Don’t worry about the “infertility” in the web address above. Everything’s a-okay here.


An absurd poem of mine is up at Clutching at Straws

It’s me at my Tom Waits-y-est!

http://clutchingatstraws.wordpress.com/category/jason-braun/


At Critical Margins: LITERACY IS FOR THE CYBORGS, OR HOW I SPENT NEARLY TWO YEARS READING A ONE PAGE BLOG POST

In an attempt to redefine literacy for the cyborg future, I have annotated Benson Schliesser’s article “Court Approves Nortel’s Sale of IPv4 Addresses to Microsoft” that appeared at CircleID.com.

Read more at:

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/04/01/literacy-is-for-the-cyborgs-or-how-i-spent-nearly-two-years-reading-a-one-page-blog-post/


Read Makers If You Write Or Create Anything

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As the editor in chief of Wired, Chris Anderson has championed 3D printing since the beginning. This book is a harbinger. This book is a prototype of your future life. This book was sent back from 2042 to the digital shelves of Amazon to stop other machines from killing your dreams.

Anderson compresses recent and future innovation as seen from 20,000 feet: “The past ten years have been about discovering new ways to create, invent, and work together on the Web. The next ten years will be about applying those lessons to the real world” (17).

Whittle, paint, write, repurpose, tinker, code, copy, manipulate and share–but whatever you do, do not stop.

Anderson, Chris. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. New York: Crown Business, 2012. Print.

http://www.makers-revolution.com/


The Homophone Checker Makes The Chronicle Of Higher Education

Lucy Ferriss tells it like it is. The Homophone checker is not perfect, but it is a start. Check it out at:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/04/02/homophone-phobic-hears-help/


Fulbright Scholar and Blogger, Kola Tubosun had this to say about the Homophone Checker

“My friend, Jason Braun, has launched the world’s first free Homophone Checker app at  Homophonecheck.com!”

Read more at:

http://www.ktravula.com/2013/03/check-yourself-introducing-a-homophone-checker/#utm_source=feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed


Local Boy (Me) Makes Good (For Once)

http://www.republictimes.net/waterloo-native-creates-helpful-new-web-app/


Homophonecheck.com getting props at Critical Margins

 

Recently, I’ve discovered two tools that have helped me introduce grammar concepts to students without having to dig through textbooks: Grammarly andHomophone Check.

 

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/03/27/homophone-check-and-grammarly-automating-grammar-instruction/


Did you know I host a radio show?

If you have a book of poems, short stories, or creative nonfiction that you think is newsworthy, get at me.

 

http://kdhx.org/play/radio-shows/literature-for-the-halibut


Homophone Checker Press Release

Jason Braun

314-614-3717

homophonecheck.com

jasonleebraun@gmail.com

 

For immediate release:

 

Check Yourself:

The World’s First Homophone Checker is Online–and It’s Free!

 

There, their, and they’re won’t be a problem if you use homophonecheck.com

 

Edwardsville, IL, March 25th: Jason Braun, who teaches English Composition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) will officially release the world’s first online homophone checker. Homophonecheck.com is a free web app that allows writers to quickly proofread for errors that word-processing software typically skips over.

 

Writers copy text and paste it into the homophone checker. Then 40 of the most commonly confused homophones–words that sound the same but are spelled differently– are highlighted automatically. When writers move their curser over the highlighted homophones, a box pops up showing each possible word, its part of speech, and a grammatically correct example sentence.

 

Although Braun has published extensively, and is the Associate Editor of Sou’wester, a national literary magazine published through SIUE, he has dyslexia and has struggled with these homophones himself. While teaching English Composition, Braun found errors in students writing, distracting from the content of their papers. He complained to his colleagues for a while. They concurred. Then he analyzed the most frequent errors in student papers and conducted an informal survey of his colleagues to determine the most common homophone confusions in student work. Braun then made a list of these words, along with the parts of speech they belong to and an example sentence for each.

 

Braun bought homophonecheck.com from Godaddy.com. Then he called in Dan McKenzie, a computer programmer, bass player, and artist. Braun and McKenzie have collaborated on projects as diverse as Hip Hop albums and apps. Last year, they created an iPhone app that was the 144th most downloaded paid business app on iTunes. Braun and McKenzie worked on this project for over six months.

 

 


LIFESTYLE DESIGN FOR WRITERS

This blog post at Critical Margins is about Applying the 4 Hour Workweek to writing. Check it out.

 

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/03/25/tim-ferriss-four-hour-hero-or-asshat-part-6-lifestyle-design-for-writers/


ADVENTURES WITH MENTORS: AL KATKOWSKY

Here’s a short profile and interview I did with my friend and mentor, the app star, Al Katkowsky. 

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/02/11/adventures-with-mentors-al-katkowsky/


SOFTBLOW

Four of my poems just went up at SOFTBLOW. The poems are about talking trees, obsession and carpentry, white guys listening to black power poems, volvos, pleasure of old records and other stuff. But I’d just check it out for the shark logo. 

http://www.softblow.org/jasonbraun.html


TIM FERRISS: 4-HOUR-HERO OR JUST ANOTHER ASSHAT?

Kevin Eagan and I get it going crossfire-style in this blog post below!

http://criticalmargins.com/2013/01/20/tim-ferriss-4-hour-hero/


Prime Number

A few hardboiled and central american inspired poems of mine and a Q and A just went up at Prime Number. If you’ve ever planed a getaway, this is for you. 

http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue31_Poetry_JasonBraun.html


Curio Poetry

Three short poems of mine just went up a Curio Poetry. One is about a Southern Illinois town of Hecker-where there’s a street with my last name, one’s about demons, and one’s about a flight attendent I dated once. 

http://curiopoetry.wordpress.com/curio-issue-10-jason-braun/


One of my poems just went up at Front Porch Review

The poem is about a solder coming home. This is a much shorter poem than The Odyssey.

http://frontporchrvw.com/issue/january-2013/article/after-a-long-absence


One of my poems just went up at the Camel Saloon

The Poem is called “Old Movies Taught Us” and has dogs, santa, and Shirley Temple in it.  Where else you gonna find that all in one place?

http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/


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iPad, Digital Watches, and the Caveman

 

NAKED AS A CAVEMAN

Here’s a blog post I did for Kevin Eagan’s blog Critical Margins. It stars like this:

The October issue of Wired Magazine is “The Design Issue,” and it is fruitful to think of this particular issue and theme as being the right time and place for a full-page advertisement for the nuud, a case for the iPad designed by LifeProof. The iPad is produced by Apple, which is a company obsessed with design.Wired’s target market is a white, male, Apple-buying collection of “hackers.”

iPad, Digital Watches, and the Caveman

Check it out.


My poem Cosmos just went up at the Evergreen Review

http://www.evergreenreview.com/b/current-issue-number-130/cosmos-jason-braun/


Today’s Poem

Political Campaign in an Age of Apocalypse:

The Staten Island Ferry
is one of the last things
free left and the zombies
are trying to change that.

 

-Jason Braun


Today’s Poem

Simon of the Desert

Refuses goats milk
because one day it will turn
and refuses the girl
because one day she’ll age
and refuses the young man’s
piety because he does not grow
a bear and refuses the eyes
of his mother because she knew
him before he martyred
and he drank at her breast
and hell is an unexpected
airplane ride, beatniks,
and a wife forever dancing
with other people.

 

-Jason Braun