• Cratchit: The Etymology

      Adams, Michael; Indiana University (2011-01-01)
      Cratchit, the surname shared by Bob, Martha, Peter, Belinda, assorted other Cratchits, the mother and wife who is only identified as “Mrs. Cratchit,” and especially Tiny Tim, in A Christmas Carol (1843), is one of Dickens’s most thematically and stylistically significant character names, as well as arguably the best loved. Nevertheless, the name’s etymology has given rise to relatively little commentary and is as yet undetermined. The exception is Michael Patrick Hearn’s The Annotated Christmas Carol (Dickens and Hearn 119) which correctly identifies the predominant etymon, without any attempt to “determine” it. Here I examine various etymological claims and argue for a particular mixed etymology, one that makes linguistic (morphological, semantic, pragmatic) and literary (thematic, characterological, stylistic) sense. The etymology leads to the name’s fictive value: the etymology is essential to understanding, not only thesignificance of the name, but the significance of the novel, as well as something about the aesthetic assumptions or inclinations underlying both, of which we are aware at their point of intersection.
    • The Brockport Navigator

      Anand, Vishal; Adams, Michael; The College at Brockport (2011-08-01)
      This paper discusses the creation processes used to design and develop the Brockport Navigator, an Android application developed to help acclimatize incoming students to the College at Brockport campus. The paper describes the basic concepts of the Android operating system and what is involved in developing Android applications, the process used to map out the campus via Google Earth, the SQLite database used to store all of the GPS (Global Positioning System) information, the CustomView class developed to display the application, and the Map Display and Navigator features of the application. Next, the paper discusses the routing algorithm that was written to handle route calculation, and the Dijkstra?s Algorithm, which later replaced the initial routing algorithm. Lastly, the paper explores the future enhancements and features that may be added.