Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Don't underestimate the things that I will do

Colorlines, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME with all these stunning preteen covers of Rolling in the Deep. First they posted this precocious family band from Mexico.

Now there's PS22's choir. Oh my god just from the first note this girl kills it/me. And the kids and their hand motions. If I've been good in this life, may I please be a part of this choir in the next?

(Also, I just realized that I've consumed both chocolate stout and chocolate/chili/strawberry tea in the last day. And I had some actual chocolate.)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another gem from course readings...

"Technology systems, such as text-based multi-user object-oriented environments and gopher servers, have not withstood the test of time because they were not engaging to the user. However, a fairly simply [sic] program such as Oregon Trail (Trinklein Et Boettcher, 2003) continues on because students seem enthralled with it. I am unfamiliar with any research showing large test score gains for Oregon Trail users, but it is being used in classrooms around the country."

Monday, February 13, 2012

File Under: Just Another Evening At Home

R: What's your password?

K: I'm not telling you! It ends with an exclamation point. That's all I'll say.

R: Is it "WHITE POWER!"?

K: No.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Helloooooooooooo world!!!

You'll be comforted to note that even though I've been in school for less than a month, I've already managed to pull one paper-writing all-nighter. Ahh, it'd been a while. The difference is that now when I get an hour of sleep I look SO TERRIFYING the next day. If only I'd had under-eye bags like that in college I never would have gotten so little sleep. I do kind of perversely love the feel of being in a school library at 1am, though... it's so weirdly, comfortingly unnatural.

As for schoolwork... Rebecca, I see your Paolo Freire and raise you textbooks that say things like, "Giving serious thought to common mechanisms of oppression can help us to recognize social injustice and think about ways to challenge it." Apparently I am entering a profession whose members are literally required to "challenge social injustice." Um, okay. Turns out I picked the right graduate program. As far as I can tell, I'm getting a Master's in Being Nice and Cooperating. It's the part I was born to play!

Before I disappear again into a maelstrom of Personal Growth, I would like to take a moment to warn you all that if you were thinking about taking advantage of Goodwill by secreting the price tag off of something and replacing it with a cheaper pricetag, they're one step ahead of you. These nightstands were $12.99 and BY GOD THEY'LL MAKE SURE I KNOW IT. I don't even want to tell you how many more price tags were on the surfaces you can't see.

Okay, away I go again. I'm sure Rebecca will continue to entertain you until my next appearance! xoxo

Friday, February 10, 2012

Soiled again

Guys, this week is weird. Lots of weird, but mostly the lead.

We found out on Monday that the backyard soil was chock full of lead. Not necessarily a big deal, even for our garden, except how there is a little guy around here who tested high for lead who has been known to eat that dirt. And a future dirt-eater on the way. So yesterday we had it removed. The yard, that is. Like, wholesale. Some guys came with a bobcat and cleared out the whole damn thing - pickle patch, falling-apart-shed, brambles, trees, lawn, and a foot of soil. Plus everything in the driveway and the fence that used to be in the bobcat's way. This morning a dump truck squeezed back there and dumped in new soil.


After. (As seen through my bedroom window...)

What do we do with this gorgeous blank slate now? Steve votes for bocci ball court. I vote for GIANT pickle patch. I think Joe votes for... dirt hole.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I know I'm taking the right class when...

My course reading discusses Paolo Freire! Yay for critical pedagogy and therefore critical information literacy. By the way, if you're wondering what information literacy is and why I'm taking a class on it... well, if your name is Richard, I can answer: "Hey, remember that terrible section of Worlds of Music with Alec McClane? It's that, but I learn how to make it not terrible." For everyone else, I offer some shoddy visual aids I just pulled off google. I was really hoping for a venn diagram. Venn diagrams are cool.

(via http://infolit.org)

(via http://mellott.wikispaces.com)/

Saturday, February 04, 2012

with pleasure

Just got back from The Artist. Again, again! Seriously, I only want to watch silent movies and sit next to old people from now on. It's so much less awkward when I spend the whole movie blubbering into my handkerchief. (Just, movies give me all the feelings. You've heard the Monsters Inc story.)