Saturday, October 21, 2006

Hallowe'en...a work in progress.

One of the other teacher candidates in my program was a nutritionist (one of those special ones that stresses organic food and so on...can't think of the special name at the moment) and, in response to posts a bunch of us were making on our FirstClass system in the first week of school about how amazingly hungry we were finding ourselves during our observation week in our practicum schools, has offered to give us a free nutrition seminar over one of our lunch hours, including discussion of what happens to our bodies in times of stress. A lot of us expressed interest, so she's invited us all to the seminar she has now take place at lunchtime on Hallowe'en. She has promised prizes if we come in costume...and that's all the excuse I needed :). I love dressing up for Hallowe'en, but I hate dressing up in "the usual" ideas that people come up with...I insist on being original...but it's so hard for me to think of original ideas sometimes. Anyway, I was in the dollar store today looking for something for a group presentation I'm involved in (that's also on Hallowe'en), and I saw a couple things...and all the ideas I had formerly been considering for my costume went right out the window (perhaps to return in a future year). Hey, when you can build your Hallowe'en costume for $3 plus tax plus items you already have around the house, why not. I've put a picture of my idea here. Yes, I will be wearing socks with my will almost be November and my toes are too cold-sensitive not to wear the socks...but everything that I'm pretending isn't really there will be black--i.e., the tights, the socks, and probably a black long-sleeved turtleneck under the t-shirt. Anyway, I know it's not Hallowe'en yet, but I don't think any of you will see me in this (oh, unless I wear it to Bible study that night...will we have Bible study that night?), so I'm posting it now :). Ok, got to go do homework now...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Those darn commas again

"A grammatical blunder may force Rogers Communications Inc. to pay an extra $2.13-million to use utility poles in the Maritimes after the placement of a comma in a contract permitted the deal's cancellation." Whoops! Heads will roll for that, I'm sure. If you're interested (which I'm sure you're not, but a posting about it caught my eye on my Faculty of Education's FirstClass system), you can read the story here.

Looks like we really do need grammar instruction back in our schools.

Another fun link or two...

Let your Joy flow. Check out the Sloganizer:

I've also recently come across The Advertising Slogan Generator, but I don't think it's as good.

Edit: no, actually, I've tried the second one a little more and maybe it is the better one. Wouldn't you rather be Joy?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The importance of commas

Today at teacher's college we were given a list of tongue-in-cheek grammar rules, such as "Always proofread your work carefully to ensure you haven't any words out." At a certain point, however, we turned to discussion of everyone's favourite friend, the comma. Most people have heard that the unpunctuated phrase "woman without her man is nothing" can be punctuated to favour either sex ("Woman, without her man, is nothing." vs. "Woman. Without her, man is nothing.") and many have seen the book title "Eats shoots and leaves" (which could describe a panda bear or, if punctuated into "eats, shoots and leaves," could describe someone who got violent after he finished his meal). However, there is one situation brought up in class which was, to me, actually got me thinking.

When the book of Luke describes Jesus' crucifixion, he mentions that one of the criminals crucified on the same day mocked him while they were all hanging there, while a second criminal rebuked that criminal, recognized his own guilt, and asked, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:42). Jesus' answer to that criminal is recorded in the TNIV in Luke 23:43 as "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." See that comma (the one after "you")? Well, apparently it is under debate by some. If I remember right, there was no punctuation in the ancient Hebrew of the OT...I don't know if that was the case in the ancient Greek or whatever of the NT, but what if that were the case and the punctuation were added in after all the eyewitnesses were dead? It could then be easily argued (as some are indeed arguing) that the comma could just as well be moved one word to the right, making Jesus' words run thus: "Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise." All sorts of discussions about where Jesus was during the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection (if indeed He did experience any time during what was "that time" for us) and what happens to us when we die (do we go to heaven immediately? do we go there after everyone gets their pronouncement at Judgment Day? etc.) arise from this key difference in punctuation. Nevermind that all the other several "verily I say to you" examples in the KJV (which is what I searched at come without a "today"...maybe this was meant as an exception. I'm inclined to go with the interpretation that the comma should come after "you" rather than after "today," but I have to admit that that view doesn't make it easy for me to reconcile with that statement certain ideas I've heard that Jesus had to be in hell for the duration of His death (this view comes out of an interpretation of 1 Peter 3:19)...but perhaps that view is flawed. Ow, my aching head. I'm going to bed and going to try to sleep despite the stress over all the work I have yet to do; I need to be awake for practicum tomorrow, after all. G'night.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Too much going on!

Okay, I have to apologize in advance, but I get the feeling lately like I've been going "maybe" to a lot of things and not writing any of them down. If there is something you've asked me if I want to attend sometime between now and, say, the end of October, please let me know, because I think it's all kind of gone in one ear and out the other. Things I do know about: Miriam's party Sunday, Oct. 29; a group meeting for a school project this coming Tuesday at lunch and maybe after school; Jen's chocolate "cocktail" think Friday, Oct. 27 (which she let me know about but qualified that she knew the cost would probably be prohibitive for me, and it is), and a possible world outreach committee meeting Sat., Oct. 28 in the evening (pending approval by 2 members we just added to our committee...yay, more helpers!). And of course I have all sorts of schoolwork going on, head is spinning just a bit. Anyway, yeah, let me know if you invited me to or otherwise proposed something that I'm forgetting. Thanks!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday October Thirteenth = "Rot? Try a tenth of herbicide."

I think this site could be improved, but it is still kinda interesting, and considering I know someone who had a bit of an obsession with Babelfish for a while I thought I'd post this...check out the Internet Anagram Server. If you provide enough letters you get a ton of possibilities, though I find you have to search a bit through the list and rearrange the words (not does that part for you, at least, lol) you get to make something neat. My full name anagrams to "ice jolt may occur," "my cool cart juice" (mmm, lemonade cart) and "jot ye a comic curl," among other things.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I hate coming up with titles.

I watched the entire Volume II of that Pride and Prejudice movie I was watching last night. Sometimes you just get to a point in a story when you just don't want to put it down and go do something else, even though it'll be right there when you get back, y'know? I think I appreciate the story much more now; it had a lot to it, and where loose ends seemed to be left dangling throughout the film, it was neat 'cuz as the movie started getting closer to the end all those ends got tied up and the story became a whole rather than a few tales that were related only by the sisters involved...each thread got involved in the other and it all worked out rather nicely. So now I have an idea of what I was missing before, though I'm not going to start raving about it, either.

I was at practicum again today and taught part of 2 periods. My host teacher did a short demo and a short activity with the kids and then I did what I guess you'd call the lecture part (but I use a lot of questions and was having people use tuning forks and get up and be part of a physical demo, so it's not like I was talking at them all the time). We're starting the chapter on sound with these grade 11 physics classes. One of the classic demonstrations in this unit is to get an electric bell that's sealed inside a glass jar, ring it to show you can still hear it even though it's in the jar, then get a vacuum pump, suck all the air out of the jar, and then show that you can't hear the bell anymore (because sound waves, like all waves, need a medium to travel through, so if you've isolated your bell properly in the middle of the evacuated jar there's nothing, not even air, for the sound to travel through to get to the jar walls and then through the outside air to your eardrum). ACI's bell jar leaks, though, and the pump is really loud, so my host teacher recommended against using I had the entire first row of each class plus one volunteer get up at the front of the class and I made a fake bell jar out of them. One person was the bell, four people were air molecules, and two people were the walls of the jar. When I "evacuated" the jar and the air people sat back at their seats, the "bell" couldn't vibrate the "jar walls" anymore. I think they liked it. That's not all I did, but that was the "funnest" part :). Overall the lesson went pretty well, I didn't go overtime (they had like 10-15 minutes left in which to do their homework), and my host teacher had a lot of good things to say about it, especially as it was my first lesson with her (I taught once in Mrs. Baillie's classes but not yet in these ones I have with Mrs. DeNoble). So I'm pleased.

I think I'm going to go watch 1/2 an hour of TV now before I start on my homework. Bye for now.

I just found the next movie I'm going to see. Or not.

A title like "One Night with the King" sounds pretty scandalous, but this looks like it will be a really good rendition of the story of Esther/Hadassah. The official site is here and the IMDb site is here. There are two versions of the trailer--the one on the official site and the (longer) one found here.

Hmm, but I've been clicking through all the dates in Octoboer on (which is very frustrating as ads keep coming up in the same window and you have to close them to continue using the site, but doesn't have the movie listed and AMC Theatres seems to show all its showtimes through >:( ), and I can't seem to find anywhere to watch it. Sigh :(. Maybe we'll be able to get it on video.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Field trip day :)

Today the I/S people in my program have a field trip to Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School. Our purpose for going there is twofold:
  • to use their lab facilities to explore some activities we could do with our classes (in practicum and in our own future classes)
  • to tour the school, which is the Catholic system's version of the TDSB's ASE (alternative secondary education) schools.
A little point here about ASE/Mary Ward type schools...contrary to what seems to be popular opinion (which is also the opinion held by my husband), these schools are not for the "dumb kids" who just couldn't hack it in the "regular" system. They are simply based on a different model of education and do things in a different style. At Mary Ward, the students don't have timetables. Or deadlines. Or set exam times. They come and go to the various subject areas as they please, studying the subject matter at their own pace, with teachers available to provide help at any time. They hand the work in when they want to (though I assume all the required assignments have to be in by the end of the year if you're going to get your credit). They sign up for their exams when they feel they're ready and write them in a special testing centre. I see it kind of like a correspondence system with classroom/lab space, tutors and equipment and other resources available. I've taken a correspondence course myself, and let me tell you just doing that took a lot of self-discipline...we had 2 projects (each worth 10% of our mark) and 4 set exams (each worth 20% of our mark) and had the opportunity to earn up to an extra 3% by volunteering to be guinea pigs in experiments in the psychology department. I wrote the 4 exams and did very, very well on all of them and I got the bonus 3% by volunteering for a particular 3 experiments. I didn't do either of the projects, though, because I didn't have the self-discipline to do them, and in the few days preceeding the exams I was generally found trying to do a lot of cramming because I'd done some of the textbook reading that would be tested but not all of it. Given that, I don't know if I would have survived at Mary Ward due to my tendency to procrastinate, but it is a neat idea for those self-disciplined (not "dumb") kids who can hack it. I'll let you know what my impressions were sometime after I get back (maybe today, maybe not :)).

I'm also slowly working my way through the Pride and Prejudice movie version where Colin Firth plays Mr. Darcy. I've finished volume I and will probably start on volume II today. (I do have some schoolwork I'd like to do some work on and also need to do some prep for some teaching I'll be doing tomorrow, but I think I can fit some movie time in there, too.) So far it's better than I expected, though it really isn't my preferred type of story. The last time I tried to get into Pride and Prejudice I borrowed the audiobook on tape from the library. I think it was 6 or 8 tapes long. I couldn't get through the entire 2nd tape (or was it the 2nd side of the 1st tape?) seemed like instead of talking about events as they were happening, the vast majority of the story I heard took place in the parlour as the characters talked about events that had happened elsewhere. Blah, blah, blah. Maybe the rest of the book wasn't like that, but it was too much for me to continue to sit through. Anyway, the movie is definitely not just about people sitting around in the parlour, and I am enjoying it more than the audiobook as a result. I have got far enough in the movie to see the subtly developing plot slowly develop some tension and some things that are making me go, "Hmm, given that Emma says Bridget Jones' Diary is pretty much modern Pride and Prejudice, I think I see where this is going, but this plot is a lot more sophisticated that the modern version so I'll have to wait it out and see." I will actually finish watching this, unlike that audiobook...but I still say that so far it's not my preferred type of story. I did like Jane Eyre, though, so who knows what I'll think by the end.

Well, I am off now to get ready for my field trip. I hope the day finds you all well. Talk to you later...

Monday, October 9, 2006

it's okay to be confused when reading this!

oh for the half-coherent ramblings of another past-midnight
nine deadlines hang over my head
sleep eludes me for all but a half-hour
as ideas dance through my head
and memories of seeing The Insider on TV
there is something about seeing a story of people striving to make a difference
that provokes thoughts of meaning
meaning for which I hunger
waking, showering, dressing, bussing, eating, schooling, bussing, homeworking, sleeping
and climbing back into the lab rat's wheel to try to keep up with it all
somewhere i know i should be seeing glimpses of meaning
if only i weren't so tired, perhaps i could inject some
maybe then thoughts of student-centered instead of teacher-centered instruction could find their expression in practice
oh, how much easier it is just to become a vessel blindly transmitting information
caring takes time
caring takes energy
i want to care
"I don't care," one host teacher says is one of her standard responses to the many concerns brought her way
methinks the lady doth protest too much
methinks when we say in anger that we do not care
it is because we care so deeply
it threatens us
i must care, but must care so much that i care first for me so that i continue to have the energy to care for you.
"Lord, teach us how to pray," they asked
teach me to turn first to You
"Too busy not to pray," i'm told
and i believe it
help me to find you past the sea of my thoughts
muddying the waters
Lord, renew my passion
i can do this
but not without You.

Alright, Martin and his World of Warcraft friends are finished killing Onyxia now. I no longer have much time for WoW so my account will quietly go into expiry land for now; perhaps someday I will be a level 60 and able to join the guild in such events, but not anytime soon. For now I will go to bed and express my thoughts on paradigm shifts and the importance of "backward design" when I work on my assignments in the morning (though I may jot down a few ideas before I go to bed so they'll be there to elaborate upon rather than disappearing into dreamland). Goodnight, all (yes, we're in the wee hours of the morning, but it still counts as night so long as you're still going to go to bed before getting up later in the morning ;)). Sweet dreams.

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Fitness...all for love.

Wow, this is kinda neat. It's amazing enough to me when someone can successfully complete a triathlon or an Ironman...but can you imagine doing one while pushing someone in a wheelchair during the run part, pulling them in a dinghy during the swim part, and having them ride on your handlebars during the bike part? Check out the article here (yeah, the fact that there's a lot of capital letters where they're shouldn't be is kinda annoying, but try to get past that ;)) about what a father's love for his son can push him to do, and be sure to watch the video at the bottom (the background music is a Christian piece called "Imagine" or some such thing and is always nice to listen to on its own...and it makes a powerful statement when you think of it from the disabled man's perspective).

I sure hope the story is true. The video makes it look true, though I have no proof that's his dad pushing the chair/etc., or that he used to be a couch potato; still, it's pretty cool.

Edit: It is true! I checked it on Snopes! Snopes' article on it is here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Wet but happy day

(Yeah, I wrote way too much about not all that much content again, sorry. Feel free to skip this one and consider it one of those entries I write for me rather than you guys :).)

Ah, it's good to be home.

Since I take the bus on the days when I have my own classes at York (as opposed to observing/teaching classes at ACI), I had to do some walking in the rain this morning and yesterday. Oh, but it wasn't just rain. Both days I was out there in a thunderstorm. Y'know, I used to like walking in the rain, bareheaded, no umbrella or anything...but one day something must have happened to my body because I started getting sick every time I did that, so I stopped doing it. Now I can sometimes appreciate the sound of the rain falling while I'm outside, but usually I'm just grumpy about getting wet and wondering if my notes/whatever else is in my backpack are getting wet. I also hate thunderstorms. You know those ZAP cartoons that used to be out there (and very occasionally still are) to teach electrical safety to kids? Well, I think I saw a few too many of those and took them a wee bit too seriously growing up, because, as childish as it may sound to some, I am still afraid of lightning (well, I don't like the loud, sudden noise of thunder, either, but at least I know thunder can't hurt me). Hearing freak stories of how sometimes lightning strikes come through wiring and so on and hurt people in their homes never helped, either. Oh, and I was reminded today that when you have to wear wet socks all day, eventually your feet start to hurt in the weirdest and most annoying way. And today I wore my good flat dress shoes to school, so it was even more annoying having to walk in the rain and get wet feet.

Why was I wearing my dress flats? Well, because today was the formal debate I've been mentioning. Ever since I read in a psych book last year that better-looking people are generally perceived as more competent (well, it can work against women, but let's go with generalities here :)), I find myself dressing a little nicer in situations when I want to be perceived well. I wore black jeans today, but with my dress flats rather than my runners (I don't actually have any shoes that go really well with black jeans at the moment, seeing as I live in my white runners, so that's part of the reason I hardly ever wear my 3 pairs of black jeans :-P), black socks (of course), a white blouse and a good burgundy V-neck pullover sweater. This is pretty dressy compared to what I normally wear for my own classes. I also put my hair up with a banana clip and barettes that blend in pretty well with my hair, and for once in a blue moon I wore earrings. I got a lot of compliments on my appearance today, which helped my confidence, and confidence (not overconfidence, though, mind you) can only help you when you have to do a formal debate.

We used an impromptu formal debate style for today's debate: each of the 4 debaters (in a particular order) get to do a 4-minute speech, each followed by 2 minutes of cross-examination by a particular member of the opposing team, then (after a 5 minute break) each debater gets to do a rebuttal, again in a particular order. Today I got to play the part of "first negative," so my speech was the 2nd speech, my cross-ex (i.e., the one in which I had to answer, not ask, the questions) was the 2nd cross-ex, my cross-ex of the "second affirmative" was the 3rd cross-ex, and my rebuttal was the first rebuttal, so I got to have my part over done fairly quickly. In preparing I found I was regretting heartily the fact that we only had 4 minutes in which to do our main speech (the only point of the debate when new evidence is supposed to be entered) as it meant I'd have to leave out so much of what I wanted to say. C'est la vie, I guess...there's never enough time to say all that you want to say, nor does the direction of any given conversation ever necessarily go where you originally intended for it to go.

Anyway, overall it went very well; I know there were things I could have done better and a couple things I wish I hadn't done, but 4 of the 5 judges scored my team as having won the debate so I guess it all worked out in the end (that's what you have the other person on your team for ;)) :). Of course, the debaters on the affirmative team did a super job as well. One of my classmates came in to watch the debate a little bit late and missed my course director's introduction of the activity, so at first he thought our debate was scripted...and was amazed when he realized it wasn't and that we had actually drawn these arguments out of the articles ourselves. My course directors are both in their third (and final--York likes to rotate fresh faculty through this program to keep its perspectives fresh) year of teaching our program, and one of them told our class that though this activity is done with our program every year, the four of us did the best of the debates in our program they had ever seen. Hey, nothing wrong with a little pat on the back, right :)? So that's the main reason I'm happy today--the debate I'd been dreading (well, I was actually much more confident before class started this morning, once I finally knew I had my arguments ready to go) is over, it went really well, and the class really enjoyed it. I should point out that just because my side pretty much won the debate does *not* mean that we have proven the resolution to be my course director pointed out, debate questions are chosen such that it could be properly argued either way (since to have a question with a ready answer would make one team's job super-hard and the other's super-easy and wouldn't generate interest/controversy/discussion). Still, it's always nice to win :). Our debate was followed by some discussion about the issues we debated and the whole issue of "what is truth?"...and what the whole topic had to do with teaching (I don't know a lot about this yet as my course director ran out of time and we're going to continue the discussion next time).

It's Wednesday today, which meant I only had a half-day of class. I was feeling pretty good when class ended, so I decided to take some time to go visit my old boss and work group from my research job days on campus. It wasn't easy to get to my group's offices/lab area, as the building our lab is in is having a floor added to it and my group is in the current top floor (the 3rd floor)...I saw from the outside that my boss' office light was on, though, and it wasn't all emptied out or anything, so I knew I could go up there even though the first stairway I tried to use to do so had the top floor blocked off. Once I got up there, I told my boss, "Coming to visit here is an adventure now!" Naturally, he told replied, "Try working here!" The whole construction thing has been pretty disruptive. One day, my boss came in and there was a hole in the ceiling of his office, allowing him to see the sky (he jokingly called it a skylight). The next day, that hole was gone. Then a hole appeared in his office wall. Then a pipe appeared connecting the two holes. Oh, and when I was doing research with him, part of my research had to do with air samples that came through a tube that ran through the roof into one of our labs. The fact that another floor is going to be added to the building means that tube now has to run completely through the new 4th floor in order to get to the roof (I would have thought it easier just to move the lab to the 4th floor so the tube would still only have one ceiling to go through, but what do I know ;)). Apparently it's going to be given its own closet so it will still be accessible in case it gets somehow clogged, needs cleaning/checking up on, or whatever. Anyway, it's interesting seeing this 4th floor slowly get added while not making all the building's current inhabitants vacate the place. I've never been through a major renovation so it's weird for me to even think about, but I guess people add wings and floors to their homes and so on all the time.

After a good chat with my old boss and a member of my ex-group, I headed home on the bus, but I still didn't feel I'd talked to people enough so I called my mom and talked to her while getting to and waiting for the bus and during the ride. It struck me later in the ride that while I am an introvert and not necessarily someone who normally seeks out conversation, I eagerly looked for people to talk to about my debate experience and other things today, and that all the homework and so on that I've been doing has isolated me to a certain extent such that I just really wanted to do some socializing for a bit. It may be, too, that something is coming out again that I realized earlier in my university career I had and that would be relevant to teaching...while I am not normally an extraverted "social butterfly," I really do get excited sometimes sharing things I've learned with other people. At this point the excitement must have washed away because I can't remember what I was so excited about earlier today, though (plus I ended up having a little nap on my keyboard a while ago so some of my memory got washed away in the weird dreams I had...apparently I was tired) :). Anyway, I'm thinking that while there is a lot of work to be done and I will probably still be somewhat isolated for the rest of this semester at least (we've heard the winter semester is easier), I need to actually pick up the phone once in a while and take a social break. So, if you've read this far and you are female (sorry, guys, it's just not like me to call up a guy to socialize, but then, you probably don't care as stereotypically it's the gals who enjoy that anyway) and I have your number and you are accessible when I feel like talking (this latter concern might mean I won't be able to connect a lot with the possibly one of you who is "ridiculously packing stuff into the next three months," unfortunately), you may actually get a call out of the blue from me one of these days (and if you're not able to talk when I call, that's cool, just let me know). We'll see. Hopefully I will still have time to do this and not be buried under too much work in the near future to try that out.

Ok, I'm going to go do some reading for pleasure now (only 9 chapters left in Eldest! Oh, plus the preview of the next book in the series, since I got the limited edition and it's in there). I do have more homework to do sometime, as always, but I know that I can afford to take a break for a little while, and I need to ensure I maintain my sanity throughout the year after all :). I hope you all are well today, and that the rain didn't dampen your spirits too much! Bye for now.

Monday, October 2, 2006

Just a little more...

I now have only this remaining on my homework to-do list for today:
- read 4 articles to prepare for Wednesday's debate (and make notes and such...can you tell I'm avoiding this?)
- see if Martin will still proofread for me a 4-page double-spaced paper I'm handing in tomorrow (I've already looked over it again myself).

Besides checking off the other things that were formerly on my to-do list, I've:
- confirmed through FitDay that as long as I take my vitamin tonight, I don't need to eat any more food to meet my basic nutritional requirements for today (apparently I'm still lacking in vitamin K, magnesium and potassium but I'm not going to worry about those at the moment); looks like the strategies I used when making up this week's meal plan are working
- swept and mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors

Alright, I'm going to read a bit for pleasure, then dive into the debate-related articles. Deep breaths. Hopefully my preparation tonight will go well and my meeting with my teammate tomorrow won't go late enough to interfere with my going to Bible study, but I'll have to see. Later...

So far...

Here's my progress so far:

- went out to buy a few things like laundry detergent, Kleenex, shampoo to fix my dry scalp, a new bottle of my facial cleanser and body wash; I drove rather than walk, but after I finished at one store I walked a bit across the lot to go to the other one rather than driving to a closer parking spot...I don't think I can get a walk in tonight after all :(.
- read a chapter in a book for my Foundations class
- read an article for my Foundations class
- here and there: various loads of laundry, dishes, lunch, etc.

Still to do:
- read a chapter in a book for my CMYR class (this shouldn't take too long; the other chapters I've had to read in it so far have been fairly easy reads)
- read 4 articles to prepare for Wednesday's debate (and make notes and such)
- prepare some more for my role of facilitator at a seminar tomorrow (in which I'll be leading 5 people through a discussion of a case study...there are 6 case studies so each of the 6 people in my group "gets" a turn to be the facilitator and be evaluated on their role as such and submit a report on the group's discussion)
- give another look-over to a 4-page double-spaced paper I'm handing in tomorrow (Martin has agreed to proofread it for me today)

Change of plans:
- I'm going to do the quick "analyze the structure of a lesson you observed last week at practicum" activity tomorrow morning before class (it's made easier by the fact that I was the teacher last week, and since there's no indication that we'll be handing in anything based on previous experience with this class I think it's okay if I just do it informally tomorrow morning)
- I contacted the other debater on my team by e-mail and neither of us are quite ready to discuss the issues in the articles related to our debate yet, so we're going to meet sometime at school tomorrow to have that discussion and decide how we want to divide it all up between us.

Okay, just a little bit more of a break now (reading several items in a row is boring :-P), then back to it.

It just never seems to end :(

Today I am going to work on the following:
- read a chapter in a book for my Foundations class
- read an article for my Foundations class
- read a chapter in a book for my CMYR class
- read 4 articles to prepare for Wednesday's debate
- hopefully contact the other debater on my team to discuss the issues in the articles and decide how we want to divide it all up between us (otherwise I'll have to meet with him at school tomorrow)
- prepare some more for my role of facilitator at a seminar tomorrow (in which I'll be leading 5 people through a discussion of a case study...there are 6 case studies so each of the 6 people in my group "gets" a turn to be the facilitator and be evaluated on their role as such and submit a report on the group's discussion)
- give another look-over to a 4-page double-spaced paper I'm handing in tomorrow (Martin has agreed to proofread it for me today)
- do a quick "analyze the structure of a lesson you observed last week at practicum" activity...which is made easier by the fact that I was the teacher last week!
- go out to buy a few things like laundry detergent, Kleenex, shampoo to fix my dry scalp and body wash...I would walk for the exercise and stress relief but I don't feel like carrying the bulkier items home...maybe I can get a walk in tonight, though, if all goes well with the items above.

Ungh. Well, the sooner I start the sooner I'll be done. Later...

Sunday, October 1, 2006

One super-talented artist.

This is something I have seen by e-mail but was looking for a web version to share as the photos are quite big...go to and click on the little pictures to see the big versions. The ones in the "Anamorphic illusions" area are incredible as they look like they're three-dimensional. They're all pavement drawings made by a guy named Julian Beever, who has become quite famous. Enjoy.

A quick little time-waster

My mom just sent me this, so I'm passing it on as a quick way to test your reaction speed and waste about 30 seconds.