Jan 16

Geek Teacher!!!

Setting new levels of teacher geek-dom, I’m sitting here IM-ing with a student while we go over revisions of her paper, each of us with a paper next to us, going through it paragraph by paragraph.

The next level is some sort of mark-up program, so that she can see my comments on an internet smart-board style thing, so I can stylus changes and a student sees them as it’s happening.

That’d be cool!

Jan 12

Philly ‘Tude

Atrios writes about Philadelphia as a 1st Class City with a Third Class Attitude. His definitions:

Places with 1st class attitudes – they know they’re the best, they don’t bother even worrying about the issue, and know everywhere else sucks.

2nd class attitudes – they desperately cling to the notion that they’re the best, and continually prove this wrong by desperately trying to convince everyone of that non-fact.

3rd class attitude – we suck, and we know it.

And that’s Philly. Stuck between NYC and DC, Philly has always had a bit of an inferiority complex about itself. But that’s a huge part of its charm. It’s got a gritty "Whaddayagonnado" kind of attitude that serves it pretty well.

I’ve lived in New York City for almost nine years now (yee gods), but Philly will always feel like home, too. It’s a great town.


Jan 11

Being a Sports Fan…

… means a little death every time you watch your team play. O.k. — being a Philadelphia sports fan means lots of little death every time you watch your team play. Watching this Eagles v. Packers game is torture. The Eagles cannot stop the run. McNabb is off his game. And yet, we’re still in it. We’re one big play away from a tie game.

I’ll just be here, trying not to throw up all game.

Update: Yaaaaaaaaaaaahooooooooooooooo!!! Hmmmm… Donovan Lehmann has a certain ring to it.

Jan 10

Bush In 30 Seconds

For those folks who haven’t seen this yet… MoveOn.org has sponsored an ad contest called Bush In 30 Seconds. The finalists have been picked… and we can vote for the Funniest, Best Youth and Best Animation.

My Picks:
Funniest: If Parents Acted Like Bush
Best Youth Market: Bring It On
Best Animated: What I’ve Been Up To (this was the toughest choice)
Best Overall:

  1. Imagine
  2. What Are We Teaching Our Children?
  3. Child’s Pay
  4. An Army of One
  5. Gone In Thirty Seconds

What were your picks?

Jan 10

The Land of the Free

Our country is in danger of losing everything it ever stood for.

The experiences of Maher Ahar should be an embarrassment to every American.

This is not what our country stands for.

This is not what we do in the name of freedom.

This is not something we can stand idly by and allow to happen.

The time has come to demand accountability from this government.

The time has come to demand more information from this government.

The time has long since come and gone to mobilize and take back our country.