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On the twelfth day of Christmas, agrnmn sent to me...
Twelve pastries running
Eleven politics writing
Ten chaos a-co-housing
Nine books acting
Eight tattoos a-hiking
Seven cartoons a-skiing
Six mountains a-drawing
Five bro-o-o-oadway musicals
Four uppity bitches
Three comparative religions
Two hybrid cars
...and a language in an archery.
Get your own Twelve Days:
I did not spork my eyes out today. Luckily the teacher across the hall from me was there and we are muy simpatico. Older divorced science guys, with previous careers, got our degrees the same way, believe in teaching not bureaucratic bullshit. If we both didn't have young kids (girls) we be out drinking and blowing shit up. It's always nice to be around someone that I can be my full asshole self and not worry about offending. We both were in the position of not really being able to align our curriculum with the younger grades because it is essentially different, other than basic scientific principles. I mentioned to middle and elementary that it would be darn nice if my students could measure something...anything. I try not to ask for too much.

So I ignored the consultant and administration and did what I always do. Turns out I have been teaching the what the state feels is important, who knew the state bureaucrats were so smart? Two more days of it. Not wearing a tie is almost worth it, guess I'll have to be a little productive to ensure worth...wait lunch is being provided, it's all good.

Now to order a book. I hear the Storm did done gathered!
Apartment hunting when damn quick and easy. Found a place that is available and right size and right price range. It is further south but right of 435 and closer to the girls. The only unfortunate thing is I can't see a model until Nov. 20.

Jul. 3rd, 2009

I got to mow a lawn yesterday! It's far more fun when it's rare and not your lawn, you doing it for a friend. lightonthesill's lawn is shorter now...at least the back is. Even more fun was using an electric mower! It's like vacuuming outside. This particular mower requires a deft touch. One must hold the handle just right to keep it active. My father used to talk about such things as "holding your tongue the right way" to get it to work. Many things in my life are like that, my car seems like one. If you hold your tongue the right way (TRW) it works. My computer has been TRW, my printer, and many other things. Whatever pair of scissors I use are TRW, but that may be me not the scissors. I have also noticed that some people are TRW...but that's a different type of post.

Clicking can pay off.

Surfing the web is a form off gambling. Every time you click it could be a joyous triumph or a grisly disaster. Since random positive reinforcement seems to be one of the most effective types to modify behavior we make with the clicking. There is also the curiosity factor, because let's face it we've all clicked on that one link we knew was a bad idea but just had to see for ourselves how bad it was.

This video is not one of those.

Happy Father's Day

I got the classic breakfast in bed. I awoke to clatter in the kitchen, followed by hollered whispers. Stools failed and counters were climbed on, and improvisation was necessary. The Dragon and the Coatl with no help from their Mom or Princess B. got started making pancakes. The griddle needed to be put together, it got done backwards, and a bowl needed to be found. The only bowl they could locate was attached to the mix master. They were unable to remove it, so they poured a glass of milk (actually a 32oz plastic QT cup of milk) and brought that into me with Father's Day felicitations, and a plea for help. I went and got the bowl for them and a few other implements. It was a relief to be called in,so I didn't have to lay in bed and worry about doom while not ruining the surprise. I "cleaned" in the kitchen so I could make sure no one got burnt or worse. I had a moment of indecision about interference when I noticed only half the mix went into the batter. I decided the Dragon would rather hear about it before she ended up making crepes instead of pancakes. Once things were ready I was ordered back to bed, but I didn't have to pretend to be asleep. I did get to watch the Coatl carry a full tray and yes she spilled the milk...all of it. It was then that I new I truly got the classic Father's Day breakfast.


Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

Lord of the Misfits (QLAM)

Quirky Liberal Alpha Male

You are similar to The Fratt Boy, in that you often try to take care of peers you percieve as less successful, but with the added benefit that you actually understand those on the fringes. You are a good ally to have, but people might be hurt if they believe your universal good will is a sign of a close friendship. You are nice to everyone, but you know who your true friends are. In terms of dating, you want someone who shares your interests; other than that, anything goes.

You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more LIBERAL than TRADITIONAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: The Rarity (QTAF), The Renaissance Faire Wench (QLAF), The Librarian (QTBF), or The Emo Girl (QLBF)

(Image from UNC Library Website)

Take The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)
at HelloQuizzy

It is a constant in my life that I try not to judge another, because there is likely something I don't know and therefore am misinformed about their situation. I have been known to be disgruntled in the past about those who visit Gaia intermittently and get themselves involved have opinions etc. They aren't there all the time, "Those who show up rule the world" that's the mantra. It is true I mean if I am not around to help make decisions or facilitate things I can't expect things to be the way I want. And yet, I still consider Gaia "mine" I want to have a say I want to get things my way. Now no one is denying me anything, and I don't think I am demanding anything. BUt it struck me that I was seeing the other side of things. This is why I try not to judge I hate getting caught in some hypocrisy.


Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) was not a fan of lazy slow Sunday afternoons, this compounded with not being born immortal drove him to insult each individual in the universe personally. I on the other hand love Sunday afternoons, especially the slow ones.

Let then Question answering begin

"Do you feel like the depression ever really goes away?"

Depends, I do believe there is simple situational depression. I also believe there are people more prone to situational depression. The symptoms, and chemical effects in the brain are the same as Clinical depression but it has a definable cause that can either be changed or accepted. For example a job loss can be overcome by getting a new job, a lost love one can be accepted as a normal course of life. Those more prone may react more to smaller stressors. This type can go away. Or one can adjust their approach to life to reduce their chance of falling into depression. Meditation, Exercise and diet for example.

Clinical depression however just sort of happens. It is the extreme on the bell curve. Here depression may be triggered by things in life but those things may in no way seem like stressors, even to the depressed individual. More likely in my mind this type is simply a cyclical phenomenon. Medication may help, but really this is a keeper. Gonna be around forever and there's nothing you can do about that. Just part of the "wiring" that is gone awry. Sort of like some people have weaker immune systems and catch every single cold that come around, a person with clinical depression just catches and reacts to every "bad vibe" or falls prey to a build of them.

All speculation on my part.
The end of school is nigh upon me. In a way I wish it was further off, because my students are going to wait and not pass. It will keep the enrollment up in Phys Sci next year I guess.

Apr. 20th, 2009

It is said that the wise man knows how much he does not know. As a person learns more more questions arise. And for every answer more questions are asked. (The number varies or questions per answer varies but it is always greater). Because the total you know you don't know grows faster than what you know, the more you study the less you know. Thus if I stop studying physics now I will now more than if I continue. Since I want to pass the Physics test and I need to know the most I can I will go to bed now solid in the knowledge that I have stopped making myself stupider.

Stolen from Zen Habits

Gonna try this "system" for a bit

This was the tip that caught my attention:

Create a “to stop” list. If you’re not getting the results you want, chances are you don’t care much about the things you’re doing. The best way to change this is to create a “To-Stop” list. We often spend lots of time creating lists for the things we need to do, but rarely do we reflect on the things that aren’t working. So create a list of all the things that are sucking away your energy and are wasting your time. Figure out which of those things is having the biggest negative impact on you doing the stuff you really want to do. Tackle that thing head on each day.
Given sufficient time I will get bored of my distractions and actually accomplish things. Then of course the process of accomplishing things gets boring and I go back to my distractions. Wanna ride bikes?

Not really science

A poll of mild curiosity. Assume the following
1. Message left should get a response
2. The response is not immediately time sensitive.
3. The people sending and receiving are friends.
4. Message is sent mid/early AM.

Poll #1382198 Communication

How soon should you hear back from a text?

5 minutes
an hour
1/2 day
by day's end

How soon should you hear back from an email?

5 minutes
an hour
1/2 day
day's end

How soon should you hear by from voice mail?

5 minutes
an hour
1/2 day
day's end

Apr. 5th, 2009

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Agrnmn!

  1. It takes forty minutes to hard-boil agrnmn.
  2. Agrnmn cannot jump.
  3. Scientists believe that agrnmn began billions of years ago as an enormous ball of dust and gas.
  4. Agrnmn is physically incapable of sticking his tongue out.
  5. In Ancient Egypt, people wore glittery eyeshadow made from the crushed shells of agrnmn.
  6. Agrnmn can't drink - he absorbs water from his surroundings by osmosis.
  7. In the Great Seal of the United States the eagle grasps 13 arrows and agrnmn.
  8. Over half of Americans are officially agrnmn.
  9. Agrnmn can be seen from space.
  10. Agrnmnicide is the killing of agrnmn!
I am interested in - do tell me about
"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."

Data Rot and wishful thinking

excerpt from an interview with Dag Spicer, curator of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley

"Making lots of backups is good advice, and on different formats, different places; consider paper as an archival medium. Some paper we have has lasted thousands of years. If Moses had gotten the Ten Commandments on a floppy disk, it would never have made it to today."

One step closer

I turned in about a 100 page portfolio of "Mr Turner, Physics Teacher!"

"He ain't no Einstein!"
Feeling a bit stagnant. I like teaching but the shirt and tie gig is getting old. I've never felt a need for the tie to be a professional, nor the obligatory Mr Turner. I chose this partially because I was trying to have a good job to support my kids. Partially to do good work in the world, partially to have a grown up job. Grown ups aren't all their cracked up to be.

What I really want to do is buy and RV and use it to get to various places then climb out and go hike off into the wilderness until I can't stand my self and need a shower(that could be awhile, I have a terrible sense of smell). After a shower a day or two in a bed, an elaborate meal, I'd find a new place to start the whole process again.
Rules: It's harder than it looks! (Unless you have a grasp on the English language, then it's just fun.) Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 15 people. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real...nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. Have fun!! :)

1. What is your name: Andrew

2. A four Letter Word: Aura

3. A boy's Name: Arvid

4. A girl's Name: Aubry

5. An occupation: Archeologist

6. A color: Azure

7. Something you wear: Article of clothing

8. A food: Artichoke

9. Something found in the bathroom: Aspirin

10. A place: Argentina

11. A reason for being late: Ancient timepiece

12. Something you shout: Ahoy!

13. A movie title: A... (too easy)

14. Something you drink: Apple Juice

15. A musical group/person: Edit: look in comments
16. An animal: Aardvark

You know

Even a bad day teaching is better than most of the other jobs I've had, except acting and then the pay and benefits win out hands down.


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