• 11:40 Via @TeenAngster: Snapshots from the Days of Bare-Hands Anatomy bit.ly/HE06d #
  • 13:00 Pondering going back to school for my M.Ed. in @HumaneEducation from IIHE: tinyurl.com/d6hkpa #
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  • 14:51 Egypt orders slaughter of all pigs over swine flu even though no cases have been reported there: tinyurl.com/BooEgypt #
  • 20:44 Dinner w/ @tutordennis and a super sekrit outing for Hoi Didymoi's birthday tmw. Now kung-fu and ice cream. #
  • 23:38 Once again, we fine bastions of @sftweed bicivility will gather to show the city how to really ride in style (30 Apr): sftweed.com #
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  • 13:55 According to @calshakes, it's "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" (btw, half-price Romeo & Juliet tix today only): talklikeshakespeare.org #
  • 14:08 @unwoman: Oh, the joys of being "that girl from the internet" await you. :) #
  • 14:23 Former student sends stripper to 10-yr reunion in her place, films "I Remember Andrea" documentary: tinyurl.com/AndreaCricket #
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  • 14:47 Insects are efficient and compassionate, ruthless and amazingly intelligent at the same time: tinyurl.com/10insectfacts (nice photos) #
  • 14:51 @olorle: That's known as the @steamteam bump, baby. (We twittered about your blog, and we have almost 600 followers.) #
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  • 18:28 The Tragedic Comical Historie of Buffy the Slayer of the Vampyres: lifeamgood.com/bu_sh_pro.htm #
  • 18:34 Drastic changes to 7th ed of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, my secular citation bible: tinyurl.com/prescriptivistHO #
  • 18:39 Modern Medical Marvel: Fir Tree Grows in Living Man's Lung tinyurl.com/FirUral09 #
  • 18:47 Pathological Waxworks, "Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina" in Mexico City (anatomy, NSFW): tinyurl.com/pathological-waxes #
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Eheu. I will not be attending Shaun of the Dead on Thursday, as I must coach grown persons in the fine art of diagramming sentences. Is this not taught in grammar school nowadays? Apparently not; the LIN 406 students called for an extra discussion session to go over parsing and other issues in preparation for this weeks' final. I enjoy diagramming, certainly; it's a relaxing and diverting activity (and my brain seems to take to it well). But I'd much rather be nibbling on salty popcorn goodness and watching zombies' heads explode.

On the contrary, first grade is treating me well this year. I love my students, and Ms. B—'s Bookworms have a really powerful classroom culture. Our morning cheer sums it up nicely. Read more... ) I don't know whether or not to stay in teaching for a while longer before moving on. This year has been fabulous so far, and I feel that I'm growing as an educator in many ways. Changing the lives and prospects of 20+ disadvantaged students (and their families) per year is an opportunity that should not be undertaken or relinquished lightly. But do I really want to spend my evenings away from my family for the next year, taking courses that don't speak to my inner predilections, in order to clear my credential? What I really want is simply to care for my critters, teach my (future) little ones the aleph-bet, read literature in the original, discuss it with peers, and work in my garden. Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas. Unfortunately, seeking truth doesn't come with a salary.
Bullet point summary:
·Tonight's Back-to-School Night was awesome. They laughed at my jokes, but not at my translations (always a plus).
·New glasses! Although [livejournal.com profile] threetimes pointed out that now I look even more like the chick from Ghost World.
·We wowed the LIN 406 folk yesterday with our fabulous presentation of a phonemic word wall and our persuasive argument for an early childhood literacy program based upon phonemic awareness and sound-spelling correspondence.
·Teach For America Bay Summit this Saturday, at which many grad schools and public interest organizations will be wooing us beyond our current oh-so-lucrative placements (there's a life after TFA?).
·L'Shanah Tovah!
nullalux: (Aorist)
( Sep. 12th, 2004 04:51 pm)
When all else fails, put your trust in the Greek. The LIN 406 students were kvetching about inflected morphemes in English, so I showed them the paradigm for ὁ κύκλος. One of them asked, "What are those words before each noun?"
"That's the definite article the," I replied.
"Which one is?"
"They all are. There's 24 forms (not counting the vocative, of course), depending on its gender, number and case, or use in the sentence."
Everyone worked with great industry for the rest of the session. I didn't even have to bust out the conjugation of λύω. As my first Greek professor used to remind us, the unflayed man is not educated.
nullalux: (Aorist)
( Sep. 1st, 2004 09:44 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] whobunkyboo, of course:
You are DNA. You're a smart person, and you appear
incredibly complex to people who don't know
you. You're incomparably full of information,
and most of it is useless.

Which Biological Molecule Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Quite so. Although said useless knowledge generally serves to keep me amused, at any rate. I do make my own fun.

My voice always hurts whenever I begin teaching again. I'm not used to speaking at such length, much less projecting. My plants miss me, but my students are blooming. Sigh. It feels very much like a Wednesday.

NB: I seem to have acquired a Gmail account. It is nicer than the ucdavis-alumni.com server, so I've routed my mail there.
Hee hee. I got to teach a bunch of education grad students the IPA. I think it would have been easier for them if I'd just replaced the phonetic alphabet with random symbols (rather than using a system that is based largely on the Roman alphabet, with seemingly bizarre glyphs sprinkled in). It was difficult for them to grasp the idea that we were focusing on sounds, not letters. The consonants were tough enough; I left the vowel-beast for another day.

It looks like I won't get to show Cold Comfort Farm to [livejournal.com profile] threetimes until this weekend, and he's working SiliCon Thursday through Monday. At least I'll have a three-day weekend; perhaps I'll finally get some sorely-needed filing done.

Relationship Meme )

So what does "tend to work out your frustrations in the bedroom" mean? And points if you guess my "odd, ritualized vice."

If I don't go to bed right now, I'm going to wake up at 5A with my laptop keyboard imprinted upon my cheek. There's been a dearth of actual repose of late.
nullalux: (Rabbit)
( Aug. 29th, 2004 07:06 pm)

If you were a cat!
Name / Username
Your age would be: 6 weeks
You would look like:
This quiz by schmeanna - Taken 18444 Times.
New! Get Free Daily Horoscopes from Kwiz.Biz

How terrible is that? Again with the incredibly accurate memes.

Nobody knows...the trouble she's Bean. The Bean escaped from her area last night. Dennis found her this morning reclining behind his stereo system. This would be fairly unremarkable except that Fava is the most destructive rabbit ever. She has, at one point or another, decimated the three computer systems in the office, ate an entire baseboard, and pulled up and shredded the hallway carpet. This is a partial list. And we're seasoned bunn wranglers, well-steeped in the niceties of bunnyproofing and husbandry. Plus, to add insult to injury, she's spotted. [Edit: She's white with black spots. Somebody get some spot remover.] Fortunately, the stereo remains unscathed.

So much time in the teaching profession seems taken up by drudgery: collating, stapling, copying. Dude, I need a grad student.
nullalux: (Athene)
( Aug. 20th, 2004 05:01 am)
Unword of the Day: sarchasm (sär'kăz'ǝm)
1. (n.) The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.

My new Comparative Linguistics class went well, although the instructor initially sent me back to Advising, saying that I was overqualified for the course. But since I'm essentially just taking a course to keep my Intern credential (and I chose this one because I figured it might be a fun review), I'll be able to sit in on the class as a TA for the same units. So this should be interesting, and much better than Technology for Teachers (or whatever).

[livejournal.com profile] tutordennis is home again! We all missed him so. He brought lots of new vinyl albums that I'm looking forward to hearing with him.

I must go to sleep now. I fell asleep on the couch with [livejournal.com profile] threetimes, and now I'm all dazed and muzzy.

I am only 23.4714% Geek. Yet another Geek Meme, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] dngrsone.
I'm spending today alone, which is quite a rarity. [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis is in Sac for a few days, and [livejournal.com profile] threetimes is out and about. I've been puttering around the house and yard with the critters and reading Christopher Moore's Lamb (trying to get in some more pleasure reading before school starts). It's my last week of freedom! I'm looking forward to setting up my classroom starting next week, and meeting the new TFA Corps Members teaching at our site. I'll also be taking an evening Linguistics class at NHU (I hope it's at least reasonably academic, and not one of those applied "teacher education" courses), so I'll be in class until 9:30P on TR. This does not bode well for my leisure time. This Saturday I'm going to a seminar on "Disciplining with Love and Logic," which should no doubt be titled "Asserting Your Absolute Authority over Children without Feeling Guilty." Ick.

When Dennis and I went shopping recently, we parked by the Jamba Juice (which is in the same strip mall-type lot as Albertson's, where we were shopping). So we were heading back to the car with about six bags of groceries and a case of bottled water, when, about 20 feet from the car, the cart's wheels locked up. Apparently, the store has some sort of anti-theft device on their carts. Fine. But we were still in the same parking lot! So, thanks to the anti-helpful device, we had to go back and forth lugging the bags and the case of water across the just-far-enough-to-be-annoying distance to the car. If I were a grumbly sort of person, I'd be grumbling.

Okay, the cats are looking expectant, so I will feed them and then go out to feed myself. Heavenly Salad from Vegetarian House is calling to me! Yummy food, and cult propaganda. What more could one ask?

Disturbing link of the day: Empower yourself!.

I haven't been sleeping at night, as you can tell by my participation in the following meme:
Kissing Survey )
nullalux: (Story)
( Aug. 12th, 2004 11:52 am)
Well, it's my last day of nannying this summer. On Monday, I start the professional development seminar (i.e. scripted program brainwashing), coursework at NHU, and getting my classroom set up for the year. I love teaching, but I so can't wait to go back to school. Not credentialing classes, but real school. I'm not cut out for life beyond the academy yet. I've been translating Homer and Catullus in my spare time, just so this phase of my life doesn't feel like a complete placeholder. Not that serving AmeriCorps has been less than fruitful; quite the contrary. Academia may be a crutch, but it's one for which I'll forgive myself.

Lunch date with [livejournal.com profile] threetimes tomorrow, then getting the house shipshape for the landlady's walk-through. ("Rabbits? What eight rabbits?") I still want to drive up to visit my mom and sisters before school descends, but Geo has a project going at work which will make or break a permanent contract with Stretch and thus precludes out-of-town trips. Perhaps [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis and I will make the visit, and leave critter duty to Geo.

Missing B is like the ache before teeth emerge, the ache which rises up hard in the mouth of infants, who don't know where they end and their mother begins. Although his ghost is always in the corner of my vision, I seem to be pulling out of my recent depression and finding my voice without the symbiotic connection with B. Relationships shouldn't limit growth of the self, but they often do. I have this opportunity to create myself anew, and I'm gradually gaining back the impetus and energy to do so.
As posted by [livejournal.com profile] vinoepoesia in [livejournal.com profile] academics_anon:

I would like to tell you all a little favola which I believe is a perfect example of my everyday interactions in the non-Smith world.

Setting: A bar in New Haven called Bar (appropriately) at approximately 1 AM
Why: To see Ted Leo and the Pharmaceuticals (or something that reminds one of medication) play live, in addition to their opening act which should have been called We Look Like We Go To Smith And Are Under The False Assumption That we Can Rock, Band
Music: Decent
Scene: 20-something hipsters
Personal Physical State of Being: Tired

Taking into consideration the cumulative effect of the above conditions, I decided to leave the dance floor area, grab a beer, and settle into an unoccupied couch the next room over while sporting my best "I'm not a pleasant person so please do not talk to me" face. Apparently said face is not as effective as I had hoped seeing as though I was quickly trapped by Boring Guy # 2. This man told me of his plan to make a lot of money by designing and manufacturing furniture so he could then realize the ultimate dream of producing his original screenplay. To my chagrin, he began to explain the plot of his story, and called the main character Everyman, and told me of the character's subsequent "profound" journey. I offhandedly say, "very Dantesque" and am then met with a look of confusion. To clarify, I say "the Divine Comedy," to which he replies - in an extremely patronizing voice - "this will NOT be a comedy."

My years in the Academy have left me with the perfect conversation-ending ploy: simply mention that a) you study dead languages, or b) you are a grammarian. These statements need not be true, mind you, (although in my case they are--shhh) and you will be immediately met with glazed eyes, nodding of the head, the vocalization "aa-ahh," and *voila* the absence of your unwanted companion.

I live in fear of the letters ABD. If you do too, check this out: Piled Higher and Deeper (link from [livejournal.com profile] academics_anon).


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