Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Under the Sea


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if we had dwellings (communities, cities) in the depths of the ocean? Would you want to live there?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Taking Orders

For my eldest nephew's birthday, I let him pick what he wanted me to make. At the time, I told middle nephew that he'd get the same opportunity for his birthday. I think. I've forgotten. But he hadn't...

At the end of March, middle nephew told me what he wanted for his birthday. Naturally, he wanted what eldest nephew got, but with a slight modification. He wanted Godzilla on a beanie.

Back to the internet...

I found one. Only one. And it was way too big to fit on a beanie. Naturally.

So, I sat down and shrank it...


And this week I finally sat down to knit it...


And I've already gathered the rats' nest of yarn...


Which is only going to get worse before it gets better. Deep sigh.

I've got almost two weeks to finish this. Think I'll make it?

And, of course, someone else ordered a jellyfish. In pink...


It's almost done. It just needs a face and stuffing. After it's gone through the wash.

Time to get cracking.

If I were to make you a jellyfish, what color would you want? If I were to make you a Geeky Beanie, what character would you want on it?

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spiral

Seen in class (on Thursday)...


(I've been struggling with this letter. I was going to take a selfie, but it just didn't happen. And not for lack of trying. Ah well. This works.)

Has there been any letter you've struggled with this month? What interesting things did you see this past week?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Repeated


It was the Friday before spring break. I had an Earth Science class. And I was dreading it. (This is the class for freshmen who didn't take biology. In other words, these are the kiddos most likely to be difficult.)

But, the teacher gave me an early present. She left a video. Trolls.

A fun video the day before a break? Score!

The only problem: I would have to watch the first 55 minutes of this video over and over and over again.

It's not a great movie. It has the usual kind of theme for an animated film, so while I was not going to get to see the end, I had a pretty good idea of what it would look like. (To see the ending, I would have had to stay after school. Since I didn't get a prep period--see Wednesday or Thursday to see where I was then--that would have been the only time I could view it.)

But then something surprising happened. It turned out that 6th period had started the movie on Thursday. So, instead of starting from the beginning, we got to start about a half hour in.

And so, something that never happens actually happened. I got to see a whole movie in class that day. I got to see the end.

The ending turned out to be just about what I expected. Ah well. At least now I'm not going to wonder how it ended.

Have you seen Trolls? What's your favorite animated film? Can you think of a movie that you pretty much knew the ending half way through?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quinceanera and Sweet Sixteen


"Isn't your dress purple?" 

"No, it's the color of champagne... Champagne. And silver." 

A prom conversation? It's the right time of year, but this was a freshman math class. (Same class I discussed yesterday.) Ninth graders don't go to prom. But why else would these girls be discussing gowns so obsessively at this time of year? 

Yeah, so I butt into conversations all the time... 

"I have to have a quinceanera and a sweet sixteen. My sibling had both. It can't look like my parents love her more than me, so I have to have the same thing she did." 

The wording on that explanation had me wondering, so I asked... 

"I know they don't love her more than me. (They love me more.) But in my family they may think..." 

Appearances are everything with the aunts and cousins, she explained. 

Well, alrighty, then... 

(I live in southern California. We have a large Latino population. Quinceaneras are a thing.) 

Did you have a sweet sixteen party? A quinceanera? Or did you have any big birthday party around those ages? 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peer Help


It was the last day before spring break, and I was covering an Earth Science class (more on that on Friday). Of course they asked me to cover another class on my prep period. Luckily it was two doors down and across the way. And it was a math class. A freshman math class.

It had a few too many familiar faces. Not in a good way. Including Vaughn...

Surprisingly, they settled right away, let me give them instructions, and then they got right to work.

So, it was one of those days where I circulated and waited for students who needed my help. A few were having difficulty with the assignment, but of course, they didn't want my help.

It was a geometry problem. Triangles. Two students were debating whether or not they had set up the problem correctly. Even though I was there, they didn't ask me.

"Vaughn..."

Vaughn dutifully came over to them, looked over their problem, and told them it wasn't set up correctly. (It was close. It only needed a minor tweak.)

He was correct. (If he hadn't been, I would have said something.) Okay, fine. My help wasn't needed.

Sometimes I get to sit back and relax.

Who was your go to person to ask for help in classes? If you're doing A to Z, what was your P word for today?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Owned


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if your rival beat ("owned") you in a long-standing competition between the two of you, and you realized you no longer care? Why might that be?

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