Sunday, September 28, 2014

good questions and light reading

I have a copy of the CRC.  It is the handbook for Chemistry and Physics.  My copy is rather old, but it has the right information.  For those that are not familiar it is a reference guide, math tables, boiling points etc.  I was looking up flame tests of chemicals for a lab students had and showed it to them.  One student asked if I read it.

"no, it is not meant to be read, it is a reference guide."

Next question, "do you understand it all?"

Hmm.."good question, no, maybe half of it."

Guess I have a goal this year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


It was kinda like this.

I finally have access to the school credit card to get over the counter supplies.  Isopropal alcohol, bleach, balloons, (yes balloons are used in labs, seriously), ammonia, vinegar.   I should have taken a picture.  Then somebody glances at the items in my cart as I'm throwing the matches in.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Kickstarter with temporary tattoos of literary quotes.

Since my daughter teaches english we think this is a cool thing and hope that we can share.


kick starter

I have a few specialized playing cards.

A few black, a cthulu deck, one from Badassoftheweek.

Then I supported this from kickstarter.

A science deck.  I love the court cards are famous scientists and the other cards are science things.

Heck, if they fund it, I might try ordering a few more for my classroom.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

And it is getting that time too.

Anytime I talk to someone about school time, they object saying Kids need the summer off.

Really, we no longer need them to help  with the harvest.

A better solution would be breaks in between semesters and such.  Then we do not have to spend time reteaching things.

Also it is simple, want more learning?  spend more time.

Monday, June 30, 2014

do they hear themselves?

  • I absolutely support a woman's right to control her body.  But the things that the people who do not agree with the supreme court's decision with Hobby Lobby get tied up in rhetoric.
  • "The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers' beliefs access to contraceptive coverage"
No, it just says the cooporation does not pay for it.

And its not "health care" people, it is birth control and a limited decision at that.

  • "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
Okay the number I see is $210 to $800 including office visit.  won't argue with that, since after taxes its about that much.  but you can go to free clinic.  Or other forms, that Hobby lobby will support.
  • "Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah's Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today's decision."
There is a difference in Health care and birth control.
  • "Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be 'perceived as favoring one religion over another,' the very 'risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude."
  • "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."

Yep and that is what you are paid for.  Maybe you should just drop Obamacare.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

natural stuff

It is flea season.  The dog is okay.  I gave him the pills from the vet that protect him.  Great stuff, the drops on the shoulders never worked.  However the little buggers are in the yard.  When I go and work I pick up a few.  Years ago I planted pennyroyal in the yard.  Pennyroyal is a natural bug repellent.  The yard has shifted some since, but I looked and there it is among the grass, better than when I planted it.  When I go out I'm going to get some more potting soil so I can dig some pennyroyal up and grow some more to plant on the edge of places.