Monday, January 19, 2015

book of the day Star Wars tarkin

When I first saw Star Wars years ago, I always felt that Tarkin played by Peter Cushing, was a better villain than Vader.  "You're far too trusting."

So I am reading Tarkin.  There is a challenge in showing tactical expertise in a technology that does not exist.  The author does that.  But the problem is I don't care about anybody.  Not even the good guys. None of the characters have any emotions.

this is going in the rid of box.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

tis the season

When the students are coming into class I have christmas music playing.  Charlie Brown Christmas makes their faces light up.  Even jaded, sophisticated students can be seen doing the Snoopy dance.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

its knowing what button

Before thanksgiving my promethean (like a smart board) stopped working.  I complained, went through the channels, etc.

the third part that was supposed to work went bankrupt.  wonder why?  could it be you did no work for the customer?

Toward the end of the year I broke channels and called the company that made the board..  The warranty had worn out the month before.  They could have talked me through some problems.

We renovated the school this summer, so no work.

Finally today, the new third part comes in and ...its the bulb.  Which I though our IT people had replaced.


It is what it is.  The reset the controls and moved the hook up to a more convenient place.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


There is a group that does scottish and North American Indian style combat training nearby.

The class is supposed to be for tomahawk.

So I used my norse ax as the template for the practice ax.

It seemed to work okay.

I used foam, and PVC for the practice one.  I forgot as an aging geek to wear gloves when working with contact cement.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I am the author, I out rank you

So it is homecoming.

Tradition say teachers sit in the back to monitor.  I'm tired and do not feel like leaning against the wall. The last three rows are taped saying "JROTC".  We have an ROTC program at our school and there is a color guard and a saber team.  The saber team salutes each member of the court.  truly a difficult job to hold that thing in the air and stand there for the entire ceremony  (really no sarcasm here)

So I look around, count jrotc students and decide with the secretary that there is room enough and sit down.  A JROTC student in uniform, whom I did not know, "this is for rotc." 

"that's okay I reply, I'm a veteran."  (translation, "darling I am a full fledged adult and many, many members of my family are not little tin soldiers"  and if a student in uniform needed a seat I would have moved, as we did for a parent)

Eventually the JROTC student commander told student it was okay.

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.