Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
1) Find ark builder
2) Turn sump pump on
2) Find pairs of animals
3) Turn odd sump pump
4) Find higher ground
5) Turn on sump pump
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for my neck of the woods, urging us to avoid driving through water that crosses the roadways, keep an eye on small streams since they may crest, and to seek higher ground if necessary.
I think that this would be a stretch of road that I shouldn't have driven through....
At least I'm not in other parts of Maine where there were tornado warnings, since then I would have an added item on my to-do list: find Toto!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
So there is what looks to be a "normal" backpack, nothing out of the ordinary, and an average size.
And here is a picture of everything that I took out of it.
Now we will play a little game of Where's Waldo...
Contents Of SJ's Backpack:
- One bag of cat food (on my way home I bought it)
- Wind pants and cloth (thought it might rain today)
- Coffee cup
- Tissues (in package with devil duck on it)
- Gum (enhanced with caffeine)
- 2 pens, 1 pencil, 3 highlighters, 2 sharpies
- Mobile Me activation box
- Flashlight (who knows?!)
- String (From Mike's Pastry Box)
- Granola bar (smushed, and a flavor I don't like)
- Car/School keys
- Money pouch
- Apartment keys
- Socks and sneakers (to change into once I got to school)
- Motorcycle registration, permit, and insurance
- Red pouch, I carry the following electronics around in it:
- iPod, headphones and dock
- USB connector cable
- Wireless mouse
- 2 "duck heads" for Mac charger
- Batteries and charger
- 3 thumb drives
- Headlamp (in case the lights go out and I can't find the flashlight!)
- Camera tripod
- Dongle - connects laptop to LCD projector
- Dongle - connects laptop to TV
- Photo card reader
- Laptop charger
I think that Monty Hall would have been proud! No wonder I am going to the chiropractor for shoulder and back pain!
Which Famous Artist Are You?
You are Ansel Adams. Your artistic tool of choice is the camera, but you've got lots of other skills as well. Spoiled when you were young, you grew up to be a loving person and you have a deep affinity for nature and all things black and white.
|Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com|
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
After getting home from summer school I got inspired to vacuum. This little project consumed a few hours since I decided to reorganize the front porch while I was at it. After being home for awhile I notice that I had not seen Stanley, I remembered being greeted by Miss Phoebe, but no big orange cat. I scoured the house high and low, not Stanley. So I could only conclude that he had slipped outside and was enjoying the summer day. I went searching outside, calling his name and shaking the treats; no Stanley. I decided to go back inside and give up, either he was going to come home or he wasn't. After moping around the house entertaining the idea that Stanley was gone, he came sauntering out of the laundry room like nothing had ever happened. I stumbled upon this cartoon of a cat brain. I think that the "inexorable fear of vacuum cleaners" part explains Stanly's mysterious disappearance and then reappearance.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Interestingly the term meme has been around before the daily use of the internet. Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist first used the word in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins defined the word as: "a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation". Many people have criticized that Dawkins definition is vague.
Since I too felt that Dawkins' definition was vague, I continued to search the internet. One concrete example of a meme is common sense. It is considered a meme since it is passed from generation to generation and evolves over time.
My next question, after finally figuring out what a meme is, is how does it relate to the internet? Wikipedia (I'm guessing it might fall into the category of an internet meme) defines an internet meme as: "catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the internet".
One of the first internet meme's, from the early 1990's was the Hampster Dance (new to me!). If you have not seen the Hampster Dance you defiantly need to check it out to get your daily chuckle.
Wikipedia goes on to say that the most basic example of an internet meme is when people hyperlink to a website. I guess I have been memeing for awhile and didn't know it! Technically the professional meme that I did yesterday is not considered an internet meme by all people, while others think they are. I'm not an expert in meme's, so I will default that they are one.
Here are the rules:
- Pick 3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
- For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/01/08).
- Post the above directions along with your 3 goals on your blog.
- Title your post Professional Development Meme and link back/trackback to http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/353.
- Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme.
- Tag 8 others to participate in the meme.
- Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
- Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.
Goal 2: Take a close look at both blogs and wiki's and figure out which one, or both would be best utilized in my math classroom. Then develop activities and lessons that I can use on a weekly basis in my classes.
Goal 3: Use NoteShare, a digital notebook, to organize my word problems aligned with the Maine Learning Results. This way I can easily share them with students, and it more efficient than my current system (that would be a lack of an organization system).
I am not going to "tag" eight specific people since I know there are a lot of teachers out there who read this. If you feel inspired to publicly post your teaching goals, feel free!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Cool Cat Teacher: 1,205 subscribers
Pooch Cafe: 35 subscribers
Indexed: 10,615 subscribers
SJ's Beat: 4 subscribers (one being me!)
I won't list any of the RVB, you can check yourself out.
Summer school has gone to the dogs! I am watching my Mom's dog Gretal for the next week. In order to keep her entertained, and give the cats a break, she gets to come to summer school. She is spending most of her day running the halls and sleeping behind my desk. Oh life is good if you are a dog!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
"Muscle testing, a tool from applied kinesiology that allows one to identify allergies, both food and environmental, that are harming someone’s body.
Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, while Applied Kinesiology is an alternative method of medical diagnosis that employs muscle testing ; it was originated by Dr. John Goodheart in the 1960s. Dr. Goodheart found that muscles in the human body instantly became weak when the body was exposed to allergens or harmful substances. Aside from Dr. Goodheart, chiropractors and acupuncturists built on the foundations of Chinese medicine to further develop kinesiology, which can be a very accurate system for balancing the body’s energy and returning it to health. Muscle testing has become the key tool of Applied Kinesiology in which allergens and harmful substances are identified by placing pressure on specific muscles".
So after several days of this weird bumpy stinging tongue the Music Man decided to perform the muscle test on me. Sure enough, when I was holding the strawberry with my fingertips I immediately weakened and could not push as hard. We concluded that my bumpy stinging tongue must be caused by my excessive strawberry intake over the past week. (I promptly ate the strawberry in my hand and immediately felt the stinging tongue sensation).
Now you might not know this about me, but I love strawberries. For the past few weeks I have been picking a lot of strawberries, freezing them, and have made some amazing food with them. So, for now, it is everything in moderation. I am going to stop eating them for the next few days, and then only consume them in smaller portions.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
With no particular place to go. Ok, just admit it, you are signing along to the Chuck Berry tune No Particular Place To Go right now. It has been stuck in my head since yesterday when Mi Prima and I went for a little canoe ride to "The Other" end of the pond. She changed the lyrics and sang "Riding around in my watermobile" during our whole trip! We wanted some ice cream, so we decided to paddle to The Bus, an old school bus that has been fixed into a hamburger/ice cream store. During the trip we reminisced about all of the time she and I had spent together on the pond, from boating, to biking, to swimming. We decided that we must have spent more time together swimming in the pond than any other two cousins.
Miss Phoebe 1, Peaches 0.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Here are the rules that I got off the New York Times website.
A 'Set' is 3 cards in which each individual feature is either all the SAME on each card... OR all DIFFERENT on each card. That is to say, any feature in the 'Set' of three cards is either common to all three cards or is different on each card.
The Features are:
Symbols: Each card has ovals, squiggles, or diamonds on it; Color: The symbols are red, green, or purple; Number: Each card has one, two, or three symbols on it; Shading: The symbols are solid, striped or open.
I have found two different places on the internet to play, the official Set website and the New York Times. The great thing about the puzzle on the New York Times site is that you can play at two different levels, thus making it easier for beginners. The official Set website has only one level.