What Never Crosses Your Mind

A little academic humor to bring the first week of the second quarter to a close.  Sally always has an interesting (and hysterical in its own way) response to the world of learning and grades.  This classic Peanuts strip helps capture something that just never seems to cross her mind.

Peanuts Sally Doomed(image from gocomics.com)

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Race Starting and Stopping

There’s a certain kind of dread that you feel when watching The Amazing Race on CBS.  Unlike other “reality” shows, there’s a real sense that any of us could be on the show and that any of a number of things could happen, things that could both help or hinder us.  That’s particularly true of the challenges.  While shows like Survivor create these elaborate, puzzle-like challenges, the challenges on TAR have a nice sense of history and culture along with a big dose of “you just don’t know if it will work or not.”  You felt it at two challenges this week: first at the challenge where teams had to find fish of a particular color with particular numbers (at least a little like that horrible hay bale challenge from a few seasons ago).  And then there was this challenge, which was about learning to play a well-known tune with the only instrument of its kind created in the 20th century.

Such a palpable frustration for those teams . . .

Looks like they are posting more unreleased content from each episode over at YouTube, which is a great idea.  Definitely looking forward to week two next time.

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Exponential Learning

The week has gone well.  It’s been busy, but it’s also been good.  Today I got to see some students that I hadn’t been around in what feels like forever.  I got to take part in a couple of faculty meetings that I’m not usually a part of , where I heard some good and challenging things.  And tomorrow is packed with assemblies and meetings and a class.  So maybe it feels a little bit like this recent FoxTrot Sunday strip.  Just not as much math for me.

(image from gocomics.com)

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“It Acts Like a Lens”

Today was our first official day of concurrent learning with a chunk of all four grades on campus.  We started the day with two assemblies (with two more to come on Thursday when the next group arrives).  The morning was packed, and I didn’t get much sleep last night.  But it was good.  Tomorrow is a PSAT/SAT testing day, so things are out of whack for the most of the day.  And then Thursday we’re back at it.  I’m behind on getting ready for next week’s chapel, so I’ve got to move that from the back burner soon, too.

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This Sunday’s Frazz was funny visually and had content that I could easily use in class one day.  Ah, worldviews.

Frazz Lens(image from gocomics.com)

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Songs When Together

So it’s an hour before midnight, and we’re headed back to the classroom tomorrow.  We’ll have 4x as many students on campus as we did just prior to break, so it’s a new version of uncharted territory.  I’m thinking about music to play as people gather . . . music that will comfort but that will also not lead to singing.  Alas, U2 just released another cleaned-up concert rendition of a classic whose title fits the current moment even if the rest of the song doesn’t.  Here’s “Stay (Far Away, So Close!).”

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Sunday’s Best: Magic before Rabbits

It’s a good day for Sunday strips in the comics. Today’s WuMo by Wulff and Morgenthaler is simple in execution while also being the kind of gag that makes you chuckle, partly for the expressions and partly because of the absurdity.

Frazz Before Rabbits(image from gocomics.com)

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Firsts and a Last

Fall break is coming to an end.  And while it’s been shorter than usual, it has not been without significance.

Earlier in the week, I got my first professional haircut in at least six months.  I was walking by a SuperCuts.  When I stepped in, I found that they were able to work me in (they now require appointments), which was nice of them.  It was good to have a steady, knowledgeable hand do the work.  I’d done my own trimming for most of the last few months, though once I had the help of a neighbor.  I’d settled for just doing a 5-guard all-around, so a return to the 5-2 blend was nice.

TenetToday was my first time back to a movie theater since March.  I think the last movie I saw in the theater was Onward.  Today I finally purchased a ticket for Tenet, a movie that I had been hoping to see for a long time, that had quite a bit of buzz back in the day.  It was odd not to be able to eat food while watching, but that was okay.  Tenet is the kind of movie that you just have to sit back and let happen.  The plot will carry you when the specifics elude you (and some of the specifics did just that).  John David Washington does a great job carrying the film.  It’s a Christopher Nolan picture, which means it’s all kinds of twisty . . . in at least one way that I didn’t see coming.  Which is nice, since so  many movies are based on preexisting properties that ultimately tend toward predictability.  I won’t say much except that I need to see it one more time.  That and it is ultimately nothing like Inception, which is kind of what many viewers are probably expecting.  I did buy some popcorn on the way out.  It’s an odd thing, but I felt it an appropriate way to acknowledge being back in a theater in general.  The crowd was small and in a large theater.  We were well-spaced.  It was nice not having to listen to unwelcome commentary from the side, which is often the case in matinees.

The last thing this week was a final visit to Gecko Books and Comics.  Ted told me a couple of weeks ago that he was closing up the shop that I had frequented almost weekly for much of my time in Honolulu.  It came out of no where, though nothing really comes out of no where these days.  He’ll actually be around for a few more weeks as he tries to sell of his inventory.  This was his last week for new comics.  This means I’ll probably buy online for a while.  There are a couple of other stores on the island, but I’m not really ready to venture out like that.  Ted ran the best store that I’ve been able to frequent since my time in Tennessee.

So a couple of firsts and a last.  I forgot to mention a third first: my first time back to Zippy’s for a Sunday morning breakfast.  And while it wasn’t back to normal, it was nice to sit in a comfortable booth with familiar faces around me while I read some, wrote some, and thought some about the time that had passed since I sat there last.

I’m hopeful that things will continue to pick up over the next couple of weeks, that numbers will stay down and that more restrictions will lift.  Schools are opening up more (mine included), and tourism is supposed to start kicking into gear over the next week.  So there’s definitely some uncertainty.  But today was good; this week was good.  I’m grateful for it all.

(image from collider.com)

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Like Yesterday, but with Better Resolution

Looks like U2 will be dropping more goodies between now and the 20th anniversary re-release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  Here’s a cleaned up clip of the band performing “Beautiful Day” from Boston in 2001.  The heart-shaped stage was a sight to behold, and the band used it well.  You get just a glimpse of that here.

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A Summer’s Sign of Success

A Frazz comic apropos for my semi-annual visit to the dermatologist:

Frazz Summer Success(image from gocomics.com)

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“Of Love and Thunder Deep”

From a recent chapel at Baylor University:

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