Monday, August 30, 2010
People over 60 can audit courses free in state universities, so I thought I'd sit in on the classes. I talked with the teacher who said it was OK with her and directed me to the Head of the English Department, who told me it was fine with him as long as the ones teaching the class didn't mind. So that's settled as long as the one Wednesday is OK about it. I hope so because that's the class I prefer to be in.
This Monday class is Composition Theory and Pedagogy. Yeah. First of all, I didn't like teaching composition and really didn't like grading it. Most of what they write is crap. Occasionally it's interesting. I like teaching writing about literature better. Since I never have to teach writing again, this isn't as interesting to me. I can probably learn some new things, though, that I can use to help the grandchildren. Oh wait, I'm wrong! I will have to grade essays on some of the Virtual High School courses, so that writing class will come in handy.
The Wednesday class is Biblio and Methods of Research, which includes some literary theory and appeals to me. We'll see. There's a lobby in the building with couches and chairs that look really comfortable for reading and knitting, which at times I plan to do there. It is an art gallery filled with pieces to look at. Since I've also taught art, this is a treat.
You'll be hearing about this as time goes on. This will cut into my time at home but will be good for me because I'll have a bit of a schedule and be busier.
Ran a bunch of errands today and have more the rest of the week, too. Also need to get the house ready for my little visitor this weekend but mostly need to get "Brendan food" at the grocery. The hardest part now is preparing all those meals since I'm so out of the habit. I eat out quite a bit and just make whatever for myself here at home. Now it feels like a big deal to cook for anyone but me.
I'm meeting Brian tomorrow in Nashville for lunch and to get Brendan's things for when he stays here. I'm looking forward to spending some time with him.
I'll have to get back for training for a new part-time job. I'll be grading work of students at the Virtual High School at the high school where I taught last. It will be done online, and my contract is for 7.5 hours a week. I can do it from home. So I need to go to the Central Office to work out how I'll get paid and sign the contract. More on this as it happens, too.
Several years ago, all this was nothing. Now it feels busy!!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
- askjimmycarter Bristol Palin,David Hasselhoff,Troy Aikman,Jon Gosselin,rumored to compete on 'Dancing With the Stars, report says; ABC will not comment
Aikman is the obligatory football player, so that's not surprising. The Hoff and Mr. K8 Gosselin, however, I won't be able to watch without covering my eyes. Not as bad as Tom DeLay and Mrs. Famewhore G, though.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The article is HERE misspelled words and all.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
According to this email forward, an accompanying video shows a news interview in which Australian Senator Collins talks about a recent oil tanker mishap off the coast of Australia in which "the front fell off" the ship spilling 20,000 tons of crude oil into the ocean. The "senator's" comments are so absurd that the interview is actually extremely funny. The message apparently intends the viewer to believe that this humour is unintentional and simply the result of yet another politician making a fool of himself in the public eye. However, in spite of the claim in the message, the video is not an "actual interview". It is in fact a satirical mock interview that fully intends to be funny.
The video does not depict the real Senator Collins or any other actual government spokesperson. Instead it is one episode of a long running humour segment delivered by Australian comedians John Clarke and Bryan Dawe. The "Front Fell Off" episode first aired back in 1991. For a number of years, the duo has delivered their bitingly satirical take on Australian politics and society first on radio and later in regular TV segments. They currently appear on ABC current affairs program, The 7.30 Report. Clarke has played a variety of "newsworthy" Australians including prime ministers and other politicians and prominent business leaders while Dawe plays his hapless interviewer. Information on Clarke's website explains the pair's approach:In the interviews, John makes no attempt to look or sound like the person he is pretending to be, but deals with matters as he sees fit. Bryan persists with dignity and strives for understanding.Clarke and Dawe are well known in Australia, and, when the "interviews" are aired in their original context, most viewers would very quickly realise that they are only for entertainment and feature an actor just pretending to be the high-profile "interviewee" named in the episode.
However, in this case, it appears that some unknown prankster has removed the segment from its original setting and tacked on title and ending captions that imply that it shows a genuine news interview with the real Senator Collins. Senator Bob Collins did serve as Federal Minister for Shipping between 1990 and 1992 but he never gave an interview even remotely resembling the one portrayed in the comedy piece. Collins died in September 2007. Moreover, the oil spill incident lampooned in the Clarke & Dawe segment occurred in 1991 not 2007 as suggested in the email.
The original and unaltered version of Clarke & Dawe's "The Front Fell Off" episode is available on Clarke's website.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
For many years, that's how I thought vampires did it. I thought their vampire teeth were hollow like straws and that the pointy ends punctured and allowed them to suck the blood into somewhere. That part didn't quite get worked out, but since they are vampires, there should be a way the blood was taken in wherever it needed to go. It seemed better than having to get blood in their mouths, but that's the part vampires probably liked unless there were squeamish ones or the blood tastes strange. You have anything you believed when you were younger like this? Actually I believed it a long time.
See? Her pointy vampire tooth is leaking.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
If I didn't have family and friends here, I'd move. I'd go somewhere with lower humidity and moderate temperatures all year. But alas!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Not only is it a beautiful campus but an excellent liberal arts university. Traditional dress code is traditionally jackets and ties for males and skirts and dresses for women, but I think that's been relaxed a bit. Check HERE for Sewanee traditions. Interesting! For example:
The Sewanee Angel - In a folk story it is said that the domain of the University of the South is a place so beautiful angels dwell within its the gates. These angels protect all inhabitants and visitors on the Domain. Sewanee Angels are more than happy to become your guarding angel and protect you off Domain as well. In order to pick up your angel you must tap the roof of your car as you drive through the gates when departing campus. Upon your return, you tap the roof of your car to release your angel.Once they get students there, they intend to keep them. There were 10 students in Brian's freshman English class. Jon Meacham, you have seen on MSNBC, graduated from Sewanee the same year Brian did. He's editor of Newsweek and wrote the Pulitzer-winning American Lion about Andrew Jackson.
From their website HERE.
The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The University has had 25 Rhodes Scholars--a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges--as well as 26 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 36 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.
Quote from Brian: At least once a month while I was at Sewanee, I'd look around and think, "Wow. I go to school here."
One year when I took Brian back to school, I noticed some changes in his dorm and said, "Oh, they've renovated up to the 50's."
Quite a bit of drinking goes on there, and they used to have drinking societies. That's typical of the Episcopal Church since there's a saying that "where three or four are gathered, you shall surely find a fifth." On Shrove Tuesday, the men of the church had a beer in one hand and were flipping pancakes with the other.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Several candidates won on the local level that I hoped would. Yay to them!! Now we'll have even more negative ads leading up to the general election.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Mother and I had eye appointments this morning and then went to lunch. We usually do other things and shop or something but not today. Getting back in the car is miserable without a lot of time to cool off, so we didn't do that today.
Can you imagine football practice in this? Some schools canceled afternoon practice, thank goodness, but football season starts soon. It's way too hot for football and dangerous. Students have died from it. How heartbreaking also are hearing about children and pets left in hot cars. What's wrong with people?
And this is one of my regularly scheduled whining/bitching sessions about summer in TN.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Republican Party sure has had a lot to say about the Democrat agenda since President Obama took office, but they have not set forth a new plan yet if they were to take control of Congress. The ideas they are focused on are:SOURCE
1. Creating incentives for new jobs
2. Cutting federal spending
3. Cleaning up Congress
These are all good ideas, but there is one problem: They have not released ANY specifics on how they are going to do this. The Democratic party has been targeting this large hole in the campaign of Republicans, and so far, there has been no answer. The plan seems to be that the GOP is accumulating ideas from the America Speaking Out program into their platform for the upcoming Congressional elections. This has been projected to be ready in September.
Kevin McCarthy, who is heading the motion to prepare the new agenda, says that Democrats are simply giving up on their own agenda and, "They are trying to change the topic ... (because) they can't succeed with what they have to offer."
What do you think? The Republicans seem to have fueling support off picking at the Obama administration and promising results without any kind of tactics. Do the America people really not care about having a certain path, as long as its not the current path? This seems like it will not hold its weight come time to vote.
People need answers to problems.
From Addicting Info / Politics HERE. Good site. Check it out.
President Barack Obama will be traveling to Detroit to show off exactly what his policies have done for the auto industry and our economy consequently. He will talk about his reports that the auto industry is seeing record profits once again, the largest since 1999. Not only that, but President Obama will be talking about his new plan to invest 4 billion dollars in natural gas vehicles, along with 400 million in electric vehicles.
So how has the auto industry grown?
- Ford announced a 2.6 billion dollar profit for second quarter, GM with 865 million in its first, and Chrysler with 143 million.
- Exports have increased by 57%, including a significant rise to sales in China.
- Investing has grown as optimism of the future remains in tact.
So how exactly has the auto industry helped our economy?
But what about paying back the taxpayers?
- 9 of 11 GM assembly plants are working through the summer shutdown to meet demands
- GM, Ford and Chrysler's growth is resulting in 5300 new jobs for Americans
- GM repaid their 6.7 billion dollar loan back in April.
- Chrysler paid 1.9 billion back to the treasury that they received from TARP and 1.5 that they received for support.
- The supplier support system was cut, giving back 5 billion dollars to the public.
So, what does this say about the decision this administration made for bailouts?
Monday, August 2, 2010
Look at THIS. I want to go. The Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival is always near my birthday, so I think of it as a celebration for me, too. B. B. King, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, and Paul Thorn will all be performing! Finding accommodations is turning out to be a challenge. We'll probably have to stay at Tunica where all those casinos are. Before, I stayed in Clarksdale, MS, which is about the same distance from Helena, AR, but Tunica is north and closer to Memphis and on our way home. Might just work. The rooms are cheaper, too, because of the gambling which I won't do because we know how that works out for me.
Sunday, August 1, 2010