In the movie “Grosse Pointe Blank”, John Cusack’s character is meeting up with his high school sweetheart on the eve of their high school reunion. And they have a conversation about what he needs. Minnie Driver’s character suggests he needs a “Shockabuku” which she translates as a spiritual kick to the side of the head […]
Up until this semester everything has followed the traditional school path. Go to class. Attend the lecture with notebook and pen answering questions, participating at an acceptable level of activity and turn in the homework, essays and reading responses. Do those things and you have a excellent chance at passing the classes. Fall 2016 promises […]
A year ago on the 19th of July I wrote a blog post about being “In the Valley of Peace”. I talked about why it was important to take a Sabbath away from the (at times) soul crushing nature of life and the things it requires of us. Well, summer semester just tapped out to […]
Theories are wonderful things. They are helpful in examining an issue or an idea. They allow us to apply the scientific method and test various variables. Again – wonderful thing. Except when it comes to English and specifically composition theory. You see, there’s a theory for everything composition under the sun, moon and yes, even […]
In 1993 one of the greatest sports movies was released and the title kicks off today’s post. But it shares more than just a nifty side note on the early 90’s and how much fun movies were (they were, trust me) or a chance for me to talk about a time when I was alive. […]
The titled movie came out in 2000 and since I was in high school at the time (get off my lawn, natch) I didn’t give it two seconds consideration as I was a grown up, dang it, and I would not be seeing a kids cartoon movie, dang it. Well, fast forward to 2015 and […]
Ah, Lord of the Rings. One of the trilogies that (for the most part) works efficiently, effectively and excellently. It also works as a literary and cinematic metaphor to draw comparisons up against my current college experience. I’m facing down the first tower this semester and it’s been a challenge. I’m juggling 18 credit hours, […]
Welcome to day three! We’ve tabulated the stacks of syllabi, bought (most) our books, filled the beleaguered backpacks with a steady supply of school supplies and managed not to have a complete meltdown as the full enormity of our collective class loads have become apparent. Congratulations, one and all!
You read that headline right. I’m crawling my way to the finish line. And not in a fun, smiley, playing a game way. This is a desperate crawl to escape the impending doom of a fiery explosion that’s on a four day countdown. I spent my Thanksgiving break relentlessly working on essay after essay with […]
I never get tired of watching the broadcast from the 1980 Winter Olympics in which the United States of America beat the (then) Soviet Union in the medal round. The USA players were amateurs and collegiate players on the world stage and they did something that still resonates today. They beat the unbeatable. The team […]
For my Education Technology class I was tasked with doing a podcast. It runs 5 minutes. Enjoy!
You would have thought I had learned my lesson. I wrote briefly here about it in August of 2014. Alas, I still struggle with accepting and understanding how much bandwidth and capacity exists within me. This semester I figured I could take 18 credits hours. That’s six classes for those of you playing along on […]
Well, we’re underway. I’ve been to all six of my classes. Syllabus have been entered into my planner. Notebooks are arranged. Bus and lightrail schedules are locked down. The verdict? It’s going to be a very long, intense and thrilling semester.
Back in December I wrote a blog post entitled, “Coming into Gambon” where I talked about how it felt to nearly reach the end of the semester and I alluded to the last turn on the “Top Gear UK” track. I’m going back to familiar territory today as the headline for this post is a […]
I know. When a 33 year old bachelor takes to his blog to pronounce an opinion on something there’s always a chance it’ll be a nothing burger filled with wild speculation sauce and empty positioning as a topping. Here’s the thing – I think I’m right. After fifteen or so years of learning how to […]
In the penultimate episode (‘Stolen Earth’) of David Tennant’s reign in “Doctor Who”, Rose Tyler returns to a Earth in chaos and under siege by the Daleks and their creator Davros. She warps in and cocks her weapon and says, “Alright, now we’re in trouble. It’s only just beginning.” I can relate to the most beloved […]
The post title refers to two things. One – the original post from last semester. It also is a reference to the opening episode of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in Doctor Who. The episode is notable for many things but the one I love is the gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping through Old London. I regret that no […]
That title may not make any sense to you but if you’re a fan of the UK Top Gear than you’re nodding your head. Here’s a link to the Top Gear Site that’ll help you understand the track. The short answer is that on the test track where Top Gear UK runs the cars there’s multiple […]