Monthly Archives: March 2009

somehow cute and geeky at the same time…

These. Are. Awesome!  Check it out: Star Wars-themed My Little Ponies!  Heehee.

Slave Leia, Luke Skywalker, and my personal favorite….Han Solo in Carbonite.

I first heard about them on the Star Wars Blog and they are too funny to keep to myself.  🙂

Also, I totally played with My Little Ponies as a kid (even though I had real horses, for some reason)- but they would have been even more awesome if they were STAR WARS My Little Ponies!

our oceans

This TED talk by Sylvia Earle says it all.  She is an amazing scientist and one of my heroes.  If you have never thought about why the oceans should matter to you, please watch!

(geek bonus: she also mentions the new Google Ocean part of Google Earth, which is also super cool…)

so, there’s a sea star, and a sea cucumber…

and a SEA PIG!  (and, in the interest of scientific knowledge, you can tell your friends that they are all related!)

Check out my science blog for details, since I don’t feel like re-typing.

And, a special bonus…a few of the pictures that I took!

This is the impressive coral reef tank:

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and here’s the GIANT SQUID (it was difficult to take a picture of through the glass, which was getting fogged up)-

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AND, last but not least….the sea pig that started it all.

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irony from the Vatican!

So, apparently, this dude goes to the Vatican conference on evolution in order to….argue against evolution.  Funny, especially if you are one of those people who thinks the Catholic Church does not “agree with” the Theory of evolution.  As a science teacher and convert to the Church, that was a big relief for me, by the way.

Link is here (see below for the ARGH part): http://cathnewsusa.com/article.aspx?aeid=12245

Also, the new Safari (I think it’s version 4) does not like the link button on wordpress. I’m trying to give Safari a shot, but there are 3 main things I don’t like (and if you know how to fix them, please tell me! I am a new Mac user and some of it might be my own ignorance…):

1. when I click on a link, the only way I can get it to pop up in a new tab as opposed to a new window is to command-click

2. when I click in the address bar, I have to triple-click to get it to select the entire web address

3. oh man- I forgot! And it seemed so important….Let’s go with random sites not working.   🙂

mental floss strikes again…

…with the Long Live Latin Quiz!  Woohoo!*

Part of the reason I love Latin is because it is such a beautiful and logical language.  I’m also a big fan of Cicero.  Not to mention, as I found out when I took Russian in college, any language that you don’t have to hesitantly stutter out in front of peers and professors is a bonus!

The other reason I love Latin is because the best teacher I ever had was my high school Latin teacher.  When I became a teacher, I contacted him to tell him that, we occasionally communicate via email, and I was really lucky to be invited to his retirement party last year.

He was intelligent, caring, funny, and really tried to get us to like Latin as much as he did.  Amazingly, he did all of this while also being blind.  All of us who were his students have tons of funny and serious stories about him (the time he tried to tell us what he thought we looked like, how he imagined us in his head, which was pretty hysterical, comes to mind), but the thing that I remember most is that he made an effort to know something about every one of us.  He is definitely my biggest influence as a teacher today.

*note: even though I am a total Latin dork, I thought the quiz was kinda hard…some of the phrases were pretty unusual…

tweeting

I’m not sure how I feel about Twitter.  On one hand, it’s cool- anyone can be informed that you had eggs for breakfast, even before you have finished them.  On one hand- who would care?  Not to mention the vast amount of tweets that get sent from most users.

I signed up over a year ago, followed some people on my phone for a while, then decided I did *not* need to get texts from NPR about the presidential race at any time of day, much less 2 in the morning. (note: I have since figured out how to stop that, but…still….)  I also didn’t send many of my own tweets, wasn’t sure what to say or when to say it (there’s so much to pick from in a day…).  But I was watching the Colbert Report today and he mentioned Twitter, and before I knew it I had frittered away nearly 2 hours messing around on the web.  *sigh*

I guess it could be useful- if you are a true news junkie, for example, and I’ve heard that some college professors use it for their classes- maybe this is one of those things that I need to be a little younger to really “get”?

Anyway, I’ll go ahead with the shameless plug: here I am on Twitter! (also there’s a link on the right of this blog, just scroll down….)