The ramblings of a techie on the path to becoming a science teacher...

Cup of tea

It’s about time…

Amazing to me that when I’m on “break” my body seems to wake up at 7:00. What’s more amazing is that it has done so in all four (five if you count Arizona’s steadfast denial of any savings to be granted to daylight) time zones. I find this quite fascinating, as I don’t wake up consistently without an alarm clock during “regularly scheduled programming.” It would be less interesting if I...

Amanda and Zen

Respect

When Zen, my newest equine companion, came into my life, he was two years and four months old. He had not yet figured out how to behave around humans in an acceptable and safe way. He had spent most of his life with two other geldings who were very athletic and very good at keeping the youngster in his place in their herd. He viewed humans as a transitory herd, another...

Flower

What a long, tumultuous semester it’s been…

I was looking forward to this past semester. Really. I swear. There were lots of fun things on tap… Astronomy… Electrodynamics—that’s electricity and magnetism… Numerical methods for physics… Classroom Interactions… In the end, two out of four ain’t bad… it just isn’t much of anything. Astronomy really let me down. Perhaps it’s a great testament to usual university policy of not letting an instructor teach the same course more than three consecutive...

Coyote Licks

Timing is everything

Ever had that sneaking suspicion your timing was all wrong? Yeah… happens to me all the time. I manage to laugh at inappropriate moments, ask humorous questions at just the wrong time, or walk into a room at the worst possible moment. But Karma maintains balance, and I can look back to find that there were many occasions where I was in exactly the right place at the right time. I couldn’t have...

Pot roast with taters and gravy

Smell memory revisited…

A few years back I visited the topic of smell memory. It’s something I think of a lot as I wander the planet, as I find it almost constantly triggered these days. I was vividly reminded of my olfactory awareness Sunday night as a chuck roast was undergoing its magical transformation by low, slow heat in my oven. Trapped in a Dutch oven with a few friends—onion, garlic, and tomatoes—along with...

Lauren takes a leisurely ride up to Waterrock Knob

A job well done

I am a teacher. Whether I mean to or not, I shape the minds of many young people every year. I do the best I can, but it is a frustrating, thankless job some days. I am frequently asked by people who don’t teach—most who don’t really know kids—what I think of the next generation. This is a heavy subject for me, as I probably take my job way too seriously....

Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent—A novel by Scott Turow

He got me. I can’t believe he got me. I even read the sequel first, but he got me. Darn you, Scott Turow! I’m not sure why it never occurred to me to read Presumed Innocent. It’s been a “known work” of modern popular fiction for a while now. Heck, I hear they’ve even made a movie starring Harrison Ford. Yet, somehow, I hadn’t seen the movie or even heard the...

Not those polls

No… The other polls

Bucky is back to being, well, Bucky. And Satchel continues to have outstanding insight, for a dog… Which reminds me… My wife and I, between us, have a combined IQ that is easily higher than the speed limit. Yet, somehow, when we went to Costco the other day, knowing that we were low on peanut butter, managed to buy pretty much everything in the store except peanut butter. Better luck next...

Your gnometown brewery

Beer! The right choice!

News services are reporting on a couple different studies (though one of those studies is a couple years old) indicating that beer will make you live longer… That’s research I can drink to!

Icicles on Denim

Chili tonight, hot tamale!

Had I not been warned as a youngster to be careful what I wished for, I’d certainly wish to live somewhere with predictable weather. Then, of course, I’d wind up in Seattle or London and curse the non-stop rain and fog! Since I became an avid road cyclist about 7 years ago, I’ve developed a careful technique for checking the weather forecast. First and foremost, I rely heavily on the weather...