Category Archives: Every-Day-Nerd

A Bit On Google

I use Google Everything.  I have an Android phone.  I have Gmail.  I use Google Drive to store all my documents.  I browse using Google.  I can’t remember the last day in which Google and I didn’t communicate in some way.

Just a little something about Google.

Spring I Shall Never See

I’ve got a bit of a morbid one here.  I’ve been watching the Hobbit recently (both 1 and 2) and was reminded of a poem that Tolkien put in the Lord of the Rings, “I Sit Beside the Fire and Think.”  This poem is all about looking towards the future and of the next generation,

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

As a teacher, I think about that world.  I see my former students, my nieces and nephews,  as they are graduating from high school, going on to college, work, and independent lives.  They are beginning to take a hand in creating that world.  I find it terrifying, exciting, and fascinating.

I always told my students that the best part of being a teacher was watching them as they decide to stop being children, and start become adults.  It doesn’t all happen at once, and, as we all do, they tend to relapse back to childhood every now and then.  But, when you teach high school freshman you get not only that one year they are in your classroom, but the three years that follow until that day they walk across the stage.

That world that they are creating, the choices I would never make, some that I would, but all leading to

when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see. 

Just a side note, I’m 34, I know my parents, my former teachers, feel the same way about me.

 

Mary Poppins

For Christmas this year my wife and I chose to watch Saving Mr. Banks.  It was mostly because I wanted to, but she played along.  It was one of the best and most heart wrenching.  Up there with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Before Christmas, and Saving Mr. Banks, we watched Mary Poppins.  I can’t believe how snotty, prissy, and annoying that woman is.  “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.”  PRACTICALLY.  Her greatest fault is in telling you how great she is and how your not living up to her standards.

That being said, I love Mary Poppins.  That movie and the following scene are a part of who I am.

Nerd Grub

My wife recently purchased and embroidered a chef coat for me with my personal trademark.

NerdGrub

Don’t I look fabulous.

 

El Duderino

Several years ago I told everyone that I wanted to BE the Dude.  Not sure if that is ringing any bells with you, so I will explain.  Back in 1998 the Coen Brothers did a movie call The Big Lebowski.  To quote IMDB, its a movie about . . .

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

The Dude is a slacker.  A lazy, unemployed old hippy in Los Angeles.  He spends his days smoking pot, bowling, drinking White Russians, and wondering about in his boxer shorts and a robe.

As an upstanding member of the educator community, I did not wish to emulate the Dude in all his glory, just the part about wondering about in his boxers.  I wanted to continue to be an educator, but work from home.  I wanted to get up, have a cup of coffee, and go to work in my pajamas.

I believe in my current role I have achieved at least a small portion of the Dude’s life.  I work from home, analyzing data, often in my pajamas.

Reboot #3

This is the third time I have had to restart my site.  Lets hope its the last.

keepcalm