Friday, April 27, 2007

Kitty Litter Zen Gardens

It took me a while to figure it all out, but I now know why my wife decided to get herself pregnant. She hates with a passion having to clean out the kitty litter box. Now that she's pregnant, guess who gets to do that for at least the next six months?

Moi.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Internet Traffic

Ever wonder where people "go" on the Internet? Here's a site that keeps track.

http://www.alexa.com

You can search popularity by country, by language, etc. Pretty cool.

Where are your students going? Based on the top sites listed for the United States, here's my guess:

3. Myspace -- http://myspace.com
6. Youtube -- http://youtube.com
7. Facebook -- http://facebook.com
8. Wikipedia -- http://wikipedia.org

Knowing that these sites are among the most popular on the Internet is one thing; figuring out how to tap into that popularity for an educational purpose is quite another. Thoughts on how to do that?

No Cell Phones in Class, Please

Have you seen this clip? Does a better job than just stating a policy in the syllabus, don'tcha think? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYwpxU_G4Z0

Name That Kid

What are some good names for a new kid? Here's what's at the top of my list right now:

If a boy:

First name
Ziggy or Dante

Middle name
Xavier

If a girl:

First name
Portia or Octavia

Middle name
???

Books Weighing You Down?

We made a trip to Illinois this weekend, and we helped a friend of ours unload about 150 of her books. It seems that she had so many books that her house was literally collapsing. Anyway, she was getting rid of most of her collection so that she wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of putting everything in storage while her house gets repaired.

As a result, my library has just jumped past the 1400 book mark. In the past, I've always tried my best to keep it at a maximum of 1000. But what's a booklover to do? Remember that you can go through my personal library, if you're at all curious... and if I know you and you live close by, you can even borrow a book from me. :)