27 March 2007

More wisdom...

The typical teen in this day in age wears cloths that do not fit. Their pants half way hanging on their but and they walk bowl lagged even though nine out of ten they were not born that nor do they have a disorder. That is the prime example, they like disorder.

Can you guess the topic of the paper in which the above appeared?

Oh my... Can you tell I'm grading finals?

22 March 2007

I know I'm making a difference! ;-)

I have two writing classes in their last week right now. For one class, it's gone well, but the other has really struggled. it amazes me how much each class has its own personality - I have def. seen the "birds of a feather flock together" phenomenon (both for good and bad) at work in my classes! Anyhow, one of the things I do at the end of each course is ask some general review questions, like "what was your favorite assignment," "what do you know now that you wish you'd known then," etc. This morning, I got the following reply (from a struggler, as you can imagine).

What I liked most about the main class assignment was typing. I love to type although I advice the new comer's not to type too much and drop off the subject of what they are doing.

It's so nice to know I'm making a difference ;-)

19 March 2007

All the y'alls

It's a good thing we are moving out of the South soon. Today I actually came across this referenced in one of my students' homework.


"How y'all doin'?" If you are rendering this common Southernism in
print, be careful where you place the apostrophe, which stands for the
second and third letters in "you." Note that "y'all" stands for "you
all" and is properly a plural form, though many southern speakers treat
it as a singular form and resort to "all y'all" for the plural.

(from Common Errors in English by Paul Brians).

For the record, I do not, have never, and will never say "y'all." I am firmly in the "you guys" camp.

18 March 2007

Red Nose Day

Mad props to Liz for sending me this clip. It's a great clip for Comic Relief 2007/Red Nose Day, which was this past Friday.

14 March 2007

Early St Pat's

A friend reminded me this morning of this oldie but goodie from The Onion.

What will you be eating or drinking to celebrate this weekend?

12 March 2007

A March Madness bracket to care about

I don't care at all about the basketball March Madness season, but I do care about good TV. Our local paper, the News & Observer, realizes that rational people care for their TV as much as some people care for their sports, so they re doing a cool TV-based bracket contest. Here's my bracket (which I can and may change up until noon on Thursday). You can fill out your own bracket to vote, too.

09 March 2007

Continuing the theme...

So, my last post was about of one music's high points. Continuing the theme (of music from the 80s, not musical high points), this post from Go Fug Yourself is absolutely spot on.

20 years ago today...

Twenty years ago today, one of the finest albums of all time was released. U2's The Joshua Tree. How can it have been so long ago?

08 March 2007

Excuse of the Day

Student excuse for late work of the day:

Sorry this is late, my son was sick then I got married so I fell a litle behind. Hope this is okay.

Yeah, I just hate it when that sort of stuff happens all at once.

06 March 2007

Favorite news item of the day

The Princes voicemail prank on the Queen

LONDON, March 5 Prince William and Prince Harry reportedly pulled a prank on their grandmother the Queen, recording a fake message on her answering machine.

The princes who were asked to help with the machine after the Queen was baffled by the technology, recorded the message Hey wassup! This is Liz. Sorry I'm away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three. Britain's Sky News reported that the Queen was very upset at first but later saw the humor in the prank while thinking about who may have heard the message.

But, Queen Elizabeth's private secretary was not amused, said the Daily Star, adding that he almost fell out of his chair when he heard the message.

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