Wednesday, April 28, 2010

She got it right!!!

Listen to this podcast. This lady his some really good ideas about education. Sit back and enjoy.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Money issues

I'm not going to complain about money because that's just whining, but I am going to say one thing and then end this post. Someone took money out of my account without my permission and that was not fun. Sure the bank is going to refund the money and "look in to it" but it really chaps my hide when things like this happen. You work hard, put up with day to day work issues just for some idiot to come and hack your bank account to get some free jollies? I hate it. These are the types of people I hope get what's coming to them and they get it ten fold. It's just not right. Well, maybe one day I'll be wealthy enough where I'll be able to actually pursue these types of crimes but for now I'll just have to take the bank's word for it. So for now I'll just sit here writing to you with no money in my account. Have a great day!!

I've been trying

I've been trying not to harp too much on the negative at my work, but I wanted to give you an update as to how things are going. I know some folks have asked me a couple of times so I'll give you a quick rundown. I'll try not to be too verbose, so I'll see if listing the problems out will help me.

1.) Admin is still in shambles- there's no real chain of command and to put it bluntly there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.
2.) The children seem to have been left behind- With the problem in the upper levels, it seems as though the students are almost given a free ride. The kids like it and the admin has taken this route so that they don't have to answer to disgruntled parents and keep up the facade of everything's fine. The kids lose in the end when things are set up like this.
3.) Many good teachers are leaving - once again because of the lack of organization at the top and poor working conditions, many good teachers are trying to share their influences in other schools and districts. Once again....the kids lose.
4.) The district seems to rather lose teachers than fix the problems - As long as that's the prevailing thought the kids will continue to lose.
5.) I'm holding on as best I can and trying not to let it bring me to far down, so I just keep telling myself it's almost over.

That's the jist of it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Other than that I guess I can end this session. Take care.

Movie reviews

I'm back with some more movies. Today we'll look at Sherlock Holmes, The Blind Side, Ninja Assassins and one TV Show review - Treme (Truh-may for those outside of Louisiana).

Sherlock Holmes - Robert Downey played a great Sherlock. Backed up by Jude Law as Dr. Watson and you have a funny, action-packed adventure. Mr. Holmes has to help the bobbies figure out how a criminal escapes death to terrorize the town and Sherlock uses all of his deductive skills in order to bring the case to a close. Very smart and funny and now on DVD. Go ahead and enjoy. 2 claps!

The Blind Side - I held off watching this movie because I didn't want to be disappointed so I rented it and by George disappointment. I guess it happens. Story line was pretty flat and predictable and I just didn't care for it. I'm not going to say much about this movie. If you know me you can ask and I'll tell you about it. If you can't get in touch with me I'll let you decide for yourself. 1/2 clap.

Ninja Assassins - In the spirit of old school kung fu movies, Ninja Assassins give you Bruce Lee feel with a Kill Bill effects package. Definitely not an award winner, but if you're a fan of kung fu movies, you know that non of them are. The storyline is pretty straight-forward. A guy is trained as a ninja, but chooses a different path and has the ultimate showdown at the end using all of his skills and some he didn't even know he had. 2 claps for all kung fu lovers.

Treme - I know this isn't a movie, but if you liked The Wire you will be instantly gripped by this show. It takes place 3 months after Hurricane Katrina and it takes a look at how music played a role in the slow and gradual rebuilding of the city. This show in my mind is one worth buying HBO for. Treme (Truh - may) is filled with complex and interesting characters and the story lines are masterfully woven together and significantly rich on their own. Treme has only had one episode so far but it sets itself up to be another award winning series for HBO. I give this a standing ovation.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Clash of the Titans

This was a nice remake of a good classic. It was entertaining. It won't win any awards but the trials and journeys of Perseus will entertain you while you're there. Sadly enough the effects were just a little better than the first one (lol). Well, if you liked the first one, you'll like this one. It has a very Lord of the Ringsish feel to it, but was still worth the time. For the record... I DID NOT SEE THE 3D version!!!! My 3D boycott is in full effect. And this may be one of the last remakes I see for a while. Magnolia and Angelika theaters here I come!!

1 1/2 claps. Check it out.