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I was reading here about the new milk jug design. It sounds like a wonder innovation, but I would like to prematurely mourn the end of the plastic milk crate. And I know college students no longer need to store LPs, but think of all the other uses a milk crate has in the dorm room and first bachelor apartment!
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Shortly after I graduated from college, I acquired two kittens who went on to be my companions through something like 10 different apartments, two cities, and three career changes. This past summer, cancer claimed one of my cats (my coffee icon cat). It was very very sad, and I and my other cat soldiered on, but everything felt off. So I have acquired a kitten.

Kittens behave very differently from teen-aged cats. I am re-learning the rules of a house ruled by a kitten:
1) you cannot take a full stride inside; the kitten is under your feet and you don't want to inadvertently kick him.
2) sweeping will take a minimum of three times as long as usual and you may have to remove the kitten from the dust pan more than once
3) if it is on the floor, it's a kitten toy
4) it is very difficult to resist piteous cries about a) wanting you to sit down to provide a lap, b) wanting you to rescue the cat toy under the furniture
5) "sleeping cat logic" becomes more pronounced in your life (sleeping cat logic is the logic you find yourself employing when you tell yourself you can't get out of bed because the cat is asleep on you and you don't want to disturb him).
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Gakked from __marcelo
Mostly because between the crazy eighth inning rally (grand slam!) and the contents of my inbox (student crises!) I am not sleepy yet. 5 am is going to SUCK.

Also, this result is disturbingly spot on. This is EXACTLY how I would be a supervillain. And if that implies I've thought about it before this instant, so be it.

Your result for The Supervillain Archetype Test...

The Professional


The Professional is the most dangerous of all villains. You do what you do better than anyone, because, as a Professional, you have standards.


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We are about 2 months out from the last day of last school year. With very few exceptions, I haven't heard boo from students since they left for the summer (that's NOT a complaint). The past two days, I've suddenly heard from a half-dozen. I have an itchy feeling this is the beginning of the school year ramp up.

Now, what do you suppose was the inciting event for several students independently deciding it was a good week to re-establish contact with their professors? I've noticed some sales circulars for dorm supplies. Is it that? Fall fashions have started appearing. Maybe it's just an inbuilt two-month thing. That's when the summer starts to feel like it should wind down? I sort of had the first of August pegged as the trigger, but I'm clearly off by a couple of weeks (by way of excuse, I have not been on semesters very long; I was on quarters for 10 years, and that's a very different schedule).

So... what is it that suddenly reminds college students about school?
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Because this is so often my state...
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Not, mind you, that I'm a particularly invested nature watcher, but this spring has been so bizarre that I've felt entirely out of sorts, like I somehow know in my bones that nature is not behaving normally. But today, 2 weeks later than usual (I know, because they were in bloom when I moved into this apartment), the bean trees finally have their white flowers out. BTW, does anyone know what bean trees are really called? I'm sure they have a different common name, but I don't know it.
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I put White Noise 2 in my queue because Netflix told me it had Nathan Fillion in it. Then, partway in, the love interest (inasmuch as a horror movie has a love interest) turns out to be Katee Sackhoff!!! I'd have rather seen the two of them acting together in something better, but it was still fun to see them flirting with one another.
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Okay, folks, you know who you are. Shall we plan a group outing?
Subversive knitting!
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My father called this weekend to tell me that a high school teacher of mine, Mr. Y, passed away. This isn't a tragedy; he was older when he taught me, and that was over half my life ago, and he lived a long life battling Parkinsons (something I hadn't known he had, which says how long it's been since I've seen him). What my father realized, though, was Mr. Y had touched my life more than most, and as my father said to me, "Everyone else is going to be talking about what a good coach he was, but I know you remember what a good teacher he was."

And Mr. Y was a phenomenal teacher. He taught high school chemistry and physics, and he wouldn't let anyone under junior year in his classroom. He was tough as they come, both physically and mentally.

He taught the underpinnings. I didn't memorize a single formula under his tutelage; I could derive anything from base principles and still can over 20 years later. This despite the fact that I left the physical sciences behind a long long time ago. He taught habits of mind and methods of learning in the guise of chemistry and physics, and he was one of the first truly excellent teachers to make their mark on my teaching.

Good bye, Mr. Y, and thanks. I hope I can live up to your legacy.
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Stolen from spirit0fstlouis

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read 'em for school in the first place.

I'm adding another twist - add a (+) beside the ones you want/intend to read.


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