Aug 12

End of summer 2012

It has been a long time since I've written anything here, but I have not forgotten about my blog. In fact, I was reminded usually at least once a day that I had a blog to monitor thanks to all of those entrepreneurial folks out there. I did not, and still don't, want this to turn into a cesspool of random plugs for you to be taken advantage of by clever people who want to use my good name and reputation to make you think I may be endorsing their products. I now have a reCaptcha and hopefully that will cut down on the amount of supposedly interested people's posts I need to delete.

Now that I have overcome the spam barrier which turned me off to going to my own blogsite, perhaps I can get back to writing about things that I notice I'm either oblivious to or other people are oblivious to while others think it is obvious. I may have to search some of the emails I've sent to friends elaborating on something I did or saw that should have also come here and become a post.

Enjoy reading!

Feb 12

Slow on the Uptake

The companion website to this one would be SlowontheUptake.something. I do not feel like having more websites happening than I need to take care of easily, so I'll stick with this blog for now. I am building websites in my classes and I'm taking a class on how to administer Moodle classes, so for online things, I have plenty to keep me busy. I may have to turn this post into a page. It depends on how often I smack myself up the head for not only being oblivious, but being really slow to realize how oblivious I am. I think I should just stop interacting in my classroom discussions because people must think I'm a complete idiot. I'm not, but for some reason the assignments I've been given in many of my current online courses are so confusing that I don't realize I should be confused. One is due in about 55 minutes and I am still wondering if I did it correctly or if I flubbed it up for others. When I have a clue I am incredibly competent. I should not mention it here, but it is no wonder I am unemployed.

Then again, my Florida credential just arrived today- the one that will let me teach chemistry in Florida. That was a journey I'll have to write about at some point. Let's just say I had the biology credential about a year ago and even though I submitted the paperwork for the chemistry credential over a year ago, they only granted me the bio credential. I resubmitted the same chemistry paperwork about a month ago. For whatever reason, they now see that I am competent to teach chemistry. I should hope so-I did it for 8 years and am trying to find ways of incorporating teaching chemistry into my EDTECH assignments. Speaking of which, I should stop procrastinating by whining on this website and focus on my next EDTECH project.

One last thing I don't understand why did they pre-date my credential to starting in 2010? It is a 5 year credential and will expire in 2015 even though I only received the document today. I used my National Board status to help get the chemistry credential and my credential is actually dated for a date before I knew I passed the National Boards. How magical is that?

Jan 12

Prius keys have batteries

I thought the way to keep a Prius key active is by sticking it in the "key" slot on the dashboard. After I went to the dealership and asked them if they have a super-charger I can use, they very calmly and respectfully told me that Prius keys have batteries. I want to thank my local Toyota people for not laughing hysterically in my face. Given my naivite, it would not surprise me if they chuckled quite a bit after I left.