After spending way too much time sitting in traffic over the past couple months, today I beta-tested () a new way to conquer the 36-mile (ish) commute between my home in San Mateo and my place of work in San Jose. To pass the time, I documented the journey on my iPhone (whose battery is now depleted to 24% — my 5S can’t get here soon enough).
Twenty years’ worth of sustained Internet use has left me with a head full of random trivia and a profound inability to concentrate. Every time I sit down in front of my computer to write a post, I end up browsing the IMDb page for the movie Cool Runnings or the career stats for underrated outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. I’m just as distractible when my computer isn’t connected to the Internet: I’ve wasted weeks of my life playing this stupid baseball simulation game that I downloaded years ago and can’t bring myself to delete.
- Justin Peters, “I Write All My Blog Posts Out Longhand, and You Should Too”
Ok, maybe Justin’s problem is “[t]wenty years’ worth of sustained Internet use,” but that kind of internet distraction sounds awful symptomatic of adult ADHD.
I’m not a doctor. I’m just saying…
Last night I got my invite to play with the new Google Maps (desktop edition).
All-in-all, it’s a step in the right direction.
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(received by text message from my wireless carrier)
Jews eat dairy on Shavuot because the ensuing discomfort makes us appreciate the gifts we do have — like Torah — while we pay for those we don’t — like the enzyme that digests lactose.
Maybe that’s why Jenny’s Cuban-style flan was such an amazing addition to this evening’s wrestling match with text. Or maybe it’s because it was shiny and delicious. (But seriously… who cares why?)
What if Mordechai, Haman, and the Wizard of Oz held a rap battle? That’s the question or students asked.
The video is a project of one of our Emtza “pods.” Emtza is our seventh/eighth grade project-based program at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, where I work. (You can read more about the program in my previous post on the topic.)
As part of my job at Temple Isaiah, I developed Emtza, a project-based program for our middle school students. When I say “I developed,” what I mean is that I had a basic concept, an idea sapling. I handed that idea to an educator hired to run the program, Jessie Downey, who developed the idea further, bringing it into the realm of reality and giving it some real “umph.” Then she handed it to her amazing staff of teachers.
This video — one of two — is a piece of evidence that we were on to something. It’s a product of our students, who created it from scratch. They had a lot of support from their teachers, but it really is theirs. I hope you get a kick out of it… I sure did. (Click “More” for an explanation of how the Emtza program works.)
This is the only organization I’ve ever played in or been in. I came here with Jackie [Robinson] and Gil [Hodges] and Duke [Snider] … and played with great people like Don [Newcombe or Drysdale?] and Tommy [Davis], Willie [Davis] and Maury [Wills].
Sandy Koufax (via BLS)