Not much ice overnight, just enough to turn the snow and slush crunchy and coat the car windows. Air temperature 21 F, gray, near calm. The real ice is supposed to show up tonight, into tomorrow. Power companies are marshaling their battalions . . .
Got to the convenience store just as the nice clerk lady was making up the newspapers -- the various components had arrived minutes before. This time they blamed the delay on road conditions. I might believe this, if they hadn't already established a pattern . . .
Now to start the car and thaw it out.
.. via Wikia surfing and apparently an interview with Gerard Butler I have gotten my wish --- GURL UNIR OEBHTUG ONPX UVPPHC'F ZBZZL, INYUNYYNENZN!!!!
And she is Cate Blanchett!
And she WAS totally off questing. Thank you, Dreamworks! This is as it should be.
They have changed her name from the books a bit, but SCORE ONE FOR DOING AWAY WITH THE QRNQ ZBZZL TROPE in kid's films!! I am well pleased. I love her.
(O, if I am misled I shall weep tears.)( Addendum and CONFIRMATIONCollapse )
(Still full of trepidation though.)
Apparently, a lot of pieces of Denys' original work disappeared in transit. Details here:http://comicsbeat.com/denys-cowan-art-that-ups-lost-may-be-at-large/
Considering that Denys co-created or visually influenced a tonne of my favourite characters over the last couple of decades in particular - including the Milestone/Dakotaverse roster - I would be pleased indeed to see these pieces returned to whence they came. Intact.
Light rain or drizzle. Air temperature 26 F. Not a good combination.
It is unusual for me to post more than once a day. However, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that my open letter to Kent Williamson of NCTE has drawn replies from headquarters. Today, I received an email from a Kent Williamson that acknowledged my concerns and offered some explanations for the things that went wrong. I appreciate his response and one received earlier from Millie Davis as well. While I might rail against the system, I will also praise it for stepping up and owning that there were some problems.
Thanks, Kent and Millie, for reaching out and continuing the discussion.
A recent post at the Fordham Institute site (http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/an-update-on-the-common-core-reading-wars
) purports to discuss the debate about CCSS and its approach to reading. However, there is something much more simister afoot there, a sneering contempt and indictment of approaches that seem not to fit into CCSS' framework. The section I am referring to begins with the subhead: The Just Right Book and goes on to lambast this approach (and the writer targets Heinemann as the sole publisher of these which also seems harsh if not downright incorrect) as having "a truly dismal vision of reading instruction that prioritizes neither content nor complexity."
How dismissive. In other words, I should not even deign to look at these approaches because they are, in effect, void of meaning. I can hear the sneering issuing from the words on the screen. But for something that has no content, complexity, or value, the author does spend some time continuing on with her diatribe calling it: "the most egregious example of a content-free, text-neutral, skills-focused version of reading instruction." I am not certain why the author has elected to go after reading workshop, but she does so with a vengeneance. Her grasp of reading workshop and its underpinnings seems woefully inadequate as well.
Here's a random meme from ages and ages ago.
1. Who was your best friend?
Probably Kelly. We didn't talk a whole lot but I really liked her and she was so nice to me. I didn't really have a best best friend since I was so self-conscious and afraid of rejection.
2. What sports did you play?
Ha ha! Jumping to conclusions.
3. What kind of car did you drive?
A 1976 Toyota Corolla station wagon, but being a Toyota it was a short one.
4. It's Friday night, where were you?
At home trying to write something, or listening to the radio. Or practicing hymns at church, or figuring out new registrations for the organ and figuring out how to play it.
5. Were you a party animal?
Ha ha ha! No.
6. Were you considered a flirt?
Like I talked to people!
7. Ever skip school?
Nope. I was scared that something terrible would happen if I did and I would be banned for life, or some damn thing.
9. Were you a nerd?
I was a band geek, playing bass clarinet, piano, organ, tenor sax (briefly), and singing alto. Does that count?
10. Ever get suspended/expelled?
No. I did get into a fight with a girl in the library once, though. She was saying mean things to me, and I think I was leaving, but then this troublemaker kid threw gum in my hair, and I thought she did it, so I rushed her and the next thing I knew I was in a headlock. But I didn't get suspended, probably because I had no record.
11. Can you sing the Alma mater?
Yes, all of it.
12. Who was your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Tucker, my English teacher. She'd read my stories and share Tennyson and other good writers with me. She always had time to talk. So maybe she was my best friend.
13. Favorite class?
Band. Also English Lit was fun. I could recite the beginning of Canterbury Tales in Middle English (I'd recorded Garrison Keillor reciting it on "A Prairie Home Companion" during one of his monologues and got the text and learned how to do it.). And lit was just my thing. Also Myth and Novel with Mrs. Tucker. Man I liked her so much.
14. Did you go to Prom?
No. Like I'd go to a dance, or go out with boys. And paying MONEY to go to a dance? Are you kidding? What's the big deal about prom, anyway? I didn't miss it. I was like a nun or something.
15. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
You know, I say no -- but then again, I want to, because I'd like to know how much I'm getting right about myself as a high schooler in my stories and where I'm off the mark. I feel like there's so much I'm forgetting about being a high schooler, and I wish I could go back and relive it. But then I'd be violating the Prime Directive and changing everything based on what I've learned since then. Shoot, I could go back and shout down those girls who used to give me hell in gym class, and I'd go to the people who wanted friends and befriend them and start a writer's group, and I'd come right out and tell my man that I was really interested in him, but I'd still write him letters. So hell yeah I'd go back!
16. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?
17. Did you have a job?
I delivered the newspaper every morning to the residents of Nodaway. About 16 people. I did that since 1983-4. Senior year I got a job at the greenhouse, planting marigolds, tomatoes, and petunias and watering stuff.
18. Whom did you date?
I didn't date anybody, not until I started college. But I did fall in love with a few people. But I fell in love with this one guy on 31 March 1988, just before he graduated, so I visited him at Wal-Mart and wrote him letters. Finally he figured out what was up. We got married in 1995, so that worked out.
19. Where did you go most often for lunch?
I'd eat real fast in the cafeteria, then run over to the library and read.
20. Who was your crush?
I had a crush on several guys over the years. One was a exchange student from Sweden, one was a nice ag student, one was my man, one was a nice dark-haired guy. Of course I am not naming names, are you kidding?
21. When did you graduate?
1989! It didn't suck.
Do you want to do this meme? Knock yourself out. Not literally, of course, for that would hurt.
Not sure if it's an original thought or not. Call it more design practice.Also, possible slogan for poli-sci-fi thriller. So who knows?