When did my life become Glee?

So, this morning I was teaching a media class and the topic was radio. I decided that I’d start the class by playing the song Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles, it being appropriate and all. I asked them the standard question of what the first MTV music video played was, and then hit play, expecting them to happily listen and then go on with the lecture.

(Fun fact, the guy on the multi-keyboard in that video is the movie composer Hans Zimmer!)

What I didn’t expect was for them to start not only singing along, but jump up and start dancing around like it was a party! (And this is at 8am on a Thursday morning, ah youth!) It was literally like someone had suddenly plunked me into an episode of Glee! 🙂

Anyways, when they looked ready to start dancing on the desks I decided enough was enough and pulled the plug. It was fun, but the last thing I needed was for someone to fall off with me in charge! O_o

Still, that has to be one of the coolest experiences I’ve had while teaching at the college, and I really admire their enthusiasm! I played the rest of the song at the end of the class, and they danced out to it, to the bewilderment of the students coming in.


Best Funny Student Analogies

Found online:

Annual English Teachers’ awards for best student metaphors/analogies
found in actual student papers:

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy
who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those
boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at
high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one
of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just
before it throws up.

Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling
ball wouldn’t.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,
surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and
Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry
them in hot grease.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the
grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left
Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at
4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had
also never met.

He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East

Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one
that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law George. But unlike George,
this plan just might work.

The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating
for a while.

He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a
real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or

The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg
behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with
power tools.

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if
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Father puts catching fly ball over daughter.

Watch in the top left of the screen to catch what happened. Basically, the father jumped up to catch a fly ball, forgetting his young daughter was on his lap. Ouch!

Watch to the end for the look from his wife…Someone’s in the doghouse tonight!

Webcomic- Teach English in Japan

Ahh, memories. ^_^ This is very similar how I ended up teaching in Japan the first time. A call, an easy interview, a few goodbye parties, and bang…off on the plane into a whole new world!

The comic itself is pretty good, give it a read if you’re interested in seeing how it goes…And it really does go like this…

Teach English in Japan – Page 1.

Review- Terra Nova (TV series)

I’ll keep it short and sweet, especially since Terra Nova isn’t worth a lot of ink. (Virtual or otherwise.) The show looks amazing, but in actual execution is a horribly typical mess that just barely manages to keep its head above qualifying as “bad” and ends up being mediocre.

While it’s nice to have a show which isn’t filled with backstabbing a**holes with sinister agendas (although there are a few), the whole family approach keeps it perhaps too grounded in mundanity. Despite the dinosaurs and military people running around everywhere, the setting feels more like a tropical island resort than a frontier town of any kind. In fact, that may be part of the problem with the show’s pilot, it really does feel like we’re watching the main characters setting into a resort, not a functioning society, and that really throws things off. There’s no sense of stress, no sense of having to fit in, everything is just handed to the main family like they’ve arrived at some Mexican resort town.

Overall the pilot seemed more concerned with trying to cram as much action in as it could, and left the character side of things pretty sketchy. At heart, the show looks likely to turn into a “cop in paradise” series, with dinosaurs. (I have no doubts this was sold to the network as “Jurassic Park- the Series” and it feels like it too.)

I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it. I don’t think I’ll watch more.

If you want another view, check out this recap over on Io9 for more details.

Toronto Comic Book Shop Claims to Be World’s First for Kids

A new comic store focussed on kids has opened up in Toronto, which I think is a great idea. It’s ironic, I spent most of my teen years wishing people would treat comics as a general medium and not just as kids stuff, but now that comic companies seem to feel free to stuff their books with sex and graphic violence, I have started to feel superhero books are better suited to being a kids/young adult medium after all. Maybe they always were, and members of my generation who tried to force them to be something they’re not are the problem.

Little Island Comics logo

Image copyright Little Island Comics

The Beguiling is a well-known Toronto comic book store (24 years in business) and its operators have decided to seize an untapped market and open a new comic book shop that caters exclusively to the under-12 set. Little Island Comics is specializing in kid-friendly titles, so parents don’t have to worry about their little comic book fans accidentally stumbling across graphic violence, nudity or other inappropriate content. Kids’ comic book authors are being tapped to make appearances and the staff are specially trained to interact with this younger demographic and parents.

Toronto Comic Book Shop Claims to Be World’s First for Kids | GeekDad | Wired.com.

80’s NY Horror Host Morgus shows Godzilla

Ahh, I love old horror hosts. I grew up on Elvira, Superhost from Cleveland (WUAB!) and of course MST3K. This video from the Internet Archive (courtesy Bill Hollweg) is the New Orleans Horror host Doctor Morgus presenting Godzilla. So pop up the corn, grab some sodas and sit down to enjoy (complete with 80’s commercials!) Morgus and the King of the Monsters!

(Horror Host) Morgus – Godzilla : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

The Inuyama Rebellion- Part Twelve


The lord of the Kurokawa was starting to grow weary of debating with this tiresome samurai and considered whether the wait was really worth the trouble.

“Your lord’s rebellion will fail, Yamaguchi-san.” Kurokawa said plainly. “He was most foolish to tempt fate. Now he will lose both his land and his sons.”
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Astoundingly cool (and incredibly huge!) picture of the Solar System!


An amazing picture of the Solar System.


This thing is about 10 screens wide, so if it just looks like a tiny line at the top of your screen then click on it after it finishes loading. (It’s about 18mb in size.)


The 1,000 Words Rule of Blogging (Book Excerpt) – Boing Boing


I’d say this is good advice for writers in general. I myself need to really work on this. :-/

 This word count is not impossible. It’s about two pages of standard paper a day. At first, do not surpass this word count. This is an endurance race, not a sprint. The recommended dosage of 1,000 words a day is doable by the average writer, is a concrete number for you to strive toward, and is about as much as your audience can read in a day. Do not do less, either. This is a regimen. You need to get used to producing this much content quickly and without complaint.

The 1,000 Words Rule of Blogging (Book Excerpt) – Boing Boing.