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13 March 2032 @ 10:58 am

I'll accept pretty much anyone as a friend, as long as you're not a psycho-stalker person.  Comment to be added, annnnd just be warned that I post a lot, often several times a day, and posts tend to be on the angsty side.  Friend away if you're willing to put up with that =)
04 August 2020 @ 12:18 am
This quote, guys, this quote.  This quote tells me I'm going to make it.

"Everyone brings baggage to the teaching studio. Will you let your personal disappointments warp the growth of those who come to you for guidance? Or will you use the opportunity you’ve been given to really help someone else along? You can’t control what has been done to you, but you can decide how you will treat others. By teaching well, you can choose to make your corner of the world a little better place. And by paving the road for others, perhaps you can ease your own journey as well."

16 July 2012 @ 10:43 am

...you probably no longer read my blog.

11 September 2011 @ 11:01 pm
(Elphaba) I'm limited
Just look at me - I'm limited
And just look at you 
You can do all I couldn't do, Glinda
So now it's up to you
For both of us - now it's up to you...

(Glinda) I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba) It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me 
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring 
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda) Because I knew you

(Both) I have been changed for good

(Elphaba) And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the thing I've done you blame me for

(Glinda) But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

(Both) And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda) Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba) Like a ship blown from its mooring 
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both) Who can say if I've been 
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda) And because I knew you...

(Elphaba) Because I knew you...

(Both) Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good. 
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31 March 2011 @ 10:15 pm
Can you guys fill this grammar survey out for glorifield , please and thank you?  
30 January 2011 @ 04:21 pm
Poll #1674769 Textbook preferences

How do you prefer your classroom textbook usage to happen?

Strictly outside of class
In-class work
Both in-class and outside

If used in-class, teachers should...

Review assigned reading (previous knowledge)
Build on assigned reading (new knowledge)
And leave a comment with any other thoughts you might have!  
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28 January 2011 @ 11:11 pm
 I mean...I don't even know where on earth to begin.  I met John Green today.  I spoke to John Green today.  
...I don't...wow.

I...took notes.  I'm a dork like that sometimes.  

So Siobhan Vivian introduced him, which was amazing, because I really like her books.  The auditorium place was filling up really fast, and we found out that 597 people had shown up to the event.  WOW.  This is considering most of us were expecting like...100.  At most.

Siobhan introduced John by contrasting his awesomeness to Justin Bieber's, which was funny.  

John...coming on stage was like someone had punched me and knocked me out or something.  Seeing him on screen for years now...and then seeing him IN PERSON...was just like...whoa.  We were a few feet away from him the entire time.  

He had a powerpoint.   It started out with an ADORABLE picture of Henry.  He talked about how Henry's world is all about Henry and only Henry, and how Henry is unable to imagine complexly.  
Some of the ideas that he talked about that I loved were:
-Reading is getting to see people outside the context of onesself
-Most of our lives are figuring ourselves out in the context of others.
-You can choose what you think about, what you devote your time and attention to, and can use that to turn imagination into reality.  

People asked questions after that.
Some of them were annoying.
John kept exclaiming how this was a huge group of people. 

Q: Are his videos scripted?
A: Yes and no.  Some of the more complicated ones are, some just have ideas jotted down, it varies.

Q: What did he do the hour before the talk?
A: Hung out with Matt, Lauren, and was interviewed for some TV thing

Q: What's up with the Evil Baby Orphanage?
A: He and Hank are trying to figure out ways to incorporate it into new videos but they need ideas.

Q: Why were the "other John's" (uh...David, you mean?) will's words uncapitalized?
A: David's will was more used to communicating online, which typically doesn't usually use many capitals.
(I was surprised by this answer, as I had always thought it was because David's will was depressed and therefore, felt no need for capitalization)

Q: How does he film IRL without being awkward?
A: He doesn't pay attention anymore.

Q: What happened with the punishments?
A: He and Hank do this so consistently now that there's no need for punishments, and they are, in John's words, moving towards videos that are "less fun".  They do want to incorporate challenges though!

Q: Stupid super bowl question
A: the colts, whatever that is

Q: Will Looking for Alaska be a movie?
A: Well, no, but John's happy with that, because as it stands, readers can create their own visualizations of the characters instead of automatically seeing the movie actors/actresses while reading.  Although John would not hesitate to sell out to Hollywood if that chance came about.  But that's the only thing he'll sell out to.

Q: How much was Looking for Alaska changed from the original version?
A: About 90%, if not more.  Same character names, same middle event, but everything else...

Q: Was he referencing MT Anderson's book Feed?
A: Yes.  He feels like we are already at a stage where we are all, in a way, plugged into feeds.
"Technology is morally ambiguous"

Q: Egypt.  Wanna comment?
A: Video forthcoming.

Q: Does John support net neutrality?
A: Duh.  

Q: How long does it take to make a video?
A: One hour of shooting, and then extensive editing.

Q: Upcoming novel?
A: scrapped The Sequel, the desert island book, and we got what we got of the Zombie novella.  New book, out Spring 2012, is a book set in a children's hospital.  It features a girl who has cancer, a hot boy who also has cancer, and a reclusive novelist who is, surprise surprise, obsessed with Swedish Hip-Hop.  
(John set out to create a character who was a novelist obsessed with Swedish hip-hop...and ended up becoming a novelist obsessed with Swedish hip-hop)

And then there was the signing.
As we all walked over to the other part of the library...
John walked by us.
He brushed against me.  
And said 'excuse me'
And then hi.

I was #15 for getting my books signed (OUT OF 597!) and my friend Katy, who worked on the HPAFTW campaign with me, was #16.  John signed my books, and he RECOGNIZED MY NAME because I made the Facebook event.  And he commended my organizational abilities, and and and then I said that we're trying to get a Pittsburgh nerdfighters group going and he commended that, and and and and and AAH. Best moment of my life.  [I am failing so hardcore at imagining people complexly right now...]

Then a bunch of us just hung out in the teen lounge, where Lauren and Matt were performing (i love how nonchalantly I say that...)
Pictures forthcoming on Facebook.
I'm kind of bummed that I never met the girl I wanted to meet from tumblr, but I got to meet Katy, which makes me extraordinarily happy.  And John of course.  Katy decided to drive back home tonight, and I feel bad, but I am glad I got to meet her.  I was having a bad day, and I'm glad I was able to put all of that aside and be a good person anyways.  That always astounds me.  
But yeah.  Wow.  Just...wow.
It really truly felt like we were in Nerdfighteria, if only for a few hours. 

18 January 2011 @ 08:40 pm
 Give me recommendations of the following things. They don't have to be your favorites, or things you think I'll like, but of course those are bonuses. :)

1. female singer
2. music group
3. song
4. book (lots of these please!)
5. movie
6. An lj friend with whom you think I'd get along well.

Ready, set, go!
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30 October 2010 @ 02:32 pm
Hey peoples,
I have an assignment for organic gardening to find two people with opposing views on the Federal Farm Bill.

I don't...really know what it is, or have much of an opinion about it myself, but from what the book (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) says, I'm gathering that it is a bill that supports subsidization of farms, so I guess...paying farmers for growing more of certain crops, supporting a monoculture?

Anyways, I'd really appreciate your help if you could post your opinion of the Farm Bill as a comment (can be anonymous) or e-mail or Facebook message or whatever the heck you would like. Thank you!