Monthly Archives: December 2011

Maybe the school system isn’t broken, it’s the parents who are

From Ron Clark, named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” 

(CNN) – This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, “You can’t leave us,” and she quite bluntly replied, “Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can’t deal with parents anymore; they are killing us.”

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel.

via What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

This article is the #2 most shared article on Facebook in 2011.

Maybe the school system isn't broken, it's the parents who are

From Ron Clark, named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” 

(CNN) – This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, “You can’t leave us,” and she quite bluntly replied, “Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can’t deal with parents anymore; they are killing us.”

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel.

via What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

This article is the #2 most shared article on Facebook in 2011.

United States Hot Guy Distribution Infographic

After six months of living in Southern California, I’ve observed a noticeably high distribution of attractive males living here. I’m not quite sure how to attribute this hot guy clustering (if someone has an explanation for this, please share) but the phenomenon became strikingly obvious to me when I recently donated some items at Goodwill.

I walked up to the drop-off truck with my computer monitor, consumed by thoughts of things I needed to accomplish that day, when I encountered an Adonis-like buck. He smiled at me, quickly took the monitor from my grasp and I thought to myself, “Even the Goodwill volunteers are hot in Southern California.”

(Note: this infographic is based on the empirical evidence of my personal observations)

Has the surf ‘look’ changed? (since the 50s)

From Corky Carroll:

The other day I got a question submitted asking me if Pendleton shirts were actual surf fashion back in the late ’50s and early ’60s. As a matter of fact, they sorta were.

Pendleton Shirts

When I first started surfing in the mid-50s, there was no set “surf look” as far as I know. Surfwear was a long way off.

When the big surf fad started to take place, kicked into gear with the 1959 movie “Gidget,” there became certain pieces of attire that people related to as surfwear. Pendleton shirts were one of those. They were warm and felt good when you got out of the water, and you could use them in place of a jacket at night.

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Has the surf ‘look' changed? (since the 50s)

From Corky Carroll:

The other day I got a question submitted asking me if Pendleton shirts were actual surf fashion back in the late ’50s and early ’60s. As a matter of fact, they sorta were.

Pendleton Shirts

When I first started surfing in the mid-50s, there was no set “surf look” as far as I know. Surfwear was a long way off.

When the big surf fad started to take place, kicked into gear with the 1959 movie “Gidget,” there became certain pieces of attire that people related to as surfwear. Pendleton shirts were one of those. They were warm and felt good when you got out of the water, and you could use them in place of a jacket at night.

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Fun with Flickr photos – panorama shots split into three – Triple Art

How are these triples made?

- pick a photo with a motif which fits for a panorama view
- select a cutout of 1500 x 500 pixels and save this photo (Photoshop or so)
- cut this wide photo in 3 equal parts of 500 x 500 pixels
- now you have 3 triple photos
- post the 3 photos in the right order on your photo stream
- make sure, that the layout and the number of other photos shows the triple on one line.

 

Pacific Standard Time’s last hurrah for the exhibit – Lost and Found

I will be sad to see the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions go. For the past few months 60+ institutions all over California have been showing off the best native works from 1945-1980.

The pieces below are from the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, on display until the end of this year, December 31, 2011.

The exhibit, called Lost and Found, features abstract expressionist pieces with a Los Angeles twist.

Here are my favorites.

By Alexis Smith, 1982 - Title: Christmas Eve, 1943 #41, From Here to Eternity

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