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Archives for April, 2009

Legos and poetry

The Small Human sometimes insists that I build Something with his legos. So today, in honor of National Poetry Month, I made this: Can anyone name that poem? (It’s about the only poem that I have memorized.) (This post is brought to you by the encouragement of my English-major husband.)

Along with the stories of tragedy in Italy, there are also stories that the earthquake was predicted, and that the predictions were ignored. Was the tragedy made even worse by authorities who wouldn’t listen to a scientist who knew what he was talking about? Now, I’m not a seismologist, but I know a little about…

The estimated death toll from last night’s M 6.3 earthquake in Italy is currently 150, with 10’s of thousands of people left homeless. My thoughts are with the people there, especially those still searching for their loved ones. As you can see from the USGS map and moment tensor (and from Highly Allochthonous, who posted…

Considering learning styles

There’s a little tangent in the course design tutorial I’m working through, and I think it’s worth considering outside the context of any particular course. How are my students different from me, in terms of how they learn best?

Flowering aspen

I’ve been watching an aspen in my front yard this spring, and sending data to the National Phenology Network. (That’s phenology, the study of recurring plant and animals phases, not phrenology.) We’ve had warm weather, cold weather, and windy weather, and blooming violets, crocuses, and dwarf irises, but the aspens haven’t done much. Until now.…

My husband and I both had goals for our visit to the Grand Canyon at the beginning of this week. He wanted to give himself a workout that would leave him feeling sore all week. I wanted to check out the Trail of Time, an exhibit that some of my colleagues from New Mexico and…

Odd day to come back from vacation

It’s the Small Human’s spring break, which means all kinds of work-juggling. The family took off for four days and went to the part of Arizona which is not apparently being auctioned off on e-Bay to balance the state’s budget. It’s strange enough driving through eastern Arizona during daylight savings time – most of the…