Friday, September 26, 2008

Presidential Debates

I'm sitting here watching the debates, and I just can't get over how funny it is. Regardless of who you're supporting in November, you have to admit, this debate worked out like a generational divide. Obama's talking to McCain like he's patting his grandfather on the head like "the old man is crazy, he's losing it; he can't remember what he's talking about anymore or keep his facts straight". McCain just keeps talking about his record like our parents and grandparents talk about the good old days. McCain on the other hand, keeps laughing at Obama like "this kid just has no idea about how the world works; damn kid just thinks he knows better than I do - What does he know?" This whole debate is reminding me of political arguments I have with my republican-leaning father. Yes, he's a republican, but I still love him :)

This debate is just cracking me up - and sadly it's not going to settle anything anyway because the arguing isn't going to change many minds. I'll be glad when this is over in another half-hour though, because McCain's attempts to smile are looking so pained and strained I'm afraid he may bring on a stroke and settle this whole thing tonight all by himself!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dr. Horrible

Some magazine I read did a bit about this online mini-movie - Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. It stars Neil Patrick Harris - Mr. Doogie Howser himself - and I love to watch him on "How I Met Your Mother" so I thought I would check it out. It's kind of a kitchy romp...not flat out hilarious but definitely funny. It's about this evil villain, his archnemesis the superhero, and this girl that he falls for. I'm posting the first act here - if you like it, the other two can be found at Hulu.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Soapbox: Palin

Before you read on, you should be fully aware that yes, I do consider myself to be a "bleeding-heart" liberal - and therefore I'm sure I am biased in the political debate that currently rages in this country regarding the upcoming election. However, now that McCain has chosen this Palin woman - and I am fully convinced that he chose her mainly due to that particular point - I am having a really hard time staying off my soapbox. I find it hilariously ironic that she voted against sex education - how's that working out for her now? But what is most concerning is that although she may be anatomically a woman, she does not believe in any women's rights issues. Other than perhaps equal pay and the belief that a woman should be president...or at least vice president until the old man kicks off. Admittedly, I am a pretty big fan of Jon Stewart, but as someone who is also a parent of daughters, I so greatly appreciated the point that he made last night at the end of this interview with Newt Gingrich:

People can say that she's just the vice president...but she'd be second in line and you never know what will happen. And in the meantime she would also be the Senate tie-breaker vote. This is just not the woman I want to see anywhere near the White House. Hockey mom my foot - she's been too busy pursuing her own career ambitions to have any real family values...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to School

Not that I really have time to post right now what with my backlog of papers to grade, lessons to plan, etc., but I just had to take a moment to post about the grad course I'm taking this fall. I was a little worried that it would be a lot of work on top of all the stress of starting a new "job" at school. As it turns out, I think I'm going to be OK because it's like an intro to computers type of class. The husband is gone tonight so I'm working on catching up on my homework and I literally had to giggle at one of my assignments for this week. Go to ( where do I find that?) and take a quick tour to learn about setting up a blog. Seriously.

The big guy upstairs must be looking out for me or something. I don't know what I would have done if I would have had too many new and difficult things to do for a class this semester. Most of my other classes have been pretty involved as far as actually building and using web tools. The crazy thing is, although it's kind of basic, I do hope I have time to keep up on the reading - the book looks really interesting. When I finished my undergrad program I never would have imagined myself becoming a tech geek, but that seems to be the goal now. I hope to never be one of those teachers nearing retirement that has no clue about what's going on with the latest technology. Maybe I lucked out and was able to squeeze into the tech savvy generation...