Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gregorian Chant

I have always loved Gregorian Chant, Issues Etc. talked about it on Monday, take a listen:

Another War in the Works by Paul Craig Roberts

Here we go again, more of the same old BS only now instead of Bush it's Obama spewing lies. I said it before the election and I'll say it again, Obama is nothing but another corporate whore, just like Bush. The only "Change" he ...brought was the amount of melanin in the oval office.

Another War in the Works by Paul Craig Roberts

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Monday, September 28, 2009

My Weekend

My mom has been with us all month and this was my last few days off before she flies back to Arizona on Wednesday. So we crammed a lot into a few days, which we do even when she's not here actually ;-)

On Wednesday Serenity and I went to Shadow Cliffs where we met up with some unschooling friends and spent much of the afternoon keeping cool in the lake.

On Thursday Serenity and I went to the library in the early afternoon and got several books to read. Later in the day mom and I were off to San Francisco where we had dinner at CPK and took in a set of Mahler at the SF Symphony. It was not your normal performance, it was being recorded for a TV/DVD thing and the soloist was out sick... nice anyway though.

On Friday we all, Lora, Serenity, mom and me, went to the Winchester Mystery House. Now that is a very strange house :-/

On Saturday I went with Serenity and mom to Mt. Diablo for stargazing with the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society. I saw more things in the night sky that night than I had ever seen in a single night before. I looked at the half moon, of course. Checked out Jupiter and viewed a transit of the moon Io with several other moons to either side. Saw the Andromeda Galaxy which is on a collision course with the Milky Way. Saw M13, the Hercules Globular Cluster and M92 and the double cluster in Perseus:

The night was warm and calm, the sunset was spectacular and the whole night was beyond glorious. Serenity had a blast checking out all the telescopes and chatting with the astronomers, mom seemed to enjoy herself too :-)

And that was that...

Lame idea #147,698

Here is another bone headed idea brought to you by Govco, your full service killer of dreams:

More government indoctrination, more bullying, more drudgery, less playing, less real life learning. Yep, sounds like a plan to me.

Source: news.yahoo.com
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

California mulls legalising marijuana (BBC)

Here is a no brainer, ending prohibition is the only way to go, IMO. I do like the comments from the narc, his job is threatened by this law so he tries weak, very weak, scare tactics. "Marijuana smokers will wreak havoc on the streets driving stoned!" Huh, yeah, right, just like beer drinkers do. It's a separate issue from legalization though.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk
In 1996, voters in California approved a referendum that made it legal for the first time in decades in the US for people to consume cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Understanding Earth - Science and the Sacred

Earth in Genesis does not refer to the planet but to dry land. Now that makes excellent sense to me.

Understanding Earth - Science and the Sacred

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Planet Pootwaddle

I usually listen to Radio Paradise when I want to listen to an eclectic selection of rock music, but sometimes they are just to "serious". So I was looking for something else to listen to when I came upon Planet Pootwaddle. It is now my favorite rock music station on the net! From the "What it Be" section of the site:

Planet Pootwaddle is an extensive collection of both
familiar and eclectic music coupled with a healthy dose of
12 year old boy humor and all seamlessly bound together with our
unique blend of production, or as we like to call it "jingle magic"

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mahler at the symphony on Thursday

I just got tickets to the San Francisco Symphony for Thursday night. It's a night of Mahler conducted by MTT, should be awesome! The baritone soloist is Thomas Hampson:

Find more videos like this on San Francisco Symphony Social Network

Here is some other guy singing part one of Songs of a Wayfarer that will be on Thursday's program:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Link to photos of Good Vibrations

I just wanted to make the location of the Group Pool of photos from Good Vibrations a bit more obvious: It is right here: Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference Photo Pool.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Vibrations

I've uploaded some more photos to my Good Vibrations Flickr page here. Also there is a "pool page" of photos here that I hope to add mine to pretty soon.

On Monday we left San Diego and traveled up to San Simeon where we stayed overnight at the Motel 6.

Today we visited Hearst Castle, very cool, and that counts as "history" for our "schooly" family and friends ;-)

Then we had a picnic at the beach in San Simeon where we watched hundreds of pelicans diving into the water after fish.

A short way up the coast we saw 60 or so Elephant Seals, or as Serenity and I tend to call them "Sea Elephants." :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Good Vibrations

We are on our last day at the Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference in San Diego. We're having a great time, learning lots of new things, meeting new people and making new friends. It's a nice hotel, nice city and all in all I'm really glad that we have come. I have not been taking many pictures because I've been way too busy to do it. I have a few posted up on Flickr right now but that's mostly from the Thursday beach potluck. I think I'll take some more tonight at the dance and maybe this afternoon poolside. Or not :-) I'll post and let you know if I do.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fiddle Creek

Over the weekend, Mom, Serenity and me all went up to Fiddle Creek campground on the Yuba River north of Nevada City. We had a great time! Serenity especially loved meeting the two rats that Jaden brought, Russia and Rose :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More on closing parks

Well, it looks like a consensus is forming in California, we are going to ignore those closed signs on the parks :-)

From the SF Gate:

The question on everyone's mind seems to be, "How do you close a beach?" One imagines giant tractors hauling away the sand, or armed guards standing sentry at the shoreline. I'll admit I've entertained visions of Schwarzenegger himself stomping on toddlers' sandcastles.

The reality is far less dramatic. "There will be nobody to clean the restrooms and haul away the trash," Stearns says. "Parking lots may be barricaded." But people will still be able to walk in and out of the parks, just as they've always done.

Even if there's no toilet paper in the restrooms, I daresay beachgoers will find their way to the dunes. Northern California is uniquely equipped to maintain its gnarly vibe despite the loss of funding. After all, this isn't Malibu. On Bay Area beaches, lifeguards are as scarce as the sun. As for maintenance, those who've never bothered to volunteer at the soup kitchen may prove a bit more proactive when they see litter piling up on their beaches and graffiti gracing their seawalls.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/richmond/detail?entry_id=46083#ixzz0PybTYjOR

School is prison

Great article on schools as prison and unschooling by Peter Gray

“Why Don’t Students Like School?” Well, Duhhhh…

Someone recently referred me to a book that they thought I'd like. It's a 2009 book, aimed toward teachers of grades K through 12, titled Why Don't Students Like School? It's by a cognitive scientist named Daniel T. Willingham, and it has received rave reviews by countless people involved in the school system. Google the title and author and you'll find pages and pages of doting reviews and nobody pointing out that the book totally and utterly fails to answer the question posed by its title.

Willingham's thesis is that students don't like school because their teachers don't have a full understanding of certain cognitive principles and therefore don't teach as well as they could. They don't present material in ways that appeal best to students' minds. Presumably, if teachers followed Willingham's advice and used the latest information cognitive science has to offer about how the mind works, students would love school.

Talk about avoiding the elephant in the room!

Ask any schoolchild why they don't like school and they'll tell you. "School is prison." They may not use those words, because they're too polite, or maybe they've already been brainwashed to believe that school is for their own good and therefore it can't be prison. But decipher their words and the translation generally is, "School is prison."

Let me say that a few more times: School is prison. School is prison. School is prison. School is prison. School is prison.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Look, it's Serenity!

Bible Logos

So, Bible Logos software is having a bible giveaway, which reminded me that I can link to scripture from within my blog, which I think is cool but I don't use it much. Which then led me to ponder, why not? I suppose it's because I post about daily life and political rants more than I do about reading God's word.

Which is really lame because I do read the Word each and every day after all and could probably find something to say about it every day at that.

So then, Ephesians 1:9-11 was part of my reading this morning. It reminded me that God really does have everything under control and that it's all going to come together in the end to His glory and my good. :-)