Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yik Yak

One of the great parts of my job is I get to learn something new on a regular basis. Today I learned about Yik Yak, and I am grateful to my students for bringing me into 2014. We were discussing an article about social media ("The Anti-Social Network") and talked about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A few students talked about Yik Yak and how it differs from the other sites.

In reading a little bit about Yik Yak I found this article that talks about the rise of anonymous postings. Very interesting how sites and apps come and go. Wonder if Yik Yak will be a household name soon.

I've Been Married 10 Years. I Have Thoughts.

Today is my 10th anniversary. I have an observation to share...

You see it all around you. Good lovin' gone bad. And usually it's too late when you realize what you had.

Wait a second those are 38 Special lyrics from "Hold On Loosely."

Driving around not too long ago with my wife, the song came on the radio and we rocked out to it for kicks and giggles. We talked about how we both used to think the song lyrics were "Hold on Lucy" for the longest time. So we laughed and continued rocking on. I guess the point is that fun is an important part of marriage. So there's my simple thought for the day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Still Have a Few Dreams Up My Sleeve

Couldn't sleep last night. Maybe because it was the end of the weekend. After two days of running around the way we do on weekends, I think Sunday night lights out was my first opportunity to think about something other than our kids and my preparation for classes. But I was tossing and turning and thinking about all sorts of things including the fact that I'm turning 42 this week. I reflected on my good fortune--family, friends, health, good job, good marriage--and wondered what life has in store for me next. And then a new thought came into my head: I still have a few dreams up my sleeve. I don't want to write them out loud because I'm afraid they might not come true. But there are some things I want to do in this life and people near and dear to me know what they are. If these dreams come true I will surely tell you.

Fade-Outs in Popular Music

Hat tip to Dave Purcell (@davepurcell) for sharing an interesting article on Twitter this morning about fade-outs in popular music.

After reading it, one of my favorite all-time fade-outs came to mind:

And then more Police tunes came to mind so really this post is just an excuse to show Stewart Copeland playing the drums and taking over this song:

 Happy Monday everyone!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Worst Poem Ever

not a tastemaker
not a donut maker
but i can slam dunk a donut in coffee better than a LA Laker.

-T. Schoepflin 9/9/2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hard/Skilled/Dangerous Work

Standing outside this morning with my son waiting for the school bus to arrive, I watched a group of workers begin a roof job across the street. Whenever I see people work on a roof I'm struck by the degree of difficulty in doing this job and how dangerous it must be. When I think of jobs I'm afraid to do and for which I don't possess the required skills, roofing is near the top of the list.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shiny Happy Cookies

Once in a while Big Supermarket should give these away, the people would be happy and they'd have a good day.