Random Neuron Firings
~ Why is there such blatant disregard for the Golden Rule nowadays? Maybe it’s always been that way. Here’s a guy who has apparently spent a lot of time thinking about it.
~ We expect 18-year-olds to have a plan for their lives by graduation. They can vote, be prosecuted as adults, and take a bullet in Afghanistan. They can buy tobacco, a lottery ticket and a rifle. But they can’t buy a glass of wine at a restaurant.
~ This is funny, and pretty much true:
~ In my BU class (Have I mentioned that this is the last graduate course I will ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever take?), we’re discussing democratic education — you know, the “pedagogy of the oppressed”: letting students basically take over their school experience, questioning authority and raging against the educational machine. For the first time, I feel really, truly old fashioned and out-of-date. But I don’t care. I said the other day in class that I think this particular aspect of education, among other things, is what helped start the downward spiral in the first place. But that isn’t a very popular viewpoint nowadays. (I’ve used the word “nowadays” twice in this post so far…now I know I’m old. Soon I’ll be ordering gimlets with dinner.)
~ Even in a world where violence and war are all around us every day, to the point where the whole thing becomes somewhat routine and we are no longer horrified, I still marvel at man’s inhumanity to man.
~ Sometimes, I just want to write for a living. Sometimes. Don’t get me wrong; I love my students. It’s, well…those other people. I know: those other people are everywhere.
~ I saw this on a friend’s Facebook profile. Made me laugh, especially starting at about 1:57. I didn’t know this comedian’s stuff at all. He rather puts things in perspective, no? (Notice his play-in is “Kids” from Birdie)
~ The Thriller and I are going to see the Broadway touring production of Young Frankenstein this afternoon in Cleveland. How fun will this be? I will report back.
Until then, my fiends,
Fink out (of ideas on how to start the thesis — it’s only 24 pages; could it be that bad?)