“Hello, world!” That’s the sign-on now famous, or infamous, to CS50x students who bump into such messages in their adventures through coding. We’ve been working on completing the rigorous course requirements in Scratch, C, computational thinking, and algorithmic problem solving, with more to come before the early-December end-date. Add to that the Google Classroom transition and WebQuests, TurnItIn, and Voicethread projects, and it’s not hard to see that September was a digital dive. As such, this corner of the internet has gotten a little dusty, for which I apologize – if anybody but me pays much attention at all!
As a small sampling of my work in the course, and as a convenient segue into freshmen short stories and senior Old and Middle English, here’s a recording of my Scratch fable. Deep thoughts there. Follow the link to fall into fable (as 30 sec clip)!
Thanks, and here’s hoping for an awesome October!
Thank you so much, students, who have already signed up for Remind and other digital class notifications. Today would’ve been the first day of school, but the powers that be wisely moved it to the side so that the real show – Total Solar Eclipse! – can take center stage. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow, and many of you on today’s Eclipse field trip, to start the academic year!
Those of you on the bus today will have hours to be regaled with eclipse myths, like the frogs who swallow the stars, or passages from Annie Dillard’s classic essay on 1979’s offering, or even jam out to Mr. E’s favorite eclipse playlists.
Space.com has the broadest collection, in my opinion:
If you won’t be on our trip, please make an effort on your own to see what Mabel Loomis Todd observed as: “A vast, palpable presence overwhelming the world. The blue sky changes to gray or dull purple, speedily becoming more dusky, and a death-like trance seizes upon everything earthly.”
Grab those special, approved viewers’ glasses and maybe read up on some of the political and cultural impacts of this eclipse in a particularly dramatic moment in American history at The Atlantic.
You should make every effort to live in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, what Emily Dickinson, who saw the eclipse in 1875, immortalized in the lines:
It sounded as if the streets were running —
And then — the streets stood still —
Eclipse was all we could see at the Window
And Awe — was all we could feel.
By and by — the boldest stole out of his Covert
To see if Time was there —
Nature was in her Opal Apron —
Mixing fresher Air.
See you soon.
Can you believe it?! Not much sense in thinking backwards now – so let’s go ahead and get started! Here is the welcome back slideshow that would normally air in the Back to School evening event. I will be absent this go ’round, attending an audition for Jeopardy! in Denver, which will hopefully look
something nothing like this:
In lieu of the in-person slideshow, here is a digital copy. For syllabi, Remind flyers, and other info, head into the Class Resources tabs featured along the bar at the top.
Thanks for visiting, and happy school year!
The height of summer is upon us, so I wanted to check in with a call to heed what days remain! I suggest you follow my lead: fill the calendar with reads to recommend, be outdoors more than in, and hide from the afternoon heat in a cinema or siesta. I’m looking forward to seeing you in August (after I’ve seen that eclipse!), but let’s not rush the pages by counting them.
Welcome back! Fresh from Flagstaff with a measure of professional fulfillment, inspiration has struck to makeover the page. Special kudos to the webmaster-wife in this effort! Sorry to those of you who struggle with shifting (and shifty) internets.
Please continue to use the site as you normally would – Odyssey posts are directly below, and past Remind messages are now accessed through the tabs at the top. Off to Ithaca!
“Poets to Come (Leaves of Grass.90)”
by Walt Whitman, (1819-1892)
Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental,
greater than before known,
Arouse! for you must justify me!
I myself but write one or two indicative words for the
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back
in the darkness.
I am a man who, sauntering along without fully
stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then
averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.
The annual Shakespeare commemoration (although, really, here’s it’s pretty much every day) is marked in this edition with a beautiful, sad song and a funny graphic adaptation of class favorite Romeo and Juliet.
From last year’s Shakespeare Live! from the Royal Shakespeare Company (aired on BBC), here is Gregory Porter singing “When that I was and a little tiny boy (With hey, ho, the wind and the rain)” from Twelfth Night, Act 5, Scene 1.
And, for lighter fare, Mya Gosling regularly creates comic adaptations, and interpretations, of Shakespeare and other goodness on the site Good Tickle Brain.
Among plenty of the frequently updated and fun Shakespeare, there are three panel reviews of many plays, including those from our classes this year. Ah, memories.