I feel like a worksheet making MACHINE

30 06 2011



Care to use a couple fun ESL worksheets? Well here are two that I made today while deskwarming and watching youtube videos. One is for “Oktapodi,” an adorable short film about octopi in Greece. Click here for the worksheet: Oktopodi Worksheet.

Here’s the video:


And I also made one for the Pixar clip, “For the Birds.” My kids are going to learn about being bullies and how it comes back to bite you in the ass. Here’s the worksheet: “For the Birds” worksheet.

And here’s the video for that:






I Stand In Solidarity With People.

15 03 2011

We are all people. We have needs, wants, and disasters. We are good, but also sometimes easily corrupted. We are fragile, bold and mortal.

Right now, I just want to take a moment to remind everybody that no matter how crazy this world gets, we are all the same. We are people. We should feel obligated to help each other out in times of crisis. I don’t mean that in a brute force military overthrow kind of way, either. I mean encouraging words, acceptance and support, whether it be moral or financial. If you have more than you need, as most of us do, do good. Volunteer, donate your time or materials, whatever. Just do something. And don’t tell people “no” because they believe differently than you. That’s not fair to them, and when the tables are turned, you’re going to regret it.

One piece of advice before I head off to class, taken from the brilliant film, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,”

Be excellent to each other.


Party on, dudes!


    29 12 2010

    “But it makes an immigrant laugh to hear the fears of the nationalist, scared of infection, penetration, miscegenation, when this is small fry, peanuts, compared to what the immigrant fears – dissolution, disappearance.

    — Zadie Smith

    F— Intolerance, this is ‘merica.

    7 11 2010

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, I get it. But what really gets me going is how intolerant people are still allowed the right to the press.

    Recent facebook status:

    “The mosque near ground zero, I say let them build it. But across the street, we should put a topless bar called, “You Mecca Me Hot”. Next to that, a gay bar called, “The Turban Cowboy”. And next to that, a pork-rib restaurant called,” Iraq o’ Ribs”. And a check cashing center called, “Iran out of Money…” Lets see who… is really tolerant! Post if you agree!!! F— TOLERANCE”

    I edited the last 3/4 of that F bomb out for humanity’s sake, but let me get down to what gets me the most frustrated. “Let THEM build it…” “WE should blah blah blah…” Why does it always have to be a matter of “us vs. them?” Sure, there are also a few sharp cuts of snarky religious banter, but that’s just mindless indifference. By the way, I’ve also never heard anyone outside the western world say “Iran” like it was an Apple product.

    I may have also been a bit harsh in naming my friend’s husband a certain feminine product… but I’ve been seeing TOO MUCH HATRED and too many indifferent people in my community. Recently, Pacific University faced some hateful messages written in chalk at night all over the campus, targeting sexual minorities, Muslims and others. This is my home. How dare you be an ass at my house. My friends Chris and Kayla from the Center for Gender Equity put together an effort to counter the hatred with encouraging messages and it put off this amazing vibe all day on campus.

    See the video after the jump for a real way to “F— intolerance.” (Video via koin.com found here.)

    Please, be nice to each other.

    Rapid fire

    15 10 2010

    There are a few things I wanted to share with the world that I’ve found online lately. Here goes.

    – NY Times blog: “The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives”
    I hope that this doesn’t mean my degree is obsolete.

    – The amazingness that is the Neapolitan Wonder: Don’t Trust Me

    Numbers and Charts from research at OkCupid. Hateful things need to stop in politics.

    –  Cycling for Water: 
    My friend Garrett (one of the awesome people on the Ecuador trip) and his friend Brittany are riding bicycles across the country to raise money for Water Aid. Amazing pictures and a great cause- donate to their project! 

    – F— Hate. This is not safe for those who dislike the F bomb, but awesome nonetheless.

    – It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, big or little, girl, boy, man or woman, being bullied is never okay. Get help from somebody you trust.

    I want one of these in Oregon, stat!

    30 09 2010

    Yeah! High score!

    Help me to help others

    28 09 2010

    Hi everybody!

    I know I haven’t been the most superb blogger lately, but that can be attributed to a lot of things… a short attention span for one. Anyway, I had a phone call that really got to me the other day. I’ve been getting  a lot of rejection calls and emails from various organizations, schools and businesses after I apply for a job lately. Apparently the job market is über competitive right now; I’m facing that head on. My “seasonal” position was cut short by the return of the owner’s kid. Family first, right? It was much earlier than I thought, but for the last month I have been searching for a job that is relevant and meaningful. I didn’t pay almost six figures to wait tables, I did it so I can make a difference.

    Well that’s been hard without a job. In the past, when I was stable enough to do so, I made a donation to my favorite Oregon NGO, MercyCorps. (Working there would actually be my dream job, but I’m in no way qualified to do that right now. One day I will!) It may be just a small donation, but I was able to give something and know that I wouldn’t be in the red. That isn’t the case right now. I have loans to pay and limited savings.

    When I got a phone call from a man with a deep, boxing announcer-esque voice, he told me in pretty good detail what the majority of funds and efforts are going to. Haiti, which is recovering at a rate significantly slower than anyone expected for the outpouring of relief efforts, and Pakistan, which has received almost ZERO coverage in the media for the massive flooding that has started in July and continues today. UN estimates say that there are between 6-8 million people that are without basic necessities: food, water, shelter and medical care.  I just don’t find that reasonable. Yes, there’s a massive flood. Yes, there are millions of people displaced. However, aid needs to get on the ground and to the people who need it most NOW.

    I knew that the phone call wasn’t to tell me that I got my dream job, it was to ask for a donation. It truly broke my heart that at that moment, I couldn’t actually say yes to a donation. I know that not all of us can make a direct donation of straight up money, but there are ways to support organizations like MercyCorps while making a purchase. Partner programs with Amazon.com and Powell’s Books give a percentage of the sale price to the organization without any cost to you as a consumer.

    I’m going to somewhat install myself as a middle man. I’ve created my own partner program with Powell’s Books, and if you shop on their website while going through any of the links on the right, either buying or selling online, my website will generate a small percentage of the sale.

    I am going to donate the proceeds from any sale on the Powell’s website to MercyCorps, and the money will be used where it is needed most. So order away, guilt free. You’re doing a good deed in getting the entire Harry Potter series before the final two films come out. Stock up for the gift-giving holiday of your choice, and rest assured that a portion is going to an organization that truly makes a difference.

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