August 10, 2009

Communicating With the Dentist

After a visit to the dentist today, I had to wonder if "Interpreting Mumbling" is part of the required curriculum for a dentist?

With his fingers in my mouth, the dentist asks if everything is okay.
My response: Uh-huh.

A little while later, he asks if there is any pain.
My response: Uhn-uh.

These two phrases, uh-huh and uhn-uh, are so close to identical (especially when you are mumbling around fingers) that I often wonder how the dentist understands which one I said.

I think it would be hilarious to become a skilled ventriloquist, just for this occasion. Expecting to have to translate a mumbled answer, the dentist asks if there is any discomfort.
My response: The temperature of the room could be taken down a notch and that light is blinding me. Other than that, I'm doing just fine, Doc.

June 28, 2009

Cell Phones in Schools, the New Crib Notes

One-third of teenagers say they use cell phones to boost their grades, and one-half say they use the Internet to cheat. And nearly 1 in 4 teenagers think it's not cheating!

This makes me feel more strongly that schools need to be allowed to use cell phone blockers in the classrooms. One reason I have heard they are not allowed is because parents argue that they need to be able to communicate with their children, especially during an emergency. Cell phone blockers are easily deactivated if there truly is an emergency. And, if parents want to contact their children at school, they need to go through the office (and they should NEVER be texting their children DURING class). Parents could also *gasp* leave their children messages that could be checked IN BETWEEN class periods.

It's not just about cheating. Cell phones are a major distraction in the classroom, as students feel their phones vibrate and are tempted to read and respond to text messages, all the while missing out on instruction and learning. It's like trying to teach students with a television in the corner of the room tuned into MTV.

Take the temptation away so students are not so focused on their cell phones. Sure, they may find some other reason to not pay attention, but it's one less distraction, and a major one at that.

April 21, 2009

Special Days for Yahoo!

The people at Yahoo! must consider the following recent events to be of some importance because they developed and displayed specific art for their title to celebrate:

Chinese New Year 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

International Women's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Earth Hour


Earth Day

Notice anything?

February 1, 2009

Facebook Ads

When you go onto a site like Facebook, they always have advertisements on the screen. Below is a screen capture of two ads that ran simultaneously. I thought these ads were funny because they use (obviously) the same picture, but reflected. What do you think is going on here?

Interesting that one ad is for learning how to work in internet marketing and the other is for learning how to get money from the government (not working) to pay off debts and travel.

I get the feeling that most Facebook ads are scams, but every now and then they make me laugh.

January 23, 2009

I Annoy Myself Sometimes

Why do I talk to my dog like he's an infant??? He's over 50 in dog years, for crying out loud, and I use words like "potty" when I talk to him.

I annoy myself sometimes.

January 15, 2009

Why Mention Race?

This story is a sad one - a man shot and killed by a transit police officer on New Year's Day. Though it is terribly heartbreaking, I have a hard time believing that a police officer would shoot someone unprovoked. I say that because I'm just not sure why an unarmed man would ever need to be shot...unless he posed some sort of threat. At one point, I heard (or read) that he was shot in the back, although I don't know if this was the case. If so, then the officer has some problems because I'm not sure how an unarmed man facing away could pose a threat (unless the officer was trying to protect other people, not himself).

That being said, if I look at this news clip I am supposed to believe that the police officer is a violent racist. Was it necessary to refer to the victim as an "unarmed black man"? Why not just "unarmed man"? How will this police officer get a fair trial (which everyone deserves) if the news is inciting racial tensions?

January 10, 2009

Crocs Be Gone

PLEASE tell me this is the beginning of the end for Crocs.

I'm no fashion expert. Actually, I normally could care less (I'm a guy, it's in my genetic code to not care about things like fashion), but for some reason Crocs really irritate me.