Learning On A Knife’s Edge

I'm still struggling with my Mum's recent, sudden death.  While that is going on, I'm dealing with a previously signed up for teaching qualification in computer engineering, and a series of slanderous attacks on my profession.  I can't help but be self-reflexive about how I'm dealing with the role of…

The College Experience

The Media/Design Schools at Conestoga College had a forum on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.Some notes:College isn't what it used to be. Since grade 13 was removed from Ontario schools, colleges have stepped in to assist students in working out pathways, especially if they lacked direction and/or maturity in high school.…

Autumn in the Canadian Woods

Autumn colours and mushrooms in the wet Kawartha Highlands woods. All photos taken with the Olympus EPL-3 micro four thirds camera in October of 2014. These are the typical settings for the macro shots below: E-PL3f/5.6   1/20   42 mm   ISO400 Long shutter night shots with flaming sticks and flashlights! The ruins…

March Break Moments

Some random moments from the weekend... Mercury & Venus at sunset - using the P610 Nikon superzoom bridge camera - I tried higher zoom shots but they didn't come out (wobbly atmosphere, shaky, cold hands) Fat finches on the feeder - Using the Canon Rebel T6i with the long 'kit'…

Educational Maelstroms

  Nice to see you'll support pension cuts, shame that was never on the table I find myself in a bit of an educational maelstrom at the moment.  Government twitter trolls who like to tell me I must be enjoying my summer off instead get sharp replies about my sitting…

The IT idiot

  I'm currently reading the very meaty and painfully direct "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matt Crawford.  In the book he laments idiocy in professionals and (at another point) the vagaries of management language in modern business where there is no objective means of determining an employee's competency.  Both of…

Demonizing Public Employment

An article by a conservative think tank, disseminated by a conservative media outlet: http://m.torontosun.com/News/1304708716881 "Teachers have also seen very decent raises — 12.55% between 2008 and 2012 (10.4% for public elementary teachers) — while the rest of us have lost jobs or are just treading water." Facts by the government:…