Monday, October 31, 2005

List of neologisms on The Simpsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"the most widespread of which is Homer's grunt: 'D'oh!', which is referred to in scripts, as well as several episode names, as 'annoyed grunt'. D'oh is now listed in the Oxford English Dictionary "

Usefull information from the wikipedia

Friday, October 28, 2005

More Pink Floyd

The official site is full of videos and stuff from the top British progressive rock band.

More can be found out about the band in the Pink Floyd wiki but the beautifull videos are on the main Pink Floyd website

Pink Floyd : Echoes

The best of Pink Floyd

This album is a must have for any fan of real music (unless you already have the Floyds original albums). I have "The Wall" and "Dark Side of the Moon" but this is an amasing collection. I know what I'm getting a number of people for birthdays/Christmas. If they don't like it i will ignore their music tastes for ever this collection is undeniable of its quality depth and sheer master craftsmanship.

In other news I had a few days off and other than a cold I'm feeling a lot better in myself and getting ready to take on the next half term

Monday, October 24, 2005

My achievemeants

To try and justify how tired and ill I've been feeling the past few days I'm going to try and list the things I do

first of all my jobs and some of the roles that they entail

  1. Head of ICT
    • Plan GCSE ICT course (including working through specification(s)
    • Plan GCSE AS/A2 ICT course (including working through specification(s)
    • Teach 2 full GCSE in 1 year ICT groups
    • Teach 1 GCSE over 2 years group
    • Teach 1 full A level in 1 year group
    • Teach 1 A level over 2 years group
    • Teachg the year 9 group (but thease aren't difficult)
    • Look after the day to day running of 2 servers and 100+ workstations (i won't list all the details of this)
    • All the other things to do with being the ONLY ICT person in a company
  2. Teacher on an online A level company
    • teaching students ofer the internet
    • planning the course and writing all the materials for the students

I'm not listing all the things like homework marking and other things that i have to do. But somehow i seem to have very little of my life at the moment. I find much of my job fulfilling, teaching can give you a real sence of acheavemeant when students leave yourclassroom knowing something new or having gotten an understanding of something they didn't understand before

I have a collection of computer parts I haven't put into my computer for two weeks, I havce a holiday video i was going to edit and put on DVD, i have a million things like that i want to do.

Am i a bad teacher/person cos i'm finding it hard to keep up?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Thursdays post :-S

Too Fucking busy

This is the state of affairs at the moment. Too fucking busy. I am writing this blog entry in a word processor on my laptop on the train as it’s the only time I have free. I have no idea how the blacksnotling copes with work, fiancĂ© and a baby. I’m swamped with work.

Time saving devices & systems

Being an ICT professional and (supposedly) knowing a lot of things about the field, I'm supposed to know how to use computers to aid me in getting things done faster, easier and to a better quality than without (this is what I teach the students). So why am I working flat out most days and often working late despite using the following (and some other) time saving uses of technology:

  • Buying online - I buy lots of things like music, gig tickets, computer parts etc... on the internet (how would I find any time to get to a shop anyway?)
  • Computer based interactive calendars - This is to help me know where I’m supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing at any moment in time and to effectively plan my life.
  • Email - for fast and reliable communication with people (after all information and answers are needed yesterday). (you’re looking at the guy who gave a girl he met in a night club his email address when she asked for my number as it's the best way of contacting me).
  • Internet - Despite the vast and effective communication system that the internet is, I'm always behind on correspondence with people and social events.
  • Mobile phone - I have it on me almost always, life without it seems impossible yet I’m far behind on communication.
  • Laptop - allowing me to do work on the train to save time.

So why with all these (and many more) time saving systems and devices do I always feel like I’m left behind struggling to keep up with the crowd. It's been weeks since I had an evening of proper "veg out" time and enjoyed TV and film or using my computer for hobby activities guilt free (except for the far too infrequent and short amounts of time I spend with the most wonderful girl in the world).

Education and educating in ICT

I'm supposed to be an IT professional, knowing my subject inside out and being able to answer all questions thrown at me. Here is news for anyone who is working on a degree or similar qualification (I quote myself):

"Finishing a degree is a sign that you have covered the basics in your subject, and completed the prep. Now it's time to start learning about your chosen subject as you know nothing"

That is how I feel, fortunately working in education I'm able to spout the bull**** that I learnt in school. I'm sure that ICT has become a less practical subject than it once was (or perhaps I’m a shit teacher).

(Depressing) conclusion

I'm obviously a bad teacher and the worst at personal organisation and it is all to the determent of my personal, social and professional life.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Albums : Wizzy Noise : Cybermancy

Albums : Wizzy Noise : Cybermancy: "08'38' Oversexed Succubus"

nothing more than an entertaining name for a track

you hear the most interesting and different things on net radio. thank you lord for shoutcast far better than the crap java and asp based shit from m$. Honestly i think wmp uses the mplayer2 exe embeded in a nasty gui using java and other dodgy scripting that fucks up when you have you internet securety turned on "sensible". Since when should your internet settings interfear with your audio/video playing software?


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Revolution OS (2001)

Revolution OS (2001): "Hackers, Programmers & Rebels UNITE!" Working in education nothing brings somuch joy as making two classes of students wach a video on the open source movement. this is for 2 reasons:

  1. I don't have to do any teaching for a collective 3 hours in a day.
  2. They can be bored shitles by the video documentry on the open source movement.

In reality some of the students found it very interesting and informative, others I failed to inspire. Oh well there will be other opertunities to indoctrinate them and tear them away from the monopolies of Microsoft.