Saturday, April 18, 2015


I got this idea in my head. I don't know where it came from. But was I was making another of my EOS Lip Balm Holders, it occurred to me that I could make one that looks like a Pokemon Pokeball.

I'm not a fan of Pokemon. I only am aware of its existence as I was working in the toy store when they first came out. But it was an idea that wouldn't let go.

So, I did a little math. Consulted pics online. Came up with a prototype. Was not satisfied with how it came out. Did a little plotting and planning. And let it sit for a couple months (at least).

Then, last Saturday I had an epiphany. Use a button. And the thing was complete.

And a picture for scale...

Have you ever had a strange idea that wouldn't let you go? Are you a fan of Pokemon?

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Optical Illusions

Time for a fun quiz. This one is all about optical illusions. See how you do... (The image should link back to the quiz. If not, it's here:

So, how'd you do?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ninja, You Trippin'

Last week was spring break. Since I write my posts a week in advance, that means that this week I'm kind of short on topics. So, time for the summer schedule, which means today is #ThrowbackThursday. This post originally appeared December 9, 2008

There were a lot of new faces at the continuation high school today. I heard the office staff talking about how they had booted a bunch of the "super seniors" (5th year seniors) in the past couple days, so that's probably why. Now I have new names to learn.

A knot of students were having the usual sort of conversations that they tend to have when I'm there. Unfortunately, most of the time their sentences are laced with profanity. I try to curb it as much as I can, so when they started using that racial epitaph that starts with "N", I made my displeasure known.

The boys had known me for some time, so they complied with my request. They used "ninja" instead.

The first boy then explains to another student: "It's like saying 'close the front door'."

Well, the phrase he was looking for was "shut the front door". They say that instead of shut the f*** up. The other students knew this and called the boy on his mistake. But he denied using "close" instead of "shut". I was waiting for the conversation to get heated, but it didn't. They quickly moved on to other topics.

Ninja? Well, at least it's a step in the right direction.

Do you participate in #ThrowbackThursday? Have you ever used "shut the front door"? What's one memorable mix-up you've uttered among friends or otherwise? 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Missing Class

Oh, how I hate fire drills!

The class had a video. I got it started right away. Surprisingly, everything worked the first time. And I had just settled in for the period when an announcement came over the PA. I paused the video...

The principal was doing his usual spiel before a fire drill. But no one told me there was a fire drill...

I pulled out my sunglasses. Looked about for and found the emergency envelope (that every classroom has). And that's when it was time to evacuate.

We followed the crowd. The emergency envelope had a map of where each class was supposed to line up, so I found the spot for our room easily. And I waited. And waited.

No one from my class made it to our spot. Ummm...

By the time the thing was over and we went back to class, I was ready to read them the riot act. Where were they?

"Where were you?"

Turns out that they had no idea where we were supposed to meet. And since I hadn't known there was a fire drill, I hadn't had time to do my usual spiel about the purpose of these things and where we were to line up.


Okay, then. Time for a "learning moment".

Me: "So, we're in a real emergency, and you have no idea where to meet your teacher. How might you figure out where your teacher is?"

When I put it to them like that, several came up with good solutions. They were freshmen. I don't think they had considered the issue before.

Do you hate fire drills as much as I do? Have you entered my giveaway yet? (Giveaway is open throughout the A to Z.)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lapse of Memory

At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)  

For the record, I came up with this week's question before I had even thought of this previous question. I knew there was something about it. But, alas, by the time I realized I sort of repeated myself, that Tuesday had passed. I think the two questions are different enough...

What if there were beings that went around and deliberately made people forget things?  

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Keeping Track

It's just one of those little things I normally do. Whenever a teacher leaves me notes of some sort (or gives us a chapter to read as a class), I take down the number of times I have to stop to get the class' attention.

Whenever there's a sub, the class will not stay focused. Sure, full-time teachers tell me to kick out the kid that is the ringleader. But when I'm in the class for one day, I have a hard time identifying who that might be. And besides, it's usually at least half the class that's talking while I'm trying to go over whatever material the class needs to get through that day.

So, rather than spin my wheels trying to figure out who to kick out or who to move, I just take a tally mark for each time the class starts talking again, necessitating that I stop and get their attention again.

7th grade science. The PowerPoint was on evolution.

I'm not sure why I didn't bring up the usual sheet of paper with me. I guess it was because I didn't have a podium. But at the third time I had to stop to get them to stop talking, I realized that the white board was right there. It wasn't like they were going to notice, right?

"What's that?"

Me: "I'm keeping track of the number of times I have to ask the class to stop talking."

And then a funny thing happened. The front of the room started to get worried. And tried to shush the talkers (who were in the back of the room). It didn't help much, but it made me think. I had not considered letting them see this tally before.

Perhaps I should let them know I'm doing this in the future. I could easily do it so they can see.

One class got to 11. The second class got to 19. And the third class got to 22. (The other classes had a different lesson.) When they knew I was leaving that number for their teacher...

What do you think? Should I let the classes know I'm keeping that tally? Do you prefer PowerPoints or Prezis?

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jail Cell (Phone)

I could have sworn I had this photo on my phone still, but it's gone missing. Luckily, I posted it on Instagram a while back. Otherwise, I'm not sure what I'd post today...

A photo posted by Liz (@zizirho) on

Have you ever accidentally deleted a photo you meant to save? Have you ever wished you "accidentally" deleted a photo?

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