Brain Spill- Look at the Pretty Colors!

I have some time over Spring Break to engage in some arguments, discussion, musings, ideas, and readings of which I have put on the back burner for most of the school year.  Here are the snippets, and some links to articles and blogs which have caught my eye.  They all seem to go together somehow…the “somehow” of which i am still figuring out:

C.S. Lewis’ ideas on education: “not cutting down jungles, but irrigating deserts.”

The role of technology in education, especially literature studies.

-fantastic discussion of which can be found in Diana Senechal’s article “The Most Daring Education Reform of All”

and Sven Birket’s “Reading in a Digital Age.”

Technology and Theology.  What better introduction can I offer than Callid Keefe-Perry’s presentation at Theology After Google?   Callid’s presentation- and some comments- can be found over at The Image of Fish.

In the midst of all this, I am trying (not much succeeding, but) to wind down my analytical mind and just enjoy a damn good story.  Contemporary literary fiction makes me want to hang myself, so here’s some cool books currently by my leather chair: FableHaven, by Brandon Mull, Sea of Monsters (part of the Percy and the Olympians books) by Rick Riordan, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Personally, my favorite cover is Fablehaven’s:

Interesting thought to note: ever since I put down the articles and starting incorporating some fantasy literature into my diet, my dreams became more vivid.  Hmmm…

Final thought: To properly experience the majesty of God, one must be able to feel and touch a clod of dirt in one’s hands with the same wonder in which one looks up into the vast reaches of interstellar space.

I’m On a Shirt

So one of my students made a shirt on cafepress or one of those other make-your-own-t’s sites with a quote attributed to me. It was rather surreal. The quote was an odd one too, one of my random, silly verbal gestures when I was trailing off discussing Desdemona’s thoughts as Othello spoke of her imminent death in Act V of Othello.  I argued that right up until the last minute, Desdemona was subservient to Othello, wanting to please him or placate him in any way.  “I mean, what was she thinking?  Something like ‘Can I make you some pancakes, dear?'”

“Can I make you some pancakes?” is now proudly worn on the back of one of my AP students.

Life is wonderfully weird sometimes.

Silent Raves and Hell

…not that these two things go together, per se, but just a combination of two interesting concepts I’ve read about over the past few days.  NPR did a story on the concept of silent raves, in which people organize, usually via Facebook, to a public area, each person armed with their personal Ipod.  At the end of a small countdown, the ravers all turn on their Ipods and…dance.  Here’s the weird thing, of course: any one observing sees people dancing like maniacs, but there is no music to be heard.  Here’s an example I pulled off of Youtube:

And then there’s Hell, or rather the Inferno, of which I need to organize a lesson plan to present to my students.  They will not be covering the whole thing, rather just a few cantos (3 and 38) to give them a taste of the medieval mindset, with much help coming from C.S. Lewis’s essays from Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Carolly Erickson’s The Medieval Vision. Then onto Chaucer.  Or Malory.  Gotta take Saturday to figure that one out.