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Thoughts on education

I've been on lj over 12 years now, and I've had lots of thoughts on education [also, I was posting stuff on marypat.org in longer form from 1996 - 2002; I've also written a lot at the Actuarial Outpost on this subject]

So this post is simply to amass posts as I find them, and categorize them. I am defining "education" very broadly here. I may be linking to some friends-locked posts, and will note that when I link. Some of these posts may need to be moved around for better organization.

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Remembering

Nineteen years ago, I was active on livejournal, putting in tidbits of my day. 



September 11 started like this:


i never change

i was bitching about the MacPerl compiler this morning "It can't handle nested ifs!" and "it can't deal with elsif!" and i found #1 - I didn't close a parenthesis and #2 - i fucked up my regexp , and oh yeah #3 - i had typed a colon instead of a semicolon

but dammit, the debugger should =tell= me these things.

anyway, not too different from my 9-yr-old self:
"Syntax error! Daaaaaad - the computer won't work!"

"Mary, you spelled it PIRNT."

"Oh. Never Mind."


That was at 8:42am. Stu had walked out of our apartment door at 8am to go to his job at the Catholic Center at NYU. Classes were supposed to start on the 12th, iirc. I was trying to wrap up the coding issue, because it was for a registration system for the Catholic Center, and I was getting stuff together to leave the apartment.

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Going back to my old ways

So I've decided to leave facebook for a while, until it may become usable again, and getting back into the habit of posting on livejournal. I started here over twenty years ago: here is the first day of my lj posts, April 26, 2000

Heck, if I want to go even farther back, I can look at my Meep in Manhattan writings (which then became a Campbell in Kew Garden Hills)...but I'm not interested in typing up barebones HTML files with my daily thoughts... livejournal is just fine for me.

But this isn't the only old hobby I picked up recently.  I'm trying to get back into my crafting.... albeit at a very low level to begin with. I have small cross-stitch kits all over my house... somewhere. I found an uncounted x-stitch kit recently, a dolphin, and I finished it:

Then I took the leftover floss and fabric, and made a freehand alphabet for D. [D absconded with it, so I need to see if I can find where it ended up]

I went to Walmart in Fishkill yesterday, and picked up some more cross-stitch kits for myself. I'm starting with the simplest stuff first... and I'm not getting too bothered how good or bad the designs are. I don't care. I'm making things again.


[things other than graphs and prose, that is]

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Moving back to livejournal

Well, it seems I'm going to be back on livejournal more frequently for a while, and the main reason is that facebook has become unusable.  It's not merely the ugly new interface, but that it doesn't load for me about half the time.

via GIPHY

I used to mirror facebook posts, but that never worked well. So I stopped that. I mainly moved to facebook because that was where other people were.....and I can't really use it now. So it doesn't matter if "everybody" is there.

In any case, now that I will be using livejournal for my personal pics and stuff like that, I do need to get used to all its tools again; probably should download an app or something to my devices to make it easier to transfer pics.  Maybe facebook will fix its issues, but I'm not betting on it. I've hit my limit for dealing with their mess-ups.

So hey, I'm really back here now. Howdy!

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10 Years of Pain

Ten years ago, I passed out while at work on a Monday. I thought it had been an allergic attack at first, especially as I had a similar "attack" a couple days later while at GCT. I thought it was my usual lunch at a Chinese buffet... maybe I got sensitive to MSG?

Well, I had a problem again on the following Saturday, with nary a Chinese buffet in sight.  Interestingly, half my face was bright red, and the other half pale white. It was at that point that it was discovered it was a neurological problem of some sort. I spent the next month flat on my back, I gained about 20 pounds, and after being MRId several times, I was diagnosed with having a fucked-up neck (ok, it was degenerate disc disease on my C5/6 disc).

I have had various runs of drugs, PT, massage, chiro, yoga, TENS unit, cortisone shot in my spine, and just lying in bed. I'm lying in bed right now. Because my face hurts like a mfer right now. And the toes on my left foot have been going numb. 

Anyway, I've been seeing a new neurologist for about a year now. Because of my numb toes, I'm going to get an EMG, so that's a fun new test to experience. And I just got blood drawn again to see if I have various deficiencies.

So yay. It continues.

I'm alive!

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Don't Put on a Show in your Car

One of my fave "background" entertainment choices is Sprocket Films on Amazon Prime. They take public domain ads and shorts and compile them into themed collections, such as Driver's Ed Scare Films, Toy Commercials, and Supermarket Films.  

Yesterday, I put on the Drive-In Theater Ads collection... and there's quite a bit of sameness to the ads. It's mainly announcements of how many minutes left til the second feature/end of intermission, please come buy some food, if you yank the speaker out bring it to us and don't try to fix it, and such things. As noted, all these are in the public domain, which generally means you can find them on archive.org.

The one anti-PDA ad caught my attention: Hello, Young Lovers

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