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Oct. 23rd, 2010

or deadly toxin, Tea

Internal Job :: Oppourtunity Knocking?

So one of my coworkers thought I should apply for this job in the Design department because it's full time and more fitting my experience. What do you think? I've never been a Designer before. I think I might mention having a Teaching Intern. I may have peeved off some of the designers for disagreeing with their grammar and effective definitions for words in programs. Opps. I really like working with the guys. I couldn't do full time until this semester ends in December though.



Instructional Designer, English Language Arts

Location: Provo, Utah
Position: Full time
Department: Design
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits

Position Purpose:
This position involves creating effective literacy and language instruction for the computer, providing sales support via formal and informal presentations, and producing curriculum descriptions and reports.

Skills and Qualifications:

(Double checks TESOL and English) * Degree in English/language arts, English as a second language, educational psychology, or special education preferred
(Substitute teaching 2 1/2 years, and my student's kids check) * Experience with ELL students and/or students with disabilities (under the age of 12)
* Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills
(I design activities and reading for my own classes and the other Intermediate teacher, and teach testing design to my Intern) * Experience in curriculum development, professional development and/or instructional design preferred
(Well I've spent the last two months testing and playing with it, so yeah.) * Experience using Imagine Learning English with students preferred
(I develop literacy activities) * Special education background, literacy development expertise, or video script writing skills highly desirable

Application Procedure:
Please send cover letter and resume to careers@imaginelearning.com. Include the title “Instructional Designer” in the subject line.

Sep. 2nd, 2010

Ten rose

Self Control VS. Evolution Excuses.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/09/02/shalit.infidelity/index.html?hpt=C2


I had to share this article. It has some interesting things to say, especially with this craze of 'infidelity is natural, guys can't control it. They have no self control' thats been spreading.


Here is the content.


(CNN) -- In recent weeks, a series of CNN articles have appeared purporting to get to the bottom of male infidelity. "Men More Likely to Cheat on Women With Bigger Paychecks," one headline informs us; yet in the body of the article we are told that the opposite is true as well: "A man who makes significantly more money than his girlfriend or wife is also more likely to cheat."

It's a bit bewildering, keeping track of all the things that could cause a man to be unfaithful. Earn too much and he might cheat, but earn too little and he might cheat then, too.

Association is not the same as causality, but news outlets have latched on to this anyway as the reason actress Sandra Bullock was betrayed; high-and-low-earning ladies everywhere had better beware.

This article and others like it that surface in the media every so often amount to something of a cottage industry in the justification of male infidelity. Scratch the surface of any of them and you get a phenomenon of male entitlement that is oddly abetted by some women.

For example, if you thought that the man himself had anything to do with it, former "sugarbabe" and mistress Holly Hill explains otherwise in an article that ran a few weeks ago: "Men are hardwired to betray women on the long-term." In this view, man is but a victim of faulty "wiring" -- although the wires evidently worked well enough to fund her "sugarbabe" business.

But the real eye-opener was psychologist Christopher Ryan's CNN.com essay, "Monogamy unnatural for our sexy species."

Before reading this, I hadn't realized that I could have a "central, respected role" as part of a "harem of women" and that marriage was all a ruse to make the "human female [into] just another possession for men to accumulate and defend, along with his house, slaves and asses."

I have already notified my husband that I am onto him, and that he may no longer defend nor accumulate me for "pair bonding."

Curiously, accumulating large numbers of other women poses no problem, according to Ryan. For on account of "women's pendulous breasts" -- and the vast evolutionary forces that have produced them -- he suggests it's "utterly natural" for men to cheat, or to exhibit "nonpossessive, gregarious sexuality."

We are, he points out, "the most sexual species on earth." At first I was confused about why this sexuality can only be expressed via multiple partners, but then I got to the part about the "Bonobos [who] famously enjoy frequent group sex that leaves everyone relaxed and conflict-free." And who, really, can argue with that?

All I ask, as a woman, is for consistency. When we turn to the bonobos to be our guides, let's not be quite so selective about the take-home message. Let us try to examine every species more thoroughly.

For example: true, women have "pendulous breasts," but hey, men have pendulous ears, and what could those possibly be for? Any serious evolutionary scholar can plainly see that the human male is designed to be listening to women at all times. That's why their ears are larger.

Ryan claims that, since the male organ is "the longest [and] thickest," we cannot deny the evidence that "prehistoric promiscuity" is part of our primate inheritance. Yet this fascinating investigation is cut short. If we continue traveling further upwards, we discover that a man's arms are also generally longer and thicker than a woman's.

From a strictly scientific standpoint, here we see a strong indication that a man is evolutionarily adapted to give out more back rubs than he gets. Sure, today an individual man can refuse a request for a massage, but when the next wave of natural selection works its magic, he may find that his massage-phobic genes are out of the running.

Once at the Toronto Zoo, my family witnessed a male orangutan picking nits off his baby's hair, while the female lolled about peacefully, grooming herself under a tree. Can there be any clearer precedent, from an evolutionary perspective, for men to scrape the dinner plates while women get manicures?

Another time on YouTube, I saw a female gorilla munching on stinging nettles, even though they seemed to bother her. It was a humbling, yet powerful directive for me to go shopping even though I couldn't really afford a new outfit.

Ladies, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. It is time to stop arguing with evolutionary theorists when they use bonobo behavior to justify their own low standards.

Why should men have a monopoly on the totally arbitrary selection of chimp behavior that renders their own predilections normative under the guise of scientific observation? I am picking up my pad of paper, I am ready to take notes and I am headed for the zoo.

Do the gorillas speak to you, too? If they don't, simply write to let me know what behavior of yours you'd like to rationalize, and I am confident that working together as a scientific team, we can find a gorilla somewhere out there doing that very thing with a vengeance.

Let's face it -- the new "science" of infidelity is just not very scientific. It certainly provides a convenient "out" to deny personal responsibility, but anyone who buys this "science" is missing out on the best parts of being human: the freedom that comes from self-control and the intimacy that can only come with commitment.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Wendy Shalit.

Mar. 8th, 2010

or deadly toxin, Tea

Can't Sleep- the gas will get me.

So My roommate and I have been smelling a LOT of natural gas. We went downstairs and found the girls there had left their gas fireplace on and it STANK. We turned it off. It started to smell less, but we're still rather worried.

It's 4am. We really don't want to be waking people up, but we're worried. We don't want to be hypochondriacs but... :/

We turned off the heater too just in case. We're thinking of opening our windows to be safe-venting and try to get some sleep without worrying. We're not feeling dizzy or vomitting yet and no one is blue yet.

Exactly how bad is this?

Feb. 16th, 2010

Spock-Who

Author Research is Important/ Imaginary Geography

I've been reading Holes by Louis Sacher to my students. Research shows that students who are read to consistently in English pick up the language exponentially quicker than those who don't.

Chapter Seven talks about Stanley's great great grandfathers adventures in Latvia, and it's integral to the plot that he carried a pig up a nearby mountain many times. All fine and good.

However I have a student in my class from Latvia. She had an amused look on her face after we read that chapter and told us all that. "Latvia doesn't have ANY mountains. Only a few tiny hills. It's all flat land."

I blinked. In his defense I commented, "Is it possible that 100 years ago that Latvia was large and included an area that had mountains?"

"No, there are no mountain in that area. He really needed to do his research."

I took a quick look at a world map that shows such things. It took ten seconds to do- shows that Belorussia, Estonia, Lithuwania.... are mountain-less. The nearest mountains are deep into Russia or the far side of Poland.

Oops.
This book has won the following awards

1999 Newbery Medal
1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
A Christopher Award for Juvenile Fiction
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year
A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Notable Children's Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
A Riverbank Review 1999 Children's Book of Distinction
A New York Public Library Children's Book of 1998-100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
A Texas Lone Star Award Nominee
A NECBA Fall List Title


I know the book is fiction and should be, but it's set in the real world and they mentioned a specific country. He didn't say "Western Europe" or something vague like that. I can believe that there might have been a lake once in Texas somewhere that dried up, but a mountainless country became flat in the last 100 years? Much less creditable.

I'm just surprised that the author didn't check this out first. I wonder if this has been translated into Latvian and what they think of it there.


It's at moments like this that I am glad that most of my fiction is offworld and therefore is less likely to have this sort of issue ever come up.

Feb. 3rd, 2010

or deadly toxin, Tea

Vampire Diaries

I think I want to give Vampire Diaries a chance. Does anyone know where I can find the first few episodes? I can't find them on youtube.com.

Nov. 19th, 2009

I care twins Hug

(no subject)

I know it's 12 hours early but It's such a busy day who knows when I'll next get to say:



"HAPPY Birthday Christina!! :D" Welcome to 27 early. It's not so bad as I wave it goodbye. I'm glad we're able to share a birthday together!

Sep. 15th, 2009

Spock-Who

Star Trek Quiz

Kabochan did it so...
Your results:
You are Deanna Troi
Deanna Troi
75%
Jean-Luc Picard
65%
Beverly Crusher
65%
Will Riker
55%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
50%
Chekov
45%
Spock
42%
Data
37%
Mr. Scott
35%
Uhura
35%
Mr. Sulu
35%
Geordi LaForge
35%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Worf
30%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
20%
You are a caring and loving individual.
You understand people's emotions and
you are able to comfort and counsel them.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz



Does this mean I'm going to be naked when I get married?



On a side note: FUN times teaching Human body vocabulary to adults. All these questions and pointing, and me trying to to blush and be all professional.

Jun. 30th, 2009

Knows when you're being bad Watching you

Kindness to Strangers.

One of the weirdest parts of moving back to Provo is getting used to how friendly people tend to be here. No jest, some of the peppiness and expectation laced 'charity' gets annoying fast. Not to mention I'm not always a fan of some old guy I don't know talking to me like we're buddies in the grocery store, but the general inclusivess(?) is a nice change from CA. In CA, especially the central valley, most everyone is wary of everyone else. You give everyone a goodly distance. In my area this is in part because you don't want to get shot or find out too late you're wearing the wrong color to say "Hi" and P.C. lawsuit fear. An example being, I was having problems with my car in a parking lot at night and needed a flashlight, a family eventually came up to help, then asked me to return their ITEM to the store for a refund as the store knew them on sight and wouldn't let them, esp. without a receit. Shady fun like that. In many cases you feel safer not knowing what you're neighbors are up to. I was friendly with the lady in the next apt from mine. But these sort of things tended to be the exception.

Provo: I move into my apt TUE. Friday I get invited to go camping in a group by a guy I just met that day. I went to the dollar theatre and sat by these girls I didn't know, and the first thing after names are exchanged is the offering of fine chocolate and candy. I went to an apt to visit a friend, and as I was leaving her roommates who didn't know me INSISTED that I take friendship bread with me. In a way it's nice and in another it's scary. How many times have you been in an apt in Provo, knock, and they just tell you to come in without checking who you are?

It's too trusting in a way. Nice on the receiving end but dangerous safety wise.

Apr. 14th, 2009

or deadly toxin, Tea

Friday

From this friday-27th of April I'll be out in UT.Too bad it's going to be snowy. I have an interview in Murray UT on the 20th with a consulting firm.... we'll see how that goes. Is it a bad sign that I kinda judge them for calling me hours after I apply to schedule an interview? Anyone who thinks about hiring me so quickly must be scam... right?


Anyone want to do a live session in the SLC temple?

I keep thinking there is no way I could pass the GRE and that it'd be a waste of time and $$$ and that I'm not smart enough to go through a Masters program. I mean really, you've seen my horrid spelling and English skills-- and that was my major. I just feel generally incompetent, not having a full time job probably has a lot to do with that feeling. Then lets add in the fact that my mom is sure that I will fail and that I'll get into a car wreak on my way to UT and that I'll be the reason someone takes her home from her.

After UT I have 2 days to pack and move to.... I have no Idea. Or try and stay in Modesto, somehow. I'm not a fan of all this uncertainty. It makes for lovely conversations that go like this.

"So I'm having a party May___ will you be able to come, will you be in the same state?"

ME: I have no Idea. o_o;;

The MJC teaching job here is still in committee after over a month, so... I don't know still, really, with any degree of certainty if they'll call me to an interview. They might, they might not.

My poor jobless roommate wants to know if I'll be renewing my contract this month. Reasonable Question. I say things, like "Probably not, but I don't know..."

So, now you know what kind of answers to expect from me. It's not that I'm avoiding the issue or anything, but the answers are based on decisions completely out of my control, and a low level of predictability.

Apr. 5th, 2009

checklist

Week in UT

So around the 18th or 19th of this month I will be driving out to UT-- for a week. I'll be looking for work, ESL work is best but anything decent I'll give my resume to.

Do any of you guys know the link to the provo EDD or something? Google isn't helpful that way. I'm thinking if I can find a good ESL type job, for the GRE and see if I could then enter the BYU ESL Masters or Certificate program. I made sooo very little this year, and I'm old, that I figure I'm a shoe in for the FAFSA!


So if you be bored that week--- I'll be in town, and stuff!

If nothing happens there I'll be driving to LA to look for work as well. Less excited about that.

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