April 2024


Whatchamacallit 143: The Rainbow Troops

I acquired my copy of The Rainbow Troops back in March 2013; I liked the book so much that I convinced my book blub to read it as the book for September 2014.

This might be the first book about Indonesia that I’ve ever read – and it was a pleasure to read it. […]

Learning English: I’m OK in OK

A couple of months ago, one of my colleagues told me about a book that he’d read in grade 8 English: I’m OK in OK: The Diary of My Year in Oklahoma.

I decided to read the book.

For those of you familiar with the EU ranking of language skills, the book is rated A2 […]

On being a little terror – adventures in middle school when I was four.

Smiley Middle School

Now that my friends have kids of school age, I’m starting to hear some interesting stories about schools and how bad their administrations are. Fighting strange school policies on behalf of their kids is a refrain I’m hearing more and more.

Listening to the stories reminded me of a story from […]

18:00 CET: Traveling down Colfax at 10 in the morning… on the way to Wyoming

Tuesday morning, before heading north, I went to a coffee shop in order to get caught up on my email—for while I might be on vacation, some aspects of work need somewhat regular attention.

I found myself on Colfax Avenue at 18:00 CET – a warm, sunny, Tuesday morning at 10 in Denver.

February 15th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | Category: memories, Wyoming | 2 comments - (Comments are closed)

American Parent? Like to be scared shitless? Then the FBI has an App for you!

For the statistically inept, and those who like to be scared shitless because they don’t understand numbers, the FBI has just released its very first App, the “Child ID App”.

Amusingly the FBI uses some numbers that I’ve seen before to scare the shit out of idiots:

A child goes missing every 40 seconds. Many […]

Thinking Critically About the News

One thing that constantly amazes me is how people take things that they read or hear as truth without once questioning whether what they are reading or hearing is accurate.

Whether reading the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Daily Student, the Economist, or The New York Times, I read critically—pondering whether or not what the writers […]

Measuring School Success (in the USA)

I’m not an education expert, but I’ve long felt that education is far too important to be left to the educators.

It’s also in terrible shape due to stupid pieces of legislation like the No Child Left Behind Act which focuses on easily measurable, and consequently, totally useless skills that do not reflect the real […]

Information versus Tacit Knowledge on the Berlin Wall

Breaking Free

Today marks 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to talk about the difference between information and tacit knowledge because before I moved to Germany I was merely informed, after living in Germany I became knowledgeable.

Sitting here today it’s hard for me to mark […]

Dangerous, Deficient Childhood.

I called Mom today.

As I often want to do, when I call her, I remind her of all the terrible things that happened to me during my childhood in Denver, trying to lay blame for everything wrong in my life at her feet.

Today was no different.

“Mom,” I started. “I can’t believe you […]

Oh Baby!

Despite all the official statistics announcing an alarming decrease in the birthrate, Weimar seems to be full of parents pushing baby carriages around. I can think of four friends in my German context with young children or children on the way.

And since I’ve been in nostalgia mode of late, it reminded me of a […]