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Science

we’ll be talking about science (as requested :-).  Take a look at this website for an idea of some of the themes we’ll discuss:  http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/whathassciencedone_01.

I’m going to design some activities dealing with the information on the first two pages.  An annotated version doesn’t seem necessary, as the language itself is fairly straightforward.  We’ll be talking about the concepts and science in general on Monday, January 31st.
Here’s the plan for our last three classes:
January 31st – Science!
February 7th – Technology, including cell phones

Mensa Invitational Winners

The  Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again  invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new  definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders  the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of  time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an  asshole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts  until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people  that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,  shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the  purpose of getting laid..

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit  and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are  running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning  and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

The  Washington Post has  also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which  readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common  words.

And the winners  are:

1. Coffee,  n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever  having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a  steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted  by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of  boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

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January 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

January 17th :music in class

Next Monday, January 17th, we’ll be discussing music in class.  My plans are to play the Who’s Lying game (we played one round last night, but didn’t get a chance to finish), dissect the song ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean (long, but very rich on multiple levels), and talk about music in general.  I’m looking forward to seeing you then!
Here are some links about American Pie: 

http://forums.canadiancontent.net/movies-music-books/34995-analysis-song-american-pie.html

January 17, 2011 at 8:34 am Leave a comment


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