School’s out Friday

I suspect many of you have seen this on mainstream media this week. Cats can certainly wind up in some funny spaces – seeing this brought to mind an experience I had with my dearly loved and recently departed cat, Bella. And yes, if you’re a regular reader you may recall me mentioning our loss last year of our dearly loved dog, Bella. That’s right, we had two animals in the same house with the same name. It’s a long story. Suffice to say, two animals often fronted for dinner when called!

But back to the story related to the video above. My parents live nearby, around ten minutes away. I drove there one day, stopping at a set of lights on the way. When I arrived, I could hear a cat wailing when I stepped out of the car. I thought I must have hit the neighbour’s cat so started looking around the car for an injured animal. No sign, but the wailing continued. I eventually narrowed it down to the bonnet of my car. Lifted it, and yep, there was Bella, huddled on top of the engine, wailing. I spent time in the weeks after this checking where Bella was before venturing out for any car trip!

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Bella, daredevil cat, is on the left. Bonnie, far too slothful for any such adventure, is still with us and on the right. No need to check my car when I venture out now. She’s never going to be hidden in the engine – that would require too much effort!

Have a great weekend. Seek out enjoyment. Make it your mission.  Just avoid positioning yourself on the wing of a glider or the top of a car engine.  :)

 

School’s out Friday

After a seriously busy week, a bit of Improv Everywhere spontaneity is a nice way to nice way to finish it up.

I’ve presented at two schools this week, been to a two day Dylan Wiliam workshop at Frankston High School and attended a LawSense seminar in the city. I’m not really sure why it is I’m still up late on a Friday night typing these words. If I was paying attention to the signals, I’d be in bed catching up on some lost hours of sleep.

Enjoy your weekend. Hopefully it will be a quiet one here – I need to slow down the pace!

School’s out Friday

My students are currently enmeshed in the John Green component of our ‘Language of our Times’ class. In the past couple of weeks they have been working in teams and collating research about John, trying to ascertain how he uses the Internet to build community and thus increase his audience.

His success at doing this, in an entirely authentic way, has changed his life. He’s incredibly successful, has had two of his novels made into feature length films and has had YouTube approach him and his brother to host ‘Crash Course‘ – a range of fun educational videos about science, history and literature. But as this video suggests, it’s also changed his life in ways he probably never anticipated. He’s become a recognisable Internet ‘star’ and and this means a life of constant attention. The price you pay for fame I guess.

John says in the end stages of the video that he thinks that some kind of loss is inherent to change. I think he’s right.

I’ll leave you with that, and wish you the best of weekends. Melbourne is promising an almost balmy 19 degrees C this Sunday. If the sun is shining, I’ll be basking in it. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it. :)

School’s out Friday

I saw this last week on Facebook and thought it was something to share here as a School’s out Friday post. I find it really interesting when you meet people who bear an uncanny resemblance to people you know, or they remind you of characters you’ve seen in movies. The idea that there is someone in the world who is your ‘doppelganger’ is an intriguing one.

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I’ve always wondered what it would be like to meet your ‘doppelganger’. I remember being at a market when my son was little, and he’d grabbed the pants of a woman he was sure was me. Was I delighted when I saw the woman he’d thought was his mother? Not particularly. It seems our perception of what we look like might not fit with reality!

Have a great weekend. Scan the crowds. They’re out there!

 

School’s out Friday

Here’s a great discussion starter for class next week.

What door would you walk through? What does it say about our society that people (and let’s qualify that – people of the female persuasion) are put in positions where they are confronted with doorways like this and filmed making decisions based on their perceptions of themselves?

Here’s the behind the scenes video.

What door would I walk through?

Beautiful. Damn right.

Have a great weekend. Choose beautiful.

School’s out Friday

Oh, Peter Sharp, how I would love to spend a day in your company. Watch him as he restores faith in humanity in the video above. Then be delighted as he makes train travel an experience you’d want to pay for.

Here is Pete’s description of his work as a social artist from his web page:

I quickly realised that my passion for creating social art was what I was born to give after inspiring and leading a social movement in Barcelona Spain.
The creation of art has become a shared priority for people from all over the world to unite in something that gives working proof that a better, more harmonious future is possible. My life work points itself towards engaging communities in playful activities that empower people to share acts of love and kindness with each other.
More power to you Pete. The world needs more of your ilk.
Enjoy the weekend. Start a social movement. Hug a stranger. Dance on a train. :)