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I’ve been kind of laying low lately (lovely alliteration!), working hard but mainly refocusing on the balance that I try to maintain in my life.  Having stress headaches for days on end is not only painful, it’s totally unnecessary.  As part of the plan, I’m missing this month’s AERA conference in Montréal, so that I can have a month without travel stress to prep for next month‘s craziness.  And hopefully, get lots of stuff done.  Taxes, anyone?  (gulp.)

Random stuff:

– nature fights back: Angola struggles to cope with virus.  For some reason, I was really taken with the book The Hot Zone a few years ago – maybe in a sort of rubbernecking kind of way.  Anyway, one of the vicious diseases that the book talks about has broken out in Angola, and it’s just a matter of time before it moves to the capital of 4 million people.  And oh yeah, by the way, it kills 9 out of 10 people.  Worst case scenario?  [If I caught the virus,]"I’d get on the first plane out of here," agreed one foreign aid worker.  Nice job, you’ve just spread the virus to every major capital in the world.  Congrats, we’re all dead.  (who knew I had a morbid streak. next!)

– speaking of conspiracy theories: came across The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto via CCTE DR.  From the prologue: "The shocking possibility that
dumb people don’t exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions
of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet
that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies
official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn’t real."  If you’re in ed school, this isn’t an altogether shocking theory, you hear it raised in some fashion in almost every class.  Still worth a perusal though; mass dumbness may amount to a conspiracy theory, but power structures are all too real.

– and on a lighter note: a couple of my favorite Flash cartoons had fun April Fool’s Day gags.  It’s funny how you don’t really need to understand Russian (or Bulgarian, or whatever – in any case it’s Greek to me ;)) to get the drift of the action.

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