goldvermilion87: (littlejohn) students are really really really brilliant?

Well, one of my ex-students said yesterday,

"Oh!  Miss V.  I saw this picture online of Sherlock and he's saying "Hot Cup of Coffee" "Cup" and making a face at it was hilarious, so I downloaded it onto my iPod to show you!"

And he showed me:


Even if he completely forgets the Riddle of Induction, I will feel that last year's Western Thought class was a job well done.


Dec. 11th, 2012 01:00 am
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
Making people laugh hysterically at death since 1966.



SO tempting

Dec. 6th, 2012 08:15 pm
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
Someone made a Sherlock TRF fanvid to Skyfall. I saw the title and thought AWESOME! It turned out to be too atrocious to finish watching.

I almost want to make one myself...
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
...which is 100% true at this moment. And which made me giggle.

"I am currently procrastinating writing a work of fanfiction by reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on the Rationalism vs. Empiricism debate. (I feel like that previous statement is my life in a nutshell...)"

Also, notice how I am procrastinating by telling you that I procrastinated by telling my friend that I was procrastinating.

goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
I don't just mean that they managed to make the icon uglier (but believe me, they did) IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

*commence panicked running in circles*

Pretty much

Dec. 3rd, 2012 02:35 pm
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
My mom's Westie smells VILE.

That is all you need to know

LIL' BRO: Tess, you smell like an enormous poop!
DAD: [Lil' Bro], you can stop saying things like that.
LIL' BRO: Just keepin' it real, Dad.
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
Do the T-Shirts that say "Stage Crew" ever have the name/logo/etc. of the Band they're working for?

I feel like I've seen such t-shirts in documentaries, etc, but can't remember well enough. Google is not helping me.

My dog

Dec. 1st, 2012 12:51 pm
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
I was hanging out with Arthur, and I gave him a pig's ear. He was sniffing it and nibbling at it and licking it, etc.

I got a phonecall from my mom that I had to pick my brother up from wrestling practice.

I told Arthur, "You need to go to bed"

And he IMMEDIATELY tried to devour the pig's ear in about three bites!

He's such a goof.

I did tell him he could take it with him, so he calmed down and went back to normal pig's ear enjoyment mode.
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
So, I was looking up the source for the first quotation, and then ended up on Wikiquote and then went QUOTE HAPPY!

Also, I highly highly highly recommend the books they are derived from.


"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." (Is Theology Poetry)

"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." (On Three Ways of Writing for Children)

"Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result." (Preface to Paradise Lost)

"I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes." (Out of the Silent Planet)

"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts" (Screwtape Letters)

"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."" (The Great Divorce)

"There have been men before … who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ." (The Great Divorce)

""They would say," he answered, "that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience." " (That Hideous Strength)

"Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger — according to the way you react to it." (Mere Christianity)

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." (Mere Christianity)

"The doctrine of the Second Coming has failed, so far as we are concerned, if it does not make us realize that at every moment of every year in our lives Donne's question "What if this present were the world's last night?" is equally relevant." (The World's Last Night)

"'Are the gods not just?'
'Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?'" (Till We Have Faces)

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell." (The Four Loves)

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." (The Four Loves)

Music Meme

Nov. 25th, 2012 01:03 am
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I keep stealing memes from [ profile] apple_pathways!

This isn't terribly respresentative of my tastes... though they are all songs I like.  :-D

Type these words into the search bar on your iTunes and list the first song that appears in the results.

happy: "I whistle a happy tune" -- The King and I
love: "My Love" -- Wings
hate: "I hate men" -- Kiss me Kate
light: "And then shall your light break forth" -- Mendelssohn's Elijah
dark: "Oh Men of Dark and Dismal Fate" -- The Pirates of Penzance
good: "Lamentations for Good Friday" -- Tomas Luis de Victoria
bad:  "Good Woman Bad" -- Josh Turner
smile: "Smile" -- Sung by Robert Downey, Jr. (*shame*)
cry: "Cry Cry Cry" -- Joaquin Phoenix (though I prefer the original)
girl: "Surfer Girl" -- Beach Boys
boy: "Boy for Sale" -- Oliver!
sad: "The Sad Man with a Box" -- Murray  Gold, Doctor Who Soundtrack
lost: "The Lost Chor" -- Thomas Allen, Songs my Father Taught Me
night: "Feels like Tonight" -- Daughtry
day: "Eight Days a Week" -- Beatles (from Anthology)
wolf: "Hungry like the Wolf"  -- David Cook's AI performance
robot: "Mr. Roboto" -- Styx
dance: "Slavonic Dance in C Major" -- Antonin Dvorak
time: "Lookin' for a good time" -- Lady Antebellum
life: "Better Life" -- Keith Urban
death: "The Life and Death of Amy Pond" -- Doctor Who Soundtrack again.

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goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
So, my dad and mom don't agree on everything.

How close to the edge their son should live, for example:


And sometimes, they even FIGHT:

MOM:  Hon, I NEED you to take that out to the car!

DAD:  Well, I WON'T take that out to the car!


MOM: Well, if you don't I'll be VERY angry!


DAD:  Well, then, I'll just have to risk it!



Lil' Bro's face when this was happening this morning:



Other times they use rational arguments:

MOM: Now I am going to explain why [buying a specific fire-pit] is a VERY stupid idea.

[explanation, which included "I have worked long and hard to make our house not look like a garage sale".]

MOM: So if you do it, you should know that it will be a personal insult to me!


And sometimes there's not much to say:

MOM: [explaining the John Milton and his wife/Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce thingy to my dad] ...and eventually she came back and they had 4 kids together. And the most fascinating thing about it is when she came back, she brought her parents with her! Wouldn't you love to be a fly on that wall!

DAD: Not particularly.


It's Thanksgiving Day [still in some places in America].  And this is my tribute to two people I'm VERY thankful for -- my crazy dad and mom.  :-)
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Are you my student?


If you are or were, and you have not yet graduated from high school and you are looking at this post, you are...


And I am...



Nov. 13th, 2012 11:46 pm
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Don't get me wrong, folks, I know that Merlin is only a silly adolescent vehicle for corny jokes, Arthur and Merlin "bromance" (a word I don't like, but the perfect one in this instance), Real Old English, cliched social commentary, and teeny bopperly remade Arthurian legend.  I know it, I accept it, and I even might say that I love it. 


But why Why WHY did Gwen, the serving-class black woman who becomes queen of Camelot, and thereby a teensy bit over-the-top symbol of the social forwardness that characterizes Arthur's court, but still a symbol of something and furthermore a likeable character in her individual right for four whole series...

...become boob transportation.

That is my complaint.

At least Arthur and Merlin still act like 10 year old boys.  Otherwise there'd be little point anymore.

Oh!  Also that Morgana is getting a little bit repetitive.  And I say that as someone who anticipated every single stock phrase Anthony Head uttered through three series and still enjoyed it.


Nov. 8th, 2012 05:28 pm
goldvermilion87: (Default)
There's going to be a new Star Wars movie?
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I wanted to enter [ profile] great_tales Challenge 110, and this was the one idea that came to mind.


Sherlock/Madeline Fusion, here I come.

Sherlock in London Cover
goldvermilion87: (Default)
Background:  A student injured himself pretty badly playing a soccer game.  It was either a bad sprain or a fracture.  He was considering playing in the final game and THEN going to the doctor.  My mom told my dad about it.  My dad pointed out that if he had a fracture he might injure it further and not be able to train for track and field (a sport the student has competed in at a national level.)

ME:  Yeah, that's a big risk.

MOM:  No, we don't know if it's a risk or not, yet.

DAD:  Hon, that's what a risk is.
goldvermilion87: (Default)
About twenty tiny people are straggling down the hall kindasorta in a line.

VERY LOUD TINY PERSON:  WHOSE MOM ARE YOU????????????????????????????????????


(If you want to hear this properly in your head, imagine it in the same cadence as Spenser Breslin's "WHO ARE THEY????" in The Kid.)


Of course, tiny people are not the only ones who are confused about my marital status and related matters.  I am the tenth grade Brit Lit teacher as well as the eleventh grade Western Though teacher.  And this is my second year.  My mother has worked at this school since I was a senior in high school, so... eight years now?  The kids in eleventh grade have both me and my mom as teachers this year. 

And they walked into the teacher's room yesterday and addressed me as Mrs. B three or four times, which I assumed was a persistent slip of the tongue until they handed me a note addressed "To Mrs. B, from the Eleventh Grade Class" 


Oct. 9th, 2012 12:10 pm
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For some reason people have been calling me "Sherlock" a lot over the past week.  Dunno why particularly, but it started with someone who thought my intense apprehension of being anaesthetized made me like Sherlock and ended with a friend thinking the picture of myself looking all miserable looked like Sherlock.  And there were several in between  I haven't decided yet whether to be flattered or insulted.

But that is why this story amused me so much.

So, yesterday I was complaining about a DVD I had to watch.  I liked it when it was the dude lecturing, but when it went to any sort of visual aid, I would get annoyed.  In particular, there was an instance when the dude talks about "faith like a little child."  Then he says "let's see what that means."  Up pops a little boy on a diving board looking all scared.  There is music playing in the background.  Then he sees his mom telling him to jump and he becomes happy and jumps to her. I thought this was over the top and ridiculous.  I told my mom.  And she said there were people crying when they were watching it.  I said, Seriously?  I thought it was the dumbest--

MOM:  This from the girl who couldn't understand why a baby would cry!  Your opinion here isn't very valuable.

ME:  What?

MOM: It was when you were really little.  Two or three.  I was watching a baby for the day.  And he was just really little, and I wasn't his mom, and it was the end of the day.  I fed him and burped him, but he was still crying.  I checked and he didn't need to be changed.  So you went over to him and said, "Stop crying.  You have nothing to cry about.  Why are you crying?  You have no reason to cry." And you couldn't see why he could possibly be sad even though he wanted his mom.

ME:  *snrk*

I must have been a lovely child.


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