Well, this is it.
I have submitted the last of my workshops for my Teaching Assistant Certificate. It is now time to go back to school. In the coming weeks, I have to get organized to begin this new stage in education.
Wish me luck.
“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
This is the inscription on Thor’s hammer. Thor has been a favorite of mine since I first saw him in Silver Surfer #4. Many people have wielded Thor’s Hammer. Of them Beta Ray Bill was my favorite with Superman a close second.
As Wonder Woman said, “worthy is awfully subjective”. And in the world of comic books, so is “he”. My new favorite character who may be able to lift Mjolnir is Baymax.
Baymax perfectly violates the worthiness enchantment in so many ways. “He” is an android, which removes the “whoever” and “he” clauses. Thanks to Hiro’s chip, he is a warrior and willing to kill. Both under the influence of Hiro’s chip AND under his original programming by Tadashi. He specifically asks Hiro if killing Callaghan would make things better after refusing Hiro’s combat chip. Tadashi programming also makes him honorable, selfless and humble.
I really would love to see Baymax with Mjolnir.
I love music, one source is not enough. Google Play offers a series of free tracks every month. This month’s collection is called the Antenna Sampler.
Hear new music from the likes of Drivers, Grooms and The Glitch Mob.
One caveat, Google Play requires an account and that account must have a credit card assigned to it before you can download. Don’t worry, you can use debit, prepaid debit or credit cards and all music in this section is free.
I wish I could come up with a great description of SXSW. It’s music, interactivity and creativity all in one. I would kill to go to it.
But, I can live vicariously through the web. NPR has put together a collection of tracks from the artist performing there called The Austin 100. You can give them a try one by one or download all 799 mb of music from the link on the right.
Hurry, the link is only live until April 2, 2015.
The kids are amazed by the smash-up qualities of the book. Ben Holiday is a lawyer from Chicago who has lost his wife in an accident. In despair, he purchases a Magic Kingdom from Rosen’s Department Store. And enters a world of demons and dragons as the ruler of all who will follow.
Reading aloud to your kids is important. Tonight, I managed to read Catherine to sleep. My boys begged another, unrelated story from me.
That second one was a little more grown up, Paladin of the Lost Hour by Harlan Ellison. You can click the link and read along, courtesy of Harlan himself.
As a child, my favorite “toy” was a black corduroy tuxedo. It must have been a hand-me-down from lord knows who. It had black pants with a red stripe down the leg, and more importantly, a matching black vest.
With my toy blaster, it made the most epic Han Solo costume ever.
Not that I wore it for Halloween. It was my “Everyday Han Solo” costume. I wore it to school, I wore it church. I wore it winter, summer fall and spring. I wore the hell out of that thing.
I wore it until it was ridiculously small on me; and even then, I did not give it up. I willed that thing to fit me for the opening of Return of the Jedi. I managed to hold on to it for years, no matter how hard my mom tried to dispose of it.
I told Jennifer this story, long before we every got married. She laughed and said, “You are so funny, but so full of shit.”
My only reply was to pull the sad, little suit out of my closet and show it to her. She was so shocked and surprised, her eyes rolled back into her head.
On this Valentine’s Day, I don’t have any eye rolling revelations, or a tux, or wacky surprises in the closet, Jennifer Kitty Viverito. Only a great story about fun times. Thank you, today and every day, for laughing with me.
For Christmas, the kids received many games, but the family favorite is Big Bang Theory Uno.
This edition of Uno features the cast of TBB and a special Soft Kitty Card. Soft Kitty requires the victim to draw cards until they find a Sheldon or Penny card. We found this to be a bit much and limited the number of cards to a maximum of 4.
All of the kids received video games, but this one tops them all. 5 nights of family fun in a row so far.
I have made a list of items I want, every day for 2015:
These aren’t exactly resolutions, these are things I should have been doing all along. This should represent less than 3 hours a day. I might not hit my goal everyday, but ticking off a few will put me in a better place.
I hope you have a great 2015.