March 10th, 2006


Respecting the fish

Okay, so having the Oat Squares for breakfast may have satisfied my tastebuds and the requirement to abstain from meat, but it did the blood sugar no good. Normally I don't eat cereal for breakfast ever, unless I'm on vacation someplace and that's what the hotel is dishing out for free, but I figured it would be a nice change of pace for Lent. As it was, not only did it jack my glucose up almost into the red (not that it had too far to go after last night's mild gluttony) but by 11 I was pretty damn hungry.

So I decided to try out Tensuke Sushi, which replaced the Jamba Juice joint in the Baker Block. was great sushi, and reasonably priced to boot (Rainbow rolls for $7 and California rolls for $4.50? Hell yeah!) but I shouldn't have gone there when I was as hungry as I was. I left with the aforementioned rolls, a Sushi Deluxe box with eight different nigiri and half a cucumber roll ($8.95), a tuna roll and a salmon roll. Total bill $28.80 including tax. Yes, I am a pig when it comes to sushi, as anyone who has seen me at the Ichiban can tell you.

In news not related to the Seven Deadly Sins, I'll be getting to class an hour late tonight. Can't be helped, since the earliest I can get out of here is 5 PM and class starts at's over by 8:30, after which I'll go home and wait for revolutionaryjo to drop by and get the massive quantity of AMVs that came in last week, and then it'll be off to bed since class resumes in the morning.
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Gifted and diverse classrooms

So...this two-day class had all the potential to be a hideously PC "celebration of diversity" class, but the guys teaching it are serious people who are serious about getting all the Anglos in the class to realize that diversity isn't just about skin color or nationality but culture, which can be very different even for people nominally in the same ethnic group. I'm not so much on board with the other thesis of the class, which is about recognizing and reaching out to kids who are gifted in ways not normally encouraged by schools, which mostly tend to exalt academic and athletically gifted students and to a much lesser extent the kids who are musically gifted. This leaves out four of Gardner's seven intelligences, although I suppose you could argue that the kids with good interpersonal intelligence wind up in student government. Anyway, my take on this may sound a little elitist, but I kept hearing the line "If everyone is special, then nobody is" going through my head. That may be a little more hardcore than I really feel...perhaps kids may be gifted in one or more of these areas, but as with young baseball players or musicians who don't practice, raw talent/undeveloped gifts will only get you so far.

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I thought I might be interested in doing something after class, but it's been a long week with too much drama in it and I am tired. I think I'm just going to go lay down and watch anime until revolutionaryjo shows up to get her sack full o' AMVs.

Oh, yeah, I got an A in the Tech class. Finally.

More important news: I got a look at my annual review. I am still, according to the Evil banking Neighbor, officially mediocre, and will probably get a raise in keeping with said mediocrity. There is still no block for "Continues to endure a managerial regime that would happily see him dead except nobody else wants his job. Nobody. At all."