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Friday, September 17, 2010

Still want to promote your Etsy Site?

If you still want to sell on Etsy, you need to promote your wares. Here are 52 resources you may find handy. - Make your items some of your own 43 favorite things. - Get a blog and crow about your cool stuff. - Make some funky design and have them print it on stuff. - A great example of an arts nexus. - Less cool than it used to be. - Add it to the directory. - Add it to this other directory. - Make your own page in Facebook. - Photograph your stuff as you go. - Show 'em how it's done. - Network your way to sales - Bad can be good for sales - Make a lens shine it on your crafts - Microblog every micro-achievement - Do videos of you doing your stuff. Or, just take a 360° video of your thingee.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Educators Haven't Learned Anything

Our daughter is in a split 4/5 class. There are two 4/5 splits in her school. My confidence is shaken in a school where they haven't grasped that 1/2 + 1/2 = 1. They really can take all of the Grade 4s from the two classes and put them in one Grade 4 class? Then, do the same with the Grade 5s? I honestly don't know why this is: I sit in the cheap seats and don't participate in the PAC (Parents Advisory Council).
My daughter has had some earnest teachers who seemed to really try to give her the best education possible.
In years past, I've come to know a lot of teachers outside of their teaching roles. My friend came from a family of teachers. My wife worked with a bunch of people who's spouses and their friends were teachers. Of these two samplings, what a bunch of bitter ambivalent people I've never seen elsewhere. It was like going to a Nirvana suicide pact clad in tweed.
I think the teachers' hands are tied are tied by the curriculum, cutbacks and the helicopter parents. As pointed out: 7 of 11 courses for her subjects have no bearing on academics. Is this because it allows kids to bomb out of the academic courses but still pass has because they rocked Phys Ed. and Daily Physical activity? Good teachers make school relevant, but the courses and the system at the baseline is a failure.
When I was in Grade 9 Science (I have to remind you that this is about Science), I was sad to hear a teacher tell us that water doesn't so much flow downhill, it actually flows towards the equator. He was able to prove it: The Fraser River travels south to the ocean. The Amazon empties north toward the equator. Even the Nile flows north into the Mediterranean (I didn't have the heart to bring up that the mouth of the Nile is in the northern hemisphere).
Fast forward a generation. Kiddo had a First Nations subject in Grade 2. There are hundreds of cultures that we need to appreciate, but this one got up to the front of the batting order. Okay. She happily told a friend of ours of First Nations heritage that "Konichiwa" is "First Nations" for "Hello." Where do I start with how wrong that is? There is no "First Nations" language: there are hundreds of languages among the First Nations, a number of those are under threat of evaporating as the speakers die off-- something we should be mindful of. Worst still, the Japanese word for "Hello" (Konichiwa) is not among those languages. She would have been better off getting no lessons than be taught a string of things are all so completely wrong. Right or wrong, that lesson filled an important role: each hour of schooling ticks her one hour closer to graduation.
I tell her to be good at school: to be good to her teacher and her classmates. I don't make the mistake of telling her to "learn lots." Learning is the tertiary role of the education system.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Whacky Manifesto

Last month, I posited in a discussion on logic that anyone who places rational thought as the cornerstone of their decision making, should off themselves because life is ultimately futile. I don't subscribe to that approach, but that seems to be how the logic train would run.
Before is a reproduction of what Whack job James Lee (Burnaby resident) says of the world's problems and his take on the solution.

The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Discovery Channel and it's affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other's inventive ideas. Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution. A game show format contest would be in order. Perhaps also forums of leading scientists who understand and agree with the Malthus-Darwin science and the problem of human overpopulation. Do both. Do all until something WORKS and the natural world starts improving and human civilization building STOPS and is reversed! MAKE IT INTERESTING SO PEOPLE WATCH AND APPLY SOLUTIONS!!!!

2. All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs' places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.

3. All programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease. There is no sense in advertising weapons of mass-destruction anymore. Instead, talk about ways to disassemble civilization and concentrate the message in finding SOLUTIONS to solving global military mechanized conflict. Again, solutions solutions instead of just repeating the same old wars with newer weapons. Also, keep out the fraudulent peace movements. They are liars and fakes and had no real intention of ending the wars. ALL OF THEM ARE FAKE! On one hand, they claim they want the wars to end, on the other, they are demanding the human population increase. World War II had 2 Billion humans and after that war, the people decided that tripling the population would assure peace. WTF??? STUPIDITY! MORE HUMANS EQUALS MORE WAR!

4. Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is. That, and all its disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed. Broadcast this message until the pollution in the planet is reversed and the human population goes down! This is your obligation. If you think it isn't, then get hell off the planet! Breathe Oil! It is the moral obligation of everyone living otherwise what good are they??

5. Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!)

6. Find solutions for Global Warming, Automotive pollution, International Trade, factory pollution, and the whole blasted human economy. Find ways so that people don't build more housing pollution which destroys the environment to make way for more human filth! Find solutions so that people stop breeding as well as stopping using Oil in order to REVERSE Global warming and the destruction of the planet!

7. Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people's brains until they get it!!

8. Saving the Planet means saving what's left of the non-human Wildlife by decreasing the Human population. That means stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies! You're the media, you can reach enough people. It's your resposibility because you reach so many minds!!!

9. Develop shows that will correct and dismantle the dangerous US world economy. Find solutions for their disasterous Ponzi-Casino economy before they take the world to another nuclear war.

10. Stop all shows glorifying human birthing on all your channels and on TLC. Stop Future Weapons shows or replace the dialogue condemning the people behind these developments so that the shows become exposes rather than advertisements of Arms sales and development!

11. You're also going to find solutions for unemployment and housing. All these unemployed people makes me think the US is headed toward more war.

Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture.

For every human born, ACRES of wildlife forests must be turned into farmland in order to feed that new addition over the course of 60 to 100 YEARS of that new human's lifespan! THIS IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FOREST CREATURES!!!! All human procreation and farming must cease!

It is the responsiblity of everyone to preserve the planet they live on by not breeding any more children who will continue their filthy practices. Children represent FUTURE catastrophic pollution whereas their parents are current pollution. NO MORE BABIES! Population growth is a real crisis. Even one child born in the US will use 30 to a thousand times more resources than a Third World child. It's like a couple are having 30 babies even though it's just one! If the US goes in this direction maybe other countries will too!

Also, war must be halted. Not because it's morally wrong, but because of the catastrophic environmental damage modern weapons cause to other creatures. FIND SOLUTIONS JUST LIKE THE BOOK SAYS! Humans are supposed to be inventive. INVENT, DAMN YOU!!

The world needs TV shows that DEVELOP solutions to the problems that humans are causing, not stupify the people into destroying the world. Not encouraging them to breed more environmentally harmful humans.

Saving the environment and the remaning species diversity of the planet is now your mindset. Nothing is more important than saving them. The Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels.

The humans? The planet does not need humans.

You MUST KNOW the human population is behind all the pollution and problems in the world, and YET you encourage the exact opposite instead of discouraging human growth and procreation. Surely you MUST ALREADY KNOW this!

I want Discovery Communications to broadcast on their channels to the world their new program lineup and I want proof they are doing so. I want the new shows started by asking the public for inventive solution ideas to save the planet and the remaining wildlife on it.

These are the demands and sayings of Lee.

Lee? Lee Harvey Oswald? Lee Valley Tools? Lee Kum Kee Asian Sauces? If he wants to reduce the population, he should have paraphrased the motto that "charity starts at home" and tested the gun on himself.

Man, this is going to be a tough day for people with the name "Lee"

More on James Lee

Lee, James
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Burnaby, BC V5H 4K2
852-3594-1708 (great number... good form validation, guys)

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