Where Were You When…?

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.
President Ronald Reagan after the Challenger disaster

Many times during my life I’ve heard people say they can remember exactly where they were when JFK was assassinated. I can’t relate to that experience since I was only 6 months old. I can vaguely remember when his brother RFK was killed, but I don’t have any recollection of MLK’s death, either. I don’t actually recall when we landed on the moon nor do I really remember Apollo 13 having difficulty and having to return to earth. However, I was in my last semester as an undergraduate when the Challenger disaster happened. I had left the music building and went to my apartment for some reason. My roommate was there watching TV. She stated that the Challenger had just blown up. I stared at the TV in shock and sat down for a while to watch. It was an unbelievable sight to see.

I can remember that day in February 2003 when the Columbia was re-entering the atmosphere. I was watching a news channel of some sort that morning, and I can remember the weatherman stating that the shuttle was scheduled to land in about 15 minutes in Florida. I began channel surfing and as I came back around the same channel a few minutes later there was a ticker scroll at the bottom of the screen stating that all contact with the shuttle had been lost. I watched this for several minutes as I became aware that the shuttle was gone. Burned up. At first, there was speculation of terrorist activity that was later dismissed. As the days wore on, I watched information on TV about the Israeli pilot. It seems that he flew on the mission to bomb a nuclear facility in either Iran or Iraq some years earlier. He was late in returning from this mission and it was speculated that something had happened to him, but he did eventually return safely.

I salute all of those who have given their lives in the pursuit of making this a better place to live and work. Some folks may think that we spend too much money on space ventures and the like. I frankly haven’t come to a conclusion one way or the other on that, but these are people just like the rest of us. People who have families, hobbies and interests, homes, kids, etc. Kids who now are missing a parent because of disaster. People like you and me.

Challenger Crew
Photo from NASA

My new toy

I’m a gadget person. I love to play with them. I have an assortment of hardware ranging from external hard drives, a wireless router, switches, print servers, printers, a PDA, cameras, etc. My Dell Axim recently began giving me trouble with synchronization so I decided to find another PDA. I didn’t really need anything powerful and expensive, so I opted for the HP iPAQ rx1955. I enjoy using it. The wireless functionality has been flawless! It runs the new Windows Mobile 5.0. I can set up my POP3 accounts much easier than I could with Windows Mobile 2002.

Click on the graphic to view the specifications.

USB Flash Drives

I’m sure quite a few of you folks own your own USB flash drive. Believe it or not, I have seven of them!! I find them quite useful. However, many of you may not know that there are portable applications that can be found on the web just for flash drives. There are portable versions of Firefox, Thunderbird, antivirus scanners, Open Office, etc. Just do a Google search for “portable applications USB” and you’ll see what I mean! You can even load Spybot on a flash drive and clean your own hard drive of spyware from your flash drive! There is also a fully functioning distribution of the Linux operating system that can be run from a flash drive.

I’ve even read a few articles from the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we’ll soon be able to purchase wireless USB hubs for our printers, etc. I look forward to a life with fewer wires!


This has been some week, and it’s only day 2 of 4!! I’ve networked 3 printers to about 60 computers, and now I’ve got to work on a library program issue. Tomorrow is going to come early!!!

Kathy’s blog has a new address. Make sure you check it out!!!

What a week!

Wow this week has been something else!! Work, work, work, work, work!! I’ve been so busy during the day and evenings I haven’t had time to post too much. I am so tired. I will be glad when this weekend arrives. It’ll be 3 days!!! Yay!!!

I will try to post more next week. I’ve had several deadlines and problems to deal with this week. I need a little R & R.


TTTC–Too Tired To Care


I am too tired to update anything tonight so I thought I’d just enter something simple–no reviews, no articles, no nothing by just typing. This is really more of what a blog is supposed to be, isn’t it? I mean, if we are to use blogging in the classroom shouldn’t it be like a journal of thoughts and sometimes ramblings? I’m not very good at just jotting down personal thoughts, so mine may be more like ramblings. The typos are going great tonight. I can type pretty well, but I’m so tired I can’t concentrate very well and I think I’m backspacing over more mistakes and correcting them that I am actually attempting to make sense.

Had some good laughs today. Ya know, laughter is just what we need sometimes. Some of my colleagues really make me laugh, and when I laugh in the office everyone knows it. Sometimes I embarrass myself when somebody comes to see what I’m laughing at because I can laugh so loudly. Oh well, if it makes others smile in the process what’s a little boisterous noise going to hurt?

Do you blog in your classroom? If so, how do your students use it? I’d love to hear comments on this subject. What are your districts policies on students using the Internet in this manner? I feel that ours will need to be expanded a little bit because of this. We can already use student work, but with parental permission only.

Thoughts? Go ahead. I’ve got sandpaper in my eyes from the sandman, and I’m outta here…