My Students Watched This Today

I watched this video at a Jobs for America’s Graduates conference a couple of years ago.  I was moved by the silence of 500 high school and middle school students as they listened intently to this spoken word poem about a man who grew out of a childhood of being bullied, being a bully and a whole slew of other things that typically make us depressed or angry.

I took this video back to my classroom and of all the music videos we have watched, this year in particularly, my students have responded most positively to this song and most other spoken word poems set in front of a beautiful cascade of quiet music.  The story that Shane Koyczan weaves has made some of my students laugh, cry, and think.

If you are a teacher, or, if you have some angsty teens that seem to have coping problems, play this video.  It’s deep, and introduces a level of understanding to kids victimized by endless taunting and  teasing that the typical “sticks and stones” limerick never could.

The Power of an F-Bomb

This just happened on a news channel in Alaska…

Now, there was a strong message here to be relayed to the viewers of KTVA.  The push for legalized marijuana is spreading, and this reporter owns, or is partners with, a medical marijuana dispensary or something like that.  Regardless, Alaska will be voting on easier access to marijuana and this reporter, being involved in the business of THE DEVIL’S GRASS, had to resign.  Her message was powerful.

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JCH Podcast: Episode 11 – Sometimes Yes!

JCH PhonesEpisode 11 – Sometimes Yes!

Well the podcast is becoming its own thing and while we missed the deadline last week (Thanks a lot Suddenlink), we are releasing that episode tonight.  Enjoy.  Oh, and I have decided to save my sanity, no more table of contents.  Just listen to it all or fast forward to a point that we are not talking about video games.

This episode we talk about Heroes of the Storm, some news, some sports style stuff and other things.  Just a big variety podcast.

Well That Took Too Long

Well, I am back.  Suddenlink may have failed us, but tomorrow I shall post last week’s podcast.  Apparently, on Friday we were hit by one hell of a thunderstorm while I was at school.  My modem and router were both fried, and I spent all weekend trying to figure that out.  By Sunday evening I was online with my new modem router from NetGear.

There are some major kinks though, and I wonder if the lightning managed to do some damage to the lines.  My 15 mbps connection is running at 3 mbps and I am getting slammed with disconnect after disconnect on Heroes of the Storm and Ventrilo (What we use as voice communication while gaming).  I have also notice my wifi speeds on our phones and the iPad are noticeably slower.  In fact, at times, we aren’t able to even get a signal.  I don’t know if these problems stem from the new hardware or if the lines are damaged.

With that being said, I wanted to share with you guys some articles I have on the way…

  1. Another long analysis of a System of a Down album, this time I will tackle Toxicity.  No, I will not do “Steal this Album”.
  2. Returning to the original music review format I started.
  3. Some more movie reviews.
  4. A more in depth podcast format (for the actual article).
  5. A papercraft project
  6. Nine Inch Nails (BIG PROJECT)

That’s about it.

Suddenlink, You’re Not Connected

I am laying here, doing the adult equivalent of “tummy time” with my iPad 10 inches away from my eyes, burning my retinas.  The disapointment that JCH Podcast episode 011 has me on edge right now and I am a bit bitchy.  See, my Internet is currently down and my connection right now is the weebly-wobbly iPhone 5’s personal hotspot.   It really isn’t the most stable of connections, unfortunately.

Meh.

The Last Great Image I Penciled Out

Vash the StampedeSo, I don’t really remember when I drew this massive project, but I remember it took a lot of work.  I outlined it, and shaded it in, and I rubbed certain spots with a rolled up sheet of paper.  This was my style of drawing.  I was only a kid, I’m sure, but this was my most well done piece.  It covered an entire sheet of drawing paper.

I also do not know where it is, so the quality is not the best.

A Philosophy to Die For

There is a world, a land, a nation, a plan
Fenced off from the weak each day of the week
We hear about the penetration of the nation
Subjugation, dehydration, infatuation, graduation

There is a world, a realm, we sit at the helm
one nine zero, location: heroes
That freedom fough for lost long ago
Instigation, extracation, dilation, liberation

There is a world, a loss, a lot of gloss
Much debate, procreate, privelege gained
Doubtless of cost.

If you plant your tree inside of a fence and tell the world
“Have none of it!”
expect no harvest from the tree

Will you die for our philosophy?

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Now, I hope you enjoyed my poem, yes it’s about the nation today, but regardless you may be wondering “Why the fuck are we reading this fairy, twinkle-toes bullshit bro!?” Well, I am sitting in a hotel room right now yelling at the shitty wifi, wondering why it wont let me log into my FTP.  The podcast will go live Friday, but we will go back to Wednesday next week.