08 February 2010

Minimal truths

Upon reflection, I think one could encapsulate my personality into the following:
Ockham's razor
Schrödinger's cat

These are things I believe. Things I think about. A lot. Things that pretty thoroughly guide how I experience the world.

Put another way,
(Ockham's razor) + (Schrödinger's cat) + (p=mv) = Beth

07 January 2010

Book Club

Definitely my favorite part of the day. A genuinely good group of people, and I look forward to this monthly gathering.

The Big Burn is a great book, fwiw.

06 January 2010


Favorite part of today:
Meeting with new research group and talking about exciting project: building a makerbot and using the building process as a way to explore and document how non technical folks can learn technical skills.

Best part of the meeting: the name they came up with for the project blog:
LearnMakeCupcake! Check us out.


It's only 9:53 am, but I think it's going to be hard to beat my joy at discovering comments on the last post. Thanks!

Also, thanks for letting us know your favorite parts!

Six hours of teaching in a day

It sounded like a good idea at the time. Double up my teaching in winter quarter. No formal classes in spring to allow for some fieldwork. It also sounded like a good idea at the time to schedule the classes for the same day. One undergrad, 2 hours, 2/week. One grad, 4 hours 1/week. Which equals six hours of classroom teaching on Tuesdays.

Got home around 10:30 pm, houseguest was there watching The Bachelor on her computer. Sucked into the drama while I wanted for teaching adrenalin to drain from my veins.

Fell asleep before I had time to blog.

Best thing about today (which is really yesterday): the undergrad class is that under-the-radar interdisciplinary course I mentioned in previous post. First meeting today. Students sat silent and confused at start of class. Why are there strangers from another department sitting next to me?? After a couple hours of conversations: laughter and connections.

04 January 2010

What was the best thing about today?

Historically speaking, I may be among the world's worst bloggers.
Not that I intend to completely change that. But I have a friend who has some of the best rituals with her kids. After a day out and about, she'll call out "who had fun at the party?' or "who had fun on the hike?' or whatever the event was. And hands go up in a communal and visible expression of satisfaction, happiness, joy.

I've also heard her ask "what was your favorite part of today?" which I think is an amazing way to teach your kids to be reflective about the good things in their life. It's also a lesson most of us could use a refresher course in if the hallway chitchat in my part of the universe is any indication.

So I'm going to try that.
What was my favorite part of today?

I worked on syllabi for most of the day. It was a long process, and often frustrating. But my favorite part of the day was probably meeting with Ruth with whom I'm going to team-teach an under-the-radar interdisciplinary course this quarter. We're trying to get students from my department (HCDE) and hers (CSE) working together on projects, and it's a total kludge, with some students enrolled for 2 credits, others for 5, with a false high cap in one course so we could get a room large enough to meet in, and juggled meeting times, and...well, just a parade of fixits. But now that the syllabus is almost finished, I'm super excited about our experiment! Who knows how this is going to work out, but it's an attempt to do something fantastic.

I also started book club book today, and it's extraordinarily well-written: The Big Burn.

What was your favorite part of the day?