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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Education Meme: Cathy's Barf on a Blog!

Having been tagged by cathy, informed by MONA, and nothing better to do, I will answer the challenge.

What was the name of the teacher that was most influential in your life from grades K through 6
The teacher who had the most influence on my life was my second 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. English (it was really her name.) I had been out sick one day, and upon my return was both accused of stealing something from some girl in class the day before. I was then punished for it before the entire class. I now make honesty one of my foremost qualities, and trust authority figures like I do Dick Cheney.

What subject did you favor in high school?
I have always favored science, but my shop class (then radio & tv, now it would be electronics) was probably one of the most fun. I only had to take one science class, so I took Biology. I didn't even have to take the final exam to make an 'A'. In shop, we used to make things like multivibrators (look it up), and play tricks on each other. It was funny to have someone yelling "MR. DUHART! MR. DUHART!" as they tuned their crystal radio with me and a transistor radio being tuned simultaneously behind him, only to turn and see me doing it. The exploding gum wrappers and exploding electrolytic capacitors were fun, too.

Did you attend a university and if so, did you attain a degree?
I only got to go to a local Junior college and obtain an Associates of Science. I did receive the "Academic Excellence in Computer Programming" award, though.

Do you learn best through books, by watching, or hands-on?
I like my books, although I can learn quite readily from watching someone. The great advantage to books is that you don't have to have a subject matter expert around, you get to become the expert.

Has education been an ongoing process for you?
Learning is something I try to do at all times. Cathy's comment about education, although I don't see it as a euphemism, is pretty close. Education was designed to help business.

How do you feel about that?
I hate that education makes for disposable workers. I love learning.

What seven people are you tagging to do this?
Why the heck would I do that to people? Well, I guess I could think of them as cats...

Keshi - 'cause she seems sweet, and she's Aussie.
Dan - 'cause I can, man.
Lulu (Dan's cat) - 'cause Dan shouldn't get off that easily.
lime - 'cause she's friendly.
dana barnett - 'cause she needs the attention.
-= ComputerNick =- - 'cause he's an old young friend of mine.
Vixenette - 'cause she needs the exposure to nonjudgmental people.



At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

She was called ENGLISH!!! LMAO!

& I am suddenly reminded of a professor in our university. He was called ROCKET, & his brother was named ATOM BOMB. By God this is true..unbelievable but true!
It was very amusing to know that it was not a nickname...although we went nicknaming a few lecturers. One was always dressed in a suit, and we called him Suitcase [ he was a 'case' in his upper storey]

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:11:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

LOL @ fag end comment..we do seem to be becoming cathy..oops catty! { no offence}
Gosh you did all that...& pray what are all those gadgets? & those explosions about?
Anyway.. I wouldnt understand... them I come from a country of bullock carts!!

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:18:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Bologna. There's multivibrators, and capacitors in your computer. As for gumwrappers, I think you are familiar.

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:22:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Oh, and the comment about Cathy was about how she faulted our spelling on Dan's blog. I've seen misspelled words from her, too. She doesn't seem to like men much, so I think she may be a bit judgmental. :D

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 8:24:00 PM EDT, Blogger Enemy of the Republic $visitorIP said...

Thanks for stopping by my silly blog. I like what you say about watching people. I am a readaholic, but I often connect with people who don't care for books--they let life do the teaching. I am beginning to see the wisdom in that.

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 8:50:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

mrs english needs to choke on chalkdust, cruel woman.

thanks for the tag, charles. i am thinking i will answer it either on friday or monday...and if you've read my tags, you KNOW i won't quite follow directions.....i always drove my teachers batty with that...;)

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 9:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

eotf, Welcome. I think you may find a kindred spirit or two here. I don't do republican;)

lime, Its funny, I worked with her son about 9 years back. I never told him it was her, but did tell him of the incident. It wasn't his fault, and I've often wondered if he told her. Follow directions? I wrote the book on alternate meanings of directions. Sometimes I just get lazy, or maybe I'm just mellowing.

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 9:20:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Charles, Good morning..& I corrected my spellings at my place!

At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 9:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

wow nice tag Charles!

ur 3rd-grade teacher sure did leave her mark on u ha. Im glad abt that :)

**although I can learn quite readily from watching someone.

me too. I watch ppl n I can learn alot from their behavior.

I'll do this tag in my blog some time soon. tnxx mate!


At Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 10:35:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Good Morning Mona, it'll will soon be good night for me.

Keshi, it traumatized me. I get really upset/mad/crazy when I get accused of things I didn't do.
By learn from watching, I mean if I watch someone do something, I can pretty much do it, if not with very little instruction. Behavior, that's a whole other can-o-worms. Its usually for haha value if I do that.

At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 1:22:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

yeah I know that...& my biological cycle seems sort of outta gear too..Guess i need a couple of hours sleep in the daytime today! I hope THAT doesnt give me another bad restless night, the coming night. I want to avoid the pills!

At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:17:00 AM EDT, Blogger dana barnett $visitorIP said...

Thanks alot cnarles..!!LOL...I guess your right I do neeg the attention...But all and all I do live the life as a hermit...Mostly because I do not like to be hurt...THE less friends the more REAL ones stay...How are you doing..??I thought of writeing you...Just did not know that you cared...My life has been on a kindof hold as far as socializing...Just trying to find myself and where i really stand...AS far as work and my daughter go,I have been working hard...I also am TRYING the Internet dating thing...Pray for me on that one,could really use it..!!lol!!!I have recently lossed 20 pounds...I am proud of that..!!Write back and tell me what is going on with your life...



At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:22:00 AM EDT, Blogger dana barnett $visitorIP said...

Charles,Sorry for all the typos...


At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 12:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Yeah, stay away from pills as much as you can.

I can relate to the hermit thing and the true friend part. I'm doing fine, as for caring, you'd be surprised how many folks do. Other than the really shallow superficial blogs, my experience thus far has been surprisingly full of caring folk.
As to the net dating, you're probably going to need the prayers, and good luck to you on it.

Typos? no prob, Dana.

At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Charles! (((( HUGS))))

At Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 10:40:00 PM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

aha...I agree Charles.


At Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 7:38:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

"& we were thinking that you would help us to disect Dan at his blog...both cathy & I" would be why. I have known Mona for a couple of years and I don't think she would make something like this up.

As to your characterizing it as character assination, for one it was not. I think you are involved in one yourself, of myself.

I'm not familiar with such a song.

Sexist jokes show an underlying contempt.

Perhaps you're an expert on trolling?

I may indeed be a bit judgmental, I apologise for that, believe me I do do my best not to be.

At Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9:42:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Dear Charles!

Peace for all!

I wouldnt bother with stretching a non issue really!

& I know you are intelligent enough to neither!

We All know that Dan's blog is a fun place For ALL to go there and have fun the way they like, & whatever we do there is being playful!

Othewise we wouldnt be playing along with Dan and talking to his cat!& everyone incuding cathy is doing that and knows it!

Whatever we said or did there is to be taken in the same spirit & not to be confused with seriousness.

We do let our steam off at Dan's someime & he allows us to, & we are thankful for it to him!& also admire him for it!

Hey Charles (((HUGS)))

At Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9:45:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

& yes, I invited you to that party over there So If anyone is a troll , it is ME !

Ok! I accept all the responsibility & I apologise to all!

PEACE! Please!

At Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 1:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

You're no troll, it was a trap, I won't hold it against a trusting individual.
Name calling is not something I'm going to stoop to, as others may already have done.

At Monday, May 14, 2007 at 10:39:00 AM EDT, Blogger Vixenette $visitorIP said...

ok, ok, the name of the teacher who first inspired me was my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Beatrice Smith, she taught me to love reading, and love life in general. The subject I favor most, as I am in Rotc...*hope thats okay* it inspires me to be a better person, and think more of myself, a real chance to be a part of a team. I guess I learn more, hands-on...I can never keep up with the college books, yet... (stupid AP, lol) so hands-on is much better for me. I love school, something rare you find in highschool students, any students, really, but, I do, and I guess I owe all to my wonderful friends, here, and IRL, great teachers, and a mom who loves me so deeply. So, yes, It will be an ongoing process, I'm going to be the first in my family to join the military, and the first to graduate college, with a Bachelor's or better. im a lil clueless on how to tag....but for you, charles, I will totally put up a picture of the real me :)

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 9:15:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I never asked that you post a picture. It may not be a wise thing to do at your age, perhaps you should speak with your mom about that. Fact is I would advise against it.

You will want to avoid any personal information that may aid in identifying you, your location, etc.

Even discounting the pervs out there (too many to count), there is a LOT of ID theft, and I wouldn't want you to come of age only to find your credit ruined already.

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 9:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

As to the tagging, just do a post with the questions and answers. Answer in any way, shape, or form you wish. Change the questions if you wish, it is a meme, therefore subject to evolution.

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 11:03:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Dear Charles

How are you? Hope you are hale & hearty? Rise & shine :)

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 2:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hey Mona,

I'm fine, reading a new book. Hale & hearty as I ever could be. You're going to have to tell me 'Rise & shine' a lot earlier in the day than an hour before lunch time.

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 2:35:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

BTW. That would mean about 5 hours earlier.

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:01:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Ok, I shall keep that in mind in future! & I hope you come up with that new post soon!

At Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 9:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

Charles ty so much for ur help for Prachi! I really appreciate it.

Im yet to do this tag. It'll be the next tag I'd take up :)


At Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 7:51:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I sincerely hope that you can find someone that can be of assistance. Children are our hope and the world's future, and I can only hope and offer a prayer. I wish that I could actually do something to cure her.

Don't worry too much about the tag, its not an imperative.

Hi, I hope you're doing well.

Hugs to all,

At Friday, May 18, 2007 at 1:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

**I wish that I could actually do something to cure her.

OMG I feel the same way Charles and I feel useless...cos I cant do anything :( U really did so much for her...ty for all the research on it and leaving msgs in my blog. I owe u a hug for it...HUGGGGGGGGGZ!

And the tag has been done :)


At Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Hey Charles

Hope you are doing well

When do you add a post to our site?

At Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 5:52:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I'm doing great. I will avoid actually posting on your blog, and remain in reserve to help you when you need technical assistance.
I think its rather ironic, I'd be outsourcing for India. :D

At Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 8:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

It is sad really, this outsourcing thing. They should realize by now that Indians have been corrupt & greedy, there have been ever so many scams! Besides I do not think that they are in any way more capable than their counterparts abroad. It is only a bunch of kids drawing fat salaries[ at least that is what it translates into in our currency] who work there & are getting spoilt [ getting into drugs & other risky behavior ] & globalization & liberalization policies here is making it even worse, with all that consumerism spirit catching on, & having money to squander, they are getting more & more materialistic! Ugh!
I guess the employers found cheap labor [ quality did not matter to them I presume]& also un protesting staff. Indians have a slavish mentality, groomed over the centuries of foreign invasions, first the Mughals & then the Europeans. They hardly know the meaning of human rights & protests , which is so common amongst the America n employees.

I guess the employers found that hassle free as it would allow them to give the pink slip whenever they chose to without any fear of protests & also the fact, that these being Indians & they being Americans, it would give them a little chance to sue over any issues if a problem arose. [ in America this is very common problem that an employer faces from his employees, & has sometimes to pay up huge sums in litigations]

I feel so sad , seeing the plight of so many American citizens. It is really ironic .The same thing happened a long time ago with the advent of machines that took over manual labor, imperialism & colonization. Now the same thing is happening, only this time it is man taking over the machines albeit in a different sense...

But then Life as they say is never fair...I can empathize with my fellow beings in America & I feel their pain.

At Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Outsourcing unfortunately is a reality, and like all of reality, we must learn to cope with it. Eventually, things will even out, the corporations will find how it will be advantageous to move the jobs back here, and things will start all over again. Meanwhile, it will help pump the economies of other countries, and they will become future customers. Its a sacrifice, hopefully one Americans will be able to live with, literally.

As for pink slips, Florida has a law, actually its in the state constitution, that employers can terminate anyone for no reason at all. It was passed by the voters, because it was named the "Right to Work" law. Because our voters are so gawddamned IGNORANT, they thought they were voting for a right to work, because everyone should have the right to work. It was added to the state constitution, and now there is virtually no way to eliminate it.

Its not all American citizens, only those of us who are pawns, the players of this chess game are doing fine. To them I wish their karma.

Indeed life is never fair, as long as we play games. Games are usually a form of competition. We all need to recognize that when there is a competition, there is one winner and the rest are losers.

The advent of machines doing things has not been good here, due to their misuse. In Japan, its a different story, because they pull together, they don't pay management exhorbitant salaries, and their management doesn't layoff workers in wholesale lots like ours do. They look to the future beyond the end of the fiscal year, unlike ours.

The problem here for the most part can be summed up in a single word, 'Greed.'

At Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 1:40:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

I agree, Greed is the key word here & it goes both ways, The corporates there & the recipients of the BO benifits here.

I had always seen America[ read political] as running the rat race to profiteering be it at the cost of genocide in the third world or something else. But seeing the plight of the "pawns" as you call them, it is pathetic to see America gnawing at its own flesh for greed.

As for the recipient countries like India, it is again pathetic. They feel that all the foreign exchange earned will help them tide over the fiscal deficit that they have been facing year afer year since the past over fifty years of Independence. They see the current opportunities that fell into their laps as a boon, and indeed it may skyrocket their economies and their stock markets are touching an all time high, yet they fail to see that The Boom that has hit them is actually a boomerang that is going to carry back all that it has brought in! Thanks to consumerism!!

Yes it is indeed an ignorant move; what you tell me about that bill passed. sadly, American constitution is very rigid & complex & not easily ammendable, as compared to our Indian constitution!

It is Sad that there is little one can do with the preasent situation & it is frustrating too. Specially since American ppl have worked very hard after the post world war II recession. The masses have to suffer..& for us there is no way of knowing such unless we have mingled with them. Yet most of my country men will fail to see or empathise as their eyes are covered by thick veils of dollars.

At Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 1:49:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Isnt there anything like self employment that ppl in America can resort to? I mean, can such ppl not branch out in their own respective spheres to something lucrative coming out of what they might have learned? To deviate from the usual & emerge with something new?

For most of what I have heard, ppl of America are quite adroit as far as growth aspect of a training is concerned [ which Indians lack; they would rest on their laurels forever!]...

Yet In India I see ppl more resilient. They would emerge out of ruins & ashes & stand on their feet soon without much or any help from the state authorities concerned. The ppl at large are self supporting & stoic when some economic disaster throw them off gear.

At Monday, May 21, 2007 at 6:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

& then Life is not fair,.. yet not just because of the games.
In our very conception half of our life becomes pre destined and pre determined in more than one sense.

We do not choose our parents to be born to, & neither our place and homes to be born in...

Death may be the leveler...not so the birth.

Do you know what is worst thn wishing you were dead? The wish that you were never born.

At Monday, May 21, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

If the Indian government isn't too greedy, then the boost should sustain. There is a multiplier in an economy where, if say a dollar is injected, it is spent and respent. The trick is for a government to not to be so greedy that it avoids the respending. If the money isn't withdrawn from the economy too soon or too severely, there is the potential to withdraw much more from that economy, thus the economy grows. Africa has a bad history of such greed, so those countries continue to suffer, literally.
The constitution of which I was speaking was that of the state of Florida. Each state has a constitution, as well as the nation having one.
Yes, one is free here to start a business, although to make it work, one has to either make a profit from the start or have enough capital to sustain it until it does.
I think americans are as resilient as any other people, but hopefully that won't be tested anymore than it has been in the past. We did make it through the Great Depression, WWII, and more recently 9/11, not to mention the current administration. That's a different story, though.
Yes, life is not fair. I don't know if destiny has anything to do with it or not. All men die, that is one thing that they cannot avoid, although it would seem they do influence how long one might live, with their callous disregard for the sons and daughters of the masses. Karma to them, and while I'm at it, karma to the good, too. I wonder if karma to the vile, is karma to the good?
I used to wish that I had never been born, then I had a daughter and understand why its better I was born. She is so much a gift, to me and I think to world. I hope you feel the same about your birth and your son.

At Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:01:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan $visitorIP said...

Charles, goodness, did you tag me for something or other?

Lulu already did hers. But then she pooped on it. Damned cats!

At Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 11:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Ja, man, Dan. I did indeed, have fun with it if you'd like, ignore it if you desire, poop on it if it'll make the cat happy. ;)

But be sure to change the litter if you do.

At Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 2:48:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

You are so right Charles, I feel the same about my son.
I used to feel the same as well, but not anymore.When I see all the ppl around to whom I feel a kind word from me will make some difference, I do feel a little useful in the scheme of things.
We are here because exitence wanted us here. we go on living because exitence still needs us to be here.The moment we are no longer required, we shall be gone:)

At Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 4:06:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

I don't trust authority figures anymore, especially those in gov't.
I like the experiments you were doing in school. I can remember building my first shortwave radio(at home). I was so excited when I turned it on and heard the scratch scratch of my radio and even more thrilled when I could actually get something like the BBC.

At Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:50:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I made a superregenerative shortwave receiver when I was 14, and felt the same thrill picking up south american stations and Armed Forces Radio. I don't know if you are familiar with electrolytic capacitors' frailties, but if you put say a 12v 2000mfd, on a powersupply set at ~40v or so, you get 20 or 30 seconds to get away from it. It'll then breakdown, overheat and explode with a great deal of smoke, aluminum foil and paper fragments floating in the air afterwards. Great fun. A mess to clean up though.

At Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 2:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

howdy Charles?


At Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 9:14:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

ah this keyboard giving trouble!Gotto chaaaaaaaaaaaaange it! see?It is typing in multiplesssssss.



I hope you are well!Hope this will get paaaaaaaaaast the word veri:D

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