I stop somewhere

Reference from mjranum-stock for page on the left

Excerpt from “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering.

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric yaws over the roofs of the world.

The last scud of day holds back for me,
It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the shadow’d wilds,
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.


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Happy things:

  1. No more standardized tests (for a couple years, at least)!
  2. Thanksgiving break!

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I guess fall really is here

because not only did I have to rake leaves today, I just saw a flock of geese fly past my window.

All your life is such a shame, shame, shame.
All your love is just a dream, dream, dream.

Well, I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow
Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there counting crows.
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for girls and four for boys,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

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dear elementary school teachers,

Please, please, please, please do not, when doing examples on the board, use the equal sign (=) incorrectly. For instance:


1+136 etc.

Similarly, when simplifying fractions:

3 + 1 ⅜ = 4 4/8½

Is also wrong.

The “=” means “is equal to.” Please keep that in mind.

It will make my work a lot easier. Believe it or not, but your students copy your wrong work and do math that is wrong. Furthermore, they misunderstand the vital importance of setting everything on either side of the “=” equal. My guess is that this is why they find algebra so hard. And so, instead of grading homework that is blatantly wrong (that is part of my job at an after school tutoring center), I can whiz through so many more math worksheets in a minute that I might actually get some homework done.

Thank you if you’re reading this, elementary school teachers. And sorry, Elementary School Teacher, if you are reading this and use the “=” correctly. This was not aimed at you, but at all the rest who don’t.


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Hi everyone. This date on the calendar says that I am officially another year closer to my death year. Let’s just hope it’s somewhere off in the future.

Here are my goals for the year, taken off an AP Lit assignment:
1. Listen to a wider variety of music, especially concerning classic rock and opera
2. Read at least 1000 pages of paper-published books each month
3. Regularly practice piano and violin. Do not wait for the day before lessons
4. Do not drop drawing and painting. Make daily entries in the sketchbook
5. Maintain a 4.0
6. Do not crash the car
7. Do not pull an all-nighter
8. When full, do not eat any more
9. Do homework as soon as possible, and read textbook chapters sooner than two days before the test
10. Watch all 5 seasons of The Wire
11. Do not get angry at the kids at the Kumon Center when they do not get how to divide fractions even after having been explained to uncountable times
12. Think positively about college admissions. Do not stress out too much
13. Try every flavor of ice cream at Cold Stone
14. Sell unwanted clothes and books
15. Do not spend all earned money on clothes and books, even if thrifted and used
16. Appreciate the town
17. Be happy!! Life is beautiful and there are beautiful things all around

18. Cherish all current friends and future friends


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excuse me, I’m not wimpy.

This Sports Illustrated article (“Wimpiest/most bizarre team names”) reinforces traditional standards of masculinity:

Dude, really? Wimpy team names and you leave out the NYU Violets? They have a hockey team…a HOCKEY team called the “Violets”. That ranks up there with the Peoria “Prancers.”
Jarod, Elmhurst, Ill.

Violet: a color. Also a name for girls. Also associated with “purple,” both colors considered “gay.” To prance, from Merriam-Webster: to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing; to ride on a prancing horse; to walk or move in a spirited manner. Or prance from Urban Dictionary:

Translation: Homosexuality is wimpy.

Allisonville High School Alices and the Frankfort High School Hot Dogs.
Travis Allen, Valparaiso, Ind.

Alice: another girl name. Same as Violet, above.

Translation: Girls are wimpy.

When Troy Aikman played high school football in Henryetta, Okla., the team name was the Hens. In the late ’80’s a woman I knew from there was part of a local group that finally got the school board to to change the name to something (anything!) else. So the team became the Knights. And opposing fans quit wearing Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets on their heads at games.
Richard Williams, Nashville, Tenn.

Hen: a female chicken. Also, slang for a human woman.

Translation: women are wimpy.

Wimpy team names: Columbia, Mo., Hickman High School Kewpies (a baby doll).
Charlie, Jeff City, Mo.

As far as wimpy high school names go, the worst has to be David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., whose nickname is the Kewpies (like the kewpie doll). Even worse, I seem to remember the colors of the pressbox at the stadium being yellow and lavender. I’ve got to believe every pregame pep talk by an opposing coach involved something along the lines of “No WAY we’re losing to a bunch of Kewpies!”
Jeff Lewis, Greensboro, N.C.

The Kewpies may have it worse of all. SI included a remarkable five quotes about this Midwestern school, including one that was not originally bolded in the article (is SI trying to say something?) like all the other quotes were. Let’s examine the bias against the Kewpies.

Kewpie dolls were (according to Wikipedia) “illustrations by Rose O’Neill that appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1909.” Dolls can be safely filed under “girls only toys.” “Lavender,” supposedly one of the school colors (actually purple) is even more associated with homosexuality than either purple or violet.

Translation: anything girly in tandem with males must turn males gay/effeminate/girly. Girly = bad. (I guess they’ve forgotten that girls play sports too.)

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I like to be well dressed, but…

Women’s Wear Daily reports:

Ports 1961 has struck a deal with NBC Universal to dress four female commentators for NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and USA Network during the Games, which take place Aug. 8 to 24.

So I know that Ports only has a womenswear division, but isn’t it, hmm, weird that only the female commentators are supposed to be that well dressed? Where’s the menswear designer outfitting all the male commentators?


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