July 13, 2004

What's going through my head today

Busy at work, so here's my roundup of, well, just about everything I'm thinking about, not all of which is related to testing.

Today, I was able to convince a colleague (just in time) that the story alleging a huge IQ gap between the Bush and Gore 2000 states is a hoax. I have great Googling skills, a good memory for what I read online - and Devoted Readers who send me every possible IQ story on earth.

Got kitties? Got a ShopRite near you? This week is ShopRite's can sale. Get 24 cans of Friskies wet food for $5 with your ShopRite card, limit of 96 cans. As God is my witness, my kitties will never go hungry again. (And for those of you who teach elementary school math, time to turn this into a good word problem! "Kimberly has two kitties who each eat one can of food a day. 24 cans of food cost $5. How much would six cans cost? How much does she need to spend to keep her kitties fed for 48 days?")

My boss bought in fresh cilantro from his garden. Pasta with cilantro pesto is on the menu tonight.

This kinda changes the idea of what "volunteering" is, doesn't it?

Sephora.com took in its usual infusion of cash from me this week. I am an unrepentant skin-care-product junkie, yes I am.

I don't have to defend tests anymore; Joanne Jacobs, Bill Evers, and Jay Mathews have done it for me.

Can I get one that says, "Hands off, I'm taken"?

Want to know more about value-added testing? The Pacific Institute's new research report, Putting Education to the Test: A Value-Added Model for California, is out. Also, the entire Spring 2004 issue of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics is devoted to this topic.

Jonah Goldberg provides a link to a cemetery for "Dogs of War". I love this comment: "If you search for Dogs of War on the web you get all sorts of sites like this, about dogs of war. If you search for cats of war the internet laughs at you."

And while we're talking about cemeteries, I learned two cool new words this week, both of which describe those who love these creepy, historic, unique places: taphophile and necrolithologist. The second term, believe it or not, is not anywhere on the web, but was mentioned in Cemetery Stories. Regardless, it's safe to say that buying a house because there's a graveyard behind it earns me these labels.

Posted by kswygert at July 13, 2004 03:31 PM