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Stealing Dvorak's Joke [Jul. 9th, 2011|02:39 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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On an previous episode of No Agenda, John C. Dvorak was carping (and rightfully so) about how, even as little as twenty years ago, children were mentored. Boys were taught things like woodworking and automotive repair and girls were taught home economics. In fact, these topics used to be taught in high school before it became too expensive due to tort lawyers and insurance premiums.

(Frankly, I think it's because under Carter, the Federal Government took over the education system and they realized that if kids were smart enough to be taught how to manage and keep house they were also smart enough to be taught history and thus would not vote Democrat, but I digress.)

Aside from learning the skills taught in the various classes, kids had adults in the community that they could talk to in order to get a mature perspective on a topic, whether that be career advice from someone in the child's chosen field of interest or a sensitive issue that they didn't feel comfortable discussing with their parents.

In any event, Dvorak went on to make the point that he took woodworking because it was easy. When Adam Curry inquired, "What did you make?" John's response was, "I made a cutting board and a box."

One of the State mandated "general education requirements" (GERs) for my degree is some form of "Fine Arts." I chose Art Appreciation on the basis it would be easy and also because the instructor for the class was my instructor for Photography. Familiarity and all that rot.

The format of the class is a hybrid; we show up once a week for class, but the bulk of the studying and work is to be done out of class, at home via the interwebs.

When I signed in for the first time, all of the materials from the class as taught last year were still on the website, including the syllabus. That syllabus stated that an oil painting as well as a soapstone sculpting would be required for class amongst other assignments such as a two page report on a trip to the local Art Museum.

Stealing Dvorak's Joke
I therefore resolved to write this column and email a link to my instructor, he being the good egg that he is.

I fully intend to sculpt a carving board and paint a box.

[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-07-09 08:21 pm (UTC)
You can start by painting my bathroom!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-07-09 09:11 pm (UTC)
Is beer, fine cigars and hot women involved?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-07-11 01:43 am (UTC)
You know me so well!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-07-11 08:13 am (UTC)
You're a man after my own heart!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-07-11 08:20 am (UTC)
So I picked up a few cigars a while back to be consumed by myself and two different friends on two different occasions. Neither friend wound up smoking with me, so of the four sticks, I gave one to a political activist I protest with every week, one to a radio host (I was dragged to a live show, which, I must say, was the most fun I've had in a while.) and consumed two myself.

The sticks I had chosen for the occasion were the same Predomo Lot 23s that I brought to the party of the millennium, the same ones that our own dear photogoot and I had the following exchange over:

photogoot: I really like these
Me: These are earthy and very strong.
photogoot: I've been smoking for a while, so I have a different pallet than you.

The reason I bring up the conversation in question is that I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't think that the sticks I had were that earthy or overbearing despite not having smoked anything in quite some time. I wonder if that's because my pallet has changed like photogoot's or if I put the stick down when it was spent before I started smoking the thing right at my fingertips in too rapid succession.

Points to ponder.

Edited at 2011-07-11 12:20 pm (UTC)
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