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Abby wrote a new post, Kid Imagines the Final Battle Between Horace and Seth, on the site Offerings 5 years, 3 months ago
After now I’m going to type whatever thought comes in my head. Starting now: the music @shadowjack is listening to sucks (I had to document everything I was thinking). LEGO is awesome. I am feeling very […]
Abby wrote a new post, Suggested adventures for while school's closed this week!, on the site Offerings 5 years, 4 months ago
Check out the NYCxDESIGN festival (*cough* @shadowjack *cough*)!
Dig through this hard-to-read website to find cool events for Bronx Week!
We saw Basquiat’s work last week and talked about his friendship […]
Space upgrades have been on my mind this week. Our spawn point has felt a little empty to me this year, and while minimalism can be great, I think it needs an upgrade. @shadowjack has been wanting to do some […]
I’ve had a few nice, quiet, and fun days in the city with just @jacobcb, @timotree, @shadowjack, @likeaboss, @lillaw, and @abram (today @ninablanco and @headsintheclouds, too). In a small, make-shift spawn point we’ve revived the counting game where we collectively jump-in count to 10. We’ve also done a little sonic meditation each day; sometimes…[Read more]
These are a few things I did this week…
-Ruined a village
-Went to the End (and learned how to get the Ender Egg)
-Fought lots of M.O.B.S. in survival mode (they eventually killed me)
-In another survival world, I went to a beach and made a little cabin with a path, which zombies and skeletons got onto to. A creeper even blew up my door!
Read Calvin and Hobbes with Ryan:
My favorite one was when Calvin broke his dad’s binoculars.
Failed to play Terraria (due to download issues):
Watched Timo play Sky Rim Elder Scrolls– he killed 5 dragons!
Today I brought in magazines to make a collage (I’m going to do this next week).
This week, I intend to…
1) Make my lunch every day
I supplemented my lunch with an El Aguilá burrito on Monday, but that’s because I was extra hungry and ate my lunch for 2nd breakfast.
2) Have only one serving of caffeine per day
Coffe in the morning on non-training days, and NO Explode pre-training in the evening- √
3) Support Jack in building a bookshelf [we have to buy a new T-square Monday]
After getting a new T-square, @shadowjack and I began our bookshelf project. We cut pieces of birch plywood for the back, sides, top, bottom, and 2 shelves. After winter break, we will assemble the pieces using wood glue and screws, then sand the whole thing smooth before (maybe) sealing the wood with a clear varnish.
4) Go to see the 3rd installment of The Hobbit trilogy
Despite diverging from the book’s storyline (and just plain making stuff up), Peter Jackson directed some awesome action scenes in the epic conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy. I think Dain and his brethren from the Iron Hills were my favorite:
4.5) Offer a challenge to read The Hobbit before we go to see it Wednesday
A super-full weekly schedule (much of which I agreed to participate in/hold coherence for) prevented me from even offering this at set-the-week– this was a good decision in hindsight.
5) Hold coherence for Geoguessr [Tuesday]
@abbyo and I got the highest score in the history of ALC NYC this week! We scored over 4,000 point in the first 4 locations, and approximately 3,500 on our final guess for a whopping score of 22,098!!!
Want to challenge us? Try here: https://geoguessr.com/challenge/PdmVLz0OVRO3VCwD
6) Participate in Wikitrails [Friday w/Lorax if there is enough interest]
No Lorax this week… I guess he is hibernating upstate =)
7) Analyze two hip-hop songs with @kingthanos
Again, this was an AWESOME hour spent with @kingthanos. Check out what we listened to this week: http://ryanshollenberger.agilelearningcenters.org/2014/12/18/hip-hop-lyrical-analysis-1218/
8) Schedule and facilitate a culture committee meeting re: restructuring clean-up jobs
We met today to review job tasks and solidify our jobs now that @kingthanos, @failspy, and @AgileAlfie have joined us full-time. In addition to my stated intentions, here are some of the other things I accomplished this week…
-Sports Chats with Luca (including reviewing and updating our playoff predictions)
-Summerhill Philosophy, offered by @failspy
-PokéChat w/ @timotree
-Contacted @dimeglio to update me on the IP change for #NOCHEATS, then went on an expedition and found an Ocean Temple at: -2451, 63, -1252. Enter at your own risk, @tinocrafter and the ALC Mosaic MC crew!
-Played an epic game of Werewolves DM’d by the original master, @themadhatter
With love and agility,
I can happily report that I’ve accomplished 10 of 11 intentions I set on Monday!
If you count eating the pizza as support (and I definitely do), I accomplished helping @abbyo and @failspy with pizza-making on Monday. They made thin crust margarita-style pizza, and it was super tasty.
@legolad22 and @likeaboss joined me on Tuesday for a Razor scooter workshop. We disassembled one scooter completely, and the other two partially. As I detached some of the rustier, harder to move parts, Logan and Lescot used Simple Green and WD-40 to clean and lubricate the parts. We intend to continue work on the scooters next week.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest philosophy with @kingthanos was AWESOME. @likeaboss and @shadowjack joined Thanos and I to watch this classic. Everyone had great analysis and it was really interesting to see how everyone’s perception of McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) changed as the film progressed. We started off feeling like he was an antagonist, but ended up feeling empathy for him by the end.
In Wikitrails this week, we did a random wandering, ala version 1.0. Also, The Lorax joined us for a guest-star trail on Friday. We went from Wilhelm Reich to Arne Duncan and Lee Harvey Oswald to Michael Vick.
So Gueoguessr didn’t go as well as I’d hoped… we scored in the high 7,000’s, which was only slightly better than half of my intended goal from Monday. Declaring failure-
In Woodworking with @shadowjack this week, we began our bookshelf project. @kingthanos and I went to a lumber yard on 106th st. and 2nd ave to get some domestic birch plywood sheets. We actually wheeled them all the way back to the school on a dolly… really wish I had a picture or video to show from this. Anyway, Jack and I drew out our plans and made some initial cuts. Despite careful measurement, we couldn’t seem to get a straight edge and were baffled as to why… until we noticed that our T-square wasn’t square! So, I will be taking a trip to the hardware store this weekend to buy a new one so that we can continue this project next week.
That’s all I have time for this afternoon- Looking forward to a busy and exciting final week of 2014 @ALC that will feature a trip to see the third installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
With love and agility,
“Douglas, weren’t you paying attention!?!”
Sometimes South Africa really looks like Ireland… or New Zealand. Ah, Geoguessr, how frustrating you are. We scored sub-10k safaris again this week, but with some really tough locations. Still not sure of the outcome of ALC Mosaic’s challenge against our original 5 locations, but the ALCNYC Crew (@ryanshollenberger, @abbyo, @jacobcb, @shadowjack, and the “magic finger” of @douglasawesome) beat Mosaic’s challenge by a mere few hundred points. Our big score was nailing a southern Minnesota location that Mosaic believed to be in the vicinity of St. Louis.
[Our successful challenge of Mosaic’s score]
Here’s a photo tour of our 5 locations that we challenged Mosaic with:
I was so busy Monday morning with new visiting students, facilitating set-the-week meeting, and getting ready for our trip to Swing-a-ring that I didn’t get to blog about my weekly intentions. Despite that fact, I’m going to reflect on them now to the best of my ability.
Tuesday went as Tuesday usually does- fast and in a flurry of wikis and virtual travel around the globe. We also had an interesting philosophy discussion today about the origins of Halloween. We discussed how it was/is celebrated in other countries, as well as why humans choose to celebrate a “day of the dead” (i.e. is it really for the benefit of the dead or the living).
Wednesday and Thursday I played Chronology with @shadowjack and @timotree. I won a close battle against @timotree on Wednesday after @KingThanos and @shadowjack #attentionspanquit and #ragequit respectively.
On Thursday, some of the kids took a trip (organized by @jacobcb) to see Dracula: Untold. I stayed back and watched a documentary about Notch, Mojang, and the making of Minecraft (see it here: http://vimeo.com/96955900).
Today I did some work on the Star Wars group, including making my first meme and posting some of my favorite clips from the films:
Til next week agilillies!
There is some definite failure to declare around my weekly intentions…
The enchanting went really well, the hedge, not so much. I would say we got about 60% done with our hedge-fence. It is turning out to be really huge (approximately 20 blocks tall in some spots) and will encompass all of Minetown. I also learned a few valuable lessons about the nature of leaf blocks- you can’t place torches and ladders on them…
*A note on Minecraft in general—-> I have decided to take a week off from craftin’. I’m not doing this because I have changed my mind about MC value- I still think there is a huge amount, even “educational” value in the mainstream sense- but simply need a week away from the cube. I have noticed we’ve been taking less park trips and staying around school more, and I don’t want to be a part of the reason for this.
We did an All-American journey this week and scored pretty decently (17,648). You can challenge us here: http://ryanshollenberger.agilelearningcenters.org/2014/10/14/geoguessr-exploring-america/
[@drew and the Sterlings scored 16,100.]
Our first journey took us from Michael Bay to chips… we did it in 3 clicks!
The second round took a little bit more patience, as we made it from Taylor Swift to whiteboards in 11 clicks.
Here’s what our trail looked like (I’ll make a separate post with the video later):
2. General Merchandice
4. North American Industry Classification System
7. Office supplies
8. Office Depot
9. [Back to] Office Supplies
10. Writing Utensils
Thanks to @timotree, @pinkpanda, @jacobcb, @tinocrafter, @charlotte, and Isabella (sorry I still don’t know how to find your @)!
-Participate in a Howard Zinn reading of the Columbus chapter of “A People’s History of the United States”
This week’s philosophy meeting was awesome. We talked about vampires- their origins, evolutions, and place in human culture through the ages. We began with watching the trailer to the original vampire film, Nosferatu… creepy. We even went on a quick tangent and learned some cool stuff about angler fish.
I declare failure on this one… @shadowjack had a busy week and @timotree wasn’t juiced for it. I am holding for this to happen next week, especially because it will be a cool and simple history-based activity for our visitors to join in on.
Zombie Munchkins and Werewolves:
Werewolves saw the addition of a new character this week, thanks to @timotree and @theskycookie. Welcome to The Werewolf Elder… His power is to be able to sacrifice one of his own kind to convert a villager to a werewolf (except for the Village Elder).
I am pretty sure we played one of the longest Munchkins games in history this week. @timotree won, though everyone had at least 8 levels when the dust settled.
Agile Soccer Club:
With 8 kids this week, we were able to play a better game of world cup. Team “Mordor” won in a close game, beating Team USA, Team Eagles, and Team Red Lotus by only 1 goal. We also practiced shooting, worked on our fitness and stretching.
@abbyo ‘s Adventure Map:
This was SO FREAKING COOL- and OP too. @douglasawesome and I died 3 times (once because we decided to defile an altar… probably a bad idea in all cases)
Take a trip to “Swing-a-Ring,” and awesome playground near @douglasawesome ‘s house
We rescheduled for Monday due to bad weather.
Failure…only did Duolingo twice this week, though I did get my Lingot total up to 40 and purchased the “Flirting” bonus practice. Learned how to say, “May I give you a kiss.” =)
Ok, I’m lagging a lot. Time to log off and go to afternoon meeting. Until next week agilites-
Love and agility,