Sunday, April 21, 2013

Against All Odds

So my birthday was last Wednesday. And now, faced with the task of selecting a song for Music Video Sunday I decided to take a look at the Billboard Charts from this week in 1984 (the year I was born). Imagine my delight when I found out it was none other than a Phil Collins song. He's too awesome. 

So here's Against All Odds which topped the charts back in April of 1984. 

Meet Martin

This is Martin Hutchinson.

He's in his early fifties and he has spent the last 5+ years walking across Central and South America. He began his journey in Mexico and he has criss-crossed his way down the continent and ended up in Villarrica. A retired firefighter, Martin has been staying mostly at local fire stations. While walking, Martin began noticing more and more garbage littering the roads. The majority of the trash was made from plastic. It was clear to him that he needed to do something. So, he decided to visit schools to share his message: use less plastic.

Martin's presentation was for students in 8th grade-III medio (the equivalent of 11th grade). What was originally planned to be a 45 minute assembly turned into an hour and a half long discussion. Martin shared videos and anecdotes with the students. He told a story about how when he went to a grocery store to buy one piece of bread he walked away with two plastic bags. His message was simple. Use less plastic. Bring reusable bags when you go shopping. Use refillable water bottles. Dispose of trash properly. After he finished with the videos he invited the students to ask questions. The majority of students seemed very interested and concerned with what Martin had to say.

After his presentation ended the students had recess. I had class with the 8th graders and some of them were very eager to talk with Martin. But first, he popped in to share a few final words with the students.

Much to my students' delight, Martin agreed to sign a few autographs. (They are pretty much obsessed with anything and everything that has to do with England.)

Martin returned to our school the following Monday to talk with the students in IV medio (12th grade). They weren't in school during the original assembly. From Villarrica, Martin plans to continue south until he reaches Tierra del Fuego. He is not sure where he will go from there.

Fred + Kitten

Prepare to die from a cuteness overload.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

So this happened...

Fred got a baby brother!!

A coworker mentioned that his cat had had kittens and before he could even take another breath I told him that I wanted one. That was almost 2 months ago. Last Friday I went to go pick him up. And he's delicious. He also doesn't have a name yet. And I'm only like 95% sure he's a boy.

He may use my hand as a chew toy but I think he's adorable.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Pointless Post about Water

This really exists.

I recently found out about a type of bottled water called Ice Swan.

This water comes from a melting glacier in the Chilean Patagonia (talk about profitting from global warming). Here's a snapshot from their website. Look how they seamlessly merge the lady in a white dress with a massively oversized swan. 

So to recap, so far it's just melted ice in a fancy glass bottle with a picture of a diamond-swan on the label. That by itself surely doesn't warrant a blog post, right? Of course not. Let's see what else we can find out about the water. Oh yes, here it is and I quote, "As a unique distinction Ice Swan is bottled to the sounds of ambient classical music, following the theories of Dr. Masaru Emoto, who sustains that water has memory."

In the words of Miss Liz Lemon, what the what?!

I don't know which is more absurd, the fact that someone believes water has memory or the fact that a water company bottles water to the sound of classical music.