I was showing my Digital Media & Design class an older video today. Since the clip was originally filmed in 1988, it presents in square format. One of the students asked why it looked “so weird” and out of focus. 

Legitimate question, for someone who grew up with wifi and HD optics. It created some good conversation about the history of film. It also made me realize how far technology has come in the last 30 years. Meanwhile, I’m viewing my square desktop monitor with a little contempt...


Joy Of Missing Out 

There are times when it is perfectly acceptable to decline that invitation. Skip that time spent catching up on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. Give away those concert tickets to the Elton John concert in downtown Sacramento tonight (loft seating with VIP’re welcome, Sis!). 

At least, that’s what I am telling myself. To be honest, I sometimes think I’m a borderline introvert. Only, I think it runs deeper than that. I enjoy perusing social media, and I love learning with my edtech colleagues. However, there are times when focusing on self-care is crucial. Having that quiet time is a joy. 


Being a typography nerd, I follow quite a font designers, printers, and lettering artists. Mostly, I follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Although, I admit that I’m sometimes lacking on curating lists of favorites. I still default to my RSS reader app when I have a free moment to peruse new posts. 

This print appeared in my feed recently. I had seen it last year, along with some of his other prints, when his book was published. Maybe it was several years ago. It’s by Anthony Burrill, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s a good reminder, and provided a little inspiration for today. 

*print by Anthony Burrill


A friend forwarded this picture to me and mentioned that I might need one for my desk. It made me think about student expectations and public perception of teachers. 

I think any teacher who has worked in public education for a few years has likely met a teacher like this. Those miserable teachers like to hand out worksheets, and remind students to be quiet. At least, that’s what I envision when I see this plaque. Some of us likely had a teacher like this...I know I did. 

And, I really hope that I never get to that point that I need this plaque. If I do, it’s time to retire.