DaveTown – The Tumblr Years

For a couple years now, this particular version of my blog has been lost in cyberspace, only to reappear in the last week or so. I moved the whole operation over to Tumblr. You can see it Here.

Here  is some of the stuff I’ve enjoyed while looking around Tumblr.



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Latest ToonDoo

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“The worst power of an evil mood is this – it makes the bastard self seem in the right”

– George MacDonald

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How To Enjoy Being A Teacher

  1. You have to like kids. This is the sine qua non of teaching. If you don’t genuinely like kids, go be a Mall Cop, where this would be an advantage.
  2. You really have to have a keen sense of humor that can transcend barriers of age, gender, and ethnicity. Mostly, you have to be able to laugh at yourself.
  3. Don’t “mind” very much stuff. The more you don’t mind, the more you can put up with. Save “minding” for the important issues, like knife fights and fire drills.
  4. Pick your battles. This applies to your bosses as well as your charges.
  5. Do not succumb to the “quantity over quality” hysteria that has overtaken public education (in other words, don’t sweat the standardized tests).
  6. Remember it is impossible to impose intrinsic motivation upon another human being, and that extrinsic motivation isn’t really the friend of quality education.
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My First ToonDoo


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Nail . . . Head

Dave hits the nail on the head with this post about power vs. ideology as the engine that drives politics.

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A doubleheader today, both from the always excellent Positivity Blog

“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.”

– Ram Dass.

Pain is unavoidable in life. Suffering is however optional.

– Henrik Edberg

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This time on the economy, from Lew Rockwell at the Mises Institute.

Money quote:

Sometimes the bad news is the good news. So it is with the report
that retail sales are down by 0.1 percent in July, the sharpest drop in
many months.

Why good news? It means that consumers are starting to cut back.
They could be going into less debt. They might be saving more. They are
being more careful about long-term plans pending short-term trends.

These are all preconditions for recovery. It’s only bad news if one
adopts the crude theory that economies are sustained by consumer

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Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

– Albert Einstein

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TOP FIVE MOVIE LINES:(Not of ‘all times’ or anything like that, but rather in my own particular and admittedly odd view of great 20th Century cee-nee-ma)

  • “You keep using that word . . . I do not think it means what you think it means.”

(Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride)

  • “You know, black and white would capture the moment so nicely”

(John Cusack in Sixteen Candles)

  • “John Dillinger was killed behind that theater in a hail of FBI gunfire. You know who tipped them off? His F*****g girlfriend . . . all he wanted to do was go to the movies.

(John Cusack in High Fidelity)

  • “He said to me: When you die, on your deathbed, you will receive . . . Total Consciousness. So I got that goin’ for me . . . which is nice.”

(Bill Murray in Caddy Shack)

  • Rooster Cogburn: “I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience . . . which’ll it be? Ned Pepper: “I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man” Rooster Cogburn: “Fill your hands you sonofabitch!”

(John Wayne and Robert Duvall in “True Grit”)

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“Cowardice … is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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The losing of things is of the mercy of God; it comes to teach us to let them go.

–George MacDonald

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And probably the correct one.

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If Al Gore and Yassar Arafat Have One, Why not?

Hello and Welcome, to another episode of MisconceptionBusters.

MisconceptionBusters . . . It’s not as fun as MythBusters, but just as important.

Today on MisconceptionBusters, we look at the idea that Wal-Mart is evil, through the eyes of a Canadian writer who makes a good argument that Wal-Mart deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

Money Quote:

On the basis of the evidence, it is impossible to argue that [2006 Peace Prize Winner Muhammad] Yunus or [2002 Peace Prize Winner Jimmy] Carter have done more than Wal-Mart to alleviate poverty.

“MythBusters” is a trademark of Discovery Channel LLC. MisconceptionBusters is not associated with MythBusters in any way shape or form, and is in fact a cheap ripoff. The views expressed on MisconceptionBusters are soleley those of DaveTown
Industries Inc, and do not represent the views, necessarily, of any other person, corporation, robotic android, animal, vegetable, or mineral. Unauthorized use, rebroadcast, or retransmission of MythconceptionBusters, without the express written consent of the Commissioner of Baseball, the Commissioner of the National Football League, and Commissioner Gordon of Gotham City, is strictly prohibited.

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This is without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever read on the subject of anger. It’s really no surprise it comes from the pen of Mark Shea

For righteous anger is not sin if we use it as God intended: as fuel for the engine of moral action. Anger only becomes a sin when we do not put it in the gas tank of action, but instead pour it on ourselves and others and set it on fire. Then it consumes us. The use of anger, like the use of gasoline, is not to bathe in it and drink it, but to turn it toward pursuing the redemptive, active love of God.

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. . . Cyberspace, where judgment and
condemnation flow like wine.

– Mark Shea

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“Keep us, Lord, from the love that deceives and from the candor that wounds.”

– Albert C. Outler

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Generally, I get the QOTD from something I’m reading or something I hear whilst living my exciting daily life. Today I’m lowering my standards, and swiping it from my Google homepage, because it’s just too good not to.

There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy on the streets?

– Dick Cavett

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“Fat is this year’s thin”

– John Lydon

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Go read this fine essay by Frederica Mathewes-Green on the religiosity of science and they scientificness of religion.

(I know scientificness probably won’t be found in Websters, but I’m wordsmith here, I can create if I want.)

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