Okay, so I can’t really complain about Kean’s tuition policy because even under a full-time student plan, it’s still way lower than a state university’s. It just came as a shock when I went to register late for my independent study and found out that I’d be paying an EXTRA $2300 for adding that one course because I’m switching from the part-time student flat rate to the full-time student rate. The good news is that I can add as many courses as I want now without much additional cost, but who has time for that? Ugh, not this guy…

My midterm portfolio for my inclusion class includes a presentation I came up with where I can control the smart board, my laptop, and other computers in the room from my tablet. Then, with a Wii remote. I anticipate the other teachers having fun with that. The whole idea is to show how technology can make a classroom more interactive – easier for the teacher to navigate as well as funner for the students to participate. Of course it’s just for activity time; if the principal walks by and thinks the teacher has been walking around the classroom playing on a tablet the whole period… well at least they can use it to access TeacherJobs.com by the end of the day.

I’m loving my new tablet.

Now it’s spring break and I’m back to writing my thesis and working some good freelance hours. I need to replenish my suffering bank account :(

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Yep, they’re ready for preorder here, though they’re just calling it the “New iPad” rather than the iPad 3. I see what you’re doing there Apple – trying to make people lose count so they won’t notice a new one’s coming out each year :)

While I prefer Android for personal use, have to concede to the fact that iOS is reliable, clean-running, and simple enough to be the best possible teachers’ tool ever. The specs on this new pad are very impressive, especially with that huge upgrade to the camera. I need to stop talk about it before I start salivating.

Edit: Did I mention it starts at $500? Ouch… thank goodness for educational discounts.

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I spilled coffee on my laptop keyboard the other day and, unfortunately, it had sugar in it. I knew I should’ve ordered black, no sugar. It’s all sugarless black from now on. The Enter key is a little stickier than before but it’s otherwise working okay now. Also, if you stick your face really close to the keyboard, you can still smell the coffee I might just clomp the screen down on your head and make it look like my laptop is eating you.

When the HP Slate first came out, I was very tempted to buy it. But then I said to myself, Naaaah, wait until tablets have improved some. Well I’m glad I held out, but I’m still not impressed by most of the tablets that’ve come out. An iPad would be a no-brainer if it could multi-task, but since it doesn’t, I’m reliant on Android. So, I’ve decided on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Tabs have been out for a while, but this one’s different. I played with one at the Verizon store, and it’s got the poppin’est color depth and clarity of any other tablet I’ve picked up, including the iPad. And let’s face it… a tablet’s all about its display. Not to mention the laglessness – 1.4ghz dual core processor and 1gb of ram.

I don’t want to tie it to Verizon, so I’ll order an unlocked international one. A bit pricier, but well worth it, especially for travelling. My poor B&N Nook… I’ll be reverting it back to an e-reader again.

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Smoke in the distance – ill omen?

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Just when I need it.

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  • Preserved Snake
  • Star of the show
  • Cheong Fun Roll
  • Vat of cheung fun... stuff
  • Cheong Fun on the Run
  • Hmm...
  • Looks fresh!
  • Woah, expensive tree bark!
  • I'll take a pound of each in a pot please...
  • Ah, the price of sea cucumber is dropping
  • Spicy colors

This past weekend I had a surprise day off when I realized that both my Sunday students were going on vacation. My mom seized the opportunity to ask me to take her and a couple of friends to Brooklyn. I was happy to oblige, but… I didn’t plan on waking up at 7:30AM that day. Oh well, it’s all good! I enjoy visiting the shops there whenever I get a chance.

There was a street cart selling cheung fun made with the exact same steaming setup that I saw in Guangzhou. Prior to that, I hadn’t seen it done the same way anywhere in the States. I had to get myself some… it didn’t turn out to have quite the same silky texture. That might’ve had something to do with the difference in temperatures between a Chinese summertime and a New York winter – hard to nail down the steaming time. It was still delicious nonetheless.

After I got home I really lazed the day away; it was a triumph in slothishness. I paid for it though: starting Monday, I worked double-time to get a research project done for one of my courses. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it until Tuesday night, when it was pretty late. The struggle continues as I chug along with my thesis.

And now, a great idea!

In the past couple of years I’ve accumulated a ton of web tools for educational, social, and creative use. I thought it would be cool if I made a website directory for all these different tools with reviews of their practicality. I know several people who might benefit from this, but it’ll also take time to build up. If I do a little at a time, maybe one or two per week, I can get something going. Couldn’t hurt…

Other stuff!

I found out the other day that The Raconteur (not the band) sold their book store on Main Street! Now they seem to be on tour doing all manner of crazy, awesome things. No surprise, that place was really unique with all the suits of armor, taxidermized ravens, and signed first/second/third editions of the classics. It was also pretty stuffy and dingy.

A new book store has just opened up in their wake, and it’s looking much more modern, warm, and inviting. I just want to go back to visit that place every day… and they aren’t even officially open yet. I talked at length with the new owners, a very nice, progressive couple who had their little girl running around the shop and then doing homework. They told me about the plans for the place, and I definitely think it’ll add to the already unique culture of Main Street. Will report back on this as time permits :)

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Social media explained… with donuts. (via @douglaswray http://instagr.am/p/nm695)

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Kean always has something interesting in their library's gallery, and they rotate it every few weeks. This week is the theme of African diaspora. Here's a picture of some kids just getting out from school. The picture itself is blurry, but in person, the blurriness added feelings of reckless-but-fun childhood abandon and a bit of vagrancy.

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I went down to Kean to take care of some paperwork today. No, that’s it – that’s the joke. Funny, right? The idea that anyone would be around the week before the start of the semester to help me out. Okay, I guess that’s a bit harsh… so I went down there and it was a ghost town. I thought that, a week before the start of the spring semester, there might be a few people in their offices to take care of some last minute student queries, or to process some paperwork. Little did I know!

Anyway, since I was there already, I took advantage of their furnishings and the campus network. Their internet is pretty darn zippy when there isn’t several thousand people using it at once, and their study lounges – forget about it. They’ve become pretty luxurious after the renovations. The library’s loft is particularly cozy, with ample outlets and lighting. The contortion machines they call office chairs left a lot to be desired for my back though. I still stuck with it and finished a good chunk of work. I know it’s only a brief respite though. Starting a week from now, the halls will be fully stocked with freshmen, so I’m going to use this place as my office for as long as possible…

Before I went out today, I put on my pair of heavy duty Sorel boots, which I got for myself before Christmas thinking that we’d get mounds of snow (I’m still hoping!) It didn’t snow today but it was drizzling… and I was looking for any excuse to try these bad boys on. They’re extremely insulated and warm, and a bit tight. I didn’t consider what they would feel like while driving though; it was like I was wearing blocks on my feet. Being waterproof, they worked very well once I got onto the pavement, into the puddles, through the mud, and then unfortunately onto the library carpet, but I was starting to notice something. Apparently I’m supposed to tuck my pant legs into the boots to prevent the insulation material from rubbing off layers of skin from my legs.

After sitting down for a while to do work, and then picking back up to go home, it felt as though the boot was sawing through my calf, but turns out I was just being a big baby. After I pried them off at home, there was just a little redness behind my leg, and then suddenly I notice my skin feeling tingly and fresh! (I believe the ladies’ term is ‘exfoliated’.) But man did it hurt while the boots were still on. My adventures always end in pain me finding out I was being a big baby, one way or another.


The weeks just before Christmas always wreaks havok on my office room floor, and the mess normally remains there for weeks after the fact. I’m talking about a mountain of shipping boxes from amazon, uncommon goods, and jet pens. I love shopping online as much as I love butter-infused olive oil popped popcorn with dill & pepper, which I happen to be eating and is the first wonderful thing I can think of right now.


I’ve taken the first step in cleaning up, which is to get it out of my room. I may just pause at this step a while and see where it goes. The next thing I have to clean up is my car. Every time I visit a student at their home, their parents give me a bottle of water. I can probably register my car as a water station by now.

My week of hell is now over and my schedule is more or less back to normal. I will reclaim my evenings with extravagant popcorn eating, movie watching, Chinese studying, and more SLEEPING. Sleeping is so great, I can’t wait to do it again.

But there’s this gnawing feeling in the back of my mind that keeps me on my toes. Sometimes it whispers into my ear the notion that I should start preparing my dissertation.

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