Writing Test Questions is Hard

Writing Test Questions is Hard

I’ve known this for a while. I first learned it when I was writing a test for my TEFL students. I had to figure out questions that were hard enough to demonstrate that they understood the material, but not so hard that they would be completely demoralized. I...
Why I Write for Myself First

Why I Write for Myself First

“I give you my word, as a Spaniard.” “No good. I’ve known too many Spaniards.” This was the exchange Inigo and Wesley said to one another after Inigo had cut the rope and Wesley continued climbing up the Cliffs of Insanity in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Inigo...
New Motto: Don’t Be a Jerk

New Motto: Don’t Be a Jerk

Mark and I got a Christmas box from a relative who can’t be bothered to remember our last name. We’ve been married for 18+ years, and we both changed our name when we married. We combined the letters of both our last names into a new last name because we...
Disagreeing Shows You Care

Disagreeing Shows You Care

I was watching this TEDx video: Margaret Heffernan “Dare to Disagree” and it really made me think. One of the reasons I suspect I was laid off from About.com was because I had the temerity to disagree with staff. I would point out bugs and flaws in their...
Lego Store Response Did Not Impress Me

Lego Store Response Did Not Impress Me

My son and I love Legos. He loves to build them, and I love to help. Plus I love the different scenes you can build and I’m especially impressed with the Hobbit and LoTR sets. We just bought the Smaug set and had a blast putting it together. Now Smaug can fight...
Fun With T-Mobile

Fun With T-Mobile

Or, How T-Mobile Gave Me Something to Be Mad At, When I Needed to Be Angry tl;dr Today I was getting frustrated with my (lack of) connectivity in the back of my parents’ house and so I decided to check out T-Mobile’s site to see how much it would cost to...