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01 May 2012 @ 06:21 pm
Oh, LJ, you comment-eating PoS...  
Or is it just the one entry with the Clown poll? Because it looks as if LJ has screwed up the basic poll-display too...

So, the weekend. Lots of time on the Real LJ Idol entry, but I also looked for a new battery-operated alarm clock (nada), went for a run (still overheating and not making my distance), fixed a pair of Christopher's pants (SewingPile-1), and got weeding/pruning done but STILL haven't planted my tomatoes.

Christopher's "lung" project: HalfshellHusband bought regular air-drying clay for this, but it's so heavy and brittle that the lungs separated from the middle piece as soon as you picked it up. Oh noes! HSH then got some lightweight stretchy clay and some mesh, and Lauren took a stab at Lungs 2.0 last night. Not good—her final product left the back exposed, with its mess of toothpicks, mesh, and glue-gun blorps. I was up late fixing it, and then just before leaving this morning I saw that someone had taken a knife and cut into it and revealed more mesh and mess. It looked like crap again! Whee. 15 more minutes to fix that, plus a new "DO NOT TOUCH!" sign for it.

What's sad is that this is for a science project on cancer, and the teacher wants "extras" such as this stupid crafts project and some Powerpoint slides—in 7th grade. Since Christopher can't draw at all, he must have decided clay would be easier. Hah! Also, his original lungs looked like a pair of kidneys.

On the random good news front, HSH went in today for a cortisone injection for his hip, and the orthopedist asked if he wanted a new hip. This is a year after the same guy decided, based on an x-ray alone, that the hip was a "6 of 10" and didn't qualify for replacement—the hip that hurts all the time, and has really cut into HSH's quality of life and ability to sleep. Maybe the doctor just needed some distance from his original bad decision? Or to take some time to realize that the hip was bone-on-bone (as it has been for over 5 years)? Gah. Well, still—at least we can move forward. \o/

Fellow Idolers, has anyone heard anything from Dan lately? He's been offline awhile, and I don't think I've seen a post since his aunt passed away...

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Danmuchtooarrogant on May 2nd, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Just posted an entry, and then read yours. *smile* Sorry for dropping off the face of the Earth.

I HATE school science projects. I've never in my life worked so hard as when a kiddo has one of those damned things due. *sigh*

Yay for husband's hip hopefully getting fixed. Doctors often suck, sad to say, so hope the operation turns out okay!!!

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
I've never in my life worked so hard as when a kiddo has one of those damned things due. *sigh*
Up until now, Christopher has done all his own science (his Rapid Learner Elementary school did not believe in Science Fairs, which I find shocking). But the crafts-component of this project was really unexpected, and I just don't get why his teacher tacked that on as mandatory.

He did initially do his own work on it, but after it died, we got into a time issue.

The lesson here is all about structural materials...

Yay for husband's hip hopefully getting fixed.
That was really great and unexpected news, especially because the doctor has been Stonewalling him for a year. HSH says the doctor asked whether the pain ever bothered him at night. Hello? HSH has been telling him that for a year!
Danmuchtooarrogant on May 2nd, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I dunno, the science fair things seem like they're almost designed to require parental/sibling support. Amanda did one comparing the camera to the human eye, and that went on forever. She did the work, but guess who had to hold things in various light exposures? LOL

Doctors are evil. I refuse to ever go near one unless I have NO choice.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I dunno, the science fair things seem like they're almost designed to require parental/sibling support.
I agree-- they're usually a little too complex for younger children to do on their own.

My son loves science, so I was disappointed this his elementary school never did one of these. My daughter's did, and it became mandatory for 3rd-grade onward. Never have I seen so many unscientific methods/conclusions in one place. Geez, what a horrible idea. :0
Danmuchtooarrogant on May 3rd, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
LOL at the unscientific ideas. I actually kind of approve of that part, since I think the overall concept is to teach them how to think logically. There's nothing like failing at a few theories to really bring that home. But, do it all at school. LOL Nah, some of the projects are okay, but they should be honest and call them Family Projects.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
No, no-- I mean, failure to teach scientific method at all!

One experiment was, "Which color of candle burns faster?" To me, that's already suspect as an experiment (as in, color is not likely to affect the burn rate). But the "project" showed that the three candles had been lit for a fixed period of time in a single trial, and all results based on that.

Augh! *headdeask* *headdesk*

The lack of actual science involved there is offensive.

This is what comes of expecting parents to teach their children things that the parents do not know themselves. Some people are not scientifically-minded, just as some can't write or do math worth beans. That's why we have a free public education system, rather than depending upon parents to teach their own kids. :0
Danmuchtooarrogant on May 3rd, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Which color candle burns the fastest? LOL That's particularly amusing to a blind guy. At least, with my kids, the teacher had to sign off on the theory being tested, and I'm sure that eliminated a lot of truly crazy ideas.

Dan