Monday, April 17, 2006

Tactical Strategic Projectile Physics Excercise

Or as we called it when we were kids...Swedish Dodgeball.

What the heck does this have to do with anything? Well, Bob just left yesterday and we had a conversation about him being a Gym Teacher. I've always teased him about it because he maintains he is a "physical education teacher". But then we got into a discussion about what gym teachers teach vs what PE teachers teach. According to him, he can't teach dodgeball in school anymore because it "has no educational value". But somehow teaching pushups to 3rd graders does. This is a battle of symantics on the surface but the reality is that dodgeball was removed from the public school educational system several years ago because it was deemed too violent. These were probably the same groups of intelligencia that forced us to have the Washington Wizards now instead of the old Bullets.

I maintained that Swedish Dodgeball is indeed educational and that he could easily slip it into his lesson plans by giving it a Politically Correct and thus blandly complicated name to describe it. Looking at it this way, one could justify the teaching of real-world physics by the use of man-powered projectiles with intent on calculating the correct vector to intersect a moving target. Besides, when assessing the amount of violence present in either culture, I must contend that those dodgeball geniuses in Sweden are a much more peaceful, non-violent, and beautiful culture. Maybe it is because they learn appropriately to take out their aggressions in harmless ways, like dodgeball.

As for me, yes I realize that my posting has been very infrequent. Truth is my life has been boring, frustrating, and disappointing. I am still rebuilding. But to rebuild I must first sort through the rubble. That seems to be taking much longer than I expected.

As an outlet, I have been sinking myself deeper into my photography. Please take a peek at my collections on the Flickr website. The latest ones I am very proud of. If you like them, please pass the link around, I'd like to get some exposure. I have even talked with a local photo studio to get pointers, see their process, and have my previous pics critiqued. I didn't do so bad in Herr Koch's opinion. Other reason is that his daughter catches my eye ;)

But anyway, I have consciously decided to NOT watch the news, not think of Iraq, not think of America. I just can't anymore. The thoughts of Iraq are becoming unsettled to me. I didn't realize how much I was effected but as time goes on, things surface. A fighter jet circled the sky the other day here doing training....gun fire at the local Rod & Gun Club....


Blogger Carnealian said...

We all grew up playing dodgeball in "gym" class with our not yet willing to admit they're gay "gym" teachers. We all turned out o.k. ;)

Your pics are great...get them printed, bring them home, Arts Fest is coming up...there's money to be made and I need a partner in crime!

Blogger Dorman said...

I have them all in psd format which any decent print shop should be able to produce for me. maybe when i get back in a few weeks we can get some made up.

Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Freshman year...I walk into the gym where the swim class is meeting for the first time. I saw the coach from far away. I sit down next to a friend of mine. Wow, our swim coach is cute! I whisper. Um, our swim coach is a girl. OMG! And see, I turned out just fine.

Very nice pictures. I'm not one for religious art, but I love the cemeteries and the farms. My favorite by far is the cucumber eyes though. Can I get a 16x20 of that, mounted and framed?

Blogger mattandriver said...

Just come out and say it already, it’s called smear the….

America; you’ll be back to help change it. Besides, where else can you spray paint, I believe it was, “stop the ignorance”, on an old bridge?

Blogger brainhell said...

I like yoour photos right back to the yellow car, not inclusive. A gay friend of mine learned a LOT from dodge ball: He learned that if you stand at the back, after a short time you can quietly take yourself out and go sit on the bleachers. Sociology in action.

Blogger rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

damn glad to see your are gripping tightly. we all slip now and then, most won't admit it, but we do. what counts is do you come back. welcome back my friend.

Blogger InterstellarLass said...


Anonymous Crys said...

...update the world already!

Blogger Robert Chase said...

yeah, post something new, slacker! :)

Blogger SnotSucker said...



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