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03 November 2006 @ 09:39 am
What did you learn this week?
Deirdreevillinn on November 3rd, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I learned that toddlers have a much higher attention span than we give them credit for, and that most of their learning, or at least most of their absorbing, is done through narritive.

I also learned some other stuff about how adults commmunicate and socialize, but its a little harder to sum up in a few minutes, and I'm late for work. ;)
Kburgunder on November 3rd, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
This coincides with a reaffirmation I've had recently of How to Teach History the Proper Way.

I think it was Duri who originally said that good historians use the drama that is inherit in the human endeavour.

I've since furthered the thought: good historians use anecdotes, narrative and the inherit drama in history. When historians use these devices, it is easy to learn history.

The History of Herodotus has been reaffirming this for me. I sucked at history in middle and high school so much. It was all about memorizing dates and locations. I'm still not any good at that, but I've since learned that it isn't history that sucks - it's that I don't have the neuro pathways that enable me to do this kind of raw memorization. On the other hand, if you ask me about the evolution of naval ships in ancient times, I can ramble for a good hour thanks to Ancient Mariners by Lionel Casson, or about the legal rights of ancient Egyptian women thanks to Everyday life in Ancient Egypt, also by Lionel Casson.

I wonder if teachers and bards have always been mutually exclusive in history, or if there was a time when they were one and the same. The roles are more similar in Native American tradition, yes?
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Kburgunder on November 3rd, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
At least it wasn't Barney?
Lawstlawst on November 3rd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
I learned that to a chicken, a carved pumpkin is a feast.

I learned that cleaning a blower fan for a fireplace is sneezy work.

I learned that the valley I live in was the setting for "The Ring."
Stray Cat: worriedocicat on November 3rd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I learned a secret about an old friend, and it was a doozy. Still reeling from it, really.
Laurendj_stitch on November 3rd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Does it count as learning that I shouldn't overcommit if I'm certain to do it again?

I learned that the inside of Joan Jett's tour bus is blue. Also that even exhausted and bundled up in post-show giant fuzzy coat, ancient bondage pants, and chucks, she is the sexiest woman in the world.
Kburgunder on November 3rd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Your text message made me very very happy this week.

I learned that simple things like text messages from best friends about Joan Jett and calls from high school friend's mom's announcing the healthy, safe birth of CC's first baby make me very very happy.
Beththepresident on November 3rd, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
the manhattan lifestyle is not for me.
bellabellanorth on November 3rd, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
I learned that Toyota Corollas are prone to having a problem with the pcv valve going bad which results in sucking gasoline through the engine and blowing it out the exhaust pipe. A Toyota with an inexplicably low oil measurement probably needs its engine flushed.
nplusmnplusm on November 3rd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I learned that candied ginger does not help my simulator sickness when playing video games.

I learned a new, safer, and more efficient method of keeping my nethers shaved.
Kushalikushali on November 4th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
I learned why you get body aches with the flu and why when one part of you hurts it feels like every part of you is more sensitive.

I also learned some interesting things about social tactics and intimidation but have yet to find a way to use them for good. Maybe they need to simmer more.
Kburgunder on November 6th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
So why does the body ache when we have the flu?
ktnzgtklws: Scorpktnzgtklws on November 5th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
I learned that sometimes boundaries are established for a reason, and even if they seem archaic, they actually exist to help protect you.
Kburgunder on November 6th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a very interesting conversation. Care to expound on the boundary you encountered?
floiterfloiter on November 5th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I learned some improvisational theatre, and an introduction to stagecraft. I learned (much to my surprise) that I really enjoyed doing it, and that I appear to have some talent ... :-)
Kburgunder on November 6th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Stagecraft rules!
Pegaxpegax on November 6th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
I learned that it is actually good idea watch weather forecast and change winter tires under the car before the first snow comes.

We got snow blizzard or two days and after that it took me 2 hours to dig out my car under half a meter of snow, then clearing enough snow around the car that I could actually change the tires and finally change the tires. I am sure I have forgot this lesson by next autumn though
Kburgunder on November 6th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)

Happy winter!