I am 50% Left Brain and 50% Right Brain. Interesting...

You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another Year

As I sit here contemplating the passing of another birthday, I am reminded of the fact that I ought to be working on at least 1 of 10 projects currently on my plate.  However, working doesn't leave much time for contemplating.

Even though I had been thinking about today constantly for the past 12 months, somehow when I woke up this morning it was still a surprise to realize it was my birthday.  I tried not to think about it too hard because then I would try to come up with reasons why I didn't really need to go to the office and would much rather have spent the entire day watching movies in my pjs while eating popcorn.

However, now that I've slowed down from the hectic rush of morning meetings, one-on-ones with staff, and a brief video chat with family I can feel the sound passage of time.  Comparing the way I feel now to the way I felt 10 years ago is a bit daunting and intimidating.  Trying to see if the goals I set for myself are anywhere near accomplished.  Thinking about how I'll feel in 10 more years...

Maybe it's time to stop contemplating and get back to work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Just putting it out there

I think the most important thing about posting something online is not losing site of the fact that anyone who wants to can read it.  Every once in a while, I will remember the crazy rants that I have put on this that someone has stumbled across and this idea is brought home to me afresh.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Black Canadian History Month?

The other night I was talking to my precocious 10-year old nephew about Black History Month. We were trying to out do each other concerning who knew more about the achievement of black Americans. I think I won, by one question. He didn't know who Thurgood Marshall was, but I have to say it was a hollow victory considering the huge gap in our age and education. It was encouraging to talk to him about all the advancements and contributions that our people have made to this country, persevering through such adverse circumstances. An amazing example of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Sometimes it's easy for me to think that the struggles of black people were limited to the United States, because that's the way it was taught to me in my history classes growing up. However, this morning I was reading an interesting article about the struggle of the black people in Canada and how they were celebrating black history month as well.

For some reason it never occurred to me that while many slaves were escaping the south to seek freedom in the north of the country, quite a few of them also crossed the border into Canada in hopes of completely escaping the racial prejudices and injustices that were common practice in the United States. Although these were not the only black people to settle in Canada, many blacks who went to Canada seeking freedom quickly found that this wasn't the case. Although not similar to the American south during the time, there was still racism and discrimination because of the native Canadian perception of black people.

There was actually a point when the prime minister of Canada baned any negro person from immigrating. Although this only lasted a year it was symptomatic of the treatment of black people in the country. I started reading about the migratory history of black people into Canada which was fascinating. I also learned about the tension between those of direct African descent and those of Caribbean ancestry.

I decided to take a look at the famous Black Canadians after reading this article and was surprised at what I found. It's weird, but I started feeling a strange kinship with my Canadian brothers and sisters that I never had before.

I decided to devote this blactoid to them. As always have a good day and enjoy.

Blactoid (Canadian Edition): Josiah Henson was a slave born in Maryland who later fled to Ontario, Canada, a refuge for fugitive slaves. As a young boy he was whipped by his father for standing up to a slave owner. Later he was sold away from his family in an estate sale, although was later bought back by the same owner. He saved up $350 over the years in order to buy back his freedom only to find out that that price had been raised to $1000. With little hope of reaching that goal and with the threat of being sold again he fled to Canada in 1830. He founded a settlement and school for fugitive slaves in Dawn, Canada West. He bought a 200-acre piece of land on which to start his settlement and they were quite prosperous for many years.

After working as a farmer he eventual returned to the states as a Methodist preacher and abolitionist, preaching from Ontario down to Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Blactoids are Black....I mean Back!

For those of you eagerly awaiting the return of the blactoid, wait no more. I'm here to share those funny insights as only I can. Each year during the month of February as all the rest of the country celebrates black history, I like to make a contribution as well, that both informs and entertains.

Well I was volunteering for a game night at a local private school a few weeks ago. It was for grades K-3 so most of the kids were under the age of 8. The kids were going around to the different game stations. For some reason the same kids mostly girls kept coming over to my table, I'd like to think it was my winning personality but I'm sure it was the games and the prizes they were winning. One little girl (probably aged 6) was just standing beside me for a long time watching the game. So in a lull between games I asked her what she was learning about in school. She said they were learning about black heroes and Martin Luther King, Jr. and that we had MLK day on January 18. I said yes that's true.

Then I asked her what did Martin Luther do. She said that ...

Rosa parks wanted to sit on the bus, but they wouldn't let her so Martin Luther King started boycotting because there wasn't any freedom. Then because he had a dream that everyone could be treated the same and be free he helped everyone. Now we have freedom all over the world.

She looked to me and said was that right? I said pretty much. I figured I was giving her freedom for poetic license.

I remember when I was a kid and I attended schools where more often that not I was the only ethnic minority in class, so it went without saying I was the only black kid. Whenever we got to black history month everyone in the class would turn their heads and look at me. Like I represented all the black people on earth. I am pretty dark, but still.

I remember reading the glossed over versions of American history in our textbooks and trying to figure out how in the world they got that out of what I already knew to be the truth. I later realized the importance of age appropriate material and understanding truth in stages, but it didn't help at the time.

Blactoid: The movie Song of the South has been a controversial film since it's release on November 2, 1946. However, because most people haven't seen the movie few know exactly why it's considered controversial. A few reasons are because it downplays race relations in the south during the reconstruction era, portraying slavery in a favorable light. It has also been said that the main character Remus is too "Uncle Tom-ish". I could of course go on, but that's enough for now.

Although the movie did receive some positive reviews on it's release it wasn't generally well received throughout the county. I think most importantly, the movie is meant for young children who take things literally so it can pose severe problems which is why it has only ever had limited release and is not available on home video.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


So I've taken tons of those i.q., Myers-Briggs, personality, and ennegram tests. But today I took my first left-brain, right-brain tests. I always have parents talking to me about how they are right-brain and that's why they don't understand math and why their children don't understand math and all that jazz. So out of curiosity I decided to take one.

I mean if you are left-brain you are rigid, routine and analytical. If you are right-brained you are musical, artsy and creative right? But I've always been confused by this. I mean I'm extremely good at math, I'm highly analytical, but I enjoy creating new things, being musical, and I'm extremely visual. If my head wasn't attached I don't think I would ever manage to keep track of it, but at the same time I keep track of projects and deadlines for my department at work. Something isn't right, I can feel it. I also weird my students out when we are doing math problems and I say their answer "feels" wrong even though I haven't worked it out yet. Then we analyze it and it is wrong and they ask how did I do that.

It appeared that I was bi-brained :) So I decided to take the quiz, only to have it confirmed, I was 50/50. I guess my logic and my intuition were right. I only had one quibble with the quality of the tests that I was taking. It asked questions in a dichotomous manner that made it extremely difficult to answer. It kept saying there was no right or wrong, but I kept thinking why can't I pick both, shouldn't there be a continuum here. I mean I like multiple choice, but we should have more flexibility in our choices.

One question was which is easier, algebra or geometry. I thought they are both at an equal level of easiness. I can do them both in my sleep. They both make sense. I don't prefer one of the other. They both have their elegance and beauty and they have a high degree of overlap.

This leads me to assume the test was made by right-brained people trying to "categorize" left brained people because any left brained person would know that in essence for the average person the level of difficulty is the same. Now they should ask the question do you prefer Linear Algebra or Statistics and maybe it would have been a better question.

Oooh it just occured to me that it could be left-brained people trying to "categorize" right brained people and that's why they would make a question like that to through you off in an attempt to be "random", that is so left-brained to be random in an organized and predictable way. Those left-brainers are funny.

Ahhh...enough musing I have an early morning meeting with some no brainers and I'll need all my left-brained ability to sit through it without wanting to jump on the table and start dancing. Then all my right-brained ability to stay entertained when my mind wanders off.

As always have a good day and enjoy.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Writer's Block...

That's the excuse I'm going to stick to for not posting in well over a year. It sure isn't because I've been so rushed off my feet, but exciting life events that I haven't really had time. It's just that I didn't have the necessary inspiration...or something along those lines.

I'd like to say it's because I've spent the last year honing my novel, but sadly it still lacks a proper conclusion, much to the annoyance of my nephew. The short stories I've written since then could fit into a thimble and still leave room for my thumb.

So what have I been doing...well your guess is as good as mine. Maybe you can come up with something better than what I did :)

As always have a good day and enjoy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring in Suisun...

I had the best time this weekend. I went to visit a friend in Northern California ,where they actually have 3 seasons: hot, not hot and rainy. Much better than LA's 2, unbearably hot and cool. We had a relaxing weekend of vegging out, going to the movies, eating delicious food, and watching British comedy. And contrary to popular opinion on the subject we did leave the house. I also got to try out a bit of interior decorating. And guess what, I'm a dab hand at it! I might go into business for myself if this math thing doesn't work out(clearly I'm joking).

After the past few months of craziness it was nice to just get a little peace and quiet and just stop for a bit. Sometimes we get so busy that when forget how to stop, how to relax, to just take it easy.

I miss it already. Now that I'm back I feel the pace beginning to quicken, pressures starting to move in, and then tension beginning to mount, but then I take a deep breath, close my eyes and think about the weekend and everything slows right back down.

Well that's it for now. As always have a good day and enjoy.