An Explanation, not an excuse
February 24, 2008
"Life is not one thing after another, but the same damn thing over and over again," according to Edna St. Vincent Millay. Despite my efforts to appreciate the hell out of every day I have been given by the grace of God since I almost died last year in a car accident, I find myself slipping into complacency. I flatter myself to think that this is a natural human condition. As the Bush administration is learning, we can't constantly be kept scared. By the same token, I can only be so appreciative for so long. I doubt I will ever take life for granted again, but the intensity of my gratitude has definitely waned.
There were a few small breaks from the routine last week. Over at YouTube, Someone has posted one of my editorials from The Computer Chronicles, the public television program for which I did software reviews from 1986 to 1995. The editorial in question belittled the Macintosh as all packaging and no content, and featured my classic (well, classic within my family and among the staff of the program) signoff, "That's my opinion, I'm Paul Schindler." My daughters still say it now and then. Last week, my students asked me to say it in class. I am not posting the link to YouTube because the posting violates copyright, and I am sure someone from the Chronicles will have it brought down soon.
At school, my colleague Mrs. S needed a few days off for personal business. She runs the daily video bulletin, a very exacting technical task for which no other teacher, nor any substitute, is prepared. So I took it on for three days. Phew! I have no idea how she does it. You have exactly 39 minutes to go from nothing to a five-minute video newscast. It is complicated and difficult and you're depending on the focus, concentration and hard work of a dozen eighth graders. Here's a hint: if you're a betting person, don't bet on 100% focus, concentration and hard work from a dozen eighth graders.
Finally, someone has posted a Paul Schindler Wikipedia Page. It is marked as a stub. I am tempted to work on it, but you're not supposed to edit your own page. It is probably there because my name s referenced at the Computer Chronicles page.