The Changeover Begins!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, today is the official day of the Changeover.  I’m sad to announce the end of “The Jedi Council Speaks” and this blog.  I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I have been hinting at it for quite some time.

But, this is NOT bad news!  Nope, dont’ panic yet!  This blog and “The Jedi Council Speaks” are ending to make way for our new blog and the new podcast that is beginning through STAR Productions and now the 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network (http://www.2guystalking.com).  I’m happy to announce the beginning of “The Galaxy Cast” which can be found online at http://www.galaxycast.com.  This blog will continue on through that site as well as a new podcast.  Although the site is not fully functional yet, the site will be up and running soon, so head over there and check it out after today.  After today, this blog will no longer be updated, the site for “The Galaxy Cast” will be the portal for all that has gone on here.

Okay, so that announcement is over, I will talk about my day briefly and end it at that.  I got up late this morning (around nine o’clock or so) and Heather had told me that she had called her father early this morning and he was on his way down to help us out with the electrical problem.  They arrived at our house around ten o’clock this morning and we started going to work.  We worked for about two hours on the issue and we were just getting ready to go to Lowe’s to get the equipment to run a brand new line to the back of the house, when we discovered a pass-through box that had a loose wire along with an outlet in the hall.  We hooked it back up and miraculously we got the power back in the back portion of the house.

Unfortunately, many of our appliances were toasted.  Our cordless phone base is dead, Tara’s “Hello Kitty” alarm clock, and Heather’s radio I bought for her for Christmas about three years ago that I had recently resurrected was now toast.  But, we got the power back.  Her father left around noon or so and Heather and I headed to Staples in an attempt to find a new base to the phone, but we came up short.  We went to Radio Shack where they helped us and we came home and did some shopping online and found one at Wal Mart and did the “Site To Store” option.  At this point, I was hungry and tired.  So, I ate some lunch by about one o’clock or so and then headed downstairs and took a nap and then played “Call of Duty” for a little while.  I then recorded the last version of “Hovering Rocks” for “The Jedi Council Speaks” and then went upstairs and joined the family for dinner for Spiedie Subs.  I came downstairs and spent three hours trying to upload my podcast, but found out that mypodcast.com was having a problem and had been having it for about three days now.  So, I gave up and blogged and watched T.V. with Heather and went to bed and turned my clock forward.

SO, DON’T FORGET, THIS BLOG IS SHUT DOWN AS OF TODAY!  GO TO THIS SITE TO CONTINUE ON WITH US:

http://www.galaxycast.com

‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 26 (Part 1)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 6, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it’s Friday and it was good weather today.  All I needed to make it a perfect day was to make it a pay day, but not everything is perfect in the world.  I got up this morning and got things together while trying to get the kids ready for school.  What made it even better was the fact that it was such a nice day outside.  Not only did it look nice, but the weather felt warmer already and it’s supposed to get warmer.  I got myself together and the kids got ready for school with a good amount of ease this morning.  Our babysitter showed up this morning and I was off to work and they were off to school.

I got to work and things went pretty smooth today.  I was able to get the laptop cart and they worked fairly well today.  Things went well with my classes.  My sixth grade students started to watch Season 8 of American Idol today, my seventh graders finished their research for their podcast projects, and my eighth graders finished their research as well for their music video projects.  It went well and I was able to get a lot done today and I had a good day at work.

I got done with work and left and came home. I got home and talked with Heather for a little and then went downstairs and played “Call of Duty 4” before dinner.  Heather called us upstairs for dinner and we all ate some dinner and I then went downstairs and played a few more games of “Call of Duty 4” before Ian showed up and then we recorded for our podcast.  We got done and James showed up and we watched “The Clone Wars” together.

We got done and Ian and I did some more recording and then Heather came downstairs and told me there was a problem upstairs.  Apparently our problem with the electrical in the back half of the house has returned and there was no power.  Heather explained that she went to turn on the light in the bedroom and the hall light went out and everything went dead.  So, with some help from Ian, we took a look at everything and even pulled out my voltage meter.  We measured volts (nothing) and ohms (middle).  Then Ian had to go and I kept working.  I called my father in desperation around 11:30 tonight and he pointed out that I just blew up my meter by testing ohms with my breaker on.  Crap!  Well, I worked until about midnight and then did research online trying to find solutions till about two in the morning on Saturday morning.

It’s been a long weekend already and it’s only just begun!

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 25 (Part 5)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 5, 2009 by jedicouncil

It’s Thursday and I have to say that it was a good day overall.  Things seemed to go well and I had a pretty smooth day.  I like it when my day is like that.  I got up this morning and got the kids going for the day today.  I got a shower and the kids got their breakfast and I joined them.  We watched the “Today” show and ate breakfast and got my things ready for the day and our babysitter got to the house on time and I was off to work and the kids were off to school.

I got to school and set things up for the day.  It was a good day.  My students were engaged and things went well in the classroom and I’m pleased to say that it was a successful day doing Music History.  It was a good day overall and I think even our PLG that I led this afternoon went well.  It was a good work day and I called Heather on my way home and talked to her on the cell phone on my way home from work.

When I got home, I was able to start working on some things around the house and get some of the things in the house organized. I then went downstairs and played some “Call of Duty 4” until it was time for dinner.  I then went back downstairs and started working on the notes of the last episode of “The Jedi Council Speaks”:  Hovering Rocks #4.  My hope is to have that show out by this Saturday and wrap up the podcast for good.  I will also be wrapping up this blog on the same day.  There will be more information out about that on Friday and Saturday.  I then went upstairs and had a dinner of soft tacos and refried beans with the family and then came downstairs and started playing with a new program I have called Mixcraft by Acoustica.  It’s a really fun program to play around with and I hate to admit it, but it’s MUCH better than Fruity Loops and I’m looking forward to playing around with this program in the future.  If you haven’t ever looked at this program, check it out.  I got done playing around just in time to watch “Survivor”, “C.S.I.”, and a tape of “Hell’s Kitchen”.  I then wrote this blog and headed to bed.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 25 (Part 4)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 4, 2009 by jedicouncil

Wednesday and it’s officially hump day.  I had quite a bit to get through today and I was impressed that I got as much done today as I did.  I got up this morning and felt a little better because I felt like I was rested a little better than I was yesterday.  I got out of bed and Heather helped me get the kids ready for school.  It was nice having her here to help me get ready for school.  She made me some eggs for breakfast and I was happy to be on my way to work.

I got to work and got things set up for the day.  It was not a bad day at all.  My eighth graders all took their first tests on Jazz and then worked on the left hand for the keyboard in their first song.  My sixth graders were continuing to learn scales on recorder and now have three scales under their belt and my seventh graders started their first scale on keyboard this year.  I even had some positive interactions with my students today.  I had one student come to my room during one of my prep periods and told me that she was sorry about the way she has been acting in my class and is promising to do better.  At the end of the day, after getting asked some questions by a librarian, I ran into a kid I had years ago that was visiting the school from High School.  The student apologized to me for being a pain many years ago and said I was one of his favorite teachers from Middle School.  These interactions are the types of discussions that teachers live for.  They don’t happen very often, but when they do, they swell your soul up for a year’s worth of ego.  That’s good enough for me.

I got done with all of that and came home.  I got home and talked with Ruth about her NYSSMA solo and then Austin about his day and Tara about her day.  I then went downstairs and played “Call of Duty 4” until it was dinner time.  After dinner, Heather took off with the kids.  She took the girls to Girl Scouts and dropped them off and then took Austin to the library to get some books for a research project and then brought the girls home.  While they were out, I got a lot done around the house including grading some papers, finishing editing some work on the new podcast and then playing a little of “Call of Duty 4”.  Heather came home and we watched “Knight Rider” together and then we watched a tape of “American Idol” and then I watched a tape of the comedies on CBS from Monday night.  We then headed to bed.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 25 (Part 3)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 3, 2009 by jedicouncil

It was Tuesday and a busy day at that.  I got up this morning and was a little perturbed because Heather forgot to make my breakfast and lunch last night.  Now, I know a lot of you out there think that I’m coddled because my wife doesn’t make my food for me.  Well, she takes care of me because I make sure that three kids have lunches and breakfasts in the morning and so there is a give and take there.  So, I had to deal with some mass chaos of getting the kids and myself ready.  So, we managed to work ourselves out of the mass chaos and not get too off-set for our morning this morning.  Our babysitter showed up on time and I was off to work while the kids were off to school.

My work day went pretty well today.  I was able to do some fair amount of teaching and I think my lesson plans went fairly well.  I was surprised just how much information my students were able to soak in and I think that they are starting to get used to my schedule and expectations for class.  I had my last band rehearsal at lunch today for the concert that was tonight.  I am always happy to get my lunches back because when I work the lunch hour, I have about four hours where I do nothing but work and have very little time to actually eat my lunch.  To make matters worse, there is a book club meeting tomorrow and I’m not going to be able to make it because I have catch-up work to do and I also have some students to try and work with.  I made it through my work day and headed home.

I got home and Heather asked me if I would got and pick the kids up from their piano lessons so she could get dinner on the table on time.  So, I got back in the car and went over to the church to pick up the kids, but Austin somehow got the piano teacher behind (a LONG story) and Ruth only had about a ten minute lesson before we had to go.  We got home and had a dinner of homemade meatball sandwiches with homemade bread.  It tasted awesome!  We also found out that Austin has not been at his last two band lessons and then lied to Heather and I about it.  Hmmm…   I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I told him that this is unacceptable.

Shortly after dinner we headed to the mall for our “Music In Our School’s Month” concert and I helped the band director set up for the concert.  I repaired three instruments just before the concert and then helped tear down the concert.  I think we did pretty well.  The kids performed great and they drew a little bit of a crowd, which was nice to see.  The kids were happy and so were Rob and I.  I checked out GameStop before leaving and coming home.  We got home and I took a short nap and then watched “American Idol” as I worked on a few things and then downloaded a program to help me with recording.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I’ll let you know what I think once I get a chance to play around with it.  I also solved my problem between Flock and WordPress and I am glad to say that I’m using Flock as my default browser now.  I like it SO much better than Inernet Explorer!  I answered some emails and watched “Law and Order:SVU” and then headed to bed.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 25 (Part 2)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 2, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it’s Monday and it’s the beginning of the week.  I was able to get some rest for the morning this morning, but I’ll admit that I was not really bounding out of bed this morning.  I believe I snoozed the alarm at least twice this morning.  I got up and got the kids going for the day today.  They were in a better mood than I was, I will openly admit that.  I got them going for the day and they had breakfast as I took a shower and then joined them for breakfast.  We had some fun watching the “Today” show today as they talked about the idiot that went to propose to his girlfriend and put it in a Wendy’s Frosty and the girlfriend ate the proposal ring by accident.  Not exactly the smartest thing anyone has done.  The babysitter showed up on time and I was off to work while the kids were off to school.

I got to school and got things set up for my day.  It will be an interesting day today as I was hoping to get through information pretty quickly.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get through as much as I had wanted to.  But, that is often to be expected when I expect more of my students.  It generally happens that way.  I managed to get through my day with my students and I realized at lunch that I didn’t watch “Celebrity Apprentice” last night, so I watched it on Hulu during lunch today.  I love the site Hulu.com.  It’s so cool!  I got done with my day and left school after talking to Rob and Sherri before leaving.

I got home and talked with the kids a little bit and then went downstairs and played “Call of Duty 4” until it was time for dinner.  I then went upstairs and joined the family for dinner eating and we had sloppy joes, boiled potatoes, and deviled eggs.  I went downstairs and watched T.V. until it was time to take Austin to Scouts and I dropped him off and came home.  I did some grading and worked on the newest podcast that will be released soon.  See, I will be stopping “The Jedi Council Speaks”, but I will be starting another podcast that Ian and I will run together with some help from some other individuals.  I’ll leak more information here as it becomes available, so stay tuned!  Heather went and picked up Austin from Scouts as I was completely embroiled in “24” which was on tonight and was completely AWESOME!!  I’m totally addicted to the show now!  I then watched “C.S.I. Miami” and then went to bed with Heather.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 25 (Part 1)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on March 1, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, today was the first day of March, Sunday, and I am happy to say that it was the twelfth wedding anniversary for Heather and I.  I have to say that it’s hard to believe that it is twelve years already.  I think it is because I am in a marriage that is so comfortable.  It’s not that it’s a bad thing.  It’s an absolutely good thing that I am comfortable with my wife and she is comfortable with me.  Besides, she still laughs at my jokes.  I’m not sure if it’s to make me feel better or if she genuinely thinks I’m funny, but that doesn’t matter, because she humbles me.

We finished with church and the kids stayed behind to do Youth Group while Heather and I went out for a dinner at “Olive Garden” and had a very nice dinner/lunch together at the restaurant.  I’ve figured out what I like about the “Olive Garden” restaurant, it’s the fact that it has that old-time Italian feel that the whole restaurant has.  We came home and were exhausted and took a nap.  After our nap, Heather went and picked up the kids.  I got up from our nap and went downstairs and played a little bit of “Call of Duty 4” for a while this afternoon.  After playing online for about an hour and a half or so, Tara begged me to fix her Barbie sets again.  So, I decided now was the time to permanently fixed them and I replaced all of her cardboard parts with parts made of thin sintra.  It was really easy to do and made them much more sturdy.

I got done with that and started grading papers and working on things online.  In particular, I’m trying to figure out why Java won’t work with Internet Explorer 7.  I’ve tried everything under the face of the earth, but none of it is helping, so I decided to update to Internet Explorer 8, and that didn’t solve the problem either.  So, out of desperation, I downloaded a program I know about called Flock and it seemed to solve the problem.  Of course, I can’t use Flock as my only browser because for whatever reason, it won’t allow me to log in to wordpress.  There’s always something.  Heather and I watched “Amazing Race” and “Big Love” which is getting overly dramatic now.

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 1 of Chapter 25 of “Star Wars:  The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel” by Steven Barnes……

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