Eudora died today. I've lost every email contact I ever had. I feel like Robinson Crusoe.
Update! - At first I thought my operating system was also corrupted, but, after some tinkering, things seem fairly stable. Reinstalled Eudora 6.1, but I have absolutley no email addresses on file. So Carol and David, if you're reading this, drop me a line.
I'm running a 1997 PowerMac 7500 running OS 9.1 coupled with an ATI accelerator and a MAXpowr G4 processor. Also installed two USB ports. I can't take this machine any further. It's been a workhorse since day one. If it goes, I'm out of luck.
Chessmaster has been around for quite a while (I had a bug ridden version for the Mac which crashed every five minutes), coming out after Sargon III (which was a delight to play - and never crashed my Mac - even though it offered only a 2-D board). Finally, it's out on XBox. At only $20 bucks, and loaded with bells and whistles too numerous to name, I think I'm going to be very happy.
(It's also available for the PC. There are some differences. For one, the XBox version's manual is half as long as the PC. "The online play (from Ubisoft's site) is almost null." Online play via XBox Live should be much more lively. The PC version comes with 3-D glasses, but I don't think I'll miss them. There aren't any reviews up yet for the XBox version. I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison. Here are the PC reviews.)
BTW, the XBox version is titled "Chessmaster," not "Chessmaster 10th Edition." Guess that's because this is the first time Chessmaster has appeared on anything but a PC or Mac. Here's the only XBox info I could find on the Chessmaster site.
"ARTSEDGE — the National Arts and Education Network — supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment."
Do you support the Iraq war? 73-27
Is the country becoming more racially divided? 26-74
Do you think politicians are honest? 44-56
Should free music downloading be legal? 59-41
Are you afraid your parents may lose their jobs? 68-32
Do you worry about jobs going abroad? 69-31
Should Martha Stewart go to jail? 75-25
Do you spend enough time with your parents? 78-22
Do your parents listen to you? 86-14
Is divorce a big problem in society? 70-30
Is cigarette smoking cool? 5-95
Should smoking be banned in all restaurants? 63-37
Do you support gay marriage? 19-81
Is music too violent? 21-79
Are video games too violent? 25-75
Is there too much sex and violence on TV? 52-48
Are you concerned about athletes taking steroids? 49-51
Should Barry Bonds's record of 73 home runs stand even if he took steroids? 30-70
Should athletes be role models? 66-34
Is religion important in your life? 81-19
Should kids see the movie Passion? 67-33
Do you believe in gun control? 46-54
Do you believe in the death penalty? 50-50
Voting for Bush - 42%
Voting for Kerry - 58%
San Miguel staff
Do you support the Iraq war? 26-74
Is the country becoming more racially divided? 65-35
Do you think politicians are honest? 12-88
Should free music downloading be legal? 56-44
Are you afraid your parents may lose their jobs? 56-44
Do you worry about jobs going abroad? 49-51
Should Martha Stewart go to jail? 79-21
Do you spend enough time with your parents? 47-53
Do your parents listen to you? 88-12
Is divorce a big problem in society? 86-14
Is cigarette smoking cool? 7-93
Should smoking be banned in all restaurants? 81-19
Do you support gay marriage? 56-44
Is music too violent? 77-23
Are video games too violent? 93-7
Is there too much sex and violence on TV? 88-12
Are you concerned about athletes taking steroids? 58-42
Should Barry Bonds's record of 73 home runs stand even if he took steroids? 19-81
Should athletes be role models? 84-16
Is religion important in your life? 95-5
Should kids see the movie Passion? 60-40
Do you believe in gun control? 79-21
Do you believe in the death penalty? 58-42
Voting for Bush - 33%
Voting for Kerry - 67%
PRESIDENTS: THE SECRET HISTORY - "Get the inside scoop on our 42 past presidents. Who was nicknamed "Rawhide"? Whose dating practices scandalized the nation's capital? Which president hollered at the Taj Mahal just to hear his voice echo? Whose wife had a pet raccoon named Rebecca? And which president got a speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast?
Plus: hit the campaign trail with a donkey, an elephant, and lots of historic campaign memorabilia, find out what qualities kids prize in a president, and access activities for parents and teachers, and kids to explore the presidency and American campaign history."
"Reflective teaching means looking at what you do in the classroom, thinking about why you do it, and thinking about if it works -- a process of self-observation and self-evaluation." --Julie Tice
Reflective Teaching: Situating Our Stories - "Professor Kathleen Bailey describes how reflective teaching, or monitoring and critiquing your own teaching practices, contributes to your professional development."
Mentoring Teachers: A Handbook for Reflective Teaching - "Designed for the new and student teacher, this handbook summary asks teachers to "think about what we wish to accomplish in the classroom, why we have chosen these goals, and how we wish to achieve these goals." Learn how to set benchmarks before teaching, study methods of observation, and practice keeping a journal."
Bartlett's Quotations - I fell in love with Bartlett's Quotations when I was just a kid. I'd spend hours perusing the index for topics that piqued my interest. Bartlett's is a component of Bartleby.com's Great Books Online, one of the best literary sites to be found.
I'll suggest a couple of sites for learning and teaching about Mali, then I'll
give you my best teacher trick for finding good stuff on almost any topic.
Teaching About Africa
Search using Google. The real magic comes when you use the keyword "teacher" in
addition to any other keyword (s). That pushes back almost all University level
resources and often points you toward lessons, activities, & resources for the
classroom. Curiously, teachers at universities are called lecturers,
instructors, doctors, professors, but seldom "teachers".
ex. keywords for you....Mali, teacher
Other good neutral keywords or phrases include these ...student, "lesson plan",
printable, handout, worksheet, activity, tutorial, pdf , class, "grade 3" (or
any other grade) . Use these alone with your topic keyword or in various
combinations . Adding * behind the keyword will give you the singular and
plural forms of the word.
ex. Mali, teacher, handout*
Hope that helps,
Educational Media/Library Consultant
Pembina Trails School Division
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada