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    18th October 2012

    Far

    A song about missing people far away, running away from your problems, getting out before things turn bad, and the vagabond’s struggle with settling down.

    Oh, and it’s in 5/4 time – we used to call it “seasick” because it gives the feeling of perpetual motion.

    I’m seasick thinking of all of the waves
    Between you and me today
    Forest and valleys and mountains so high
    Between you and me a divide

    I know you are very far
    Maybe that’s why it’s been so very hard
    To tell you I miss you but know why you left
    I hope that you never regret
    Going
    Far

    Thousands of miles and oceans of rain
    Couldn’t keep you from this pain
    Quit with denial and you’ll live again
    And finish the person you’ve been

    I know you are very far
    Maybe that’s why it’s been so very hard
    To tell you I miss you but know why you left
    I hope that you never regret
    Going
    Far

    This place is crazy it’s always changing
    Is that why you never come home?
    If it doesn’t stop soon then I’ll have to go
    I’ll see you out there on the road

    I know you are very far
    Maybe that’s why it’s been so very hard
    To tell you I miss you but know why you left
    I hope that you never regret
    Going
    Far

    7th October 2012

    Gigawatt: A billion Watts…

    A big part of my English Support class so far has been vocabulary. We’re studying Greek and Latin prefixes, which I obviously love because if gets me back to some of the language that I spent years studying. You can study along using the flashcard sets I created on my quizlet page.

    One of the prefixes I selected for this past group was “giga-“, which means a billion. I also have students learn example words, one of which was gigawatt.

    I hadn’t really thought about any possible confusion with this term until a student nearby said, “Mr. Holmlund, when it says a billion watts, is it talking about, you know… Watts?… Because that would be horrible…”

    I laughed and had to agree that probably wouldn’t be the best, then a student suggested it could be a movie where they had to escape alive from a city that was just a billion times the Watts neighborhood, which is adjacent to our school’s neighborhood and in which some of our students live.

    The students now understand that watt is a unit of energy. I hope.

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