Category Archives: humour

#15 Is this Second Life?

imagine working at google

Originally uploaded by tsheko

I’ve watched the film Working for Google before and it made me blink in disbelief. Was I watching a science fiction film? Had I ended up in Second Life? Something definitely surreal about this… The fact that a workplace would provide employees things like on-site doctors, dentists, massage and yoga, day care, SHORELINE RUNNING TRAILS!, snacks, stock options, maternity and paternity leave, free lunch!! What’s the catch? Do you have to sell your soul to Google? Actually, if you look at ‘Top 10 reasons to work at Google’ some of the descriptions of the Google workplace could easily be mistaken for that of the school library. I’ve selected and slightly modified 3 points to apply to school libraries and staff:

1. With hundreds of visitors every month, the school library has become an essential part of everyday life – like a good friend – connecting people with the information they need to live great lives.

6.   Innovation is our bloodline. Even the best technology can be improved. We see endless opportunity to create even more relevant, more useful, and better products for our users. The school library is the information and communication technology leader in organizing the world’s information.

9.   Boldly go where no one has gone before. There are hundreds of challenges yet to solve. Your creative ideas matter here and are worth exploring. You’ll have the opportunity to develop innovative new products that millions of people will find useful.

What I’d really like to be able to say is that, like Googlers, library staff ‘range from former neurosurgeons, CEOs, and puzzle champions to alligator wrestlers and former-Marines’. That would be something. Alligator wrestlers in particular would come in handy when our boys come into the library at lunchtimes.

a small matter of perspective

Here’s an example of the way Facebook can broaden local perspective.

My older son is currently doing Year 12 IB (International Baccalaureate). He joined an IB related Facebook group (You Know When You’re in IB When …) , and read that northern hemisphere IB students had already finished. Thinking that he could attract some pity, he wrote that his end of the world had 6 months of IB to go.  Here’s his post:

Sasha Sheko (Ivanhoe Grammar School) wroteon May 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM

That’s right… You guys are done but us people in the Southern Hemisphere (i.e. Australia) have six months to go.

The response from an IB student in Lebanon took him by surprise:
(I had to conceal some language)

 Post #3

Omar ‘Boobass’ Boubess (American Community School Beirut) wroteon May 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM

holyy sh* so u guys take the november tests?? goodluck with that…if this could make u feel better there was a civil war here in Lebanon and we still had to make our way thru all the shellings and rpg’s (<< yes f*ing RPG’s) and get to school to take the test.. god bless IB 🙂

Yes, Omar, you win….

#6 Image generator: still playing…

MaximBubbles on TV Guide

Originally uploaded by tania.sheko

Looking through ‘Image generator’ in the Generator blog, I couldn’t help wondering about the inane aspect of all these fun applications. Browsing through the different things ‘image generator’ could create, I found ‘nightingale song generator’, ‘hair mixer generator’, ‘design your own donut’ (lol), ‘lederhosen dance generator’ (Ach du lieber!), and many others. What about ‘hair particle generator’ where a picture is made from what appears to be lots of hairs – a nightmare for those who freak at the sight of a hair where it shouldn’t be. I imagine boys would love the ‘insult generator’ or the ‘drug name generator’. What do you do with virtual soap? (bar soap generator)
Yes, they’re fun, but it does make me think that these things can waste a lot of time. And we thought TV was bad for kids! I suppose it’s all about balance and self-discipline, and seeing the educational potential of these things as teachers and teacher-librarians. When I was young, I wasn’t allowed to study while watching TV. Now kids study while listening to music and simultaneously checking their Facebook and MySpace, as well as chatting on MSN. How does focus work here? Great topic for a thesis.

I decided to put my poor younger son on the front cover of the TV Guide (haven’t told him yet).