Posts Tagged ‘peanuts


Peanut update (or) “Oh RATS, we’re on CNN!”

PB_ratatouilleDeep, deep nastiness… (click and gag)

I’m beginning to lose some of my vast, VAST appetite* for peanut butter.  Seriously.  Right now I’d probably even eat McDonalds food rather than a PBJ.

And I’ve SEEN Super Size Me.

*No really.  It’s pretty freaking VAST.


Plainview, Texas – “You’ll go NUTS over us!”

Why is it that when I find myself (almost) the subject of notoriety, it’s always something that’s cast in such a rotten light?

First it was the Lockney ISD mandatory student drug testing thing.  The resulting lawsuit and media hoopla (we even merited a PBS documentary — no foolin’) overshadowed an otherwise pleasant first year of teaching, waaaaaay back in 1999-2000.

Last month, said school burned down, the alleged results of alleged arsonists with alleged teen angst that allegedly got WAY out of hand.   (For the record, I love both of the alleged girls dearly… and I wish I could express to both of them how much I and others are hurting for them.  I hope I allegedly get to do so in the alleged future.)

And now our local peanut plant has put my town in the national spotlight, because YES it’s owned by the same idiots who own the Blakeley, Georgia plant that has been at the root of (so far) over 600 salmonella poisonings and 8 deaths, and YES it hasn’t been inspected by health inspectors since it opened about 5 years ago, and YES an independent test confirmed the presence of the bacterium here too…

But come ON, folks… let’s not drown in all this negative press.  I think the hometown of Jimmy Dean and Jim Clark deserves a better legacy than THIS one.  Let’s pull out the big guns.  Let’s ignite the passions and imaginations of Hometown America and the entire free world.

I’m all for an aggressive bumper sticker campaign.

Maybe it could say something like, “PLAINVIEW:  It Could Be WORSE — You COULD Be Living In Blakeley, Georgia”

I’m open to more bumper sticker suggestions in the comment section.  Go nuts.


Hey, kids! It’s science project time!! [/tomservo]

The following are activities which caught my eye during my lengthy 10-minute probe into the seedy underbelly of Beware, gentle viewers… what you are about to read may shock you.

This activity seems to be a nice way to introduce basic calorimetry (is that a word?), as well as a nice grounding activity for the concept of energy transformations. Sadly, many peanuts will have to die a fiery death…

Nice and open-ended, which fits in well with the type of collaborative, “big muscles”/Japanese-style stuff I’ve been doing a lot of lately. Downside: you need the DVD… but I think a little time spent over at Google Video might yield footage of skiers, etc..

I have a feeling that this may come in handy for discussions concerning man’s effect on global climate, etc.. (WHICH, I might add, is a VERY confused/confusing subject which has become WAY over-politicized. Read State of Fear by Michael Crichton for some amazing insight into the subject… as well as a hella’ good story. Oh, it looks like Unger Library in Plainview has multiple copies. Save a buck.)

Oh, this is just too geeky and fun. Includes all sorts of information, activities, film clips, games, etc. for the purpose of promoting energy awareness. It looks like it’s been around for a while too, so older computers should be able to use it, no problem.*

So to recap: Peanut death, sports, Al Gore, AND encyclopedic knowledge of all things energy. My work here is done…

*And somewhere an IT guy laughs out loud (lawlz)… and dies.

The random musings of a 30-something, West Texas high-school science teacher. Hoo-RAY.
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