History, Science, Just Plain Cool

1.History: A Roman walks into a bar, holds up 2 fingers and says, “5 beers please.”

That is my best history joke…….on a related note, check out this historical timeline chart.



2.Science: I bet when I tell you this a cloud site you will be thinking about The Cloud, you know, where all the internet information stuff is stored. (That’s the limit of my technical knowledge on cloud-based storage systems) But, no, this is the OTHER cloud meaning, those fluffy white things that so often look like a barking dog, or a motor mower.



3.Just because it’s cool: I foresee here the latest way to hack the new facial recognition iPhones.








I am delighted to be able to offer Three Things this week from a range of colleagues all over NZ. Many thanks to Bill Baird, Iresha Dona, and Caroline Dwight for these interesting sites!

1.Iconography – Bill Baird. You need a ‘special’ icon? I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find it here!



2.Chemistry+Haiku…..great combo – Iresha Dona. What a great idea! Why, you could do this for any subject, any material being covered…..e.g. Civil Rights – write a haiku for each of the influential people involved:

Martin had a dream

Nonviolent protest King

Shot down in his prime



3.Custom sticky notes – Caroline Dwight. Really personalise those notes! Easy to use and loads of fun.





1.Chemistry: My first thought was Breaking Bad, and I immediately clicked to see if that was the sort of drugs they were talking about, but nope, it’s the drugs you get from the Chemists. (Americans call them Drugstores, which is more apt but also slightly seedy sounding)

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2.History: An essay by Tobias Stone that will surely provoke debate and learning in any History class!

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3.English: A 1 hour podcast on how poetry works? Yes please!

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Plus: Bonus site, and thanks to Catherine Maiorana for putting this across my desk. For anyone who didn’t see it, this website was/is tracking the hurricanes across the Atlantic, Caribbean, into Gulf of Mexico…..







Civilization as we know it only started about 6,000 years ago and it’s easy to forget the massive amounts of time that the Earth was free of humanity. This website allows us to scroll back through time to look at the shifting faces of Earth.



2.Music *Thanks to Caroline Dwight for this site

I wish I was good at music. I marvel at the talents of our students as they play. When I was younger my mum made me take piano lessons but my lack of interest coupled with my desire to be out running around meant that the piano and I were never destined to be. Even worse though, after the piano failed I was roped in to accompany my younger sister to dance lessons.  At 12, I had to tap-dance. We made it through to the end of year production where I was required to toe, heel, shuffle my way through a routine onstage as ‘The Popcorn Boy’, backup to my sister, ‘The Candyfloss Girl’. The internal scarring has barely faded. I should have stuck with the piano.




Did somebody say ‘catapult’? Pffffftttt…..I had no idea that trebuchets were SO powerful….and then it hit me. Did you seige what I did there?

Trebuchets were the most technologically advanced siege engines of their time and were capable of hurling a 90kg stone over 300 m using a counterweight. Perfect for physics experiments!