Shanaleen and Harriet
Megan Ruth, May-me
Pelida removes the nohk

Kiyoe removes the nohk
Johsper, even weave
Rennie Glen, KIra
Kiyoe, Rennie Glen
Shanaleen, Harriet, Emerika, Clayson
Clayson Kallop demonstrates his skill with a perfectly done thatch, first to finish

Integrative medicine presentation by Mabel Loján

Mabel Loján presented on integrative medicine from a far broader perspective than I usually tackle the subject. This proved very informative for me, and a chance to expand my own thinking on a more holistic approach to healing.

As an opening definition Dr. Loján noted that we are divine in ourselves and we have the innate ability to heal.

Dr. Loján then led the class in a standing awareness meditation with a focus on breathing and each of the five senses separately.

Dr. Loján explained that we do not have pharmaceutical medicine that is intended to treat emotions per se. At the heart of integrative medicine is seeing each patient as a whole individual. Doctors tend to focus only the disease and treat a disease the same way in every patient. Doctors are almost infamous for not making small talk, assessing a patient's emotional state and emotional relationship with their disease.

Integrative specialists see the person both a whole and as an interconnected part of their environment, …

MS 101/3 at midterm in the personal technology classroom

The experiment in running MS 101 Algebra and Trigonometry outside of the A204 computer laboratory using personal technology continues. The class was a late addition to the schedule. One theory at the college is that these late added courses tend to wind up with less "organized" students, students who were not sufficiently organized to register early or during regular registration. The class launched with 26 students and has lost six of the 26 due to excessive absences. These are absences well in excess of two weeks worth of absences. This loss may reflect the nature of the student who winds up in a class added late to the schedule.

Of the remaining twenty students, fourteen are passing the class as of midterm, with four of those passes in the 60% to 70% band.

Thus only half the class, ten of the remaining twenty, are passing with a score above 70%. Absenteeism may also underlay the poor performances seen in the course. The remaining students have an average of 5.15 absences …

Speed of sound

Measuring the speed of sound proved difficult in the 8:00 morning section. The sun was out and the sun angle was horrific. Between glare off of the asphalt and glare off of cars, visibility was problematic at best. Heavy traffic associated in some way with the tuna commission and general college traffic plagued the best efforts of the eight o'clock class. I too recalled the importance of a baseball cap and brim to eliminate sky glare. I was generally unable to see the clapper in the conditions at 8:00. Adding insult to injury, a number of distances were knocked out by a weed whacking crew cutting grass around the gym, again, in activity related to upcoming tuna commission meetings.

VanDamme takes up clapping, Ardy on communications
Anticipating traffic problems, I moved the clapping crew west away from the main junction. This would also inadvertently push the most optimal measuring distances out at 300 and 350 meters into the center of the weed whacking zone.

Too, the clappers wer…