Nerd Factory – EPIC THEME SONG

Check out my new EPIC Theme Song!

Thanks to IMDENNIBO for making this intro.

The challenge is still open if you wish to make a theme song for me to use, but in the meantime this one will reign supreme until dethroned.

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Where Have I Been? What Is Going On?

I have been absent from this blog for quite some time now. I have been trying out some new things online and trying to figure out what is best. As I continue to explore some new options I have decided to stick with what I know and what I know is very little.

I created a new blog in which I was focusing on all things strictly educational. However, there is always that fine line between what is educational vs. real life vs. entertainment. I kept writing blog posts and having to decide do I post here or on the education site? Today I decided to just import all the posts from the education blog and go back to one blog for all things in my life. This is going to make my life much easier.

In doing this little experiment I decided to bring back Nerd Factory. These are the stupid nerdy videos I made about 2-3 years ago for students at BMS. Many homerooms would watch them for something to do and it was a great way to connect with a lot of kids quickly. I have not made videos in forever and will be bringing this back simply because I am full of nerdy ideas. I watched a few from years past and I forgot about some of these classic clips.

Even more important is where I have been with my training? I did not run the QC Marathon. I will be honest in that it made me feel like a lard for not running. However, I am mentally drained from training. I am not going to lie about this at all. I completed the half Ironman distance triathlon on August 19th and have ran just a few times since then. I have done zero exercises. Some of this due to simply not wanting to. Some of this due to the school year starting and being so busy that I don’t see my wife and kids together until the weekends. Some of this pursuing some other goals.

I have not missed getting up early and training. I have not missed long training sessions. I have not missed going to bed at 8:30 instead of staying up to read books and play video games.

I HAVE missed feeling good about myself. I HAVE missed being in great shape. I HAVE missed how great you feel when you eat properly and stay fit(I feel like crap most days). I HAVE missed meeting up with great people and making myself a better person by being in their presence.

I had to step away. Mentally I just was not enjoying doing any of the training. This was  bummer because I was in shape to shatter my marathon time from last year. I was feeling the best I have felt coming off of Pigman where my recovery was literally a day. I had my body in peak conditions. My mind was in the gutter.

I have not given up. Rather I have plans. I have big plans. Starting October I begin a new training season. Not just any training season, but a season to get me ready for a full Ironman. I will be ready. It is going to be a slow process back to the shape I was in. 5 weeks off I have gained some serious weight, formed bad habits, and lost a lot of endurance and stamina. However, mentally I think I am about ready for another 9 month training cycle.

So, I have been absent, hiding out at home and at school. I will soon emerge again and be ready to take things on. It will be difficult as I know where I was and where I want to be and how far away I am from both. One step at a time.

Be ready to follow my training. Be ready for me to share all things nerdy back to this blog. Be ready for Coffeechug to get back in his groove and GET IT DONE!

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New idea for the next school year

What if I straight up make a nerd club? Maybe use my group name “Nerd Factory”?

We could call it something different, but a place for us folks to share our love of great things like

  • John Green
  • Science Fiction
  • Game of Thrones
  • Board Games
  • Video Games
  • Unicorns 
  • Robots
  • The list goes on and on

I know another idea for me to soak up more time. However, this would be so fun. Plus, I would love to learn more from my students.

Thoughts? Ideas?

Alright, back to listening to Boing Boing Gweek podcast and some Game of Thrones reading.

Feel free to add more ideas to the list. The list is here on a Google Doc

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Nerd Factory – Season 2 – Episode 14

Much to comment and vote on in this episode
1. Book Tournament Judge
2. Book Tournament Book Nominations
3. Coffee For The Brain T-Shirt Voting
4. PE Music iPod music selection playlist
5. Mint Coffee

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What do you do with 8 ingredients and less than $10? Build a VOLCANO!

Being the nerd that I am, I love to build and make different things with my kids, especially when I am home alone with them to avoid and fighting and not worrying about making a mess with mom around!! Over the course of the last week we(Aiden and I) decided to take one of our science experiment books and choose an activity. We went with the volcano. Here is all you need: flour, water, cardboard, newspaper, paint, paintbrush, diet soda, and Mentos. The video below is a recap of everything we did together and even Addy jumped in and got involved(yes, the Cat make-up artist).

Why do I post this and why did I make a video? The answer is simple. I wanted to show people that it does not take much to be with your kids and do something fun. There is nothing more rewarding then spending time with your kids. The hardest part is not getting too involved and doing everything for them. I did not help in anything except cutting cardboard strips to form around the 2-liter to begin the framework for a volcano. The kids did the rest and they did an amazing job. I really cannot believe what they actually created. It just reminds me as both a parent and teacher that kids are capable of many things if we just give them a chance to shine.

This was awesome and fun and easily gave us 5 nights of things to do. Enjoy the video, please post your thoughts, and if you have a suggestion of something you would like us to try and do, then please leave a comment. Maybe it is something you have done or maybe something you want us try first and let you know how it turns out. I will tell you that we are working on two projects soon. One involves a garbage can and smoke and the other is painting with milk. Stay tuned……

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Nerd Factory – Season 2 – Episode 10

That short video of the week. Please don’t forget to vote for Teacher Mystery Challenge and please help with one of the two challenges presented in the video.

Here is the picture. Leave caption in the comments. Voting will begin next week.

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