Unnecessary reply to Doug Peterson’s questions (@dougpete)

Doug responded to a couple of blogging challenges, including mine, and he wrote some great questions of his own for others to respond to. I was moved to answer them as well; the questions are in green since I now know it’s Doug’s favourite colour:

When was the last time you backed up your computer?

I backed up all of my documents about a month ago. All of my work files are mirrored continuously when I’m at work. I don’t back up the whole hard drive any more (haven’t in years, actually).

If you could speak any language other than English, what would it be?

Japanese, I think. Unfortunately, I don’t have nearly enough ambition or time to learn it.

Where would you go for your dream vacation?

At the moment, it’s California. That’ll probably change.

Have you ever received a parking ticket?

Yup, in Waterloo in 2000. I parked on the street overnight (well, until about 3 am) and got dinged for it.

You’re in control of the thermostat. What’s your ideal room temperature?

21 degrees.

Have you ever taken an online course?

Yes, two courses. Since this is kind of my area, I thought I’d share a little more about those.

I started my Primary ABQ from Western many years ago (2003?), but dropped it 4 days in because of the format. I had 150 pages of journal articles to read in the first week (you know, the very academic-sounding type). We also had to read all of the discussion posts for the course and reply to several in each topic. There were 28 people in the course, many of whom were apparently even more verbose than me, so there were about 100 posts in the first 24 hours. No thanks. That’s not good learning, that’s just busy.

A much better experience was my Math Honours Specialist from OISE in 2005. There were 5 people in the course, and we were often divided into two groups for meaningful discussions. The assessment practices were differentiated, and I learned a TON about good instruction in math. And I was able to fit it in even though our first child was a very young baby (that’s more related to my awesome wife than the format of the course).

What was the last educational conference that you attended?

I attended eSymposium 2013 in Sudbury on November 19th. I was part of the planning team, though, so maybe that doesn’t count.

Before that was ECOO 2013 in Niagara Falls. I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

When was the last time you were in a public library?

Maybe 6 weeks ago. I go with the kids from time to time, and the main branch of our public library has a little bookstore with very reasonably priced used books. Sometimes I find things for me, sometimes for the kids, and sometimes for my wife’s Grade 5 class. I love books.

Have you ever dabbled with Linux?

Yup, a fair bit. I played a lot with Red Hat about 10 years ago, and I fiddled with Ubuntu more recently. I like it, but it’s more fun than productive for me.

What would you consider to be the best photo you’ve ever taken?

This one is really hard. I have a few photos that I love, and a few that others seem to like to use. Check out a bunch at http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandongrasley/. Here are some of my favourites right now:

Honey bee at the lilac tree

American Tree Sparrow

American Goldfinch

Facepalm

Great Grey Owl (2013-02-24 10.22.33)

What, and where, is your favourite park?

Bellevue Park is our large municipal park in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and I love watching my kids play there. I don’t think I’ve been to enough parks to have any stand out in my mind, so I’ll choose that one.

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