Archive for November, 2012

odds and ends: the intercept, holidays rule

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’m currently reading The Intercept, the new novel by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.


I snagged an advanced readers’ copy from GoodReads in one of their giveaways.

I suppose GoodReads expects me to write a review of this book, which is sort of unfortunate because it’s not all that good. Presumably the first in a series of novels featuring NYPD Intelligence officer Jeremy Fisk, The Intercept is a pretty flat potboiler. Fisk is another in a long line of authority figures who don’t play by the rules but he has very little characterization to make him appealing. I suppose I’m supposed to care about him because of little details like his love of playing basketball but those small nods to character didn’t quite take hold.

To make a sweeping generalization, this reads like an episode of Law & Order, all plot and very little depth of character. I am positive there are millions of readers in the world for which this is EXACTLY what they are looking for… but I like a bit more to my protagonists than “He’s good at his job and likes basketball.” I’m reminded of Michael Connelly, who writes very similar plot-driven mystery and thriller stories but still manages to make Detective Harry Bosch a wonderfully complex and conflicted character.

At any rate… The Intercept. Comes out December 26th, according to Amazon.

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As we’re beginning to get into the swing of the holiday season, I picked up a copy of Holidays Rule, a collection of new versions of familiar yuletide songs from a diverse number of contributors including The Shins, Andrew Bird, and Paul McCartney.

In truth I picked this up for the McCartney cover of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) but my favorite in the collection is Black Prairie‘s take on (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag. They manage to make the song sound poppy, mournful, and childlike all in three minutes. It’s pretty fun stuff.

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2012-2013 school year: typical?

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 29, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

…and so ends this thing I was doing this week. Again, I’m hoping this is something other teachers see and deal with at some point. It’s not the norm but something I’m seeing a lot more often in the past few years.

2012-2013 school year: best laid plans

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 28, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

It’s always amazing to me how students think we teachers have everything ready on demand. I guess it’s something I used to think about my own teachers… but I’m sorry to say it’s not really the case. I can barely keep ahead of my lesson plans these days!

2012-2013 school year: vomit = day off

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 27, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’m hoping this is a relatable problem for teachers because it’s something that’s become nearly epidemic for me in the past few years.

2012-2013 school year: vacation, all i ever wanted

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 26, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The first in a four day epic! I’m hoping this is a relatable problem for teachers, as it’s something I’ve been dealing with a lot over the past few years.

christmas comic cavalcade: terror inc. #8 (marvel comics)

Posted in christmas comics with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

This week at the CCC, we’re looking at Terror Inc. #8, published by Marvel Comics in 1993.

Cover price was $1.75.

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attention! attention!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

As is my custom for this time of year, I put Thrift Store Finds on hiatus for the weeks leading up to Christmas. It will instead be replaced with…

The Christmas Comic Cavalcade! You can click back here to read the past two years’ worth of yuletide  comics. There are some good ones there… and some really good ones coming up!