Edition (Tuesday, 2010 October 26)

October 26, 2010

Continuing to work on the backlog of stuff I want to do. Finished filling out report cards today, even the troublesome Premiere class. Here is my most recent edit to OpenStreetMap based on the traces I’ve been taking. Edits as they happen are here. Here is the thing I’m writing for the other teachers about […]


Bulletin (Monday, 2010 October 25)

October 25, 2010

So hungry. But it’s kind of OK; I finally feel the balance swinging a little bit towards "catching up on things" instead of "falling further behind on things". Specifically: Tests are all graded. Grades are all calculated, with one or two bizarre exceptions. All that remains is to fill in the bulletins, report cards. Each […]


Deuil (Thursday, 2010 October 21)

October 21, 2010

Last Saturday I went to a deuil, which literally means "bereavement, mourning", but is probably best translated here as "wake". First there was a church service under these tents. Matching fabrics is a done thing here. I saw a few t-shirts that said "[Name of person], we will never forget you", but I don’t know […]


Calling all food nerds (Monday, 2010 October 18)

October 18, 2010

Here is a fruit that I want to know more about: It grows in these little pockets, and you sort of pinch the pockets to make the things come out. Inside it looks like this: The locals call them "cerise" which means "cherry", but it seems to be acknowledged that there is another fruit that […]


Déconnecté (Friday, 2010 October 15)

October 16, 2010

Connection has been shit over the last 36 hours, for reasons that I am pretty sure are not mine. I haven’t even really been able to get online to check mail or anything. So I’ve had to get creative to keep busy. Here’s a slide rule I made out of cardboard to demonstrate the relevant […]


Groceries (Wednesday, 2010 Oct 13)

October 14, 2010

During a recent trip to Bafoussam, I brought back some goodies: Depicted; a sausage, an orange juice drink that came in a plastic can, and "gateau" (a kind of white bread that is a little sweet). Depicted: Pringoooals, some mediocre chocolate cookies, a bar of baking chocolate, and an "alveol" of eggs. Not depicted: green […]


English (Tuesday, 2010 October 12)

October 12, 2010

And then, naturally, they disconnected me. I think I’m in luck though, because I just got re-connected after going to re-buy Internet today. J’ai de la chance! The people at the Camtel office spoke English to me. Unlike the lady at the bank, who started the conversation with "Bonjour" while working with another client in […]


Grading, suite (Saturday, 2010 October 9)

October 9, 2010

Just finished grading my two classes of 3e. I timed the second one; 37 papers, about 1.5 hrs. The first one was 59 papers and it felt like forever. In my second class I found four pairs of identical or nearly-identical papers. "Identical" in this context means that one student said that they had used […]


Agrandir (Saturday, 2010 October 9)

October 9, 2010

Today is better than yesterday. Some of the shit that, due to my failings as a human being, was fucked yesterday is unfucked today. Additionally I went to Bafoussam and got drunk and hung out with a bunch of the Volunteers of the West region. Additionally I successfully used the word agrandir ("to make bigger") […]


Grading (Friday, 2010 October 8)

October 8, 2010

I have approximately four and a half classes worth of papers left to go through. I am not enjoying it. This was just the warm-up; next week is the real test for the sequence, which means each paper will be four times as long. Today is a bad day. I’m not sure if it is […]