Showing posts from September, 2013

Tales of Running: Battle Won and on the Path to Victory, or My Amazing 30K

I'm still awed by my performance that the 30K run I did on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Maybe that sounds a bit conceited.  I don't mean it to be.  My mind is still reeling from the accomplishment.  That I could do a 30K still shocks me even though I did it last year .  But that I did the run today in a personal record time that I didn't think I could do, just leaves me awestruck. I should mention that I cried twice during this run.  I couldn't help it and truth be told, I didn't want to stop it.  I've talked about crying while running before .  It's just something I do.  Somewhere between the physical exhaustion and the mental realization that I am doing something that for much of my life I thought was not only crazy to do but beyond my ability, I'm overwhelmed with the fact that I am not only doing it, but actually enjoying it.  And so the tears of joys and the heavy sobs are signs of pride.   I have much to be proud about in my running of la

Librivox Part 4: Free Science-Fiction MP3 Audiobooks Galore

We're more than halfway there in this series on free genre audiobooks to find on Librivox.  Previous posts in this series include: Horror Part I   Horror Part II   Science fiction Part I Just a note about the links and categories.  Not all links will open up a new tab.  If you want to open a new table with a link, either press the "Control" button when clicking or right-click and select the "Open in New Tab" option.  As for categories, I've tried best to put authors on the pages that I think they fit with regard to genre but many of these authors cross the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy (sometimes within the same story), so they are not as clear.  So your favorite horror author might end up in fantasy, but they should be found throughout. Frederik Pohl Pohl, Frederik. "Day of Boomer Dukes, The" (in "One-Act Play Collection 005")  · ( readers ) Pohl, Frederik. "Day of the Boomer Dukes, The" (in &q

From the History Dept Blog: History Tools in the Digital Age

This was a post of mine recently published on the NSCC History Department Blog: "It can sometimes sound like the war-stories of old but when I was in college, "smart classrooms" were barely in existence and few faculty could use them.  But here at North Shore Community College, we have the fully fledged multimedia console in the vast majority of our classrooms and it can fundamentally change how we teach history. Capable and competent instructors that we are, we are quite capable of engaging an audience who is usually less than thrilled to be taking a "required" history course.  But we do not have to do it entirely on our own.   What follows are a variety of digital resources that can be used inside and outside the classroom for your students that can help the course come alive.  The beauty of these resources is that they are public domain or open content , allowing for much more dynamic use of them without violating copyright and potentially c