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Eng251 Post… Sorry I’m late yall

It’s not an easy task to get your turnout gear on in under a minute. We had to do this to pass our SSO (Scene Support Operations) class, and I knew I would either finish before all the guys, or come in dead last. You are fighting to get all your safety apparel on in a small amount of time, so if you mess up you have to redo it before you get anywhere near a fire, and have wasted time getting to the fire, or you risk being unprepared and getting injured anyway.
First you have to make sure your boots have been put in your pants so that the pants are rolled down and you can pick up all three pieces by the top handles of the boots. When the time starts, you step into the boots, and then pull the pants up your legs and the suspenders over your shoulders (you better hope nobody wore those bunker pants before you, because it was probably a really fat guy and the suspenders are near-impossible to tighten). All three buttons up the crotch have to be closed, and then a flap gets hooked across your waste – don’t even think about skipping this step because if you have a good instructor he’ll life up your jacket to check the flap on your pants. Next you get your hood on, it covers your head, ears, and neck, and anything else your helmet misses in that general vicinity. You have to put your jacket on before your gloves, because there’s about ten buttons down the inside and ten hook clasps down the outside that you need your fingers to do right- and don’t you think he won’t push that flap aside to make sure the buttons are all snapped.
You’re almost done when you put your helmet on. After you hook that strap and flip down your secondary eye shield, all you need is to slide on your gloves and you’re finished. Well that’s where my problem comes in. I might have everything on up until the helmet, and everyone else is still buttoning his pants, but this helmet is going to give me hell. You have to understand that this gear was built for a man: there are six inches between the tip of my toes and the end of the boots, the suspenders have been tightened as small as they go and they still slide down my right shoulder, the jacket goes down to my knees and the sleeves hang well past my hands. All the guys in SSO have short hair, even the one girl from Old Kill has a caeser, but I include her as one of the guys because she has no features that distinguish her from them, right down to her deep voice. Well if you know me, you may have noticed my hair is about four feet long. In the summer, when we took SSO, it was hot enough that I had to wear my hair up every day. No matter how hard I tried, there was no way to get that helmet on over my hair. Our mean instructor Carl said I’d have to cut it off if I was gonna do this seriously. I laughed in his face. I knew there would be a way to get around this – just like there was a way to get around me lifting the dead weight of a 6’1” man off the ground by myself a week earlier. So, I started coming to class every night with my hair in braids. By doing this my head was pretty much flat all around, and I could put the hood over them and hide them completely. It worked great until my cousin pointed out that there was no way to do this for real fire calls, since as a volunteer they can be at any time of the day or week – but my instructor didn’t hear that.
I’ve never had to put on turnout gear since I finished SSO. I’ve only responded to two scenes, and as a probie they didn’t buy anything that fits me, so I just directed traffic at one, and straightened out hoses at the other. It’s clear though, that no matter how out of shape or incompetent the old men I volunteer with are, I’ll always be singled out for my faults because I’m the girl.

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My big day off

Today was my first day off from class/work/fieldwork/tutoring/volunteering/g-dknowswhat, and I didn’t even get to do anything special. It snowed all day, and the worst of it is yet to come.
I spent most of the day on the couch watching Law & Order while the snow came down past the picture window behind the TV like I would imagine glitter floating through a snowglobe. Eventually we went to out for mexican, and now I am back… with 3 inches of wet on the bottom of my pants, as usual. I wanted to take pictures of the snow, but my camera battery is dead, in fact I can’t even get it to charge anymore.
I know I sound like an ambulance chaser, but I almost hope there will be a fire call tonight because I can tell it would be crazy. But, I really don’t wanna go back out in this blizzard.
Ok, well Matt/icecream is calling, so I’ll write more later!

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I’ll get by with a little help with my friends… I hope!

Does anyone out there know how to format wordpress blogs so that you have like one page with more than one topic for postings at once.. so it looks like, hmm, ya know four boxes of blogs on one page, each with posts on a specific topic? I have so much to talk about, that I want everyone too see it all but in a more organized fashion! Help!!

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Need some backup

It seems lately that Albany drivers are getting worse and worse. They generally have no regard for traffic lights, and go 40 in a 55 and 45 in a 30. Today I was traveling west on Washing Ave. Ext. and a school bus going east stopped to drop off a kid. I stopped about a block before the bus and waited patiently for them to put their stop sign back in. Well some jerk in the left lane flew past me and the guy behind me started honking. All I could do is sit there and think, “Last time I checked, there’s some kind of law that prevents you from doing that so you don’t hit kids!” Can someone back me up on this one… it is a law right?
So I came to a generalization: All city of Albany driver’s ed. instructors must be shipped in from New Jersey!

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For Computer Geeks… (Not Unlike Me)

When you have a lot of time on your hands, or if you are a religious procrastinator like myself, check out 5 Things to do With a PC When you Have no Internet Connection.

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Embedding Videos… for Beginners!

To embed a YouTube video you need to know the following:

  • What is ’embedding’?

Embedding means that the actual image or video, for example one from YouTube, physically appears on your blog in your post. You do not need to enter a link on your blog post to some other website- it is actually right there for you to see on your blog.

  • What is a ‘URL’?

A ‘URL’ is the website address where your video or image is located. When you are in YouTube, for example, the URL is given to you in a little box to the right of the video. In all other cases, the URL is the address at the top of your internet browser’s screen… A URL usually looks like “”.

Now for embedding a YouTube video…

To embed a YouTube video, you log in to WordPress, click on “My Dashboard”, Click on “Write”, then on “Write Post”. If you are still in ENG 251 with me, I think you know how to do that all by now.
In the Post, or body, you need to enter the following text WITH NO SPACES(I’ve highlighted the literal text you need in BOLD):

[ youtube = the YouTube URL is inserted here ]

Where it says “the YouTube URL is inserted here” is where you literally copy and paste the URL of your video.

This should have worked when you save it and then view your post.

For embedding videos that are NOT on YouTube, I have also posted another page that explains some methods. You can also find it here.

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