Coming back to posting on a regular basis means that I am restarting my “Phun Phriday” posts, which are silly-and-not-necessarily-educational-but-they-could-be things that I’ve found on the web. I curate these in a private Flipboard magazine that I turn to whenever I need a laugh. Today’s entry comes from McSweeney’s. It’s an article called, “Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy of Their Namesakes.” Mary Laura Philpott and Kristen Arnett have created a short list of nicknames for animals that includes cute, simple illustrations. The first one, for example, is a dog named, “Virginia Woof.” You can find a second list by the duo, with Mary Shelley the snail as its introduction, here. (Just be wary if you show this to kids, as the final one uses a synonym for donkey that some may find inappropriate – though I find it wildly funny.)
Happy Phun Phriday! I bookmarked this a long time ago, and just re-discovered it. For those of you new to the blog, I like to share random things on Fridays that usually have very little to do with education. I suppose you could have your students do some math with this – or you can just enjoy it!
Today’s Frivolous Friday post is in honor of my colleague, Angela Leonhardt, who is a music educator extraordinaire. She just made it to the finals for our district’s Teacher of the Year. That honor and many more are well-deserved by this wonderful teacher, who enriches our community with her dedication. If I had any music composition skills, I would play her a magnificent fanfare with this A.I. Duet experiment from Google. Unfortunately, even A.I. can’t mask my ineptitude, but I’m sure that someone with Angela’s talent can find a way to make beautiful music with this fun tool.
H/T to Mental Floss for sharing A.I. Duet with its readers.
I am a huge fan of all things Harry Potter. When I was hunting around my Flipboard magazines for this weeks “Frivolous Friday” post, I realized I had “flipped” quite a few Harry Potter items of interest. So, I’ve curated the recent ones for you.
So, traditionally, Fridays are what I call Phun Phridays – when I blog about something that pretty much has no educational value. But I’m tired of called them Phun Phridays. So I used an online Scrabble dictionary to help me find something more realistically alliterative. The new name is – drum roll, please!!!! – Frivolous Fridays!
For today’s Frivolous Friday Find, I am grateful to The Bloggess, whose site never fails to make me laugh but is definitely NSFW – particularly if the workplace happens to be a public elementary school.
Anyway, The Bloggess shared, “That Can Be My Next Tweet!” which gathers information from your Twitter feed to generate random tweets that could be complete nonsense or surprise you with startling depth. The best ones are those that do both. I included a few of the suggestions it compiled from my feed below:
If you really have nothing better to do, you can also put in other people’s Twitter names. Like famous people. You know. Famous people who Tweet a lot. Here’s a scientific study you could try: If someone always tweets nonsense, does the random tweet generator from their Twitter feed actually make sense? I’ll let you figure that out…
This week’s Phun Phriday post is about an iPad app called Hyper. Billed as a video magazine, this free app delivers a new set of hand-picked videos to you every day. According to the app’s description, film-makers choose the posts for each issue.
This is not an app I would recommend downloading on student iPads (particularly in elementary school). However, you may discover videos that you will want to share with your students. For example, my 5th graders are reading The Giver, and the October 28th issue offers a video from Neil deGrasse Tyson called, “Say No to a Dystopian Tomorrow.”
You may also find some inspiration in your Hyper video magazine. The 10/29/15 issue featured a story called, “Special Ed Real World Lessons,” that brought happy tears to my eyes.