Tuesday, May 24, 2011


The local school district started using an online grading program a few years ago.  Too bad it sucked.  Last year they upgraded to PowerSchool.  Which rocks my world.

At least once a week I login to check on my boys’ grades.  It’s amazing how much leverage you have as a parent when you have up to the minute grade information.  My boys are familiar with the insta-ban on TV and computer resulting from poor grades.

We gave the boys the password so they could check their grades themselves.  What a huge motivator that was.  This system even lets us sign up for daily or weekly email updates. 

I’ve seen my boys dig themselves quite the hole at the beginning of a grading period only to salvage an A by the time the final grade is posted.  I can even tell if an assignment was turned in late or not at all.  Let’s just say there are no surprises come the end of the semester.  What a relief.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I was watching Tekzilla this morning when I saw a segment on this really cool phone holder.

I had to have one.  I’m thinking I will use it for a car window mount but it looks like it will do so much more than that.  I’m going to wander around the Kickstarter site to see what other cool ideas are out there.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

The guys at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal are consistently good for a chuckle but this one really sent me over the edge.