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"I never realised before entering the teaching profession that it is a full-time – and by full-time, I mean an every-waking-hour – job. Even during sleep, I dream about school and staff and pupils. There is simply no escape."
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Secret Teacher: I can’t take the stress, but I don’t want to be a dropout statistic.

www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jul/19/secret-teacher-dropout-statistic-stress-teaching?CMP=fb_gu

(via weareteachers)

NO ESCAPE.  ITS SUMMER AND I’M LESSON PLANNING AND THINKING ABOUT MY KIDDOS I HAVEN’T EVEN MET AHHHH

"11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader"
- Read it at http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/special-reports/close-reading-mastered-strategies-for-every-student (via weareteachers)
weareteachers:

Our list of the best books for middle school according to teachers…
http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/special-reports/building-your-classroom-library/the-best-books-for-grades-6-8
weareteachers:

Recently, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite children’s bookstores across the United States. And boy, did they deliver—with stories about helpful booksellers, teacher discounts, and cuddly bookstore cats. This list makes us want to plan a roadtrip—how about you?
Read the list at http://www.weareteachers.com/community/blogs/weareteachersblog/blog-wat/2014/07/07/the-14-best-u.s.-kids’-bookstores-according-to-teachers

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weareteachers:

Recently, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite children’s bookstores across the United States. And boy, did they deliver—with stories about helpful booksellers, teacher discounts, and cuddly bookstore cats. This list makes us want to plan a roadtrip—how about you?

Read the list at http://www.weareteachers.com/community/blogs/weareteachersblog/blog-wat/2014/07/07/the-14-best-u.s.-kids’-bookstores-according-to-teachers

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Watching 16 candles

Ouch… yeah this is not gonna hold up well with the times is it?

1 minute in: Thank God for texting.
3 minutes in: Cliche little brother… I’m gonna give this movie the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s old enough to be the source of the cliche?
7 minutes in: wow dating black guy joke hahaha
11 minutes in: What. Was this supposed to be censored?
12 minutes in: What. Was that girl in a major vehicular accident?
17 minutes in: What. Ugh. Ugh.
21 minutes in: Oh man that wasn’t a one off. They’re carrying the stereotype through. Wow. WOW.
23 minutes in: I SEE YOU vehicular accident girl, chilling in the background. I might just finish this to see the adventures of “vehicular accident” girl.
30 minutes in: haha floppy disks.
33 minutes in: Haha vehicular accident girl trying to drink water… classic
41 minutes in: Yup, those are underwear
60 minutes in: I think they’re talking about raping a girl.
60 minutes in: Yup, they’re talking about raping a girl.
60 minutes in: But they can’t right? It’s a movie.
61 minutes in: WHAT THE HELL WHAT THE HOW… PEOPLE LIKE, HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THIS MOVIE?????? WTF.
72 minutes in: Oh good they know it’s her birthday now.
80 minutes in: Bride drugged up… not sure why.
83 minutes in: Woah seriously? Jake Ryan just spun that so he looks like the good guy in the whole statuatory rape debacle. Seriously?
88 minutes in: Oh there’s that scene everyone thinks fondly of, aint that sweet.

ehmeegee:

rejectedprincesses:

Petra Herrera, the Soldadera Princess
Ladies and gentlemen, today we fight for Pedro. I give you Colonel Petra “Pedro” Herrera, Mexican revolutionary, demolitions expert, and leader of a battallion of an all-female brigade that boasted hundreds of women.
Oversimplified, glib background: Mexican Revoliution. 1910s. President Diaz was being shitty. Revolutionaries (Pancho Villa, Zapato, others from the “bad boys of the revolution” calendar series) pop up and say, “hey, stop being shitty and step down already.” Bam, war. The armies engulf huge swaths of Mexican people, including many women.
Most of the embedded women (soldaderas) were covering the minutia that the let’s-go-fight-already soldiers hadn’t thought through — like, you know, eating. With the war swallowing up town after town, more and more women (and children) joined up with the growing armies, although, some of the forces straight-up kidnapped them (and worse). The result of the whole thing was that the armies of the time looked like a giant block party (a journalist at the time described the revolutionary Carranza’s camp as appearing like “an immense picnic”). 
Petra Herrera, though, was not about to cook or clean. Petra was there to kick ass.
DIsguising herself as a man (Pedro) in order to be eligible for battlefield promotions — a commonplace tactic among female soldiers of the time — Petra established her reputation with the revolutionaries through solid leadership, good marksmanship, and, you know, blowing up bridges. Eventually, she became so popular (rebel brigades: “you’re cool! come work with us!”) that she dropped the “I’m a man, no really” pretense (rebel brigades: “oh thank god we’re not gay”), started wearing braids, and fighting under her own name. By 1914, she was a captain underneath Pancho Villa, leading 200 men into battle.
Her crowning achievement was to sack the city of Torreon, which is a big freaking deal. Taking Torreon — in the biggest fight in the war to that date — gave Pancho Villa access to heavy artillery, a half million rounds of ammunition, armored rail cars, the works. And yet, Herrera was not given much, if any, credit for her work in the massive fight. Now, mind, she’s not mentioned in the official papers on this, so take it with a pinch of salt, but according to another soldier in the battle, “she was the one who took Torreon, she turned off the lights when they entered the city.” Still: she received no promotion to general afterwards.
In response, Herrera said “I’m out.” She left Villa’s forces and made her own — an independent all-female brigade. By the end of the war, was estimated to comprise around 300-400 women, down from (possibly wild) estimates of 1,000 at its peak. She looked after her women like a mama bear armed with a rifle. She wouldn’t let men sleep in her camp, and enforced that rule by staying up late and using any wayward male soldier that tried to get in as target practice.  
At the end of the fighting, she again requested to be made a general and remain in the military — but in return, she was only promoted to colonel, and her brigade was disbanded. What happened to the women of her brigade afterwards is unknown. 
Sadly, Petra met at ignominious end soon after. Working as a spy for Carranza’s forces in the role of a bartender in Jimenez, she was shot three times by a group of drunken men, and later died of her injuries.
And here’s the thing — as cool as she was, Petra was not unique in being an amazing soldadera. She wasn’t even unique in being an amazing soldadera named Petra who went by the male name of Pedro. There were so many awesomely distinguished women in the Mexican Revolution, it was hard to pick just one. Some others include:
Petra Ruiz (who also went by Pedro). She was nicknamed “Echa Balas” (Bullets), had a bad temper, and was so skilled with knives and guns that other soldiers would just let her have her way. One account tells of some soldiers arguing who would be first to rape a young girl, when Petra shows up, demands the girl for herself, and then, winning her through intimidation, lets her go.
Rosa Bobadilla, who, when widowed by the war, took up arms and fought in one hundred and sixty-eight battles — surviving them all to die at the age of eighty-three.
A woman named Chiquita, who rode into an enemy camp, saying she was a trained nurse. Hours later, she was fleeing town after having stolen papers, documents, and maps.
A 13-year-old girl named Elisa Grienssen, who, when US President Wilson sent an army into Mexico, rallied the women of Parral to kick them out. They surrounded the American commander (who was apparently already leaving, but taking his sweet time with it), throwing rocks and sticks, shouting “Viva Villa, Viva Mexico!”
Unfortunately, for most of the post-war history, soldaderas were largely memorialized through folk songs that, to my mind, didn’t quite do them justice, the most famous of which being La Adelita. In the song, the eponymous Adelita follows the army because she is in love with the sergeant. Although certainly that sort of thing happened, love wasn’t exactly the prime motivator for Petra “make me a fucking general already” Herrera.
Other portrayals of soldaderas, especially early on, tended to play into sexed-up gender stereotypes. Los de Abajo, a novel serialized in newspapers beginning in 1915, was a war novel that had two female leads: Camilla, the maternal, demure girlfriend, and La Pintada (the Painted One), who, though an excellent soldier, is portrayed as vulgar, out of control, and generally monstrous. She ends up stabbing Camilla out of jealousy and being exiled. Lame.
Art notes
Because Petra dressed as a man for much of her career, she is seen her in a period-accurate officer’s outfit. She has an officer’s sword, characteristic ammo bandolier, and is unfurling her braid from her hat, in a nod to her “guess what, I’m a lady” reveal. Her revolver is a copy of the one that Emiliano Zapato used (a Mexican S&W replica).
The soldaderas below her are in outfits more typical of the standard soldadera representation. I gave them each different tones that together comprise the colors of the Mexican flag. 
The woman in green is based on this picture. Just look at this lady. Holy hell.
The woman in the picture is carrying a Winchester rifle — a rifle which carries with it a history for another quite interesting woman.
The setting is an actual Mexican bridge that was around at the time, but it was clear on the other side of Mexico from where she operated (mostly Durango and Chihuhua). Still, I liked the visual, and it’s hard to find accurate pictures of bridges that were blown up a century ago.
Citations
Battleground Women: Soldaderas and Female Soldiers in the Mexican Revolution by Andres Resendez Fuentes
Soldaderas in the Mexican Military: Myth and History by Elizabeth Salas
Bookkeeping
I added more info (citations!) to the Nzinga Mbande entry. Still doing research to uncover the basis of those rumors, though!
Still working hard on figuring out how to make an RP book happen. These things take time. If you want to be kept in the loop, though, there’s a mailing list!
Next week on Rejected Princesses
Giving the people what they want: 90 cats from a cloud.

Are you guys following Rejected Princesses? Because you should. 

ehmeegee:

rejectedprincesses:

Petra Herrera, the Soldadera Princess

Ladies and gentlemen, today we fight for Pedro. I give you Colonel Petra “Pedro” Herrera, Mexican revolutionary, demolitions expert, and leader of a battallion of an all-female brigade that boasted hundreds of women.

Oversimplified, glib background: Mexican Revoliution. 1910s. President Diaz was being shitty. Revolutionaries (Pancho Villa, Zapato, others from the “bad boys of the revolution” calendar series) pop up and say, “hey, stop being shitty and step down already.” Bam, war. The armies engulf huge swaths of Mexican people, including many women.

Most of the embedded women (soldaderas) were covering the minutia that the let’s-go-fight-already soldiers hadn’t thought through — like, you know, eating. With the war swallowing up town after town, more and more women (and children) joined up with the growing armies, although, some of the forces straight-up kidnapped them (and worse). The result of the whole thing was that the armies of the time looked like a giant block party (a journalist at the time described the revolutionary Carranza’s camp as appearing like “an immense picnic”). 

Petra Herrera, though, was not about to cook or clean. Petra was there to kick ass.

DIsguising herself as a man (Pedro) in order to be eligible for battlefield promotions — a commonplace tactic among female soldiers of the time — Petra established her reputation with the revolutionaries through solid leadership, good marksmanship, and, you know, blowing up bridges. Eventually, she became so popular (rebel brigades: “you’re cool! come work with us!”) that she dropped the “I’m a man, no really” pretense (rebel brigades: “oh thank god we’re not gay”), started wearing braids, and fighting under her own name. By 1914, she was a captain underneath Pancho Villa, leading 200 men into battle.

Her crowning achievement was to sack the city of Torreon, which is a big freaking deal. Taking Torreon — in the biggest fight in the war to that date — gave Pancho Villa access to heavy artillery, a half million rounds of ammunition, armored rail cars, the works. And yet, Herrera was not given much, if any, credit for her work in the massive fight. Now, mind, she’s not mentioned in the official papers on this, so take it with a pinch of salt, but according to another soldier in the battle, “she was the one who took Torreon, she turned off the lights when they entered the city.” Still: she received no promotion to general afterwards.

In response, Herrera said “I’m out.” She left Villa’s forces and made her own — an independent all-female brigade. By the end of the war, was estimated to comprise around 300-400 women, down from (possibly wild) estimates of 1,000 at its peak. She looked after her women like a mama bear armed with a rifle. She wouldn’t let men sleep in her camp, and enforced that rule by staying up late and using any wayward male soldier that tried to get in as target practice.  

At the end of the fighting, she again requested to be made a general and remain in the military — but in return, she was only promoted to colonel, and her brigade was disbanded. What happened to the women of her brigade afterwards is unknown. 

Sadly, Petra met at ignominious end soon after. Working as a spy for Carranza’s forces in the role of a bartender in Jimenez, she was shot three times by a group of drunken men, and later died of her injuries.

And here’s the thing — as cool as she was, Petra was not unique in being an amazing soldadera. She wasn’t even unique in being an amazing soldadera named Petra who went by the male name of Pedro. There were so many awesomely distinguished women in the Mexican Revolution, it was hard to pick just one. Some others include:

  • Petra Ruiz (who also went by Pedro). She was nicknamed “Echa Balas” (Bullets), had a bad temper, and was so skilled with knives and guns that other soldiers would just let her have her way. One account tells of some soldiers arguing who would be first to rape a young girl, when Petra shows up, demands the girl for herself, and then, winning her through intimidation, lets her go.
  • Rosa Bobadilla, who, when widowed by the war, took up arms and fought in one hundred and sixty-eight battles — surviving them all to die at the age of eighty-three.
  • A woman named Chiquita, who rode into an enemy camp, saying she was a trained nurse. Hours later, she was fleeing town after having stolen papers, documents, and maps.
  • A 13-year-old girl named Elisa Grienssen, who, when US President Wilson sent an army into Mexico, rallied the women of Parral to kick them out. They surrounded the American commander (who was apparently already leaving, but taking his sweet time with it), throwing rocks and sticks, shouting “Viva Villa, Viva Mexico!”

Unfortunately, for most of the post-war history, soldaderas were largely memorialized through folk songs that, to my mind, didn’t quite do them justice, the most famous of which being La Adelita. In the song, the eponymous Adelita follows the army because she is in love with the sergeant. Although certainly that sort of thing happened, love wasn’t exactly the prime motivator for Petra “make me a fucking general already” Herrera.

Other portrayals of soldaderas, especially early on, tended to play into sexed-up gender stereotypes. Los de Abajo, a novel serialized in newspapers beginning in 1915, was a war novel that had two female leads: Camilla, the maternal, demure girlfriend, and La Pintada (the Painted One), who, though an excellent soldier, is portrayed as vulgar, out of control, and generally monstrous. She ends up stabbing Camilla out of jealousy and being exiled. Lame.

Art notes

  • Because Petra dressed as a man for much of her career, she is seen her in a period-accurate officer’s outfit. She has an officer’s sword, characteristic ammo bandolier, and is unfurling her braid from her hat, in a nod to her “guess what, I’m a lady” reveal. Her revolver is a copy of the one that Emiliano Zapato used (a Mexican S&W replica).
  • The soldaderas below her are in outfits more typical of the standard soldadera representation. I gave them each different tones that together comprise the colors of the Mexican flag. 
  • The woman in green is based on this picture. Just look at this lady. Holy hell.
  • The woman in the picture is carrying a Winchester rifle — a rifle which carries with it a history for another quite interesting woman.
  • The setting is an actual Mexican bridge that was around at the time, but it was clear on the other side of Mexico from where she operated (mostly Durango and Chihuhua). Still, I liked the visual, and it’s hard to find accurate pictures of bridges that were blown up a century ago.

Citations

Bookkeeping

  • I added more info (citations!) to the Nzinga Mbande entry. Still doing research to uncover the basis of those rumors, though!
  • Still working hard on figuring out how to make an RP book happen. These things take time. If you want to be kept in the loop, though, there’s a mailing list!

Next week on Rejected Princesses

Giving the people what they want: 90 cats from a cloud.

Are you guys following Rejected Princesses? Because you should. 

geoneo1:

I am very happy to announce the release of the Simple Webcomic Theme V4. I am especially happy to say that it has even been officially accepted into the tumblr theme garden!

After more than 2 months of work, I have ironed out all the creases of my first two attempts. I have added more customisation features, improved social aspects, and made it mobile-friendly to boot.

Getting to the finish line was rather hard, so I would like to thank the helping hands of Zirta, Johnathan Bigelow, and Kamaleshwar BN. A big thanks goes to Yale Stewart, whose JL8 artwork on the example site really brings it to life.

You can install it from: https://www.tumblr.com/theme/39018
You can see the example site here: http://webcomictheme.tumblr.com/
You can find the GitHub repository here: geoneo1/SimpleWebcomicTheme

A final note: I will be leaving the previous two versions live as they have lots of active installs. But if you are using an old version, please, please switch to the new theme. It’s much better in every way, honest. And I am more than a little embarrassed of my original code, so the less I see of it, the happier my conscious will be.

Thank you.

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These are actually solid questions

  • 1. First thing you wash in the shower?
  • 2. Are you more of a coffee or alcohol drinker?
  • 3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
  • 4. Do you plan outfits?
  • 5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
  • 6. Whats the closest thing to you thats red?
  • 7. What would you do if you opened your door and saw a dead body?
  • 8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
  • 9. Three of your current feelings?
  • 10. What are you craving right now?
  • 11. Turn ons?
  • 12. Turn offs?
  • 13. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?
  • 14. When was the last time you cried? Why?
  • 15. If you could be a superhero, who would you want to be?
  • 16. Did the one person who hurt you most in your life apologize?
  • 17. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
  • 18. Favorite movie ever?
  • 19. Do you like yourself?
  • 20. Have you ever met a celebrity?
  • 21. Could you handle being in the military?
  • 22. What are you listening to right now?
  • 23. How many countries have you visited?
  • 24. Are your parents strict?
  • 25. Would you go sky diving?
  • 26. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
  • 27. Whats on your mind right now?
  • 28. Is there anything you want to say to someone?
  • 29. Have you ever been in a castle?
  • 30. Do you rent movies often?
  • 31. Whats your zodiac sign?
  • 32. When was the last time you had sex?
  • 33. Name five facts about yourself.
  • 34. Ever had a near death experience? If so, what happened?
  • 35. Do you believe in karma or predestiny?
  • 36. Brown or white eggs?
  • 37. Do you own something from Hot Topic?
  • 38. Ever been on a train?
  • 39. Ever been in love?
  • 40. If you were paid 1 million dollars to spend the night in a supposed haunted house, would you do it?
  • 41. If you could trade places with any person living or dead, who would you trade places with?
  • 42. If you could shorten your life expectancy by 10 years to becopme more attractive, would you do it?
  • 43. Whom do you admire and why?
  • 44. What was your favorite bedtime story as a child?
  • 45. You’re walking down the street, you come across a burning building. A woman says her baby is trapped inside, what would you do?
  • 46. If you could choose the future profession of your son or daughter, would you?
  • 47. What was your best experience on drugs or alcohol?
  • 48. What was your worst experience on drugs or alcohol?
  • 50. As your walking down the street you find a suitcase full of money sitting next to a parked car, would you take it?
  • 51. If you found that a close friend has AIDS, would you still hang out with them?
  • 52. In front of you are 10 pistols, 5 of which are loaded. If you survive you’d receive 100 million dollars. Would you be willing to place 1 to your head and pull the trigger?
  • 53. How old were you when you lost your virginity?
  • 54. Do you believe in ghosts, werewolves or vampires?
  • 55. If you could live forever, would you want to?
  • 56. Which fictional movie character most resembles who you are?
  • 57. If you could go back in time, which time period would you visit?
  • 58. If they were to televise a live execution, would you watch it?
  • 59. If you could be the president of the USA, would you be willing to do it?
  • 60. If you could choose the sex of your unborn child, would you want to?
  • 61. Would you rather live longer or be wealthy?
The after.  Imagine a pretty long but somehow professional, controlled comb-over, which has been present in my head since the first grade.  Like even when my hair was super long down to my nose the traces of the comb-over were there.  Today I accidentally killed it.  I tried combing my hair over again and this was the result

The after.  Imagine a pretty long but somehow professional, controlled comb-over, which has been present in my head since the first grade.  Like even when my hair was super long down to my nose the traces of the comb-over were there.  Today I accidentally killed it.  I tried combing my hair over again and this was the result

Hair again

I cut my own hair now (I’ve done it sort of once?)

And doing it again tonight… I may have cut too much hair off hahahahaaha

Actually you know what, nah it’s fine, it was just too long.

I’m gonna commit

I’m never not cutting my own hair againg.  Every time it’s this crazy adventure.


EDIT: Yeah, I like the short hair, its like choppy but not.