Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jean Harlow


Welcome to Actresses of the Early Days of the Silver Screen week on OPOD. Today we have a picture of Jean Harlow. It was taken on Capitol Hill, and she is pictured with Senator Robert Reynolds. I find it interesting how much things have changed since this picture was taken. It is obvious they are just posing the shot for the cameras; however, today I think most politicians would have the good sense to not "paw" on a woman like this in front of the cameras. Second, notice that he is smoking a cigarette indoors, which is pretty much not seen today. The third thing, note how Ms. Harlow is wearing a fur coat . . . definitely a No No today.

Domestic Update:

OK, I finished my first week of the school year. I must say this is the finest group of students I have ever had. They are all polite, serious, and eager to learn. I am really looking forward to the electronics class. The school let me get really nice electronics lab equipment, so I will be able to have practical hands on projects to supplement the theoretical stuff. About half the students in this class are very smart, and are wanting to become electrical or mechanical engineers. The other half are more hands on learners, and are interested in attending a junior college to become either electricians, electronics technologists, or Certified Wind Turbine Technologists. All the students are working very hard, and view the material as something they really want to know. The hard thing about teaching the class is that it requires very strong math skills, and most of the students coming into the class are deficient in their math skills. In order to solve real problems in Electronics, you can not use Real numbers, the problems must be solved using imaginary and complex numbers. The students have almost no expertise in imaginary numbers. So, I have found that I have to teach them the math as we go through the class. What I have found is that the students LEARN the math much better in a class like this, than they do in a math class. They see that they have a problem to solve in a circuit, and in order to solve it they need a new math skill. The circuits put the math into the context of being relevant in the real world.

I have not talked about the greenhouse in a while. The electrician has been working on the wiring on the inside of the greenhouse. He is about done, so hopefully I can get the plumbers back out next week. Then we should pretty much be wrapped up, and I can start getting things planted.

18 comments:

  1. WOW!
    "They are all polite, serious, and eager to learn."
    How many years has it been since a teacher had that to say about an incoming class?
    I'd guess a half century.

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  2. how about a picture of elizabeth taylor ,she was the most beautiful woman of her day

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  3. When I get to teaching imaginary numbers the students usually say-we have enough trouble with "real" things why do we have to mess around with "imaginary" things. Ha
    rwm

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  4. Anon,
    I always felt like it was unfortunate that these things were named "imaginary" numbers. There is nothing imaginary about them. They are just as "real" as real numbers. Many engineering problems require the use of these numbers. They should have been called "phased" numbers, in that they are numbers that enable you to keep track of phase.
    PJM

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  5. Funny photo! I'd like to point out a few other dated items in this photo: hats with veils, giant stones on rings, men with pinky rings, bow ties, handkerchiefs for use instead of ornamentation, vests, and the practice of keeping a framed picture of yourself on your mantle.

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  6. Congratulations on taking on the challenge of teaching. Sounds like everyone will gain from the experience this year.

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  7. Mat, you forgot to mention the oily hair.
    El

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  8. Sorry, I meant Nate not Mat.
    El

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  9. El, I almost mentioned the Brylcreem, but then I started thinking about some of my students who must use something similar.

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  10. If you teach realy fast and hard, maybe some of your students that want to be electricians can do you wiring for you.

    Just a little humor there. Yes, I know, very little humor.

    What ages are your students?

    By the way, we want photos also

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  11. I'm curious about how many boys vs girls are in your classes. I went to a vocational high school back in the day, and graduated not only with a high school diploma, but an AA as well. The story was similar when I went on to college. I was almost always the only girl in a lot of the hard sciences classes as well. Has that changed much?

    Beki

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  12. And I'll bet if he dribbled ashes on that fur coar, the "sweetness and light" would turn into "thunder and lightning" very quickly.

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  13. Lady Anne: all accounts seem to suggest that Jean Harlow had a good sense of humour (thus the pose, no doubt) - why do you think she would pull a Mr. Hyde had anything happened to her coat? Or is it because Sen. Reynolds was a notorious womanizer?

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  14. My high school physics teacher taught the best problem solving skills--stood me in good stead in college statistics. I've thought ever since, that math should be taught in a real world environment. One of my children has difficulties with both reading and math, but since she loves to bake, she's comfortable with basic fractions (try doubling or tripling a recipe calling for 1 1/3 cups of this and 3/4 cups of that).

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  15. Aristocrabpuff, maybe I'm just reflecting my own values onto some one else. A fur coat such as that one was pretty darned expensive, and a cigarette burn down the sleeve would have rendered it unwearable. I might have been oh, so polite in public, but there would have been a certain amount of "Now what?" out in the hallway.

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  16. I'd wear that coat in a minute!!

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  17. The photo is hysterically funny. Today, a document like that could serve as the cornerstone of any impeachment hearing!

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  18. doesn't the fella to the right look a lot like a "cleaned up" Will Rogers? who is he anyway?

    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

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