County Fair Time

I love a county fair, especially when it is right next door to a school. Check out this fair on the grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum, right next door to 224Q.

Popcorn and Sno Cones?! Pinch me!


At Queens County Farm Museum, which is next door to 224Q, there is a flock of chicken.

This is their story.

Chicken Movie on Vimeo

Check out the chicken at the 53 second mark. I do believe it is giving me stink eye.


Next to a 224Q school in Queens there is a working farm (Queens County Farm Museum). I stopped by the other day and took some photographs of the lifestock. That is the school in the background.

There were cows, horses, ponies(?), pigs and chickens. Wht do you think about the chickens in the tree? Pretty disturbing….

App bulletin board

In a computer lab, on a bulletin board.

Have you used any of these apps?

Value of Art

This display shows the value of art:  value as in instrinsic worth of a drawing, and value as in amount of shading in a drawing.

Sad Fred

Something about this portrait of Fred Flinstone makes me thoughtful. What can he be thinking about?

Scary Mask

This student made this mask.

Student-Made Monsters

At the district-wide arts festival, a student showcased his creations. Each is made 100% from aluminum foil and nothing else. For those who do not remember, King Giggdora (also spelled Ghidorah) is the three-headed monster that battles Godzilla for dominion over Tokyo). See Mothra? The other models are different dinosaur designs

Move Over, Boy Scouts Badge

There is a new idiocy movement sweeping the “sitting-behind-a-desk” world: achievement badges. Companies, including many educational technology companies, are eager to bestow digital images, which they call badges, on people who complete online courses and in-person seminars. Winners of these digital badge images can attach them to their email signatures, their Linked-in profiles, etc. The more badges a person has, the more *fill-in-the-blank* they are/get.

Does this remind you of boy/girl scout badges? Does it remind you of the days when distinguished members of the ivied walls of academia would add letters and abbreviations after their names in recognition of their numerous academic degrees?

Do you feel the need to list images all the college courses you passed during your college career? Do you think that it would make you smarter or more capable because you sat through a class and passed the final exam?

Here are several of Microsoft’s innumerable badges. I earned one of them…I cannot remember which one though.


MS badges

MS badges

MS badges


Charle Bender, HSD FS, NYC; BA, Soc./Anth, Carl. Col, MN; MID, PI, NYC.





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