Archive for March, 2004


Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Marking the assignments took less time than I thought. They were good! Not great, but good. I had been giving hints on how to break the problem down into managable steps and I can tell that several of them have just done the first step I described and handed in that. As if they lost […]

Bill and Alistair and me

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Recent postings here have had rather a lot to do with teaching and computers. To redress the balance, here are somethings that make me **feel**.


Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

I can hardly believe it. This is the last lab session before the deadline for the Javascript Assignment — the one where I set 12 different assignments for the 12 ladies in the class — I have helped three ladies this morning and, despite the fact that the lab seems full of my class, who […]

Brie Tish

Monday, March 29th, 2004

That’s what they shouted at me today as I was on my way to the market in Tala: “Brie-tish, brie-tish!”. Or was it “Bree-tish”, or possibly “camambert”? That bike draws attention. Erm what bike? Hang on, Ill see if I can upload the pic. (the pic is very large so I have move it to […]

Square eyes

Friday, March 26th, 2004

Been sitting at my computer most of the day. I decided to set 12 separate assignments for the Javascript class to make a point about copying because last time I got 6 identical disks and the other 6 had copied a lot too. But it means thinking of 12 roughly equivalent exercises, writing the questions […]

More frivolity

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

Despite the vaguely Cary On humor of the previous entry (frankly, I think its a load of Toss!) there is a serious conversation going on there. Meanwhile the power went off here (as sometimes happens) and I walked to Tala to post five letters to the UK and Belgium, and to buy some food I […]

For some reason…

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

…I find this amusing This morning while I was running three small girls in blue jumpers and skirts, carrying their obligatory books and, for some reason, bits of stick, waited for me by the side of the road. Imagine them: three tiny tots who know they ought to be walking west towards Nguluni but there […]

Birthdays are special days

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

Oh yes they are! More photos in ‘more’ section. Got some more post this morning: a wonderful CD from the Jungle Kid, thank you so much! And a letter from Lydia. There is a movie on the CD which I have seen only on a machine that has no sound card: dark shapes move rythmically […]

Teaching continued

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

The thing entertaining me most at the moment is this teaching question. But don’t forget I’m also on the look out for some half-decent PCs for our cybercafe!

Shameless request for help

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

I was talking to someone before I came here about donating computers. I can’t remember who it was, but the gist was that they worked for a company that upgraded their machines and just put the old ones into storage. I thought, at the time that it would not be possible to use them here […]