Misc.

The Epic Tale of Ivanhoe the Cat

Kitten on phone (humor-day.com)Fresh out of university a decade or so ago, I was fresh-faced and eager to explore the seemingly limitless opportunities afforded to me through my career choice as a high school English teacher. Unfortunately, I soon learned that such jobs were exceedingly rare in my province (even more so nowadays), and so it was with a great sense of surprise that I landed a half-time position in a community about an hour outside of town. Of course, I seized upon the opportunity, but found myself in dire straights immediately. I was now expected to find lodgings I could afford, which worked out to a mere three hundred a month after a minimal grocery and utility budget was extracted from my meagre paycheque.

Now, by sheer coincidence, another young teacher --let's call him Joe Smith-- was hired the same day, and it turned out that I had met him briefly at a mutual friend's house a month before. Not only that, but he was looking for someone to split the cost of a house rental in the area. That evening, I moved in the essentials (bed, computer and books), and began the adjustment to my new job and surroundings. And to Joe.

He was cat-like in his habits. He was exceptionally tidy, spent an hour a day grooming himself, loved sports and games, and enjoyed prowling about the town like a tomcat in the evenings. And he had one other feline trait: he would do anything and everything he could get away with.

BattleFleet (Battle Ship)!!!!!

Battleship for the planner!!!! Use flag Post-It(TM) notes to make ships, and play with a friend! Print two pages. I am still figuring out How to make shots, and the board reusable, but cut ships to size, and have fun.

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Play BattleFleet for fun in the car, plane, in meetings, or anywhere.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview), OpenOffice.org Draw, Blue Highway Fonts
Language: 
English

Teacher's Lesson Planner

A Lesson Planner for teachers (3x5).

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I've found this very handy for planning lessons on the go. I can jot down my objectives, make a few notes, briefly outline my lesson's structure, and list the things I'll need to make it all happen. Plus there's that handy box in the corner for the date or a tiny doodle.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

Battery Box

Templates will list those elusive battery sizes, so you no longer have to remember!

Usage advice: 

Lump total number needed in the completed template, or use the blank template to list items individually.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

DVD Lending List

Ever lend out your DVDs and forget who has them? Me too. So I whipped up this quick form for jotting down who has all my movies.

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Record the date, the DVD title and who you lent it to when you lend out your discs.

When you get them back, you can check off the box.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

DIY/GTD Teacher Kit

A set of 21 forms (all 2up) which should be of use to teachers who are implementing a GTD system on their work- and home life. Includes a number of GTD pages, plus school specific items (Dayplan, student records, anecdotals, etc.)

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1. Today's NA (stuff to do today)
2. Class Checklist (ensure everything's handed in)
3. @ marking (remember what you need to mark, record, and return)
4. student records (record marks; take attendance)
5. communication (record communication with parents; file later)
6. anecdotal (keeping tabs/observations on a student; file later)
7. dayplan (self explanatory)
8. lesson planning (for actually planning/preparing for lessons)
9. @waiting on (2 kinds: one for borrowed stuff; one for work)
10. unit sequence (for recording what order things were done ... for next year purposes)
11. assorted GTD type pages with various self-explanatory contexts (@recon=errands ... it sounds more like what teachers do; @thinking about = someday/maybe ... has a more 'positive' sound to it)
12. A sheet of mini next action cards (to be sliced up and kept as a mini-hipster, for those times you don't have your little binder with you)

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

Japanese writing paper ("genkoyoushi" - adapted from incompetech.com)

Japanese writing paper (genkoyoushi), adapted from the page generated at Kevin MacLeod's Free Online Graph Paper/Grid Paper PDFs page.

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With Kevin MacLeod's permission, I've adapted this Japanese writing paper (genkoyoushi) to ensure there's enough room for hole punching.

The 1-up file includes front and back for duplex printing on 5.5"x8.5" paper. Printing the 2-up file with a duplex printer requires that the printer be set to long-edge duplexing, as the first page is upside down with respect to the second.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Public Domain
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
Japanese

Hex Graph Paper (adapted from incompetech.com)

Graph paper with hexagons instead of squares, adapted from the paper generated at Kevin MacLeod's Free Online Graph Paper/Grid Paper PDFs page.

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With Kevin MacLeod's permission, I've adapted this hex graph paper to ensure there's enough room for hole punching. Use it to design wilderness adventures for RPGs, or maybe to depict bee dances. Really, very freeform.

The 1-up file includes front and back for duplex printing on 5.5"x8.5" paper. Printing the 2-up file with a duplex printer requires that the printer be set to long-edge duplexing, as the first page is upside down with respect to the second.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Public Domain
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
NA

PigPog: Moleskines vs Filofax Cost Comparisons

PigPogAs a general rule of thumb, we tend not to link too much to other sites, as there are other places (like LifeHack.org) that do a far better job of keeping on top of these things. But seeing as how our dear friend Steve is yet again practicing his Not Getting Things Done ;-), I thought I'd take this moment to point you folks at an interesting D*I*Y Planner -related post at PigPog. Michael has been recently trying a number of different methods of being productive, weighing mainly a Moleskine against a Filofax, and has created a cost comparison between the two.

PigPog, for those of you not familiar with the site, is a great blog that also concentrates on productivity and creativity, and it's on my daily reading list. On a personal note, I'd like to congratulate Michael (aka pigpogm) and Sam (aka pigpogs) on their impending nuptuals. He actually proposed online, in a blog entry. Fortunately, she accepted, also online. Those crazy kids....