November 24, 2008

monday quiz: back to school (beta) edition

it lives! the monday quiz is back. it's been a long while since we had a regular quiz here on chronic holiday. i'm very pleased that seahorse has breathed life back into the quiz. she also set me the task of trying to figure out how to do a 6 part quiz with 3 possible answers for each question. is this my wake up call here at the hotel? anyway, consider this a beta test of the newest monday quiz as i haven't used surveymonkey before. if you enable pop ups and then refresh your browser, this should be successful. without further ado, here is seahorse with her schoolhouse blues:

I have recently had the monumental task of looking round secondary schools with my son. In the UK, there's the state vs. private conundrum. We looked at community state schools, grammar schools and private (independent) schools. The first are free, the second are free but have an entrance exam, the third are free if you are poor enough but very expensive if you are not.

What struck me, after the discussions about "which school" were over, was the fact that all the visits offered a class-busting glimpse into how society treats disability. There were, on several visits, some real corkers in terms of lack of disability awareness through to outright prejudice – and of course the classic clueless remarks that we've all come to know and roll our eyes at. Also, some hidden gems.

So, your task is to figure out what type of school each of the following incidents occurred at: an expensive private, selective grammar or mainstream community school.

[if a pop up window does not open, you can take the quiz by clicking on the link below. you can't see the results with this type of survey. i'll post the numbers at the end of the week.]

Click Here to take quiz

thank you, seahorse. does more money lead to more access? do bad attitudes exist everywhere? this quiz makes you think. we'll post the answers next monday.

if you're looking for instant gratification, you can go back and vote on seahorse's first guest quiz and find the answer in the comments section following the post; for this quiz, however, you will have to fold your hands nicely on your desk and bloody well be patient.

UPDATE: when you cast your vote, you can't see how other people are voting, so i thought i'd let you know how things are going so far: november, 27: with 20 people voting, expensive private school is well ahead in all questions except for number 2, where mainstream community school is taking the lead. i don't have the fancy touch screen displays like CNN, but at least i can keep you informed about how things are looking at the polls, i mean quiz.

UPDATE 2: look in the comments section where seahorse has posted the answers along with her take on the whole school dilemma. we always get a bit of schooling from seahorse!

November 12, 2008

prelude to a post

i'm working on a new post about eating meat and animal fat. i haven't been especially carnivorous lately, i've just been reading a bit about a new book fat: an appreciation of a misunderstood ingredient, with recipes.

i'm still not in top blogging form here at the hotel, so here's a little something to help keep you on theme until i do a proper post. here is a scintillating video by the late andy warhol:



still hungry for more meat? check out james lileks' gallery of regrettable food: meat, meat meat! edition.

November 2, 2008

so convenient, so safe

something for you to ponder while i continue with my non-posting ways here at the hotel. you must click on the image below and read all about this innovative product with the gay new patterns.



is it just me, or does the animal image in the frame on the wall look like it has a skull head. were the artists in the ad company trying to warn people? do we still need to wonder why so many people have chronic health problems?