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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us.
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website:
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Purchased 6 and a half years ago, my beloved Sangean WR-2 is on the fritz with speaker sound fading in and out. It works fine through the earbuds. I like the radio a lot and will either replace it or... Continue reading
Posted 2 minutes ago at Herculodge
I've been really struggling with basic functions, so my wife sent me this: Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Herculodge
Tony has apprised us of the latest watch gadgetry, an Apple watch you can get out of your printer. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Herculodge
Championing oversized Invicta watches for many years, it appears Michael Davis broke his ties with that company and did so in a publish fashion, posting his discontent with his job on his facebook page as posted on Miss Moss the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herculodge
Signs of Life in the USA Seventh Edition Syllabus Template Twenty-Four Lessons Introduction to English 1A Introduction to Semiotics and Critical Reading/Writing 1-22; Chapter 1: Consuming Passions 81-103 (Shames and Gladwell) Writing About Popular Culture 23-64; Chapter 1: 104-116 (Norton and Dery) Conducting Research and Citing Sources 65-79; Chapter 1:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Lessons for 23 Classes Updated on July 22, 2014 (one 1,300-word annotated bibliography for last essay) Introduction to English 1C “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 799-812; Introduction and Chapter 1: Four Pillars of Argument 3-23 Chapter 1 Continued: Is College Education Worth the Money? 23-50 “Politics and the English Language” 778-788;... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Example of an Essay That Refutes Viktor Frankl's Core Message Youngtae An McMahon English 1C 2014.4.16 Man's Search for Meaning In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl tells the very personal story of his experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. He presents this story... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
I don't wear the CGT enough. I need to feed the love for it. I'm not sure if the Mega would suit me for long-term but I do like it a lot.
SWLing Post reports strong performance on SW and AM with the Tecsun R1212A Portable Radio. Sadly, the radio is no longer produced. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herculodge
About ten years ago, my short story "The Curse of Tatiana Minero," a fable about a man whose memories of a teenage girl ruin his life, was published in Void magazine. I did a Google search of the story today... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herculodge
If you like big monster teeth on your watches and a big 48mm bezel with double-coated sapphire and professional grade lume, you might be tempted by the Benarus Megalodon. I'd like to see real photos first. However, 4 of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herculodge
English 1A Two typed 1,200-word essays 200 each, 400 total One final 1,600-word essay, 400 total 2 in-class reading exams (for the reader text) 550 words, 100 each, 200 total 1 annotated 1,500-word bibliographies 100 Class Participation and Attendance 100 Extra Credit is 100. Total 1,200 1C is same as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Last night already weary of having gained about 8 pounds over the last 8 weeks, my family, another family, and I gathered at a pizzeria where I promised myself I’d limit myself to two pizza slices. However, that’s not how... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herculodge
Of the 3 watches, I prefer the Sawtooth.
Either the Seiko Sawtooth in blue or the Irranteum Magellan. Both are quite rare. Related articles Too Much of a Good Thing Can Lead to Redundance in Your Watch Collection An Affordable Manly Watch Grail That Probably Got Away Ultimate... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herculodge
SWLing Post covers some good radio values available today. Very tempting is the Grundig Satellit 750 for $170. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herculodge
Get rid of those in-class quizzes and assign four annotated bibliographies. Samples English 1A would have 5 sources and 1,000 words. English 1C would have 4 sources and 750 words. Four Annotated Bibliographies 50 First 3 essays 150 Final Essay 400 Final Reading Exam 100 Class participation 50 1,200 words Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Addressing the problems of compressed files, Brandon writes: As much as I can't stand badly compressed mp3 files, I think the bigger problem today that continues to get worse each year is not bitrate compression, but rather audio compression (ie,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Herculodge
Doug, how does the speaker sound on the Sony EX5MK2? I notice it's about 175 on Amazon.
Very good, unbiased explanation of the big watch craze on A Blog to Watch. Thanks, Gary, for apprising us of this article. Related articles Gary Identifies Some Seiko Watch QC Issues Gary Says Know Your Listening Objectives Before Getting a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Herculodge
I'm not buying it. 1. They complain we have sacrificed music quality for convenience. This ignores the fact that we have music available to us anywhere and everywhere, and consume far more of it than we once did, strictly because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Herculodge
Short documentary called The Distortion of Sound explains declining sound quality in our digital age. The good: Music immediately accessible. The bad: Degraded sound quality. The concern of the iPod and compromised sound quality was discussed here about 5 years... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Herculodge
Ulysses writes: Smartphone hell is capitalism at its finest. Welcome to the hamster wheel. I don't have a smartphone. As a result I have less anxiety and an excellent memory. I fear that the over-use of such devices will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Herculodge
Mike writes: CC2E beats everything I have on weak signal AM DX INCLUDING the GE SupeRadios. Easy to use, you know exactly the frequency you're tuned to. Weather band with storm warning "ALERT" feature a big plus, especially for those... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Herculodge
Truth, in the words of Paul: The smartphone is the new cigarette. Just pay attention next time you're in a restaurant and the eating is over in the table next to you. Immediately the smartphones come out. Related articles Are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Herculodge