UN SDG files – large images

We’re often using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for things at our school. We have service days in the middle school where the projects are aligned to the UN SDGs. We are publishing our school’s efforts to improve our impact on the community and environment as they relate to the SDGs. And out HS Clubs that are service related will likely be categorized as they connect to the SDGs. And we have a very active MUN Impact club — see what they are up to on their club website.

The UN provides high resolution images of the SDG icons, but they seem to be buried in zip files. So here are just the images. Click on any thumbnail to go to the high resolution image file.

Chennai floods 2015

The cyclone that hit Chennai, India in November saturated the ground and filled area reservoirs.  It continued to rain through the month, nearly beating a record set over 100 years ago.  Then on December 2nd, Chennai got more rain in 24 hours than it normally gets in the entire month of December.

Our home was alright.  We actually had power more often during the four days that our school was closed than we had during a break in early November.   We had no internet service but hadn’t had any for a month anyway.  (In fact, we’re now going on three full months without wired internet access at home.)  A matter of poor timing, the pump that supplies water to our rooftop cistern that is used for showers, toilets and sinks was being repaired.  We had a full cistern but no way to refill it and didn’t know how long we’d be without it.

Our generator had plenty of fuel (though the gas stations were rationing sales) and the local grocery store let us buy food on an IOU since credit card machines wouldn’t work and ATMs were out of cash.  But we had plenty of movies, crafts, games, LEGO and puzzles to hole up for as long as needed.

We took in a friend and her newborn for a few days.  We also had a family move their boxed up things into our home while they transitioned from the hotel into their new home.  Their apartment ended up with about two feet of water inside so they had to relocate.

We got out bike riding and running a little too…

Print your own Monopoly money

Here are links to .pdf files so that you can print your own

These used to be hosted by Hasbro but for some reason they changed the link and I can no longer find them on their site. These could be great to use as original graphic files to make your own money for games.  Easier to print of a few hundred dollars in custom money than to get your own custom poker chips!  Of course, if you want to get your hands on real replacement Monopoly money you can get it here for under $15.

Sidewalk Messes

A few weeks ago i was walking down this sidewalk in the early morning. I saw the strangest pile of dog crap i had ever seen. I was in a rush so didn’t stop and study it but it looked like the pile was of almost identical pieces. They were all about the exact same size and were a very light brown with occasional white parts. I was pretty disgusted because this sidewalk almost always has dog poop on it. A half hour later i was rushing back by. The sun was finally up so it was light enough for me to see that it was not a pile of dog feces. They were cheese-sticks. Ravens or dogs ate them within the hour.

Save the planet

“You recycle?” Devren asked in a condescending tone.

I sure do. I have to save the planet.

“What – do you think you’re Captain Planet or something?” He shot back.

Nope. Captain Planet has nothing on me, man. Nothing.

“Yeah he does. Captain Planet can fly. Captain Planet can fly, Zieak.”