Now

This is what I’m doing right now. I’ll update this page more often than I do other parts of my website and will share specific projects I’m working on right now as well as list books I’m reading, movies I’ve seen, or even things that people on the Internet refer to as TIL (Today I Learned).

Professional

Year 2 of our GEAR UP To College and Beyond has kicked off great with campuses celebrating the National GEAR UP Week to raise awareness and inspiring kids to go to college. The Year 1 Review Meeting went well with one district meeting 14 of the 19 annual goals in their first year considering it was a baseline year.

Books

After finishing ‘Neither Here Nor There’, I had a hankering for more Bill Bryson and am more than halfway thru his latest ‘The Road to Little Dribbling‘, the sequel to his ‘Notes from a Small Island‘, which incidentally also sits on my digital shelf. I also finished James Crabtree’s ‘The Billionaire Raj: A Journey through India’s new Gilded Age‘. I almost couldn’t believe the India I was reading about that I left nearly 20 years ago but then again, plenty of things (e.g. nepotism) have still remained the same.

Movies

I loved ‘Crazy Rich Asians‘. Not only is it a well-paced​ and excellently written movie but also lends credence to the idea that a minority-only cast can carry a big-budget movie to box office success. On the other hand, Deadpool 2, really? Funny in parts but I guess the charm has worn off for me. It has its moments but fails when it tries to take itself seriously.

TIL

The Barbie Doll, the ​beloved toy for little girls for the past 50 years was a rip-off by Mattel from Germany’s Bild Lilli doll! Earlier, Mattel thought “parents wouldn’t want to purchase a curvaceous, overtly sexual toy for their kids.” Ha! Look who’s projecting.