This Saturday is the 5th birthday of my blog. That's hard to believe. I started the blog as a way to share pictures and stories of our adventures we would have while teaching at a university in China in the summer of 2005. I was reluctant, but at the urging of and with the help of a young tech I worked with at IT, I set up my blog. My first post, on June 19, 2005, was called Strangers in Paradise . If you weren't an ivman reader back in 2005 and 2006, you might enjoy seeing the pictures and reading the accounts of our experiences during the two months we taught summer school in China.
I had been sending out "iv's" (instant vacations by e-mail since sometime back in 1996 or 1997 and got used to maintaining a regular mailing schedule. Some of you who have been reading "my stuff" since the earliest e-mailings probably deserve a purple heart! 🙂 When I saw how easy it was to publish blog posts, which included images, I decided to start to distribute my "iv's" by way of the blog instead of by e-mail. If you're a fairly new ivman reader and don't know all the history, you might find my about page  an interesting explanation of what my blog is all about.
In blogging it's important to be consistent — in timing and in over-all content. Some blogs start out great guns and then quickly die out because the blogger did not count the cost of how much work it is to keep up a consistent schedule. In a post called How to Start a Blog  I shared the following comic strip along this line.
Keeping with the theme of consistency, I'd like to share a fun series of pictures. One of the posters we hang up for a few weeks each school year in our French classroom is the one below. Ernest's face is amazingly flexible and expressive for illustrating the different emotions.
That's a far cry from this classic Far Side cartoon showing how to recognize the emotions of Irish Setters.
Here's a cartoon I found about how to read Obama's emotions lately.
Obama has been known to freeze in other poses as well. A video that went viral last year was a montage of photos of the Obamas posing with over a hundred foreign leaders at a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Here are some of the photos used in the montage:
Since the top of Mr. Obama's head is unfortunately cut off in the video that works on my blog, here's one of the pictures that give you a close-up view of his whole head.
Watch his smile in this 22 second video. (You might want to turn down the volume on your computer.)
His amazingly consistent smile simply never changed! (Actually, when viewed like that, it's kinda creepy....) And you know he had to have moved around and made at least a little small talk with each person or group before each photograph was taken.
Someone assembled a collage of pictures that show the seriously amusing consistency of another world political leader — Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany.
Now that's amazing consistency, isn't it?! 🙂 It makes me wonder what consistent quirks I have as a teacher in front of my classes. I'm sure my students could tell me. 🙂
Lord willing, I plan to continue blogging as long as I have ideas and as long as people keep reading what I publish. I hope my iv's bring you much pleasure, as well as getting you to consider a different perspective from time to time. I enjoy putting the posts together and getting feedback on them.
Thanks to those who post comments on my blog. This summer has been so busy that I've not been able to be consistent in replying to comments. I will try to do better. Though I work at IT during the day, I'm seldom at any one computer long enough to write replies. And my evenings have been almost totally consumed with family events or house and garden work. At least I'm staying consistent with my Monday and Thursday morning postings.... Phew!
"The more we have, the more what we have has us." - Drew Conley
Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they will never cease to be amused.