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I hacked our own servers

Well, of course I did not. There is a story behind it and it connects neatly to the previous post. After my pupils (that’s students in American English) showed a remarkable lack of knowledge in computer and internet related things, I decided to teach them a very relevant lesson: “If …

A Technological Dark Age

The more I teach my pupils about the internet, computers, cyber security and related topics, the more concerned I get. Granted, when it comes to computers, I am a comparative late starter. When I was the age my older pupils are in (i.e. 30 years ago) there was a sizable …

Something utterly awesome from Poland

Last Thursday, I went on a mission to Poland. It was actually school business and connected to ERASMUS (check out the link), so the awesomeness happened more or less (well, less, to be honest) along the way. Some background-information: As some of you may remember, I spent two weeks in …

#Python for Pupils – The first Project

Well, I am about to embark on my first teaching mission concerning actual coding. Since none of my pupils have ever coded before and some do not even have a proper computer at home, only smart phones and tablets, I will start with a very basic project. What I have …

Planescape Cut Out

Non-Euclidean Æthercast #54: Taking Newbies to the Planescape Part 1

https://media.blubrry.com/non_euclidean_aethercast/p/s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/aethercast/aethercast/NonEuclidean54.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 16.5MB) | EmbedWe are playing D&D Planescape at the English Club of my school. Yay! I am the Dungeon Master, and last Monday, we started the campaign. It went very differently from what I had expected with some very interesting …

For Beltalowda!

This is how I feel at the moment: Coincidentally, I am wearing a The Expanse fan shirt today… The Expanse is my favourite TV show (narrowly beating Star Trek Discovery) and the scene above captures nicely how I feel, as I said already. After two partially arduous years, I have …

Non-Euclidean Æthercast #48 – Encouragement to be different

https://media.blubrry.com/non_euclidean_aethercast/p/s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/aethercast/aethercast/NonEuclidean48.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:34 — 10.5MB) | Embed“It’s OK to be different!” is one of those lines you find a lot in geeky/nerdy/dark (or a mix of things) subcultures. Unfortunately there is / was a time in the life of each of, well, us, when …

Non-Euclidean Æthercast #47 – Geek Teacher Double Standards plus The Zombies, Run! Helloween Race

https://media.blubrry.com/non_euclidean_aethercast/p/s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/aethercast/aethercast/NonEuclidean47.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:52 — 10.6MB) | EmbedAfter a longer break than I had anticipated it is finally time for the next episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast. This one is on the double-bladed side of things. The first part is a bit of a rant …

Being a Dungeon Master helps in being a Teacher

1988 was a significant year in my then rather young life: For one, I would go on a student exchange with the USA (Hill-Murray School, to be precise) later that year Some of my longest-lasting friendships began that year I started fantasy role-playing, Dungeons & Dragons and the Lone Wolf …

And then I noticed I am the resident Tech-Priest / Technomage

For the past almost four months I have been working as a teacher and it has thus been the best time of my working life (not counting university and actually eclipsing my time with Games Workshop). Before that, I spent the last ten years working with, in, and on the …