Simultaneously the other day:
- I reconnected with some old college buddies and realized through our perfunctory catch-up chatting that I won some sort of lottery a few years back, a lottery I didn’t enter, the prize of which was a career and some hobbies I find eminently satisfying. Dodged a bullet there, apparently.
- I realized this blogging thing has to be more than the exchange of ideas — you and me, me and you — that, for the ideas to really take root, there has to be some personality lubricating the transaction. There is, of course, the concern that a noxious personality might attach itself to worthy ideas, but we’re going to risk that here.
So my alter ego would like to introduce himself now.
I love teaching but I keep mistresses. I love graphic design. I love editing video.
I got with a great wedding photographer two months ago who gave me carte blanche approval to design an album, any album, to take the status quo and mix it up a bit. That’s this. (Page 8 is all math teacher.)
Mount Hermon Camps hired me to make a promotional DVD for their youth programs. There were the usual shots of kids having fun and the usual peppy soundtrack but also some motion graphics work which involved more math than I anticipated. That’s this.
Both hobbies are central to my personhood yet somehow completely detached from my teaching. Graphic design helps me lay out a good Algebra slide in Keynote, but there are certainly two distinct Dan Meyer’s running around the San Lorenzo Valley. I’d like to get ’em together and see what they could do, but I can never seem to arrange an introduction.
So that’s me. What’s your other thing?