The vibe of the Ibs

This week the #gtstoogies will be enjoying a picnic BBQ on the beach.
Imaginational Dabrowski declared it to be a Vibe of the Ibs occasion.
The saying “It’s just the Vibe – it’s Mabo, it’s the constitution – it’s the Vibe” comes from one of my favourite Australian films The Castle.
We have wonderful foods that are delicious, but can be very messy to eat, like BBQ ribs covered in sauce, sweet corn on the cob dripping with butter and large slices of juicy watermelon.
But it does not matter because we have the personalised #gtstoogies bibs to catch any dribbles. Intellectual Dabrowski is ready to sample the BBQ meat.
Earlier he went to the library and borrowed the Bible, plays by Ibsen, information about the IB – International Baccalaureate program  and one of my favourite books Dibs in search of self by Virginia M. Axline.

The Twitter birds are getting into the vibe of the day too – one is reading the Ibsen plays and another is practising calligraphy with suitable nibs having consulted Cybraryman’s writing page

A passing yacht is displaying a fine jib and a visiting ibis brought a postcard from Ibiza.

Seafood feast for #gtstoogies

A seafood feast has been ordered for the #gtstoogies this week.
There are platters of sushi and lobster and the plank grilled salmon ordered by Jen. We do have alternatives for any stoogies who do not like seafood or are not able to eat it.
The Pro Lobster Lobby and forensic lobsters arrived hot on the trail of the wicked lemon wedges which had apparently claimed more of their fellows.
Chin Dog arrived to taste test the sushi bringing with him some more chindogu gifts . This time it was umbrellas all round – including umbrellas for the drinks, the Lobsters, the Twitter Birds, Sprite’s feet and the Bib Tree where the personalized #gtstoogies bibs hang. Thank you, Lisa, for extending the budget to cover the deluxe personalised bibs! Please click on the image to see it in more detail.
Through one window you get a glimpse of the whales and through the other you can see the screen for viewing films later and the popcorn machine. At the moment pre show advertisements for the lobby facilities are being shown.

Imaginational Dabrowski is fairly sure he can see the Tree Octopus in the Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree.

Sprite is taking her fish away because she does not trust the Twitter bird on the 21C Water Cooler.

Preparing for #RSCON3

The Twitter Birds and the Dabrowski Dogs are helping me to prepare for attending the Reform Symposium #RSCON3  which will be held 29-31 July 2011.
You can find out all about the event at

I have attended the two previous events of the Reform Symposium and loved the experience of learning from leaders in the use of technology in education from all around the world.

These conference sessions are free to  attend and there are no travel costs and no need to dress formally. Indeed, as some people have noted, you could participate in the sessions in your pyjamas or daggy old tracksuit if you wished.

But I do have some tips for getting maximum benefit from the time and that is why I have enlisted the help of the Twitter birds to help me prepare. You will see that we have brought in a coffee machine and a good supply of chocolate to keep the energy levels up. It takes quite a lot of stamina to attend as many of the sessions as possible!

There are over 65 presentations and 12 keynote presentations.  Some of the sessions move very fast and present large amounts of information. As some of the presentations run concurrently I am busy consulting the schedule at  and following the directions to see the schedule as it applies to Melbourne time.

I have noticed that there are several Australian presenters whose sessions I would like to attend – Jo and Phil Hart, Michael Graffin, Edna Sackson, Judith Way and Henrietta Miller.
And  many of the presenters I enjoyed in the previous rscons will be presenting again this year.

This time I plan to be more organised with my note taking during the sessions which should make blogging about the event easier.
I am really looking forward to this online conference and hope to catch up with many of you in the sessions.

Hard to please everyone!

I have been busy working on a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry
into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students 2011.
To read the submissions which have already been lodged and posted on the website see 

In the process I have been overworking some of the characters from Sprite’s Site and neglecting others. I even neglected to give Sprite a blog birthday party! But I explained to her that we had celebrated it last year because that was the first birthday of the blog and that she should not expect an equal amount of ta-rah each year.

I looked up from my writing to find the characters all airing their grievances or offering assistance or just reminding me of their existence.
The Origami Secretary Bird kept on bobbing up like the Help File Paper Clip saying “I see you are writing a submission. Would you like help?” And Beloved Snail was offering to deliver the submission for me; but I said it would be sent electronically.
The Memory Elephant was complaining of being overworked as I tried to recall all the points I wished to raise and the references for them.

Columbus Cheetah’s Vote Yes Cheetah Coalitions fitted in well with what I was writing but I told the Pro Lobster Lobby to come back in October. Peefa (sorry I mean Ginger) Pony and Pugnacious Loyola just wanted to be sure they were still remembered, as did the monkey and the meerkat.

Caramel Cat was demanding to be fed immediately otherwise she would start dipping mice in the chocolate fountain and Arachnid was withholding any message writing until my attention could be guaranteed.

I really thought I must be imagining things when the Tree Octopus put in an appearance!