Seeking for Righteousness

The Personal Blog of Kaimi Wenger

Cute story

Dad catches foul ball, toddler throws it back.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Twilight meets Rough Stone Rolling

here.

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alive

but tired. Full day today. More to do tomorrow.

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Still alive

I’m still alive, and recovering from grading.

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The home stretch?

Sunday morning, 10:29.

Awake around 9. Finished 1&2, then 3&4 around 10:15ish. Currently 5 questions into 5&6.

11:47 — finished with all WT short answers. Before noon, too. Yay!

Okay, off to wash Doey’s hair, then to Essay 1.

1:08 — got kids off. Have grading sheet draft done. Need to revise it.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grading marathon, 5-30

12:10 pm — have early draft of Essay 2 grading sheet. It needs work. Goal: Grading sheet done by 12:45.

12:51 pm. It always takes just a little bit longer.

Preliminary point sheet – done.
Stack of grading sheets – ready.
Music of the moment – Stone Temple Pilots, Vaseline.
Lock and load.

1:43 — done with the first six. Slow going.
2:21 — ten down! Also, got the excel spreadsheet all ready and Essay 1 and MC numbers into it.

3:11 — stopped for lunch with M. 13 exams down.

5 pm — damn, I was kinda hoping to be done with this one by now. Only done with 25 so far.

Also drew up a short answers grading sheet.

Still to do:

BA: Finish Essay 2.
Recalibrate Essay 2.
Input Essay 2 onto spreadsheet.
Make point sheets for mini-essays.
Grade mini essays.
Input mini essays onto spreadsheet.
Input participation onto spreadsheet.
Curve and assign grades.

Wills and Trusts:

Make spreadsheet.
Draw up point sheet for Essay 1.
Make grading sheets for Essay 1.
Grade Essay 1.
Recalibrate Essay 1.
Put scores into spreadsheet.
(Ditto for Essay 2 & 3).
Make point sheets for short answers.
Grade short answers.
Input short answers onto spreadsheet.
Input participation onto spreadsheet.
Curve and assign grades.

Yeah, miles to go before I sleep.

Music of the moment: Evanescence, My Immortal.

5:51 — have been rolling. 39 essay 2’s down (!). 4 to go. I want to beat my head against a wall. Brain is melting.

6:14 — done with first pass through on Essay 2. Need to look over and recalibrate any that need it.

Need a mental break first. Going to put together wills spreadsheet.

6:50 — have wills spreadsheet done. Grading sheet for wills SA done.

7:35 — what happened? how did it get to be 7:35?

9:08 — have mini-essay A graded, now on to B and C

9:40 — mini-essay B is done, but only 16 people selected it. C is going to take longer. And so are 3 and 4.

10:06 — ~80% done with first read-through of C. Damn damn damn, it always takes longer than I was expecting.

10:37 — all done with C.

Going home to do 3 and 4.

1:22 a.m.

Finished BA a little after midnight. Have the first two short answers finished for W/T now. Tomorrow: The rest. (Also, my annual report). Yay!

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Journal, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Today

Slept late. Breakfast, shower, drive to work. Forgot some files, so I had to call home and get them sent in.

Now the grading marathon begins again.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Grading Progress

5 pm — Detailed initial point sheet for BA essay 1 is done. (It will change slightly as I grade.)

6:20 — done with first six. Revised grading sheet. Feel somewhat on a roll.

6:46 — ten down

7:28 — fifteen down. brain is melting.

grading music: coldplay, fix you

7:56 — twenty down. I am a grading machine.

Time to go home, get some dinner, then continue.

8:50:
made it home, ate some dinner, collected thoughts. now ready to grade like a maniac for a while.

9:51 — only up to 26. Going slower than I was hoping.

10:41 — just crossed 30. Hallelujah.

Music of the moment: The Airborne Toxic Event, Sometime Around Midnight

11:30 — done with all of the typed ones (37). On to the written ones (6).

11:32 — damn, I hate ugly handwriting.

12:15 — it always takes longer than planned, doesn’t it?

Well, first pass-through is done. I need to recalibrate the high end, but the grading sheet didn’t move much, so I don’t think I need to recalibrate others.

Essay 2 is going to be interesting. Putting the grading sheet together is going to be a pain. But a good half dozen students didn’t do it at all, and a dozen more were very short answers. So grading should move more quickly. It’s going to be a bloodbath.

12:26 — okay, done. Need to put into a spreadsheet.

12:44. Putting together the grading sheet for Essay 2 is giving me a headache. Who was the genius who came up with this question, anyway?

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

My SLTrib Op-Ed from last year

It’s not available on the SLTrib main search page now, I thought I’d post it here to have it available online.  

Harsh immigration laws echo 19th century anti-Mormon legislation
By Kaimipono D. Wenger
Article Last Updated: 02/25/2008 06:20:25 AM MST

The Salt Lake Tribune

The 47th Congress was a busy bunch of bigots. In March of 1882, they passed the Edmunds Act, a notorious anti-Mormon law that barred polygamists from voting, serving on juries or holding office. This law (along with related statutes) sent hundreds of Mormon men into federal prison and shattered families across Mormon country. 
Barely a month later, that same Congress passed another odious law. Called the Chinese Exclusion Act, it was the first major federal immigration law, and it was explicitly designed to keep out the despised Asian immigrants. It set the framework for the draconian approach to immigration that continues to this day. 
Both the hateful immigration laws and hateful anti-Mormon laws were challenged in court. The racist Supreme Court of the era upheld both laws in close succession, with telling language that compared Mormons to Asians. Apparently, that was reason enough to allow persecution of both groups. 
This tainted history is just one reason why some Latter-day Saints like me are troubled by current immigration laws and proposals. Today’s harsh laws and harsher proposals are a direct legacy of the most hateful anti-Mormon legislators of the late 19th century. 
It’s an awfully good thing that Congress didn’t start regulating immigration until shortly after the largest wave of Mormon immigration was finished. If the hateful and anti-Mormon Congress had thought to 
exercise this power just a few decades earlier, there’s little doubt that they would have included Mormons – along with Chinese and other outsiders – as undesirables, subject to exclusion and deportation. 
Sometimes fellow church members ask me, but what about the Articles of Faith? This is an important series of short statements setting out basic church beliefs, and one of them (the 12th) states that church members believe in “obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.” 
Does that mean that church members – legislators, even – should support more stringent immigration law policy or enforcement? 
No, it doesn’t. Church members are not required to support unjust, anti-family laws; and in fact, church history is full of opposition to such laws. Church members vigorously opposed the unjust, anti-family Edmunds Act and its cousins, and we should similarly oppose (in existence and enforcement) the harsh immigration laws that sprang from the same poisoned well. 
Immigration laws as enforced today are among the most anti-family laws in existence. Every single day, immigration officials break up families, flaunting another recent statement of church doctrine – the church’s Proclamation on the Family, which solemnly declares that children are entitled to a home with father and mother. 
Recent proposals to further penalize immigrants would only make matters worse. A better immigration policy would be one that built on the proclamation’s statement that children are entitled to be reared by father and mother. It would focus on keeping immigrant families together, rather than tearing them apart. 
Immigration barriers also clash with another of the church’s basic Articles of Faith – the 10th article of faith, which prophesies the “literal gathering of Israel” to a promised land here in the United States. This idea corresponds to verses from the Book of Isaiah that “the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains,” and that “all nations shall flow unto it.” 
Church leaders have long explained these verses as a prophecy that the nations of the Earth would come to the temples of the Lord in the Utah mountains. (The idea is reflected in popular church hymns like “High on the Mountain Top.”) 
If church members really believe in this gathering, why would we try to impede it? We should instead welcome the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that the nations of the Earth be gathered to Zion. 
As church Elder Marlin Jensen recently reiterated, “Immigration questions are questions dealing with God’s children.” In these matters, a humane approach is required. We are all children of God, a popular church hymn goes, and He has sent us here; He gives us an earthly home and parents kind and dear. 
Children are entitled to be raised within those homes, not in homes fractured by misguided government policies. Legislators of all religious persuasions should take steps to reinforce immigrant homes and families, not tear them down. 
And people everywhere who share Latter-day Saint values should follow Elder Jensen’s words, and push for more humane immigration laws and policies. 
— 
* KAIMIPONO D. WENGER is an assistant professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

February 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Done, so far

-Installed itunes.
-Transfering over music that’s on ipod. Maybe want to move more than that, but that will do for now.
-Authorized computer on itunes. Hmm. It says I’ve got 5 authorized now. That can’t be right. Old desktop + old dining room computer + new computer + laptop + ipod . . . hmm. Yeah, I guess that is 5.
-Installed google pack and screen saver; configured folders.
-Still copying pix from the external HD.
-Started copying by hand pix. This is going to be a pain. Cleared off 2 jump disks to copy with.
-Installed picasa.

Still to do:
Install last.fm
Copy pics, and pics, and pics, and pics
Copy over my docs
Get internet working on old desktop (now in dining room)

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment