About: Rough Blobby Shapes

Hello and welcome to Rough Blobby Shapes – creating fun resources for middle & high school teachers who need a little help.

I’ve been in and out of Education for over 30 years, initially Secondary Math and Computers, more recently with Technology Education (CTE/TAS) including:

  • Agriculture
  • Design & Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Food Tech (Cooking) & Hospitality (FCS / FACS)
  • Metalwork
  • Textiles
  • Woodwork & Construction

I’ve also worked in Chemistry, Music, Special Needs, STEM, and Physics.

Thanks for checking out Rough Blobby Shapes. I really hope you find something useful here that helps your day teaching the awesome kids you have.

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Rough Blobby Shapes: Origins

Probably one of my favorite books of all time is “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy“, by Douglas Adams. Actually when I was 7 or 8 I was lucky enough to hear the original Radio Show (quite bizarrely broadcast quite soon after the original broadcast by the BBC – just odd because I grew up in a very remote town in country NSW, and well it’s just not the sort of thing I imagine them playing. Ever.) Then of course the TV Series, computer game, and all the other conflicting variations.

Recently I re-read all five books in the H2G2 trilogy, for the many-th time, but probably feeling it might be the last for a long time. One of the quirks of the subsequent books is they all take their names from little phrases dropped in the first book. So I thought it might be fun to take note of any other idioms I might be able to use myself for future projects.

At that moment however, a flash of light arced through the structure and revealed in stark relief the patterns that were formed on the dark sphere within. Patterns that Arthur knew, rough blobby shapes that were as familiar to him as the shapes of words, part of the furniture in his mind…

the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by douglas adams. page 123 (ish).

So there it was. One of several I wrote down, but when I went looking back for ideas for this adventure, that one stood out. Plus as far as I could tell – it hasn’t been used anywhere else online which makes it easy to register domain names, social media, and stand out in search results.

You’re never alone with a rubber duck…

The Captain hummed and hahed about this for a moment.

“Well, I wouldn’t overstress that angle, you know” he said finally, “one’s never alone with a rubber duck.

He held the duck aloft and it got an appreciative round from the crowd.

The restaurant at the end of the universe, by Douglas Adams. page 175 (ish)

Another quote, this time from the second book. I liked this idea that you can have a quiet companion with you to help – just like a teacher sometimes needs a little help to get through a lesson. So hopefully Rough Blobby Shapes can help you with your teaching. Plus, you know, now we get to use Rubber Ducks as our mascot šŸ™‚

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