Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome to Gacekblog 2017

Gacekblog is a supplementary resource for Mr. Gacek's classes. You will find links and posts related to Geography, Politics, Literature, Soccer, Popular Culture, Kombucha, and various things Mr. Gacek finds interesting.

Gacekblog is not a homework blog. Homework due dates for Mr. Gacek's classes can be found on TeacherEase.

Welcome to NOVA!!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Favorite Shows of All Time!!

1. The Wire
2. Freaks and Geeks
3. The Sopranos
4. Twin Peaks
5. My So-Called Life
6. Seinfeld
7. Breaking Bad
8. Louie
9. Friday Night Lights
10. Rectify
11. Lost
12. The Simpsons
13. Cheers
14. The Office UK
15. Parks and Recreation
16. The Office US
17. Curb Your Enthusiasm
18. Master of None
19. NewsRadio
20. The Cosby Show
21. Undeclared
22. Flight of the Conchords
23. The IT Crowd
24. Once & Again
25. The Wonder Years
26. True Detective s1
27. Skins s1-2
28. True Blood s1
29. Detectorists
30. Bored to Death
31. Party Down
32. Terriers
33. Entourage
34. The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman
35. The Mighty Boosh
36. King of the Hill
37. Girls
38. Six Feet Under
39. Enlightened
40. Ed

Currently watching: M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Taxi, Moonlighting, Arrested Development, Fargo, Broad City, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, Love, Baskets, Veep, The Americans, Transparent, Casual, Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project.

Watchlist: The Leftovers, Hannibal, Deadwood, Sports Night, many others.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

World Religions Map

Follow this Link. Zoom in with '+' and '-' icons. Toggle between religions by clicking on 'MENU' in upper right corner.

Source: PBS

College Mascot Family Tree

Click this Link. Left-click image to zoom in. Use scroll-bars at bottom and right of image to move across the chart.

Source: Deadspin

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Gambia

President Barrow, left, was seen off at Dakar airport by President Sall of Senegal (Getty Images)
You can read about Presdent Adama Barrow's return to The Gambia and see footage of his arrival on this BBC News page.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index

The Economist magazine from the United Kingdom updated their Democracy Index of the world's governments. Follow this link to visit their interactive map.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Latitude and Longitude

Here is a video to help you understand Latitude & Longitude:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

MLS Cup!!

Sounders advance to MLS Cup, defeating Colorado Rapids 1-0!

Nico Lodeiro

Roman and Herculez

Coach Schmetzer

Jordan Morris' Winning Goal
Photo credits: Major League Soccer, Major League Soccer, Sounders FC, Sounders FCMajor League Soccer, Q13FOXMLS WatercolorsJoe Towner

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Surabhi Mundada: Science Hero!!

Surabhi Mundada is a senior at Olympia High School and a NOVA graduate. In this video she discusses her MyHealth and MyGlove project. Surabhi has devoted over 100 hours per month over the past year working on this project. So very impressive, Surabhi!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

Leonard Cohen, a truly great poet and musician, passed away today at the age of 82. He wrote many, many great songs, and I've posted a few favorites below. If you're intrigued I'd encourage you to explore YouTube; there are so many Leonard Cohen gems. Cohen's most recent album, You Want It Darker, was released just three weeks ago. The song below, "It Seemed a Better Way," is from this album. Leonard Cohen will be missed.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Battleground Map

Mr. Gacek created this map using the website Click on the map below to create your prognostication for the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

Click the map to create your own at

Friday, November 4, 2016

Chicago Cast of Hamilton Sings "Go Cubs Go!"

It has come to my attention that some members of the sixth grade class are fans of the musical "Hamilton." I thought you might enjoy this rendition of the Chicago Cubs' theme song "Go Cubs Go!" as sung by the Chicago cast. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dia de los Muertos 2016

Sounders 'Til I Die

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween 2016!!

To see this year's eighth graders as sixth graders on Halloween click here.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Gerrymandering Explained

The Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham wrote an excellent article about gerrymandering and how it will affect the 435 elections for the House of Representatives on November 8. Watch the video first and then read the article here.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Hip-Hop Story of Henrietta Lacks

"The Immortal Rap of Henrietta Lacks" was written and produced by eighth grade students from KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland, California. To learn the background of Henrietta Lacks and the production of the video, read this article from PBS. If you want to read the full story of Henrietta Lacks, please read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Senator Al Franken drawing map of United States from memory

Senator Al Franken from Minnesota has gained some renown for his ability to draw the United States quickly from memory. Watch him in action!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Schoolhouse Rock: Nouns

I saw the Schoolhouse Rock shorts many times while watching Saturday morning cartoons during my childhood. The tunes are still familiar these many years later. "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing" was created in 1973 (the year Mr. Gacek was born). In 1973, for some reason, abstract nouns were not included in the basic definition of noun.

And, for the record, this is Chubby Checker.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Map of the Day: United States River Basins

This is a stunning map of the river basins of the United States created using GIS software. I highly recommend this article from the Daily Mail (U.K.). Yes, maps can be art. Bonus: Knowing these rivers will be helpful for the Geography Bee.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Country Travelogues 2016

Here are the Links to the Projects created by 2016 Geography students:

Aaron: Mongolia
Andrea: Iceland
Annette: Poland
Aris: New Zealand
Arshawn: Ecuador
Arthur: Germany
Aspen: Spain
Avery: Greece
Ben: Peru
Bryn: Japan
Eliza: Egypt
Ella: Thailand
Ellen: Czech Republic
Evan: Finland
Freja: Croatia
Gabby: Russia
George: Sweden
Jacob: Nepal
Kaito: Mexico
Kate: Romania
Labib: Austria
Lucia: Italy
Madison: Jordan
Malcolm: France
Mia: Brazil
Nadia: India
Naomi: Belgium
Nate: China
Oliver: Netherlands
Sadie: Switzerland
Sahej: United Kingdom
Sam: Chile
Spencer: Tanzania
Uli: Australia
Zack: Ecuador