Archive for February, 2008

Trippy

Posted in Humor, Meanderings with tags , , , on February 28, 2008 by weirleader

Can you imagine walking through your daily routine and stumbling across this?  Half of me wishes I was on the improv side (to be in the know, observing all the reaction), while half of me wishes I could capture the feeling of oddity at trying to figure out just what was going on.

Either way, I think it was a great idea!

Discipline

Posted in Education, Things that make you go Arrgh! on February 22, 2008 by weirleader

So I asked a girl to move to her assigned seat today… she was one seat removed (and thus occupying someone else’s seat), and apparently this was just too much to be asked of her.  She instantly blew up – complaining, muttering under her breath, and in general just causing a stink because of my temerity.

I caught the words “…only one tripping about these stupid-ass seats…,” and quickly realized that this was only going to grow worse (Not to mention, I would soon lose my temper right back.  Not a pretty picture.) , so I told her she should leave.  Standard protocol calls for me to fill out paperwork and process her through our in-house detention, but this class is full of a dozen more just like her who will lose it if I don’t keep them occupied every waking moment.  So I just let her disappear and trust she’ll not get into too much trouble, wherever she’s going.

As she walks by me, she’s still muttering – I catch, “… your four-eyed ass.”  Well, that makes me feel better. 😡

I’ll process her on Monday (now that I’ve had a moment’s silence to process the requisite paperwork) and hopefully will have a day or two more sans said student.  But I’m wondering if I can somehow keep her out until I get an apology.  I mean, she just lit into me like I’d verbally assaulted her or something.

The funny thing is (and I don’t mean hilarious)  that I just had another incident with her earlier this week (milder, however) and tried to explain to her that she should keep silent until she’s calmer and then discuss with me whatever has her so irate.  Somehow, I’m figuring she didn’t catch my drift.

TGIF?  I wish it was summer!

A Cravat Caveat

Posted in Bizarre, Humor, Technology with tags , , , on February 22, 2008 by weirleader

I recently noted an article dealing with a dress-code for academia…

and then came across this.  It almost (almost, I said) makes ties worth it…  for a day or so, I figure.

George Lucas In Love

Posted in Books / Movies / TV, Humor with tags , , on February 15, 2008 by weirleader

A number of years ago, while searching for that one gift that Stephen would a) enjoy and b) not already have, I stumbled across this great little short film. I bought it for him, we watched it (and I loved it), but then I eventually forgot about it… until today. Somehow I got off-topic in my Calculus class (not uncommon – they’re good kids, and make for good conversation) and I was reminded of a math course I took once in which my professor tried to make the tests a little light-hearted by spicing up the word problems. This may sound rather lame or geeky, but Continue reading

Shoot the Man Who Invented Neckties

Posted in Deep And Profound Brain Things, Education, Meanderings on February 14, 2008 by weirleader

I’m actually going to post this in reverse of how I discovered it. I came across this article suggesting that college professors pay more attention to their level of dress, which alone makes for a pretty interesting read. I’ve always been of the opinion that if clothes are having an effect on the learning going on in a given class, then there’s a deeper problem somewhere. I can recall many courses with quite casually-dressed profs that I enjoyed, learned a great deal from, and never once questioned the “authority” of my instructor. In fact, in some circumstances, I’d say that I enjoyed seeing professors “dressing down”, just because it humanized them a bit. Continue reading

Opportunity Cost 101

Posted in current events, Education, Meanderings on February 14, 2008 by weirleader

Geez, you’d think I’m getting some sort of kickbacks for all my references to Freakonomics lately, but, to be honest, there are just so many interesting things they discuss.

Take this article on over-enrolled classes and how one enterprising student attempted to sell her seat! Man, that’s gotta be good for the ego (of the professor, I mean) – assuming the demand is due to the “greatness” of the class as opposed to it being some sort of prereq.  It makes me really curious what it’d be like to sit in on a lecture by Prof. Levitt.

Be sure you read through all the links as well, because some are as interesting as the original article!

If Only…

Posted in Humor, Meanderings on February 12, 2008 by weirleader

If Quinn is this clever when he’s 12, I’ll be a very happy parent!  🙂

Freakonomics blog

And yes, I’ve been reading it a lot lately (the blog, that is).  Curse that Google Reader !!