How do you suggest to a student that you think he/she should drop a course? Let’s ask the Internet!
“How to tell someone” … autocomplete suggestions “you love them” or “you have herpes”.
Nope. These questions might be related — just not to my question.
“How to tell someone you think” … “they have borderline personality disorder”.
“how to tell someone you think they should drop” … “a class”. Bingo.
No relevant results. Why did you suggest that autocompletion?
Open letter to the Internet:
I thought you knew everything. When I was three, I used to think my parents knew everything, too. Now, I see that I am wrong again. How many times can one face disillusionment in life?
Edit: Internet’s response:
Subject: Re: How many times can one face disillusionment in life?
Dear user 7138620,
You can activate your Microsoft Office Home Edition product key up to three times.
Are you the kind of nerd that is forced to interact with “normal” people? Maybe it’s your boss. Or maybe it’s the postal worker from whom you pick up your Amazon deliveries. Whatever nerve-wracking situations you find yourself in, this guide will help you navigate the treacherous waters known as “social interaction” (colloquially known as “talking to people”) and help you pass an in-real-life Turing test like a ninja, fooling people into thinking you are human rather than a glasses-wearing inhabitant of uncanny valley.
Continue reading “Social Skillz 4 N3rdz: Telling jokes”
Without further ado or fanfare, I present my research to date on the subject of owls (order strigiformes of the class aves) in the form of a concise visual guide. This research was supported through the generosity of NSORC (Network of Spurious Owl-Related Content).
Continue reading “My research on owls”
Last week, while picking up an exam written at an alternate time by one of my students, my brain went into music mode, as it often does. It ended up rewriting a good two verses of ABBA’s The Winner Takes It All before I realized what had happened. I finished it up and, while I don’t have a gift as a lyricist, I thought I’d share a bit of dark humour (with apologies to ABBA). I don’t have good recording equipment, otherwise I’d make my own recording (although if someone wants to record this with me just for funsies, I’d be game). Instead, here’s a link to an unadulterated version.
Continue reading “The Students' Marks Will Fall”
If you’re reading this, the rapture probably hasn’t happened ((As with all my posts, this has been scheduled in advance, so I may have “left the building”.)). But then again, what would you expect from a non-prophet organization?