Archive for September 6th, 2009

Points-o-lightAh yes — it’s time for the “You’ll probably get a C” lecture for my undergraduates. This is the lecture in which I point out that everyone enters my class with a C because I can only assume they are average. Some people, over the course of the term, will demonstrate that they are below average, and a few will be above average. But it takes effort _beyond_ the ordinary expectations for the class to earn something above a C.

Wailing and gnashing of teeth often ensues, sometimes accompanied by the crunching of a snowflake heart. You may all be ‘special’ in your own way [and surely we are, given the latest research on the average # of mutations in human beings], but not all of you are special in the academic sense.ChamplainPath


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And it is behind the rt-hand bookcase in my office.  Three fluffy cats, all jostling to get a better angle to sniff the baseboard near this bookshelf, in response to some suspicious squeaking noises…..

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