Archive for December, 2009

I don’t have any problems with that.

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Especially when it is taller than he is.  Don’t worry, Xeno — I harvested most of the catmint before the frost came!

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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As snow blankets the area, a moment of respect, please, for the brand of car that would have loved this stuff:

Requiem for Saab

As with Saturn and Opel, GM decided to make all their brands use the same platforms, rather than letting variation thrive, with sadly predictable results.  If GM was going to homogenize things anyway, why bother keeping those brand marks in the first place?

Sigh [which I don’t know how to spell in Swedish].

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When the student’s mother writes to plead their case to you.

Word’s comment:  “Oh, for the love of fish!!”

And so:

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The following may be harbingers of doom:

When you post instructions for the exam a week in advance, and the darlings show up in your office 15 minutes beforehand to ask if you could print out a copy of the reading for them.

When you give an extension because someone “didn’t have the document with them” at the time of the final presentations, you arrive at the agreed-upon time, wait, get nothing, and then 36 hours later the student appears asking “So what can I do now?”

When a student presentation clearly demonstrates that the person does not understand the implications of a basic statement about their chosen topic….and that topic was selected — by that student — 14 weeks ago.

When students forget that two-way video lets everybody see what everyone else is doing [or not] in front of their laptops.

When you ask a particularly-glassy-eyed student what they are thinking in the middle of the last study session of the semester, hoping that perhaps they’ve generated a thought by this point, and they answer the question “What are you thinking right now?” with “Oh, nothing. I’m just listening to everybody else talking…”

When you see this posted in the Physics Lab:

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From the letter column of a city newspaper:

“Is it just me or is this guy the best person we could have for this guy.”

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Well, but I’m sure the bacon-o-philes out there would just plotz:

Lard Caramels [i.e., replace the butter in the traditional caramel recipe with rendered hog fat]

Folks, I have enough trouble with butter as a concept as it is….this…this…?  Blargh…..

More interesting content soon….

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If we are to make sure that this disease is substantial enough in American families, the data needs to be more sufficient and concrete to make an accurate conclusion.

Yeah, and you should get some government funding to study that further?  No, I don’t think so.

And what’s this about someone searching for “a sentence containing ‘pedestal'” and landing here? [And out of the back storerooms of my brain, I hear a ghastly echo of Anne Murray singing “You put me high/Upon a pedestal/So high that I could almost see Eternity…”]

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For example, I haven’t seen too many sentences like this one yet this semester:

“The bridge in this article is that because the scores of this test were rendered towards the fact that the nature of the counselling workforce has been altered.”

My Nikon is still out of commission, which is why you haven’t seen much new here in a while.  I’ve actually written several pretty good essays in my head, but you don’t get to go there….

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