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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:52:51 am »
Just got a call from my Irish cousin who lives in Connecticut. Turns out my father (who still lives in the UK) used a rather inefficient method of sending 400 Pound Sterling to me and my sister through multiple relatives who were travelling in the general direction of New England. I'm meeting my cousin in town (she's going to be in Boston anyway) on Wednesday. I think it pretty much clinches me going to Ireland this summer. I can't take the money and not put it towards airfare.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:40:28 pm »
Shit, Waffles. I'm glad there's nothing wrong with your noggin at least.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:13:16 am »
Ah that sucks, Roger

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:51:34 pm »
Twid lives!

Will all those owed money by him please form an orderly queue.

You've inspired a new pic

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Bring and Brag / Re: Fun with funghi
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:14:24 pm »
Fungi are cool

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:57:43 pm »
My department (along with a couple others) at the Vo-Tech college just moved into their shiny new building across the street from the Nissan plant. We had a 2 1/2 week break for the holidays. They started moving the equipment out of the old building about 3 weeks before the break which, of course made it very difficult for students to use said equipment for their schoolwork. Now that the new term has begun, they're not actually ready to begin classes. The classroom came self-assembly required, so we're spending the first two weeks of the new term putting together chairs and tables, installing drop-down outlets, miscellaneous other wiring, and who knows what else before we begin our actual studies.

They also have a rather strict attendance policy. 5 tardies in a 4 month term and I am "in jeopardy" of being suspended. My first day I got there about 30 seconds late. One of the instructors looks at me like he wants to fight, and says "YOUR LATE!" I look back at him, nod, and reply, "yuh-huh", and take a seat. So not only are they wasting the better part of a month of my time, and expect me to perform free labor for them in lieu of making actual academic progress, I better be there by 7:45 am SHARP, or they'll kick me out.

In spite of all this, I'm not too terribly disgruntled. After all, financial aid is paying for all of this, so at least I'M not actually paying for this mess out of my own pocket, but there are some there who are, and they're pretty steamed about it, and rightly so.

Making a fuss over being 10 minutes I can see, but 30 seconds is having trouble finding a parking spot or the bus was late.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:55:06 pm »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

I've definitely noticed a substantial difference between students who are struggling to understand the material, and students who are trying to half-ass their way through the class. It's the half-assers who tend to try to cheat. Irony... they usually cheat by copying from other half-assers, because the strugglers aren't going to help them (they're working too damn hard at really learning) and the top students definitely won't help them.

That sounds about right. Two days before the Genomics final draft was due, I was waiting for my GT&E classmates to talk about our final presentation. I had already submitted my final draft (in fact, I got the grade for it the day before, because, I like Genomics), and a classmate who I've never even noticed came up to me and was like "Hey, you're in my Genomics class, right?" "Umm... there's only one Genomics class?" "Yeah, can you help me with..." "No. I'm :waving at my laptop: busy doing something else for another class" "Ok, how long are you going to be here today?" "As long as I have to for :wave at laptop" this. Then I'm going to go to work because I need money."

They never seem to be able to figure out how to start or join study groups, either. They just do that, whatever that is, instead.

It's so weird. It's like, if you wanted me to help with your final report (whatever help she was expecting at the final draft phase), the time to ask was not during finals week.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 05:39:26 am »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

I've definitely noticed a substantial difference between students who are struggling to understand the material, and students who are trying to half-ass their way through the class. It's the half-assers who tend to try to cheat. Irony... they usually cheat by copying from other half-assers, because the strugglers aren't going to help them (they're working too damn hard at really learning) and the top students definitely won't help them.

That sounds about right. Two days before the Genomics final draft was due, I was waiting for my GT&E classmates to talk about our final presentation. I had already submitted my final draft (in fact, I got the grade for it the day before, because, I like Genomics), and a classmate who I've never even noticed came up to me and was like "Hey, you're in my Genomics class, right?" "Umm... there's only one Genomics class?" "Yeah, can you help me with..." "No. I'm :waving at my laptop: busy doing something else for another class" "Ok, how long are you going to be here today?" "As long as I have to for :wave at laptop" this. Then I'm going to go to work because I need money."

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:43:49 pm »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

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Beyond the wall / Re: Virtue Signalling
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:21:32 pm »
The right values conformity more than the left does

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Beyond the wall / Re: Virtue Signalling
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:17:02 pm »
Hmm. I'll have to read up on this this evening.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:24:07 pm »
Any particular highlights?


They pulled a stunt with the ethics overwatch, then retracted it to look reasonable.

Then they opened the bill beginning the destruction of the ACA with a 58:41 vote.  Then moved on to some anti-LGBT legislation.

Dammit. Not that it's surprising. I'd heard about the ethics thing, hadn't heard about ACA or the anti LGBT stuff. They're not wasting any time, I see.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Happy Mungday
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:32:33 pm »
HAHAHAHA DAYS OFF HAHAHA

This. Especially on a week where I already had to take a day off in observance of a holiday that happened on the weekend.

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Beyond the wall / Re: NYC cabal meet-up?!
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:16:33 pm »
That would be cool twid, Connemara is beautiful we went up there the year before last and it was a gorgeous trip, very peaceful, I spend my time between Cork and Dublin. I like cork, Dublin no so much.

Little hard to believe it's been 5 years since I've been back. Yeah, I definitely have to make it happen then.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Spagbook
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:27:58 am »


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