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By atreides (Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 04:51:52 PM EST) (all tags)
So I started classes Tuesday.. And maybe I'll talk about some other things, too.


So I've started my two classes, Algebra and English Comp 1.

Algebra is taught by a bit of a good old boy who has been teaching long enough that he doesn't entirely follow the departmental decisions on how things should be taught. As a result, sometimes he gives us very easy ways of doing things and sometimes he's a little convoluted. Mostly, the last three classes (it's a M-Th class that didn't meet Monday because of the holiday) has been a review of stuff. Some of it I knew, some I hadn't thought about in almost 20 years. The good news is that the homework is optional and gives extra credit on tests. The bad news is that there is a lot of it. I didn't pace myself properly and found myself realizing that there is no possible way I could finish it all without my wife and daughter disappearing for a couple of days. Lesson learned. I will pace myself better for the next week. First test in on Tuesday. I think I'll do alright but I still need to grind a few things into my noggin a little harder. More than likely, this will be the best test result I'll have in the class and I might need it to keep up an average. I'm not shooting for As, mind you, but knocking it out of the park while you can may save you when you're struggling.

As an aside, I thought for a few days about adding a new feature: stupid shit I hear students say. I've already noted a few things that made me inwardly chuckle but, for the most part, I'm probably just being a grognard over here. However, I do feel I should mention the kid who said "If you don't have a college degree, you're fucked for life." Kid, you don't know the half of it. And by that, I mean "You don't know shit." Pie hole shut your <--- Unscramble this to make a sentence.<p> My English Comp Class is online. Most of the other students are older folks who are trying to get educations to get better jobs or what not, though there are a few younger students who are just knocking out a class over the summer. Most of the assignments are geared to someone who has never written anything before. As a result, there's probably not one that I couldn't do in an hour's time. Every assignment combined is supposed to be a minimum 3500 words. Could I just write a 3500 word paper and get it over in one fell swoop? Please?

The interesting part about this is that there is a discussion forum in which we can take part for extra credit. Everyone want those extra points so they do. And from reading their posts, I have realized two things. First, none of these people have ever read anything in their lives. Second, none of them have ever debated anything on an online forum. I was hoping for a little lively back and forth to make this interesting and not just a chore to get a few extra points, but that's not going to happen. Right now, I feel like the guy who brought a baseball bat to a pillow fight. I'm going to turn it down a little in the hopes I don't scare someone or harm a fragile ego. That and I also have to remember that I'm just a student here. It would suck to screw up badly because I think I know so much more than everyone else. Humility mode ACTIVATE!

Really? REALLY?!? What a bunch of pigfuckers! My kingdom to see some of these guys get laid off and then find a job after! In fact, you know what I would love? I would love to have a job in Human Resources somewhere so that when someone comes to apply for a job, maybe I can show them just a little bit of dignity. Maybe someone can walk away from the process feeling as if they are at least valued as human fucking beings.

As for the job interviews I recently underwent, I do not believe that I have gotten any of them. I was supposed to be contacted within two weeks. One of them I have received the thanks but no thanks letter. The other, well I assume that they would have given me the honor of a phone call if I had gotten it. In the words of Robbie Nevil, "C'est la vie, c'est la vie! That's just the way it goes. That's RIGHT!"

Dredlock Girl, my sister in law, had a car-be-que a couple nights ago. She was going to pick up her fiancee, Zombie Guy, at work when a pedicab driver flag her down to tell her her car was on fire. Apparently the fuel pump was leaking and something ignited. She had noticed the smell of gasoline in the car for the last couple of weeks but did nothing about it. That doesn't surprise me. This is the same person who got an engine replaced because she didn't know to get the oil changed. Apparently 4 years without an oil change will ruin an engine. And now, 2 years later, this. May I say, however, that Kias are pretty sturdy cars. For their lowest level, crappiest model to take that kind of punishment for 6 years is quite a testament.

Few weeks ago, as part of the Despoina Pedigree Project, I went down to the county clerk's office to look at some archival stuff. Learned a really interesting thing. Apparently, my grand mother married my grand father in 1943. Apparently, she had been married twice before that. She married one guy in 1936 and divorced and then married another guy (I assume in another county because the marriage certificate wasn't on file here) and divorced him. Scandalous! Or not...

And that's about it for now. Gotta go over some algebra while the Despoina naps.

That is all.

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I hate saying this by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 05:48:19 PM EST
but at my last employer, the unofficial line was that they'd talk to unemployed people, but it had to be a really good reason why they were unemployed.

"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
wow by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 06:21:02 AM EST
The number of cultural assumptions in that is phenomenal.
(I grew up in an area with about 40% unemployment).


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I hate you for blindly linking to HuffPo. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 07:11:34 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Are you blind by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 08:40:49 PM EST
I hover over the link and at the bottom of my browser it has the URL.  It's not like it was a link anonymizer :P

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Welcome to 2010. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 08:50:24 PM EST
Some of us use mobile touch-screen devices to access the Web. What is this "hover" you speak of?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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here's a 4 by infinitera (4.00 / 2) #5 Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 10:58:22 PM EST
Go buy yourself a real computer.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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I can't do real-time bus updates with those. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 01:59:25 AM EST
Much to my chagrin.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Here's a 4 by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 08:10:53 AM EST
Go buy yourself a car.

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I don't miss driving too much, actually. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 08:22:25 AM EST
I've ridden buses from Seattle --> Bellingham and back again for much less than what gas would've cost. The Palin-Americans do wear on my nerves though.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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awesome. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 11:14:34 AM EST


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welcome to the back button by R343L (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 03:36:48 PM EST
Surely hitting "back" isn't so much trouble if you hate a particular website that much. It's not like he "blindly" linked to child pornography.

It's utterly unreasonable for everyone to duplicate the web address of their links given that the information is right there in the link and if your mobile device doesn't have a way to let you see that information, well then, suck it up.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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I hate giving revenue to sites I despise. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 06:53:02 PM EST
I'm sure you support those who boycott Walmart, so just let your nerdrage fade out for now.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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err, yeah by R343L (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 08:30:47 PM EST
So figure out how to preview links rather than requiring everyone who you choose to interact with (by clicking their links) help you avoid a miniscule bit of discomfort that your mere single page view supports something you dislike (which shouldn't even register as a hit for advertisement purposes since you should be aborting the page load as soon as you see the address bar change).

IOW, that's pretty whiny for you.  Where do you shop if you're this picky about unintentionally supporting things you don't like in such a tiny amount?

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Opera for this phone sucks by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 09:36:28 PM EST
so I use the default browser, until it is killed by Flash.

I shop at Target, of course, because they give back 5% to the community and hire young and attractive women.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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There is that by lm (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 08:23:33 PM EST
But, on the other hand, I know how he feels. Sometimes I'll follow a link to particular sites (dKos, k5) and merely the experience of having visited leaves me feeling violated.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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hah! by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 03:29:30 AM EST
Right now, I feel like the guy who brought a baseball bat to a pillow fight.

ROFL.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

Going back to school. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 07:51:51 AM EST
10 years after high school, and after the Army. Lots of fun (helped to be single, and sober), but man, some of those 18 year olds had been very sheltered and were very naive.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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