austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

There is work that doesn't require an office that I'm anxious to do

I want to be a nice guy, as an instructor. I know all my students have about 882 other class hours and homeworks and projects and everything else to get to, on top of having a reasonable social life and getting out to do novel things while at university, and putting more demands on my students' time, particularly for things that aren't strictly essential, is making their lives harder without necessarily increasing the educational value they receive.

But I am getting so tired of homeworks turned in, with no space between questions, no highlight rectangle around the final answer (not always important, but if they've got the last decimal point of the answer right they've likely done all the intermediate steps right), problems written down out of order, pages stapled together out of order, and random half-pages crossed out with arrows pointing in random directions. I'm tempted to return some on the grounds of being illegible.

In the news: Hong Kong Disneyland finally opened. If the Cinderella Carousel shown on the promotional piece after Stitch: The Series Pilot Masquerading As A Movie is that of the actual hong Kong Disneyland then the carousel is going American-style, horses going counterclockwise (as viewed from above), rather than British-style clockwise. Cliff diving champion Joey Zuber and other cliff diving fanatics have held the first cliff dive in Singapore, on the island of Pulau Ubin, with the hopes of raising awareness of cliff diving. And I spotted this blurb in the news crawl: ``Oko Bank offers S$2.6 Billion for Finnish Insurer Pohjola to Take on Sampo,'' news which warms my Mystery Science Theater 3000-fan heart.

Trivia: The Wisconsin Pavilion at the 1893 Columbian Expo included a 22,000-pound cheese. Source: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson.

Currently Reading: A Logic Named Joe, Murray Leinster.


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