austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Out where a friend is a friend

I recently called local colleges when finding ``To Be Announced'' scheduled for some of their math classes to ask if they need adjuncts. The head of mathematics for one community college called and asked if I could come in Friday for a brief interview. Of course I could. My only challenge was finding parking.

It was not a hard interview: we talked about what I was doing now, and what my teaching experience was like. I explained how I had been part of a cross-disciplinary department and so had taught math and computer science and even numerical quantum chemistry, and he was impressed. He asked me to get to Human Resources and tell them, he wanted to hire me as soon as possible --- they have an eight-week accelerated term starting just after Columbus Day --- so what documents do I need to turn over so they can extend the offer?

Human Resources was cagey about admitting just what I needed, but when I made clear that yes, whatever he did say, I wasn't actually extended a job until a letter from them arrived, I got it established. They need official transcripts and letters of recommendation. This is in process now. I e-mailed the department head to confirm this, and he --- who's also acting Dean of the Science faculty --- said he would find a course for me in math, or physics, or computer science.

So that's why I tweeted ``Recalled To Life!''. I used more words explaining this here, but that gets my feeling at returning to teaching across better.

Trivia: Early wireless radio sets required three distinct battery sets: a low-volate, heavy-current wet battery (to keep vacuum tubes warm); a high-voltage, low-current battery (for current through the tubes); and a low-current battery for the triode grids. Source: How The World Was One: Beyond The Global Village, Arthur C Clarke.

Currently Reading: Puzzles of the Black Widowers, Isaac Asimov. I'd picked the book up arbitrarily, I thought, but apparently I just can't do things arbitrarily: the book contains ``Sunset On The Water'', a puzzle-mystery which introduced me to the Historian's History Of The World, a 1907/27 history made of excerpting and fitting together great historians into a roughly continuous whole. Ten years ago this week I was the midst of reading its first volume. I remember being staggered by its mention how Egyptian archaeology was (in 1927) uncertain enough that the dating of some dynasties could be off by three thousand years and imagine losing that much time in the historical record, as I was reading that while hearing a Singaporean news radio anchor fumbling the attempt to pronounce ``Giuliani'' (she started with a hard G and never recovered, but made seven syllables out of it), while I waited to meet porsupah in his round-the-world trip.

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