Serious Business, originally uploaded by fenryswlf. Today, I had to talk to my class about plagiarism. This is what I wore. For the first hour, we finished up with Metaphysics, as I told them I would. And then we did something Different. As I told them we would. The first thing I did was read them the Academic Honesty Statement on the syllabus, telling them that, from this point on, I would want...
Plagiarism Talk, Today
the pAper chAse - [this is only a test (the tornado)]— Black Suit, Black Shirt, Black Tie, Black Boots, Blank Badge. Serious Business.
‘For Questions __-__, refer to the following example: ‘Roy’s father asks him why he wants to go to the store. Roy responds, “I Want More Life Cereal, Father.” When Roy’s father explains that he can’t have more Life, because they don’t make it anymore, Roy throws a tantrum and destroys his father’s favourite chess set. Roy storms out of the house to go...
Being all Teacherly
Currently Administering the exam for my Perimeter class. I’ll go home, after this, and finish writing the Kennesaw Exam. I had UnknownBinaries shuffle all my class notes and then hand them back to me, and I’m using that as the basis for the order of the questions. don’t want any topic all in one place, you know? I need to start keeping a question bank, for future classes. I...
VNV Nation - [Chosen]—- It can safely be said that these have been two of the most infuriating weeks of my life. Especially In my life as a professional instructor. In addition to having little or no time to do the things I need to do, while grading this batch of papers, I’ve found two separate instances of whole-cloth, copy/pasting plagiarism. This means that, on Tuesday, my class...
Old Skooled: FOUND IT BETCHES!
Kelli Ali - [In Praise Of Shadows]—- Look what i found! http://oldskooled.comicgenesis.com/archives.html I LOVED this comic
Things To Do
Tom Waits - [Dirt in the Ground]—- I Have a fair amount of shit to get done, today and tomorrow night. THIS WEEKEND: Finish Grading Papers Complete The Editing on the Critical Thinking Test (Waiting on an email response about a certain kind of question) START MAKING THE WAYS OF KNOWING TEST (Just… Guh. Making this kind of test, from scratch… guh.) Also to be done: -...
Magic Music. Music Magic.
Man Mantis - Minor Aches and Pains—- So, a while ago, I wrote this kind of tentative list of “Musician Magicians,” that is, musicians who use or reference occult themes and work. There are two things which have happened, since that time: Miranda Sex Garden - [Havana Lied]—- 1) I’ve become aware of Dr Quandary, and holy crap. 2) I’ve started to wonder,...
My copy of Catastrophe Jones’ poetry/story collection, Catastrophe Jones: A Collection of Forgotten Dreams showed up, today. She was willing and able to sign and personalise it, for me, and I told her to surprise me with the inscription. She did. Folks, you need to buy this damn book. Seriously. Back to reading.
Heterosexual couples swap clothes and poses. →
matociquala: Kind of totally awesome in a deconstructive sort of way. For your morning, for reasons.
LUXT - [Proof]—- Earlier, I was thinking about the ideas we use to motivate ourselves (see previous post), and I thought about all the shit I have to do, this weekend. Usually, I’d go to the Hagakure for this one. “Tomorrow too is but a single day,” and all of that. But what, I said to myself, if it’s more than a day’s work? How do you kick yourself in the ass...
Yes, I Actually Do This
The Reverend Horton Heat - [‘D’ for Dangerous]—- No motivation to exercise? Try this: Your strength training is dictated by Gruney Halleck. Your stretches? Prana-Bindu training. Meditation? Why that’s just your Acute Observation. When you are done, you will know the Weirding Way. Works every time.
The remixes aren’t terrible, and that’s as much as I’ll say at risk of saying...– Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN Magazine (via theremina) Word.
Notes on the Tribe Of The Strange: Mormon... →
tribeofthestrange: We seek the spiritual and physical exaltation of individuals and their anatomies, as well as communities and their environments, according to their wills, desires and laws, to the extent they are not oppressive. We believe that scientific knowledge and technological power are among the… It is too early for this level of cognitive dissonance. Or maybe not early...
So the rule “don’t do or say in anger anything which your calmer state might regret?” I’m guessing that goes double for magic, right? That’s an Ironic Question, folks. I already did it. In less occulted news, keeping the coolant topped seems to be working. For now.
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKING CAR
Forget what I said about my car being fixed. Something is actively leaking. Car is Overheating. Short term fix: Buy more coolant, keep refilling. UnknownBinaries found a loose hose next to the oil filter. I’ve refitted it, and tightened it. Let’s see if that fixes it. Wasn’t it. Still leaking, and I think I know from where. It requires disassembly and a new rubber gasket. But...
Shania Mayonnaise Stories
Almost all of my Shania Mayonnaise Stories actually involve food. Isn’t that weird?
When you refill the coolant in your radiator, after draining, and after several overheating events, remember two things: 1) Express the air from your coolant system, in accordance with your Haynes or other automotive Manual. Otherwise there won’t be enough pressure in the closed system to actually, you know, move coolant around. 2) However “topped off” you think your levels...
You're God Damn Right It Is
Thermostat: Replaced. Air: EXPELLED FROM SYSTEM (more on this later). Coolant: Replaced. Car: Functional. Blue Pinstripe Suit: On My Body
tribeofthestrange: The Interconnectedness of All Things (“The Finder”, Bones) Word, on All Levels.
A librarian’s routine day at work took an exciting turn when he discovered a...– Librarian discovers Jorge Luis Borges note tucked away in a book Note in the book of one Stranger, left by another… (via tribeofthestrange) I think I would have hyperventilated and passed out.
The Story So Far: On Thursday afternoon, my car started overheating. On Thursday night, while driving on the highway, it near-terminally overheated, resulting in the knowledge that I am loved and that my friends are awesome. Today, after two days of not driving my car, I resolved to perform an experiment. Venetian Snares - [Colorless]—- The plan took the following form: After checking my...
OH: "When did Google's motto change from 'Don't be... →
Probably around when they realised that Good is a Difficult Business Model to Sustain. Word.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing...– Marcus Aurelius (via pearlfectchassi) Contextually Self-Aware Reblog is Contextually Self-Aware.
Okay, so I get that each major party does what is tellingly called “Going To Its Base”— that is, engaging the most vociferous and frenzied of their constituents, as those are the ones most likely to vote, and to talk to others About Voting. Now, the base of any party is usually comprised of various combinations of Single-Issue Voters (abortion, health care, taxes, defense,...
Terp Vairin is my fucking hero. She lent me her car, for the day, so I could get to Kennesaw, teach class, buy groceries, and all that good stuff, there. Seriously, between her and Constance Palmer, this whole thing’s been nearly painless. In related news, is anyone available this Sunday to help me inspect my car? Maybe give me a ride to the auto parts place, if need be? I’d...
Bad as Me
So my car overheated on the highway, on the way home from class. I mean, redlining, smoke-/steam-spewing, shaking overheating. Long story very short, I stopped at an Applebee’s, called some people, realised my insurance’s “emergency roadside assistance” was for shit, and then a bunch of people on the internet and in meatspace made seriously helpful offers and actions. Got...
Fuck You, Today.
Today? So far today has been EXTREMELY ANNOYING, verging on Utter Suck. Thought I lost my Debit card and, although I found it, the entire ordeal made me late to a meeting with a student. She’s nowhere to be seen (but the other people in the office say no one came looking). On top of this, my car is overheating in a major way, and I don’t have the money/time to get it looked at. So, I...
Conceptual systems are useful tools.
I am so goddamned tired, these days, you just don’t understand. I work 6 days a week, minimum, sometimes 12 hours a day. My days are chopped up in such a way that if I’m not sleeping, eating, or showering, i am working. The other day, I had to prep for class, in the bathroom, because I didn’t have any other time. Yes, really. By the time I get home, on the long days, it’s...