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Just now, Cyradis said:

The Lion King, or a different movie? Curious how The Lion King can be hated. 

 

 

The Lion King. I don't remember why I hated it, but it was my little sister's favorite movie for a while, so that might be why. 

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oh joy. the budget got cut again at work, and now they're talking layoffs.

Which is absurd since we're a good two full time people short of the minimum to cover all the stuff they book without OT.

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1 minute ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

oh joy. the budget got cut again at work, and now they're talking layoffs.

Which is absurd since we're a good two full time people short of the minimum to cover all the stuff they book without OT.

O.O Hope it gets better...

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I really need to get around to refreshing my memory on WTF happened in WWI.  I mean, I know it was a mess, but since my grandfather apparently fought in it, I should probably have a clue what he was doing?  I don't even know what side Denmark was on in that war.  

 

Probably going to spend my minimal mental energies painting and maybe making cinnamon buns.  Teenage daughter has the PSAT today, and she hates taking tests, but a warm cinnamon bun makes everything better.  

 

Marvin, you can have one too.  

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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

After Nuclear Krill of course...

Whose career got a big boost at Fukushima.

GEM

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1 hour ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

I prefer blisters for multipart minis I haven't assembled.  It keeps the parts safe and together.

 

For single part minis (like most Bones minis), it's mostly because I've been too lazy to base them.  Once they're based, they can go in other storage.

 

 

YOU NEED TO BE ON MORE LEVELS MY MAN

 

Buy small resealable plastic bags in bulk! Reduces necessary space, keeps everything tidy, and you even can tear the name/number off the original packaging and keep it in the baggie for easy ID!

 

 

This hobby I sometimes think does nothing for me really other than give me an excuse to buy and obsessively organize broccoli.

1 hour ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

We keep a box of the microwave Castle Burgers in the freezer.  Makes for a nice quick snack or a light lunch/dinner when neither of us feels like cooking.

Not as good as a bag full fresh off the grill, but better than no Castle Burgers as we don't have one [that I'm aware of] within a thousand miles.

GEM

 

We have Krystal here instead of White Castle, but I also would have gone to town on some of that last night. But obviously I couldn't go literally to town. Alas.

 

I've been eating these Tennessee Pride (is that right?) frozen sausage- and chicken-biscuits a lot lately. Pretty much the breakfast-food equivalent of those frozen burgers, though without fast-food branding 

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*sigh* a few hours from when a lab is due, and I'm getting emails of "I lost the paper, can you send me a new one so I can fill it out?" and "I don't like the mineral I was assigned, and I can't get the information. Can I get a new mineral?" The guides for dealing with the obscure ones are in the lab, and the student would know if 1) they read the lab, and 2) actually stuck around in the lab to get help instead of ditching early. 

 

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11 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

*sigh* a few hours from when a lab is due, and I'm getting emails of "I lost the paper, can you send me a new one so I can fill it out?" and "I don't like the mineral I was assigned, and I can't get the information. Can I get a new mineral?" The guides for dealing with the obscure ones are in the lab, and the student would know if 1) they read the lab, and 2) actually stuck around in the lab to get help instead of ditching early. 

 

I know those feels. I taught CS first years - and they always waited until the last possible second to ask any questions. When I graded their programs or writing assignments, they claimed I was too *harsh* even when I gave them as many points as were reasonable. I had a student NOT answer half the questions on an assignment then complain when I gave them an F on the assignment. -.-

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5 minutes ago, Paradoxical Mouse said:

I know those feels. I taught CS first years - and they always waited until the last possible second to ask any questions. When I graded their programs or writing assignments, they claimed I was too *harsh* even when I gave them as many points as were reasonable. I had a student NOT answer half the questions on an assignment then complain when I gave them an F on the assignment. -.-

 

Yeeeeppp. Most of my students are pretty good. But sometimes I just go "are you serious??" in my head when they ask something. If it was a last minute "can I verify this with you?" I'm much happier. That's learning stuff, they've done their work, and need a lil' shove in the right direction. No problem there. But when they have had two lecture periods and a three hour lab in which to ask me questions about this in the last week, and they ask for both a new item and an extension at last minute? Sorry, nope. 

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1 minute ago, Cyradis said:

 

Yeeeeppp. Most of my students are pretty good. But sometimes I just go "are you serious??" in my head when they ask something. If it was a last minute "can I verify this with you?" I'm much happier. That's learning stuff, they've done their work, and need a lil' shove in the right direction. No problem there. But when they have had two lecture periods and a three hour lab in which to ask me questions about this in the last week, and they ask for both a new item and an extension at last minute? Sorry, nope. 

Not to mention that the students I did see in my office hours were the ONLY ONES that didn't really need me to help them. They mostly asked me to verify things. 

 

Why do Freshmen* not realize that office hours are literally the best thing ever? It's free private tutoring with the person who is in charge of your grade, in one way or another. 

*I guess undergrads in general do not seem to get this.

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As someone who was formerly one of those students... it's because either: I was too busy playing video games and procrastinated until the last minute and then panicked. Or, I had over scheduled myself with school and work and had to cram in everything at the last minute, Or I had no insight into how my ADHD set me up for failure and how I needed to develop new coping mechanisms in order to prevent future issues.

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1 minute ago, Thes Hunter said:

As someone who was formerly one of those students... it's because either: I was too busy playing video games and procrastinated until the last minute and then panicked. Or, I had over scheduled myself with school and work and had to cram in everything at the last minute, Or I had no insight into how my ADHD set me up for failure and how I needed to develop new coping mechanisms in order to prevent future issues.

Hm...I never thought ADHD causing not to go to office hours. I went to soo many office hours as an undergrad BECAUSE of my ADHD/OCD/etc. I needed to have everything perfect, so I started and finished as early as possible.

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I would have had to realize I had a problem and from that realize that I needed to start a project early, in order to go to office hours. Otherwise it was "oh wait! That's due today! Oh crap oh crap oh crap."

 

Problem is, I too often got away with it, because I am pretty good at pulling stuff out of my arse and getting stuff done just under the wire.  So the pattern continued for far too long.

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17 minutes ago, Paradoxical Mouse said:

Not to mention that the students I did see in my office hours were the ONLY ONES that didn't really need me to help them. They mostly asked me to verify things. 

 

Why do Freshmen* not realize that office hours are literally the best thing ever? It's free private tutoring with the person who is in charge of your grade, in one way or another. 

*I guess undergrads in general do not seem to get this.

 

Because office hours were during times I had other classes or worked. 

 

Because some one offices were not reachable in my wheelchair. (I spent calculus II wedged in the classroom doorway).

 

Because there were stories about what some male professors wanted from female students for help. 

 

Because if the professor treated me like I was invisible or a leper in the class room, why would being alone with them be better? Wouldn’t worse be more likely?

 

Edit: not that I’m saying any ( except the first) might apply to you, just remembering my experience. 

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1 minute ago, Thes Hunter said:

I would have had to realize I had a problem and did to it needed to start early, in order to go to office hours. Otherwise it was "oh wait! That's due today! Oh crap oh crap oh crap."

 

Problem is, I too often got away with it, because I am pretty good at pulling stuff out of my arse and getting stuff done just under the wire.  So the pattern continued for far too long.

I guess I did realize I had a problem early on due to an *awesome* professor who actually caught the 5-page-essay-I-wrote-in-20-minutes-because-I-couldn't-be-bothered instead of just giving it an A (OCD means that even ARSE stuff is pretty passable). She gave me a *C* because she noticed it wasn't any better than my previous paper. 

1 minute ago, Argentee said:

 

Because office hours were during times I had other classes or worked. 

 

Because some one offices were not reachable in my wheelchair. (I spent calculus II wedged in the classroom doorway).

 

Because there were stories about what some male professors wanted from female students for help. 

 

Because if the professor treated me like I was invisible or a leper in the class room, why would being alone with them be better? Wouldn’t worse be more likely?

O.o Sounds like you had a really bad experience. I never thought about handicap accessibility - my campus had elevators EVERYwhere, including when there were only 5 steps to climb. Incredibly accessible. 

I'm sorry that was your experience. I hope I didn't make it sound too off-putting. 

 

I hope you were still able to find help when you needed it.

BY THE WAY, I didn't mean to accuse ANYONE. I was just penting some frustrations I always had as a TA.

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